49 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (Colic No Flat Head)

William T Johnson Jan 26, 2023
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Table of Contents
  1. Overwhelming vibrating scream
  2. Colic the Monster
  3. What exactly is a Colic Baby?
  4. What are symptoms of a Colic
  5. What can trigger colic?
  6. What is the main cause of colic?
  7. How long do colic last for?
  8. Read NOW also 65 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (Feeding)
  9. What age does colic start?
  10. How to hold a Colic Baby?
  11. Read NOW also 49 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (On The Plane)
  12. How to get rid of Colic
  13. How to hold a Baby to prevent a Flat Head.
  14. Read NOW also 45 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (C Section)
  15. Your Colicky Bundle of Joy will finally
  16. Prologue
  17. Cheer up!
  18. I’d love to hear from You! And learn from Your experiences!!
  19. Read NOW also 65 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (Feeding)
  20. Read NOW also 45 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (In Sleep)
  21. Read NOW also 33 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (In Transport)
  22. Read NOW also 69 Tips When Stop Swaddling a Baby (Facts)
  23. Read NOW also 59 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (CRISIS Situations)
  24. Read NOW also 45 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (C Section)
  25. Read NOW also 49 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (On The Plane)
  26. Read NOW also 55 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (During the Day)
  27. Read NOW also 33 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (Gassy Reflux)
  28. Please note

Overwhelming vibrating scream

Have you ever been so overwhelmed with your child's cries and screams that you think it’s time for the looney bin?

We've all felt like that at one point or another.

But don't worry, we can make it through this!

You try every trick in the book – walks around on hands, lies invented on-the-spot - but nothing seems to work...or just works temporarily before those tears kick back up again.

Well here's what I'm telling ya: there are ways of dealing with these tough times without heading over to the mental hospital (for now ;) ).

Colic the Monster

Ah, colic. The dreaded phenomenon that keeps parents up late into the night, and has them pulling their hair out in frustration by day.

For any parent who has experienced (or is currently experiencing) a colicy baby, you know how awful having a seemingly inconsolable infant can be.

But don’t worry! You’re not alone in this journey – we understand your plight, and have created 33 of the best tips for dealing with your colicy little one so that soon there might just be peace restored in your home once more!

So take a deep breath – exhale all of that stressful energy - and read on to find out what works when it comes to calming down an unhappy baby…

What exactly is a Colic Baby?

(1/49) A colic baby is an infant who is excessively and persistently fussy, especially in the evenings.

It's thought to happen when a baby has difficulty comforting themselves due to digestive issues or other factors.

A small child cries because his tummy hurts because he has colic

(2/49) Symptoms typically include intense and prolonged crying, often accompanied by facial grimacing, clutching at the stomach, arching of the back, kicking limbs and drawing up of legs.

(3/49) Colic affects around 20-40% of newborns worldwide, with peak intensity occurring within the first few months of life.

(4/49) Colic can be caused by a range of environmental or physical factors such as overstimulation or gas buildup in the tummy.

(5/49) While there are many treatment options available, including dietary changes and medication for reflux or gaseous discomfort, understanding how to effectively console a colic baby can be just as important in helping them feel better.

(6/49) Proper swaddling techniques and sound-reducing measures are often used to reduce distress levels in babies with colic; however, how you hold your child can also have an effect on their comfort levels.

(7/49) Learning how to properly cradle your little one is key to calming them down when they’re feeling overwhelmed or uncomfortable.

What are symptoms of a Colic

A small child cries because his tummy hurts because he has colic

(8/49) Symptoms of colic in infants typically include:

  • intense and prolonged crying,

  • often accompanied by facial grimacing,

  • clenching fists,

  • arching of the back,

  • kicking limbs and drawing up of legs.

(9/49) It is usually characterised by:

  • an inconsolable period of screaming or fussiness

  • that lasts for more than three hours a day,

  • at least three days per week,

  • which is typically most prominent in the evenings,

  • difficulty feeding,

  • gassiness/burping and passing gas,

  • increased saliva production or reflux after eating.

(10/49) Not funny times for these poor fellow - parents, right? (and why it is us?!. It was not meant to be that way...)

(11/49) Parents may also notice:

  • how their baby’s tummy tightens or swells during bouts of colic

  • or how they draw their knees up to their chest while crying.

(12/49) These symptoms can start when babies are a few weeks old and usually last until they are around 3-4 months old.

