Researchers Hone in on the Causes of Colic

  • The Five S's: Swaddling snuggly, with the arms down, Side/stomach position, loud continuous shushing noise, a rhythmic swinging movement and sucking.
  • Baby wearing: Research shows that babies who are held or carried more (both during the colic spells and at other times) are less susceptible to colic. Maybe wearing babies are less overwhelmed throughout the day and build up less tension.
  • Comfy tummies: Although 50 years of research finds no link between the foods a breastfeeding mom eats and colic, some parents find that eliminate certain items from their diets lessens baby's crying. Commonly mentioned are coffee, citrus, cow milk dairy products, broccoli and beans. Some bottle-feeding parents find that changing the hole size in the nipple reduces crying.
  • Vibrate: A car ride, a vibrating bouncy seat and a few minutes on top of the dryer calm some babies.

All babies cry. Most babies cry a lot. Some babies can be easily comforted, others routinely work themselves into a frenzy. Colic won't last forever! It usually won't last more than 3 months, and you will eventually have a cheerful baby in your arms.

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SOURCES: "Infant Colic is Associated with Maternal Migraine" by Amy Gelfand, Katherine Thomas, and Peter Goadsby will be made on April 25 in New Orleans. Results should be considered preliminary as they have not yet undergone the "peer review" process.

Milidou I, et al "Nicotine replacement therapy during pregnancy and infantile colic in the offspring" Pediatrics 2012; 129: 652–658.

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