(HealthDayNews) -- No one knows for sure why some babies get colic, but parents definitely know when their infant is having a colic attack. The wailing is incessant and nothing seems to soothe a colicky child.
The University of Michigan suggests how you might ward off a colic episode:
If you're bottle-feeding:
- Have your baby sit up while feeding. This will reduce the amount of air your infant swallows.
- Don't make the milk or formula too hot.
- Check the nipple on the bottle. If the hole is too small, your baby will swallow air.
- Try a new formula.
If you're breast-feeding:
- Drink less cola, coffee, cocoa, and tea.
- Stay off milk products for a week and note any difference in your baby's discomfort.
Whether you're breast- or bottle-feeding, try to keep the room quiet when you feed your baby.