(13/49) It is not known why some babies have colic and others do not. However it is thought to be due to an immature digestive system, food allergies or sensitivity to certain foods in their mother’s diet.

Babies who are born prematurely may also experience more severe symptoms as their digestive system continues to develop.

(14/49) Treatment options for colic include dietary changes (such as eliminating certain foods from mom’s diet) and medications like antacids or probiotics but learning how to properly console your baby through swaddling and holding them securely can be equally effective in helping them feel better.

What do Colic Pains feel like to your Baby?

A small child cries because his tummy hurts because he has colic

(16/49) Colic pains can be extremely uncomfortable for babies, so it's important to be able to identify how they are feeling and how best to comfort them.

(17/49) The most common symptom of colic is prolonged crying, accompanied by facial grimacing, clutching at the stomach, arching the back, kicking limbs and drawing up of legs.

It can also include difficulty feeding and increased saliva production or reflux after eating.

(18/49) Colic pain:

  • may feel like pressure or tightness in the abdomen that gradually builds until it’s unbearable

  • for some babies, this dreaded “colic period” can last anywhere from 3 hours to 3 days at a time

  • Babies may cry out in pain, sometimes screaming louder than usual as the discomfort intensifies

  • they may even squirm around or have difficulty falling asleep due to their malady

  • for other babies, their colic pain could present itself as a deep ache in their bellies that won’t go away no matter how much they move or try to distract themselves from it

  • as if that weren't enough, there are further signs of colic such as gassiness/burping and passing gas which can cause additional distress for both baby and parent alike!

  • ultimately how your baby feels during these times will likely depend on how badly their digestive system is affected by whatever is causing the colic in the first place. But with proper care and attention you should be able to get through these tough periods together!

What can trigger colic?

(19/49) There are a number of common triggers that may be contributing to your baby's colic.

These can include an immature digestive system, food allergies or sensitivities to certain foods in their mother’s diet, changes in feeding patterns, overfeeding or underfeeding, and even environmental factors such as temperature changes or sudden loud noises.

A small child cries because his tummy hurts because he has colic

(20/49) Additionally, some babies with colic may be reacting to the proteins found in cow's milk.

If a baby is being formula fed, she could be reacting adversely to the proteins found in cow’s milk-based formulas.

For this reason, it might be best to switch her formula to one that is made from hydrolyzed protein or other hypoallergenic options.

(21/49) It's also possible that colic can be caused by digestive issues such as acid reflux or lactose intolerance.

(22/49) Acid reflux occurs when stomach contents flow backward into the esophagus, causing burning sensations and stomach pain.

(23/49) Babies with lactose intolerance have difficulty digesting the sugar molecules found in cow's milk and other dairy products which can result in gas pain and bloating.

(24/49) Some babies may even experience colic due to stress or anxiety – not only from being away from their parents but also due to tension they pick up from their environment (such as when there are too many people around them).

(25/49) It's important for parents to remain calm and gentle when comforting their little ones during these periods of distress as babies are incredibly sensitive and can pick up on how we're feeling.

(26/49) Lastly, if your baby is experiencing more severe symptoms like chest tightness, irregular breathing patterns, excessive drooling/salivating or vomiting then you should immediately seek professional medical attention.

(27/49) While rare, these symptoms could indicate something more serious than just colic pains and should not be ignored by any means!

What is the main cause of colic?

(28/49) The main, major cause of colic is still largely unknown and it likely has multiple contributing factors.

However, researchers believe that the primary cause of colic is due to an immature digestive system.

A small child cries because his tummy hurts because he has colic

(29/49) This means that babies may have difficulty breaking down the proteins found in foods such as cow's milk or certain additives in formula.

It can also be caused by overfeeding or underfeeding, changes in feeding patterns, food allergies or sensitivities to certain foods in the mother’s diet, environmental factors such as temperature changes or sudden loud noises, acid reflux and/or lactose intolerance.

(30/49) Additionally, some babies with colic may be reacting to stress or anxiety related to being away from their parents as well as tension they pick up from their environment.

The prolonged crying that accompanies colic is often accompanied by facial grimacing, clutching at the stomach, arching the back, kicking limbs and drawing up of legs which are all signs of distress and pain.

(31/49) It's important for parents to remain calm and gentle when comforting their little ones during these periods of distress as babies are incredibly sensitive and can pick up on how we're feeling.

If your baby is experiencing more severe symptoms like chest tightness, irregular breathing patterns, excessive drooling/salivating or vomiting then you should immediately seek professional medical attention.

