How to End a Crying Spell… FAST

by thanuja on April 10, 2011

Distract, distract, and distract even more!

This is what I did when Anusha had a colic episode.  I would take Anusha in my walk-in closet where she instantly calmed down gazing at all the colorful clothes and touching the different fabrics!  Other times, I would hold her and sing to her OR dance with her :)  The vibrating seat on the bouncer helped also.

Once she was a little calm, I would go ahead and soothe her (for a nap or bet-time).  When all of the above failed, went out for a stroller (or car)-ride where she would take a nap during the day.

Staying calm helps, although this is easier say than done.  The only secret is to keep on going… if one method does not work, move on to another.  I remember being adamant about getting her to sleep in my arms instead of taking her out in the stroller or car (as my husband insisted!).  I just wanted her to feel comforted in my arms… But once we found out that she had colic, I did what I had to do in order to help soothe her quickly.

There were days when we walked her for over an hour before she went to sleep (or took a nap!).  So there really are no easy ways to deal with colic unfortunately, but like I keep saying: it is only a matter of time before they get over it.

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