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10 tips to help a child with infant colic

Are the days of quiet, peacful infancy gone? If your baby has begun shrieking endlessly, his face turning purple in frustration, rest knowing this tidbit: A series of studies have shown that sometime in the first five months, all newborns experience unsoothable crying jags, which can last two hours . Some infants can cry as long as five hours a day. Some infants may not experience sever colic, some are in the middle, and some cry for hours, says Ronald Barr, M.D., the study author and a professor of pediatrics at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Here are 10 tips to try when you baby is endlessly crying:
1 - Change bottles and/or pacifiers - Certain bottles and pacifiers can cause colic. If you suspect this is the case switch out your bottles to proven anti-colic bottles like Dr Browns or Tommee Tippee.
2 - Check for a fever - Use a digital thermometer to check for a fever. Never use an anal thermometer.
3 - Check if they're cold - Touch their legs and arms. If they're cold to touch covers them in a warm blanket or put on pants and a long sleeve shirt
4 - Check if they're hungry - Did you inadvertently miss meal time? Maybe they didn't get enough? A little extra milk shouldn't hurt
5 - Check the diaper - Sometimes it's as simple as a soiled diaper. If the diaper feels heavy, change it!
6 - Is it naptime? - Is baby cranky because they're past their nap time? Some fresh milk and a quiet area is all you'll need to test this tip.
7 - Take him for a walk in the stroller - Sometimes they just need a change of scenery. Take out for a walk in the back yard, around the block or even around the house.
8 - Try a bath - The warm water has a soothing effect that can help stop crying. Often the sound of just running water is soothing enough.
9 - Try all natural remedies - A drink of water can sometimes help.
10 - Try burping - Colic can sometimes be the culprit of the crying. While this may not be the end all cure, gas may be putting painful pressure in the tummy. Try burping to expel those gases.

By: Fabien Carros

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