Before anything else, know that colics don’t mean there’s anything wrong with you, your milk, or your baby.
They are intestinal contractions, an organ that’s still in its adapting. The condition is heart-wrenching to watch: the child cries, contorts, their face reddens, the fists ball up, they’re irritated…Some measures, however, can help minimize the suffering:
- Lightly massage your child’s belly with some baby oil, always in a circular, clockwise motion.
- Heat a small towel and place it over the region on top of the baby’s clothes.
- Lay the baby on your legs, facing you, and bend their knees slightly so her thighs touch her stomach. This can help with passing gases and moving feces.
- A lukewarm bath can reduce discomfort.
- Breastfeeding can calm the baby down, but don’t do It if the child has already been fed to avoid triggering contractions.
- Avoid getting nervous or anxious: try to keep calm and help your little one stay calm. Speak in a soothing, almost whispering tone, sing or even gently sway the baby.
- Don’t ever medicate your baby without consulting your pediatrician.
- Teas are no longer recommended like they used to be. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), up until 6 months of age, the child should be exclusively on breastmilk.
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