By: Hannah Behnke

Follow a Clean Nursing Diet

If you’re breastfeeding you'll want to give up foods that can trigger baby colic symptoms. Dairy is a huge thing. So are other common foods like wheat or gluten, eggs, shellfish, citrus, caffeine and spicy foods. You’ll want to eliminate these foods and give it a good 2-4 weeks to be sure they are cleared from your body and milk.

Rock them

Because gas is believed to be one of colic's symptoms, gently rocking from a rocking chair can help babies not only calm down but also pass gas. If you don't have a rocking chair, try an infant swing if your baby is at least 3 weeks old.

Make sure the baby is well rested

Newborns need to be back to bed within 1-2 hours of waking. A good sign that you caught your baby in time is that she goes to bed without any struggle. Try next nap time 15 minutes earlier. This will help with colic symptoms.

Create some noise

The womb was not only snug but it was noisy. Between the moms heartbeat and digestion. This noise can often refocus their attention, comfort them, and reduce crying overall.

Provide them with something to suck on

Babies have a very powerful sucking reflex that needs to be satiated. Some babies come out of the womb with sucking blisters on their hands! Babies have a hand to mouth reflex which causes them to place their hands, fingers or fists into their mouth as a way to comfort and sooth themselves.

Get fresh air

Something about the fresh air is magical. The sun, wind, birds chirping these elements helped to shift the mood and comfort babies. With all of the scenery and fresh air it helps to distract the babies.

Give them warm baths

Some babies love a warm bath. It can help soothe their tummies as well as their spirits. You don’t have to add any soap or bubble bath. Just warm water and a peaceful bathroom. You can also warm a wash cloth and put on the baby’s tummy if you don’t want to draw a bath every day.

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Create movement

There are many ways to create movement. For example, walking around with a baby in a sling, put the baby in stroller and walk the neighborhood, and driving in the car while the baby is asleep in the back. The point is that movement can calm and soothe an upset child so do this regularly.

Baby exercises

Certain baby exercises can do wonders for releasing trapped gas. You can try doing bicycle legs, bent legs or put their bellies on your thighs for gentle pressure. You can also do gentle belly massages. Many times during the birth process the baby’s body gets out of alignment which can affect everything from sleep, to bowel movements, to digestion.

Hold the baby upright while feeding

Pause often during feedings to burp your baby. Sometimes smaller and more-frequent feedings are helpful. If you're breast-feeding it may help to allow your baby to feed at one breast until it's nearly empty before switching sides. This provides your baby with rich, fatty hindmilk, which is more satisfying than the lighter, thirst-quenching foremilk which is present at the start of a feeding.
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