I’ll never forget April 13, 2007 when I was having extreme pains in my lower abdomen area. I was a month away from giving birth to my baby girl but she had other plans. Low amniotic fluid, made for an early induction the next day. The arrival of my sweet Zoe, 4 weeks early, made me anxious fortunately she was as healthy as can be.
Unfortunately, at about 2 weeks old, the extreme fussiness began. Nothing seemed to cheer her up. She had a dry diaper, her belly was full, I’d rock her for hours trying to calm her down, but nothing.
Not exactly what I had in mind for a newborn especially since my first born was always content. I was already sleep deprived as all new moms are but with uncontrollable crying every single evening, I was at a loss, not to mention stressed and would cry myself. Why couldn’t I soothe my sweet baby girl? I just wanted her content.
She had colic but we didn’t get a diagnosis per se. When she was three she was diagnosed with urinary reflux, a medical condition that causes urinary tract infections because urine flows backwards, from the bladder into the kidneys. Children with this condition are born with it, however a diagnosis isn’t usually made until toddlerhood. For infants, this is painful. This would be the cause of my child’s red faced – intense tantrums that couldn’t be calmed. And according to a study summary in American Family Physician, up to 28% of all infants experience colic, episodes of excessive and inconsolable crying.
If you have a colicky baby, there is hope.
Tips to Soothe Your Colicky Baby
Patience: If you are getting discouraged because nothing is comforting your little one, just be patient with him/her. Colic isn’t fun for you or them. Imagine crying for 3+ hours a day. You’d be worn out as well. This time of struggle will pass with just a little patience.
Babywear: You may not want to wear your newborn all day, but try it to see if they’ll be happy. The closeness they feel from being so near to you in a wrap, sling or carrier, may possibly lead to less crying, which makes everyone smile.
Colief Infant Colic Drops: Colief is the only product that has lactase enzyme to help digest lactose. Lactose can be difficult to digest even though it is found in breast milk and infant formula. Colief Infant Drops is added to both, not given directly to the baby, so you can continue to feed your baby by breast milk or formula. Colief is safe, effective and clinically-studied to help ease digestion. This is not a medicine.
Ask for Help: As new moms this is something we feel guilty about. But asking for help from my husband and mom to get a break was the biggest lifesaver for me. Crying for such long periods is overwhelming, ask for help to catch a nap, take a walk or to do whatever you need to do to calm down.
White noise: If you have tried everything, consider a white noise machine or placing a fan in the infant’s room or wherever they sleep. My daughter may not have been soothed in the evenings especially, but the fan noise made her fall asleep. You can even hum for a long period and play music. They are used to noise from being in the womb for so long. Give it a try!
I know how you are feeling but it gets better, I promise. I survived and you will too. You will make happy memories with your baby even if it doesn’t feel that way right now. My little one, now seven, is happy, healthy and usually tear-free doing everything you’d expect in childhood.
If you are unsure whether your baby is just fussy or has colic, consider the rule of threes:
- Unexplained crying in an infant for at least three hours per day
- Three days per week
- For at least three weeks (or more)
I’d highly recommend checking out The ABC’s of Colic: Answers to Baby Colic and Digestion from Colief to learn more about colic.
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I’d love to hear about your favorite memories with your baby!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Colief®. The opinions and text are all mine.