Ways to soothe a colicky baby include taking him for a car ride, putting a warm washcloth on his stomach, placing him in a warm bath, rocking him or moving his legs in a pedaling motion. Colic is a condition that causes pain and discomfort in the gastrointestinal tract of an infant. The condition usually does not last beyond 3 months of age.
When pedaling an infant's legs to soothe colic, the parent should move the baby's legs gently as if she is trying to help him ride an imaginary bike. The movement of the legs releases some of the built-up gas that is causing discomfort in the baby's stomach. Taking the baby on a car ride or walking him in a front-facing carrier also helps soothe colic because the motion relieves gastrointestinal discomfort.
As infants have no way to communicate problems, it's up to the parents to look for signs of colic. Symptoms of colic include irritability, excessive gas, long bouts of crying and a bloated belly. Physicians are not sure what causes colic, but it's believed that it may have something to do with what the nursing mother is eating or a sensitivity the baby has to the formula he is eating.