Kidalog/Baby Love Products, Camrose, Alberta, Canada

Suggestions for colicky babies:
1. Motion may help (unless your baby gets motion sickness). Being carried in a baby carrier, baby swing, or a car ride are tried and true ideas.
2. If motion doesn't help, try vibration. See page 3 for the Baby Buzzer which can be attached to most baby seats, etc.
3. Monotonous noises usually put baby to sleep. Running the vacuum, dishwasher, dryer, or other household appliances may work. (Do not put baby ON TOP of an appliance as the vibration may gradually shake his seat off.) The Baby Soother tape is recorded "white noise" (page 3) and has given our customers excellent results. Mommy Bear plays a recording of actual womb sounds (page 7)
4. Music sometimes works, particularly music which has the mother's heartbeat or womb sounds interwoven through it.
5. If baby continues to be colicky, have your doctor examine him, since there can be some serious conditions that cause baby to cry, and you don't want to overlook any physical causes. (My nephew had a twisted intestine that required an operation.) If your doctor can't find anything wrong, and if your instincts tell you there could be a physical problem, get a second opinion.
6. Chiropractors can adjust baby after the rigors of going through the birth canal, relieving discomfort.
7. Baby may have food sensitivities. Components of foods you eat do go into your breastmilk, so watching what you eat may help your baby. Common foods that cause problems are: onions, cabbage, milk, chocolate, nuts, citrus fruit/tomatoes, caffeine/coffee, brewer's yeast, artificial sweeteners, eggs, wheat, citrus, fish, peanuts.
8. Fennel tea
9. Homeopathic remedies
10. Swaddling
11. Football hold
12. Sleeping in a semi-reclining position.
13. Massage/backrub/footrub.

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"Taken in a tea form by a breastfeeding mother, catnip soothes cramps in a colicky baby's intestines. Also try avoiding onions, garlic, broccoli, beans, chile, and perhaps dairy products for one week. " Mothering, Spring 1996