I received a free sample of Gerber® Good Start® Soothe infant formula and Gerber® Soothe probiotic colic drops from Gerber® as well as information on baby colic. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
It’s the middle of the night and you can’t get baby calmed down. She’s been crying for hours and you need to get sleep yourself. This has been going on several times a week, for what you’re pretty sure is a month. Sounds like this may be a case of baby colic and you need some tips for colic relief.
Looking back at the patterns of my kids, I’m not sure if any of them officially had colic, but I do know we tried basically everything to calm down Isla’s tears. For awhile there, she was basically the baby I’ve described above, but instead of at night early in the morning when I’d just hit a good sleep pattern. That’s why I’m excited to have the opportunity to team up with Gerber® and Linqia to share some colic relief tips with you in case you’re going through the same thing I was almost a year ago (can you believe it?!?).
Bringing a baby into this world is an awesome experience, but when they’re tear filled and you just can’t find the right “formula for happiness”, it can be stressful for a new mom and dad. Colicky babies (who cry excessively or seem to have a lot of fussiness) can be helped with at-home remedies, bringing back the joyful moments of parenthood.
Baby Colic Symptoms
First, it helps to understand the symptoms of colic. Gerber® has some infographics on baby colic and fussiness that really helped me understand it better. Legs drawn to chest, clenched fist, and crying for hours several times a week are some of the basic signs.
What causes baby colic?
According to Gerber:
Research indicates that the type of bacteria in the infant’s digestive system may determine whether a child is colicky. This suggests a role for probiotics to help support a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract of colicky infants. In particular, the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has been clinically shown in multiple studies to reducing crying time in colicky infants.
How can you relieve baby colic?
There are a few at-home remedies that I’ve tried and that were shared with me in this partnership – a formula for happiness!
- White noise. For both Arianna and Isla, hearing that things were still going on in the house was calming. White noise can be used to help soothe fussiness.
- Swaddling baby. We were big fans of the swaddles as they kept baby feeling like they were back in the womb, all cradled and warm.
- Rocking baby gently. This can help to relieve the pressure baby is feeling and (bonus) lower your stress level.
- Provide baby with comforting probiotics. They are a way to help improve the amount of good bacteria in baby’s digestive system. There are two products in the Gerber® Soothe™ line that you can use. If baby is formula fed, consider Gerber® Good Start® Soothe formula. If baby is breastfed, consider Gerber Soothe® probiotic colic drops. These products are routine and not intended to treat or cure any disease.
The baby colic tips in this post should be reviewed with your pediatrician. You can also reach experts such as registered dietitians, certified lactation consultants, and certified baby sleep consultants through Gerber® at 1-800-203-4565.
Has your baby ever had colic? Share your #formulaforhappiness with us in the comments. If you are up and browsing the internet for colic relief, visit the new Gerber® Soothe web page to learn more about colic, excessive crying, and fussiness. You can find Gerber® Soothe™ products in a store near you.