Holding and Carrying techniques

  • Carry your baby in a Baby Wrap or Carrier. The baby will like to feel close to you and the warmth, on their tummy, from you, may help to ease symptoms. This will also free up your arms to get other chores done, or do activities with older children.
  • Try the Colic hold: Holding your baby over your forearm, so that its legs, near your elbow, and arms near your wrist, hang on either side of your arm, their tummy rests on your arm, and head in the palm of your hand. This can provide some relief, as it places pressure on the stomach region and may help the baby to pass winds. You can even put a warm pack between your arm and their tummy for added relief.
  • Another useful hold is placing your baby on your chest, with her head under your chin, and then leaning back. That way the baby experiences a similar pressure on her tummy which can provide relief. 
  • Ensure that you are holding your baby in the correct position while feeding, to prevent air from becoming trapped. Consult with a Lactation Consultant who will be able to help you with the best feeding techniques.


The information in this article was reviewed for medical accuracy by, Paediatrician and Allergy Specialist, Dr Claudia Gray (MBChB (UCT), MRCPCH (London), MScClin Pharm(Surrey), DipPaedNutrition (UK), PostgradDipAllergy (Southampton), Certified Paediatric Allergologist (SA))

Dr Gray works at the allergy clinic at the Red Cross Children's Hospital in Cape Town, and has a private practice at Vincent Pallotti Hospital in Cape Town, contact 021 531 8013.