Christi got it dead on, with the book recommendation and the swaddling. Also, as angel said, a sling or wrap to help keep the baby up close to you. Third ... if you are breastfeeding, start keeping a food journal so that you can keep track of things you eat that might be making his/her colic worse. The most common offenders are dairy, soy, eggs, cruciferous veggies, and wheat. If you're breastfeeding, don't transition to formula, it can make colic worse. Gas drops work for swallowed air, not intestinal gas, so if your baby has been screaming for a long period, and has probably swallowed a lot of air, then go ahead and use them, but they wont help for toots. Bicycling his/her legs and/or abdominal massage can help too. Another thing that helped my son a bit was a visit to the chiropractor. Consider it.
at 4:24 PM on Nov. 24, 2008