If you feel that your child has colic, ask your GP for advice. After ruling out possible medical causes of prolonged crying, such as an ear infection or respiratory problems, most doctors recommend simple techniques to manage the problem at home.
Some babies with colic seem to feel better if they sleep in a quiet room and get a lot of attention from their parents. It might be a good idea to speak to other parents for support.
There are over the counter preparations containing the medication simethicone that can reduce wind cramps. Some babies seem to cry less when given this medication.
Babies can sometimes also have a temporary problem digesting lactose sugar that is found in milk. This can serve to add to their colic problems. Lactase (the enzyme needed to break down lactose) can be added to a baby’s feed.
Some babies can develop a short-term intolerance to proteins and other dairy products. Breast-feeding mums can try removing all dairy products from their diet for a week to see if this helps. Bottle-feeding mums can try switching to a hypoallergenic milk formula for week and monitor any change.
Get as much sleep and rest as you can, for your own health and remember that babies do grow out of colic.