Cayla says her infant, Amryn, cries excessively, and no matter what she and her husband try, it doesn’t seem to help.
“We bounce her, we shush her, we rock her; she’s inconsolable,” Cayla says.
A baby who has colic cries more than three hours a day, three days a week for three weeks in a row. It affects as many as 25 percent of babies and starts a few weeks after birth, but should improve by three months.
Tips to reduce crying:
- Beach ball rolls: Drape your baby’s tummy over a large beach ball and gently roll in a circular motion.
- Baby bends to reduce gas: Lay baby face-up on lap with legs toward you, head resting on your knees. Then, pump legs up and down in a bicycling motion.
- Colic curl: Place baby’s head and back against your chest. Encircle your arms under his or her bottom, then curl your arms up.
- Give your baby a warm bath.
- Magic mirror: Occupy your baby with his or her own reflection.
- Baby-wearing: Carry your baby for several hours a day before he or she gets cranky.
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