We brought home a very quiet little bundle. I was still recovering from my C-section and the ride home was a bit rough, even though we only live about ten minutes away from the hospital. It was like every little bump that we drove over tore into the lower half of my body. I couldn’t wait to get home. Mr unpacked the car and put our son in his bassinette. Everything was great, until about a week later.
I don’t know how it started; I just know that it seemed to go on forever. This quiet little boy turned into a wailing banshee. We tried everything to make him stop crying, but it didn’t work. I tried swaddling – he absolutely hated being swaddled. We tried a warm bath and a massage – that definitely didn’t work. We tried the shhh! Shhh! Shhh! Please stop crying or I might try and drown myself in the pool – you know where I’m going here. We were zombies! Sleep deprived cranky parent zombies!
We took him to a few doctors and they said “No! It’s not colic, he just has the niggles”, so the niggles is what causes him to cry for hours and hours on end. Great! Doesn’t sound like the niggles to me.
Then people were giving me advice on what to give my son to stop the gas and the crying. I tried all their weird mom hacks, from gripe water (just seemed to make it worse, because he’d vomit straight after drinking it) to Haarlemensis drops (Eew!) to Milk of Magnesia (Smells like old breast milk). I was appreciative of the help, but it didn’t work either.
I cut foods from my diet that I thought would aggravate him. Starting with wheat, then eggs and dairy; even meat! That didn’t work either.
It was so bad that we would go to my parent’s house, give them the baby and we’d sleep in the guest room. We hardly slept during those first few months, it was awful. I felt so helpless, because my son was in so much pain constantly. We had to do something.
We did our research on colic and this is what we discovered:
What is colic?
Colic is defined as the severe, fluctuating pain in the abdomen often experienced by babies.
What are the symptoms of colic?
- Crying in the late afternoon and night.
- Crying for a few hours (3 hours or more) at a time.
- Clenching his fists.
- Pulling his knees up to his chest.
- Red face while he cried.
- Cries this way 3 times or more per week.
- Crying occurs for three weeks or more.
- Increased passing of gas or throwing up.
- Crying happens for no reason (baby has eaten and diaper is clean).
How long does colic last?
Colic usually ends in infants at around 3 months.
What causes colic?
- Immature Digestive System – Your baby’s intestinal system is not mature enough to process and digest the food, which results in excess gas and discomfort.
- Over Stimulation – Your baby may be feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by the new circumstances he/she finds in now that they are out of the womb.
- Allergies – Some babies are allergic to the milk proteins in formula milk, which causes them intestinal discomfort.
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease – GERD or acid reflux in babies is caused by underdeveloped lower esophageal sphincter, which results in stomach acid rising or coming up into baby’s throat and mouth. The discomfort from this can cause baby to cry for extended periods of time.
Just writing this list made me remember exactly how he looked during that terrible time. I can even hear him cry.
We took him to the paediatrician for a final check-up and he diagnosed our son with Colic right away.
Here’s what helped us treat Colic:
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Pro-B2 – Probiotic Drops
Reuterina Drops – Probiotic Drops
Iberogast Drops – To mix with breast milk or formula.
Heated Microwavable Lavender Wheat Pillow Bag Body Warmer – Giraffe
A microwave bean bag – We would heat it slightly and lay it on his tummy and it eased the pain.
An exercise ball – Mr would bounce on the ball with baby in his arms and it helped baby fall asleep. I didn’t really use the ball until my C-section scar completely healed.
A Boba Wrap – Mr and I wore baby for the first three months. It seemed to soothe him.
Colic is so sudden and disarming. I thought we’d never get through it. The first three months were definitely the most difficult ones of our relationship. Colic wasn’t our fault and we did the best we could. I won’t say that we didn’t fight sometimes, because a baby who constantly cries adds pressure to the relationship. I am happy that we made it through in one piece. To any parents with Colicky babies, I understand your struggle. I wish you luck and strength. It will be over soon.
Did your baby have colic? What strategies did you have to help ease the effects of colic? Which strategies or products did not work? Let me know by commenting below!
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