While rare, these symptoms could indicate something more serious than just colic pains and should not be ignored by any means!

(32/49) By addressing and managing any potential triggers for your child’s colic and seeking professional help if necessary, you will most likely be able to manage your newborn’s discomfort better over time until eventually the episode will pass and he or she will feel better again. 

How long do colic last for?

(33/49) The good news is that colic usually only lasts for a few weeks, although it can sometimes persist for up to four months.

During this time, it's important for parents to remain patient and supportive as their little one deals with the pain and discomfort.

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(34/49) There are a number of things you can do to help soothe your baby during a colic episode such as gently rocking them, singing or humming softly, providing rhythmic back rubs or massages, taking them for walks in their stroller or car seat and using approved infant calming devices such as white noise machines or apps.

(35/49) It's also important to keep in mind that while colic can be frustrating and exhausting for parents, it's not harmful to the baby and they will eventually outgrow it.

What age does colic start?

(36/49) Colic can start as early as the first few weeks of life and usually lasts until the baby is around four months old.

While the cause of colic is still largely unknown, it's believed to be due to an immature digestive system that may make it difficult for babies to break down certain proteins found in foods.

The mother, leaning over the cradle, unbuttons the baby's shorts to relieve his tummy

(37/49) Some potential triggers for colic include changes in feeding patterns, food allergies or sensitivities to certain foods in the mother’s diet, environmental factors such as temperature changes or sudden loud noises, acid reflux and/or lactose intolerance.

(38/49) While rare, symptoms of colic such as chest tightness, irregular breathing patterns, excessive drooling/salivating or vomiting should not be ignored and parents should seek professional medical attention if necessary.

(39/49) Colic usually only lasts for a few weeks but can persist for up to four months.

How to hold a Colic Baby?

(40/49) There are 6 easy rules:

Rule 1

The key to holding a colic baby is to maximize support and maintain an upright position as much as possible.

Keeping your baby in an upright position will help naturally reduce the pressure on their stomach, thereby decreasing the amount of gas that can build up inside.

Rule 2

One way of achieving this is by laying them across your lap in a reclined position with one hand supporting their head and the other cradling their bottom. This allows you to be gentle while still providing enough support for proper digestion and relief from any stomach pains they may be experiencing.

Rule 3

Another popular way of soothing a colic baby is by gently rocking them back and forth in your arms or even using a car seat or stroller to provide some rhythmic motion. The motion helps to calm the baby while also helping to pass any excess gas bubbles that may be causing discomfort.

Rule 4

It’s important to note, however, that swaddling should be avoided when dealing with colic babies since it restricts movement which can cause further build-up of gas within the body.

Rule 5

Instead, use light layers of clothing such as muslin cloth or cotton which provide enough coverage without constricting movement too much.

Rule 6

For extra support, there are several specialized products available specifically designed for colic babies like infant hammocks or slings which wrap gently around the body without over-tightening it. These products can give extra security and comfort while helping lift some pressure off their tummy area during sleep time.

(41/49) Whichever method is chosen - it’s important to always keep in mind safety measures such as making sure not to drop them when transferring between positions or when using certain products (i.e., hammocks) and keeping an eye out for any hard/sharp objects that could potentially cause injury if chewed on (e.g., loose buttons).

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How to get rid of Colic

(42/49) The best way to get rid of colic is to address the underlying cause.

This can be done through changes in the mother’s diet, such as avoiding any food allergenes or sensitivities that the baby may have, or through environmental adjustments like reducing loud noises or controlling temperature fluctuations.

A small child with a funny face that indicates that she is skeptical and at the same time has a stomach ache

(43/49) It is also important for parents to take into account how their baby's sleep environment may be affecting them.

Babies with colic will often times benefit from sleeping in a more upright position and in a cooler area of the house - around 65-70°F.

(44/49) Massage therapy can also help soothe babies with colic.

Gently rubbing or kneading your baby's tummy in a clockwise motion has been shown to help relieve gas and ease abdominal discomfort.

It is important to use soft strokes and not press too hard on their stomach as it can cause further discomfort.

(45/49) In addition, certain herbal teas like chamomile, fennel, lemon balm, catnip and licorice root have been known to help calm a baby's digestive system by releasing gas bubbles and reducing inflammation within the intestine walls.

These teas should be consumed by mothers during breastfeeding sessions only after consulting with a doctor first – as some herbs may contain substances that are harmful to newborns.

