I usually do health teaching on the parents about comfort and prevention of colic before discharging them. Soothing a colicky baby takes some effort as different babies respond differently. “ Holding the baby upright or permitting the baby to lie on his belly across the lap occasionally.” And, yes, swaying and rocking them may also do the trick, and so may a quick car trip around the block. To prevent colic, Laborada advises the following:
• Shift to a hypoallergenic milk formula if the cause is milk allergy. Check with the baby’s doctor first.
• Improve feeding techniques: burp the baby well. Burp the baby in between feeding and at the end of each feeding and provide a stable emotional environment.
• Identify possible allergenic foods in infant’s or nursing mother’s diet.
• Avoid underfeeding or overfeeding.If crying is still persistent and recurrent, you’re not sure what to do, and all else fails, consult a pediatrician. A complete physical examination may be necessary to eliminate other possible medical conditions like infection, intestinal obstruction, or hernia.