My doctor says that my baby may have colic. What can I do to ease his constant crying?
Taking care of a baby with colic can be exhausting and often frustrating. Doctors still aren't sure exactly what causes colic, but trying these tips might make it easier on your baby — and on you:
Most important, make sure you console your baby. You won't be "spoiling" him or her or giving your child too much attention. Instead, you'll be showing your child that you respond to his or her needs. And remember, as exhausting and frustrating as colic is, it's only temporary.
Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: July 2013
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