Every parent has dreams about bringing home their newborn baby and cuddling and gently rocking the day away. But, when baby starts crying and doesn’t stop for hours each evening, we get frustrated, tired and confused.
First step many take is to bring baby to the pediatrician. In many cases the doctor finds the baby to be healthy and thriving, but then mentions the diagnosis - Colic. All three of my babies had Colic and, today, I hope to share a bit about my story and tips I found useful to help handle Colic.
First about us, Baby #1 had the worst bout of colic that lasted for 6 long months. Sleepless days and nights took a toll. When Baby #2 came along, we hoped we wouldn’t have to watch our sweet bundle go through that again, but sure enough like clockwork at two weeks old he started wailing. Baby #3 came home and was a quiet little angel. I thought for sure, finally, we were in the clear, but once again colic came when she turned 2 weeks old. Thankfully, we were ready and prepared to tackle it head-on!
My #1 piece of advice is to swaddle! Swaddle at naps and at fussy times and swaddle your baby nice and tight. I used the HALO SleepSack Swaddle. Even if you think your baby doesn’t like to be swaddled and resists, do it anyway. They will settle down once all wrapped up and in your arms.
I nursed Baby #3 and also found success when I changed my diet. I eliminated all dairy products - milk, cheese, yogurt - even products that contain dairy – cake, granola bars, cookies, and chocolate. A lot of newborn’s digestive systems are sensitive to the proteins found in dairy products and can’t digest them effectively, thus resulting in belly aches, baby acne and colic symptoms. Most babies grow out of this by 12 months old.
Also, enlist someone to help during your baby’s fussy time of day. Sometimes taking a break will help parents gain renewed spirit to better tackle the rest of the night.
Remember this is just a short phase in your baby’s first year and it will come to an end. And before long you’ll be holding and snuggling with that sweet bundle you’ve always dreamed about!
For more info on treating colic, check out sites such as: kellymom.com, lalecheleague.org or babycenter.com. There are a ton of resources out there to help parents deal with colic symptoms!
Kasey Schwartz is a wife, mom, daycare provider and blogger all wrapped up into one. Kasey shares her daily life, family, recipes, reviews and photos on her blog, All Things Mamma! She enjoys spending time with her family and loves shopping, baking, crafting and decorating. Kasey and her husband, Brian have 3 children: Ella,6, Andrew, 4 and Sydney, 6 weeks.