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How to Stop Colic in a Six-Week-Old-Baby

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author image Sara Ipatenco
Sara Ipatenco has taught writing, health and nutrition. She started writing in 2007 and has been published in Teaching Tolerance magazine. Ipatenco holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education, both from the University of Denver.
How to Stop Colic in a Six-Week-Old-Baby
Long periods of crying may indicate colic, but you can use a few remedies to help ease your six-week-olds discomfort. Photo Credit new babies image by Photoeyes from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

According to MayoClinic.com, colic can be suspected if your 6-week-old baby cries for long periods at the same times each day. You may also consider colic if your baby cries for more than three hours a day, three days a week and for longer than three weeks. Colic usually lasts only a short amount of time. If your 6-week-old baby is suffering with colic, you are likely frustrated with your inability to comfort her. A few simple home remedies may help calm your baby until the colic goes away. It may take some trial and error to determine what works best for your infant.

Step 1

Feed your baby more often. Offer your baby breast milk or formula more frequently, recommends MayoClinic.com, to help keep him full and more satisfied. Hold your 6-week-old in an upright position and remember to burp him often to help ease tummy discomfort. Offer a pacifier between feedings so your baby is still able to suck.

Step 2

Hold your baby and walk around with him. Keep him moving. Place your 6-week-old in an infant swing or vibrating chair to provide constant movement, suggests KidsHealth.org. Securing your baby in a car seat and taking him for a drive is another way to provide him with the feeling of movement.

Step 3

Play music for your baby. Playing some soft musical CDs for your 6-week-old can offer the same comfort that movement does, reports KidsHealth.org. Sing your baby a song as another way to offer comfort.

Step 4

Rub your 6-week-old's back. Place your baby on her tummy on a blanket or across your lap and gently give her a back rub, suggests KidsHealth.org. Giving your baby a warm bath while you massage her may also work.

Step 5

Hold and cuddle your baby. Keep your baby close, suggests MayoClinic.com, because it may soothe him while he is crying. Use a baby sling or baby carrier so you can have your hands free and continue holding your 6-week-old.

Step 6

Turn on a source of white noise or background noise to soothe your baby. Run the vacuum cleaner to provide one source of noise that may encourage your 6-week-old to stop crying. A clothes dryer or white noise machine can also help. Try using a fan or a CD of nature sounds, adds MayoClinic.com

Step 7

Swaddle your baby in a blanket and place her in a dark room. Some babies need a decrease in stimulation to soothe them. Remove any type of stimulation from the room, recommends KidsHealth.org, to help promote relaxation.

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