Babies don’t come with an instruction manual and sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what’s wrong. If your young baby has colic, they may:
- cry a lot, especially in the late afternoon or early evening
- pull their knees to their chest and go red in the face when they cry
- have wind or a bloated tummy.
If you are concerned about your baby’s health, always talk to your healthcare professional.
- Gently massage your baby’s tummy to relieve pain and help them relax.
- Hold your baby close to you and let them snuggle in or put them in a sling. Then try walking around, swaying or rocking slowly and gently. Try to avoid fast movements or changing positions too many times.
- Getting outside for a walk in the fresh air can be good for both of you. Many babies settle with the rhythm of being pushed in a pram.
- Ask family members and friends to help look after bub so you can have some time out for yourself. Caring for a colicky baby is hard work and you need extra support at this time.