Soothing a Colicky Baby
Colic is no fun for you or your baby. But there are things you can do to help. We answer your colic questions and offer some tips.
Which babies get colic?
Colic can affect both breastfed and bottle fed babies. It starts when babies are 10 to 15 days old and usually disappears at around 3 months, although this varies from baby to baby.
What is colic?
Colic describes frequent, prolonged bouts of crying in a baby who’s otherwise healthy. The crying often takes place in the late afternoon or evening. Colic looks (and sounds!) awful, but it’s not actually harmful.
Colic or hunger?
Sometimes colic can be difficult to recognise. A baby with colic is agitated and will often draw his legs upwards towards his stomach. If your baby’s had a feed recently, has a clean nappy and is comfortable in their clothes but is still crying, they may well have colic.
What can you do to help?
Babies with colic seem inconsolable, but there are things you can do.
- Movement is helpful for some babies. Rock your baby gently or take them for a walk in their pram
- Walk them around and sing to them
- Try giving them a bath to relax them
- Certain positions can help relax your baby. Try putting them stomach-down on your legs or forearms
A baby massage can be very effective.
Watch Bébé Confort midwife expert Sylvette Rambaud show how to give an anti-colic massage.
Sucking on a dummy can be soothing for colicky babies. And our Natural Comfort teat significantly reduces colic and regurgitation thanks to its Dual Air System that regulates air flow. 95% of the babies it’s been tested on accepted it without any problem – including breastfed babies.