Caring for an infant, especially a colicky one, can be exhausting and
stressful, especially for first-time parents. These suggestions may
Ask for support. Arrange for someone else to care for your child
periodically so that you can have a break. Think of this time away
as something you're doing for your baby, rather than feeling guilty
about it. Call on relatives, neighbors, friends and baby sitters.
Spend some time away from the baby, either with your spouse or
partner, or with friends. Also try to get some badly needed rest.
Get backup care well before you feel you're reaching a breaking
point. If no one is available, take your child to your doctor or an
urgent care center and ask for temporary help.
It's normal for parents in this situation to feel helpless,
depressed or angry. Seek out a good listener and talk about your
Try to stay
Remember, colic will end — usually by your baby's third to fifth
month. For now, don't measure your success as a parent by how much
your baby cries. The fact that you're trying to figure out what
might help means you're a good parent. So does having someone else
watch the baby occasionally so that you can rest.
Try not to
think of your baby's crying as a cry for help.
Sometimes infants cry from tiredness or frustration.
Complementary and alternative medicine
Alternative therapies for colic haven't been proved to be consistently
helpful. Herbal teas, especially chamomile and peppermint tea,
chiropractic treatments, acupuncture, massage therapy and vibrating
cribs all need more study, although some parents report good luck with
one or more of these approaches.