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Readers Respond: Soothing Infant Colic

Responses: 17


Updated August 03, 2011

From the article: Overview of Infant Colic
If you went down that all-too-familiar road of dealing with colic, what did you find helped soothe your baby? Specifically think about safe soothing techniques that a distressed parent could implement immediately (like using a swing) to help calm their colicky baby and their own nerves.

Real cure 100% successful for Colic

I've had the privilege of working with Doc Scharenberg and first hand watching the amazing results as babies get over their colic in record time. Video Testimonial If you are in the Wichita, Ks area, make sure and ask Doc Scharenberg if he can help.
—Guest stnick007

Doc Scharenberg

My daughter had colic when she was born, and a few of my husbands friends told us about Doc Scharenberg, who is a chiropractor in Wichita. I was hesitant to take my 3 week old baby to a chiropractor, but what a life saver he turned out to be. He never once adjusted our daughter, he uses a massage technique to help build up an under developed valve. By 5 1/2 weeks old our daughter was colic free. Don't ever believe anyone who says colic can not be cured.
—Guest Jennifer

The only thing that worked for us

With our newborn the only thing that we found worked was the following: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6L8FEmL6Eg
—Guest Tom

Help for a colicky baby

I had the hardest time getting my baby to fall asleep. He was extremely fussy, and my pediatrician also diagnosed him as being colicky. I would rock him, put him in a swing, put his carrier on top of a dryer, and nothing seemed to work. I also have a two year old so driving him around in the car was not very convenient, especially if it interfered with the toddler’s nap schedule. Then a friend of mine recommended the Baby Roll Asleep. At first I was skeptical because it looked very much like a low stroller to me, and putting him the stroller didn’t work. But I was desperate so I ordered one. Much to my surprise, as soon as I put him in the Baby Roll Asleep, he quieted down and fell asleep very quickly. It seems that by having the baby low to the ground, the vibration from the wheels creates a soothing effect. I highly recommend this product for all moms (and dads) who have fussy colicky babies.

Fennel Tea

I found that herbal fennel tea really helped me. It is a natural herb that helps with many things and the one is especially is for digestive system. Now you do not give this to your baby. And this will only help those who are breastfeeding, It is recommended that you drink 3 teas per day, I used to make one with breakfast then one for lunch and then one right before supper. This has helped me a lot with my daughter and it will also make you feel better. I also would play soothing music at night to help her sleep.
—Guest Krissy

soothing colics

The only thing I have found really works for us is offering my baby my breast... it's the only thing that really calms her. But her colics don't last too long thankfully because I hate watching her in pain.
—Guest Konstantina

Colic Crazy!

My little one is a month old and has really bad colic at the moment. The best thing that works for us is when her dad holds her on one arm stomach down. Her little legs and arms cling on round his arm, but she calms right down and just looks around in amazement... sadly i cant hold her like this, so when daddy is at work or away we have to settle for the jigging and the walking and the shushing... should go in 2 months though right?
—Guest Mayzies-mummy


When my 2 week old son screams i hold him tight againt my chest with his legs pulled up, and walk up and down. Its sooths him instantly !!!
—Guest michelle

Colic help

PROBIOTICS! PROBIOTICS! PROBIOTICS! AND NO DAIRY! At 2.5 weeks of age my son started becoming a "colicky" baby. Every night at 9pm on the dot he would start hysterically crying so I knew something was wrong. I tried everything from gripe water to massage... I then cut out all dairy and got him on probiotics. You can get them at any health food store - just make sure you get the powder form that is formulated for infants and children. I would rub a little olive oil on my nipple and then put the powder on there before nursing him every night. It worked like a miracle! I think diary is hard for some babies to digest when they are really young and then the probiotics helps the digestive system function properly. IT REALLY, REALLY, REALLY WORKS!!
—Guest Lana

crying baby

Every parent should have this knowledge, get the tools and techniques to calm your baby with nurturing touch and movement from a gifted child development specialist Tim Healey. Check it out on hushlittlebabydvd.com. You can watch a 5 minute clip. I give it to everyone I know having a baby.

Some Have the Touch

I had experience with colic many years ago, but I don't think much has changed. I think some people are gifted in calming colicky babies, and some are not. I was always good at it. I did lots of walking and gentle bouncing and quiet humming/singing. My husband was no good at it, but my father was the best, so it's not a gender thing!

Reduce the stimulation

I loved the suggestions in Harvey Karp's Happiest Baby on the Block - swaddle, shush, sway, suck (pacifier or finger). The key is not to overstimulate the baby by trying a million different things, but pick one approach and do it for a long, long time.

Colicky baby

Oh, I remember this so well! Ahhh! There were no 100% fixes, but things that worked sometimes... Tucking baby Teddy in the Snugli and walking, walking, walking. Going for a very long drive - terrible for the environment, but good for sanity. Trading off colicky baby duty with the hubby. And this didn't stop the crying but it was funny nonetheless: one day, our pediatrician confided that she had just babysat a colicky nephew and that none of the suggestions she'd given us had worked. Um yeah, we know!
—Guest Jackie

Tummy Rubs

My oldest had colic issues for about 3 months. We would gently rub her tummy - it was a soothing massage for her and it seemed to help quite a bit.

Trade Off B aby Duty

If possible trade off nighttime care for your colicky baby with your partner. Of course this isn't always possible especially if mom is breastfeeding. But with a colicky baby feeding isn't necessarily the answer anyway. My son was colicky, sometimes crying from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. For our sanity we would put one parent in charge on alternating nights. So no one had to go multiple nights without sleep.

Soothe colicky baby

I tried everything but what really worked for me was to place my son in his crib and turn the humidifier on high next to his crib. The loud white noise helped to soothe him!
—Guest Heather March-Engle


I have three munchkins, two of whom had terrible colic for several months after their births. We found several tricks that worked: quick car rides (to Starbucks with a drive thru), vacuuming (white noise is a good thing!), dangling their toes in tepid water (a distraction, if nothing else), and my husband's amazing football hold (which even works with my friend's newborns. He's a god among men!). However, what was most important was exactly what the author so wisely mentioned: Walking away. After hours of trying everything, make sure your baby is safe, fed, dry, and comfortable. Walk away for 5 - 7 minutes. Take deep breaths. Remember this will pass. When you go back to your baby, if you're calm and relaxed, it seems that the baby picks up on that and will, in turn, relax. Well, at least sometimes. When all else fails, visit your mother or a friend and ask for help!
—Guest Bjacques
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