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Six years ago, I would have never imagined that I would be experienced in the area of colicky and fussy babies. Four kids later (this includes a set of triplets!), I think that I’ve tried every trick in the book. The first few months of my kids’ lives were tough on me. Aren’t they on every mom? Your sweet baby is getting adjusted to being on the outside, and you’re getting adjusted to being a new mom or a mom again. Some babies tummies just acclimated yet, and those first weeks can be difficult on everyone. While my mind has blocked out much of the initial days of my babies’ introduction to the world (whether that’s by choice or sleep deprivation, I’m not sure), I do have a very distinct memory of crying in the shower because my daughter would not sleep and cried constantly. I made it through those trying times via support from my husband/family, but I also dried my eyes and made it my mission to try anything and everything that had even a remote chance of helping soothe my babies. If you’re at that point of desperation, and you’re looking for tips to try to placate your upset newborn, here are a few things that I’ve tried on my babies that have had some success. I hope that you do, as well!
Please note that I am not a physician, but I do have a background in healthcare. I also have lots of mom experience with four kids, three of which were preemies. None of these tips below are sure fire cures for colic. In fact, there aren’t any. Every baby is different, and, unfortunately, the only solution for your baby may simply be outgrowing it. However, if any of the below tricks work for your little one, Yay!!
1. Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Relief and Little Remedies® Gas Drops- I have used products from the Little Remedies® brand on all of my kids. From the Saline Spray to the Advanced Colic Relief, Little Remedies® is a brand that was recommended to me by friends as an option for parents who want to use great products for their kids. The NEW Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Relief is a dietary supplement that has no artificial flavors, colors, dyes or alcohol. I personally used the Little Remedies® Gas Drops as a safe, gentle relief from stomach discomfort for all of my fussy babies, and I believe that it made a difference during their extremely fussy times.
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2. Talk to your pediatrician- After a terrible first month with my daughter, I finally mentioned to my pediatrician about her crying spells. Through a series of trial and error, we discovered that she actually had a protein allergy that was upsetting her tummy to the point that she was miserable! It turned out that she was not a colicky baby, but that her tummy was hurting. I wish that I had asked earlier. It would have saved many tears on both of our parts. So don’t chalk up your newborn’s tears to colic only. Talk to your pediatrician because there may be a breastfeeding or formula fix that your pediatrician can assist with.
3. Swaddling- Baby was totally snug inside of mom’s belly.
Now, they have all sorts of freedom. As adults, we think that the more freedom the better, but to a little baby it may be kind of scary. Whether you chose to use a swaddling blanket or a swaddle sack, there are no negatives to trying swaddling for your fussy baby.
4. Probiotics- Talk to your pediatrician before starting your newborn on any probiotic, but, for me, I thought if a probiotic is good for adults, why can’t it be good for baby? My pediatrician was able to recommend (and give me a coupon) for a probiotic that proved to be helpful.
5. Baby massage- When my triplets were in the NICU, the hospital had infant massage therapists that would come around a few times a week. The therapists were wonderful, and they would teach the parents who were there how to massage their baby. I am so glad that I learned from them! I practiced infant massage on my babies as directed by them, and it’s something that I’ve even used with my boys now that they are older. One of my boys, when his tummy is aching, asks specifically for me to massage his belly because he still finds it so soothing. Baby massage may help soothe a colicky baby, and it can even prove to be helpful as baby gets older. See if your local hospital or pediatrician offers an infant massage class, or look up a few massage tips and tricks online.
Have you had a colicky or extremely fussy baby? What tips or tricks worked for your newborn?