This is a common phenomenon and unfortunately well known by young parents. And yet we are no less distraught when it concerns our baby. Baby cries intensely, squirms, fists clenched and legs bent: this is usually a sign that he is suffering from colic. His little tummy is hard, he often has gas and becomes difficult to calm down.
It breaks our hearts as parents. We often don't know how to relieve this little being in pain. And yet, with gentleness and kindness, we can find some gentle techniques to relieve baby. What if babywearing could help us?
How to relieve colic in infants ?
Talk to him calmly, put words to his discomfort. As small as he is, baby is able to understand what you explain to him calmly. Take the time to talk to him, to explain to him that you are going to try to relieve him by putting him close to you in the baby carrier or the sling.
Colic can have various origins, but it is certain that stress does not help. Reassured by your gentle words, he will understand better what is happening to him.
Babywearing and colic: the winning combo?
Babywearing is a support that can relieve baby's colic. Yes, well installed in a physiological position belly to belly in the sling, your little one will find a little comfort. Wrapped by the fabric, he will feel contained, less lost in space, one less distress to manage for him. The young baby needs to know the limits of his body. The wrapping by the wrap is very reassuring.
Moreover, massaged by the belly to belly position, you will relieve baby without even realizing it. The gentle abdominal massage caused by your rocking will ease the pain of colic. Warmed by your body heat, he will feel better. It is well known that the warmth of a hot water bottle soothes stomach aches.
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Position to relieve infant colic
As we said, the vertical position of the belly to belly will help your little one. Warmth, massage but also help digestion. Colic often occurs shortly after meals. You might as well make it easier and avoid the risk of regurgitation which is not very pleasant for him.
Rocked by your movements and soothed by the sound of your heart, baby will fall asleep remembering these sweet sensations that will remind him of the end of pregnancy.
Here is a video tutorial of the tummy-to-tummy position to relieve colic.
Breastfeeding position to relieve colic
When you breastfeed your baby or give him a bottle, once again favor the upright position. In this position, he swallows less air, which limits gas!
If your baby is still showing signs of tummy aches, you can massage his tummy with gentle circular motions in a clockwise direction. Press gently, of course. This helps to expel the gas and thus calm the colic. Do not do these massages just after meals.
Of course, when these anti-colic gestures are not enough and your baby still seems painful, it is better to consult a doctor. But babywearing remains a caring solution that can really relieve a whole family from the distress caused by infant colic.