Babies cry a lot, but is your baby crying too much? There may be a reason other than an immediate need for food, sleep, or the comfort of a parent’s arms. About 25% of all infants between the ages of two weeks and three months develop colic — excessive crying spells with no particular cause.
Colic is defined by the rule of threes. A baby is considered colicky if he or she cries for three hours a day, three days a week, for three consecutive weeks. Other symptoms include intense physical reactions like recoiling to touch, clenching fists, and arching the back.
The medical community hasn’t yet discovered the cause of baby colic, but many people have their own theories. Some chock it up to plain old growing pains, while others believe it has something to do with immature digestive tracts or allergies. Another theory is that colicky children are just more sensitive to stimuli.
While the causes remain a mystery, new remedies for colic are always being developed. Here are a few natural solutions to consider.
Natural Remedies for Colic
- Adhere to a clean diet
If you’re breastfeeding, remember that anything you eat can have an effect on your child. You will want to give up foods that can trigger colic symptoms, including dairy, gluten, eggs, shellfish, caffeine, citrus, and spicy foods. If you’re looking for a clean and healthy nutrition plan, consider the RBTI diet.
- Keep a strict sleep schedule
Most newborns can only stay awake for one to two hours at a time. Some require even more sleep than that. When a baby becomes overtired, they will actually have a hard time falling asleep and that’s when the crying begins. Determine how much waking time your infant can handle and try to have them swaddled and in the crib as soon as that time is up.
- Go outside
Just a breath of fresh air can work miracles on a colicky baby. When all else fails, bundle up your little one and take a step outside. Let the movement, the breeze, and the sounds of nature work their magic.
These are just a few of the most common remedies for colic parents have found successful. Have you tried something different? Has it worked? Let us know in the comments section below.