According to MayoClinic.com, colic can be suspected if your 6-week-old baby cries for long periods at the same times each day. You may also consider colic if your baby cries for more than three hours a day, three days a week and for longer than three weeks. Colic usually lasts only a short amount of time. If your 6-week-old baby is suffering with colic, you are likely frustrated with your inability to comfort her. A few simple home remedies may help calm your baby until the colic goes away. It may take some trial and error to determine what works best for your infant.
Feed your baby more often. Offer your baby breast milk or formula more frequently, recommends MayoClinic.com, to help keep him full and more satisfied. Hold your 6-week-old in an upright position and remember to burp him often to help ease tummy discomfort. Offer a pacifier between feedings so your baby is still able to suck.
Hold your baby and walk around with him. Keep him moving. Place your 6-week-old in an infant swing or vibrating chair to provide constant movement, suggests KidsHealth.org. Securing your baby in a car seat and taking him for a drive is another way to provide him with the feeling of movement.
Play music for your baby. Playing some soft musical CDs for your 6-week-old can offer the same comfort that movement does, reports KidsHealth.org. Sing your baby a song as another way to offer comfort.
Rub your 6-week-old's back. Place your baby on her tummy on a blanket or across your lap and gently give her a back rub, suggests KidsHealth.org. Giving your baby a warm bath while you massage her may also work.
Hold and cuddle your baby. Keep your baby close, suggests MayoClinic.com, because it may soothe him while he is crying. Use a baby sling or baby carrier so you can have your hands free and continue holding your 6-week-old.
Turn on a source of white noise or background noise to soothe your baby. Run the vacuum cleaner to provide one source of noise that may encourage your 6-week-old to stop crying. A clothes dryer or white noise machine can also help. Try using a fan or a CD of nature sounds, adds MayoClinic.com
Swaddle your baby in a blanket and place her in a dark room. Some babies need a decrease in stimulation to soothe them. Remove any type of stimulation from the room, recommends KidsHealth.org, to help promote relaxation.
Ask a friend or family member for help so you can have a break from the crying. Take a walk or go for a short shopping trip to help clear your mind and relax.
If you feel like you are ready to snap, call someone to help you right away. Put your baby in her crib, close the door and walk away. Your baby will be safe in her crib while you clear your mind and take a break.