Whether your baby is bottle-fed or breastfed, changing eating habits could help relieve colic.
Feed only a little at a time. Overfeeding can sometimes cause gas and discomfort. Give your baby small amounts of formula or breast milk every 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Reduce the amount of air your baby swallows. For bottle-fed babies, you can use a special gas-reducing bottle or a nipple with a smaller hole.
Sit your baby up while feeding so he or she swallows less air.
Change your diet if you breastfeed. If you cut out milk from your diet, it might help your baby's colic. Other foods that might also get into your breast milk and make your baby uncomfortable include:
Consider trying a different formula. If you bottle-feed, ask your doctor if a change in formula is right for your baby. Your doctor might suggest a formula with soy or protein hydrolysate.
Also, try warming the formula to body temperature before feedings. And burp your baby a few times during feedings to release trapped gas.
Soothe Your Baby With Sound and Motion
Colicky babies are hard to calm. Here are a few things you can try to stop your baby's cries.
Use motion to soothe. Motion is very soothing to babies. Put your baby in a carrier and walk around. The combined warmth and rhythm of your body may lull your baby to sleep.
You can also sit with your baby in a rocking chair or put your baby in a swing or stroller. The gentle movement may stop the crying. If all else fails, secure your baby in the car seat and go for a car ride.
Use sound to calm your baby. Sound can sometimes be comforting. Many babies respond well to the gentle hum of some machines, such as a:
But don't put your baby on top of a dryer because of the risk of falls. Instead, you can put your baby in a car seat or baby carrier safely next to the dryer on the floor.
Remove Excess Stimulation
Colicky babies can become overwhelmed by bright sights and loud sounds. When the stimulation gets to be too much, here are a few ways to lessen it:
Lay your baby down in a dark, quiet room.
Swaddle your baby snugly in a comfy blanket.
Lay your baby across your lap and gently rub the back.
Be Wary of Some Colic Remedies
A few home remedies have been touted for relieving colic, but there isn't much evidence to prove they work.
Talk to your doctor before trying any of these treatments, because they could be harmful to your baby:
Herbal remedies, such as chamomile, gripe water, colocynthis, and fennel seed