(46/49) Finally, many parents have found that employing non-medicated methods such as gently rocking them, singing or humming softly, providing rhythmic back rubs or massages, taking them for walks in their stroller or car seat.

Additionally they use to use approved infant calming devices such as white noise machines or apps can be beneficial in helping reduce colic symptoms and providing comfort for both babies and parents alike.

How to hold a Baby to prevent a Flat Head.

(47/49) There are 5 easy rules - but first you have to understand that a Flat Head, or Plagiocephaly, is a condition where a baby’s skull has an uneven shape or flattens in certain areas, usually caused by consistently sleeping or lying in the same positions:

Rule 1

To prevent this from happening, it is important to vary the way you hold your baby and avoid leaving them in one position for too long, as this can cause their head to become flattened on one side. 

Rule 2

When holding your baby, make sure to switch sides often and turn their head in different directions. This will help develop stronger neck muscles while also promoting natural head rotation, which is essential for healthy skull development.

Rule 3

Additionally, you can try different positions such as laying the baby on their tummy while they are awake and alert, which will give them a chance to lift and turn their head in different directions. 

Rule 4

When holding your baby, use both hands to support their head and neck at all times. This is especially important when transitioning from one position to another or if you need to lay them down for a moment.

Rule 5

Keep in mind that as your baby grows, their head will become heavier and more difficult to lift so having both hands available to provide adequate support is essential!

funny baby prevented from plagiocephaly

(48/49) Finally, always use caution when carrying or holding your baby; if they get too heavy for you, ask someone else to help lift them up and make sure never to drop them. 

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(49/49) These rules can help ensure that your baby has strong neck muscles and a healthy skull, while also giving you an opportunity to bond with them.

Try different positions and cuddle your baby often - it’s the perfect way to show them how much they mean to you!

Your Colicky Bundle of Joy will finally

Remember Your Colicky Bundle of Joy will finally grow healthy and top efficient for the great life ahead!

When it comes to how to hold a colic baby, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. However, by following the best tips we have outlined in this article and being patient with your little one, you will be able to find what works best for both of you.

Remember that each baby is different and may respond differently to various holding positions - so don’t get discouraged if one doesn’t work right away.

Be sure to consult with your pediatrician if you are still having trouble soothing your child or if they seem particularly uncomfortable.

A cheerful baby lies on its side and smiles in a white crib

In the meantime, practice these different holds and see which ones work best for your colicky bundle of joy!

Prologue

Have you ever been in that situation with your baby where no matter what you do, the cries and screams just won't cease?

It's understandable to strive for our little ones' comfort as parents – but sometimes it can be truly overwhelming.

You try everything from walking them around to making up stories on the spot - still nothing works! And then when you think things have calmed down, nope; they start crying all over again.

Has this relentless cycle made feel like it’s time for a one way trip straight into an asylum yet? Well trust me: we've all experienced these days of Parenting Blues before...and together we can survive through these tough times too!

Cheer up!

We will make it. May the Power be with You!!!

I’d love to hear from You! And learn from Your experiences!!

Please send me a message on whatever You would like to share please!

It is an honour to have a chance to be in contact with You and learn from YOUR experiences!!

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Table of Contents
  1. Overwhelming vibrating scream
  2. Colic the Monster
  3. What exactly is a Colic Baby?
  4. What are symptoms of a Colic
  5. What can trigger colic?
  6. What is the main cause of colic?
  7. How long do colic last for?
  8. Read NOW also 65 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (Feeding)
  9. What age does colic start?
  10. How to hold a Colic Baby?
  11. Read NOW also 49 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (On The Plane)
  12. How to get rid of Colic
  13. How to hold a Baby to prevent a Flat Head.
  14. Read NOW also 45 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (C Section)
  15. Your Colicky Bundle of Joy will finally
  16. Prologue
  17. Cheer up!
  18. I’d love to hear from You! And learn from Your experiences!!
  19. Read NOW also 65 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (Feeding)
  20. Read NOW also 45 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (In Sleep)
  21. Read NOW also 33 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (In Transport)
  22. Read NOW also 69 Tips When Stop Swaddling a Baby (Facts)
  23. Read NOW also 59 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (CRISIS Situations)
  24. Read NOW also 45 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (C Section)
  25. Read NOW also 49 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (On The Plane)
  26. Read NOW also 55 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (During the Day)
  27. Read NOW also 33 BEST Tips on How to Hold a Baby (Gassy Reflux)
  28. Please note