So here you are. You’ve made it through pregnancy with its crazy cravings and weird body changes, survived (or breezed through) childbirth itself, and have come home with your perfect little bundle (or bundles, lucky you!) of joy, and everything’s rosy. You’re a couple of weeks in, your baby’s feeding and sleeping and you’re exhausted but optimistic, right? Right!
Then, one day somewhere in week 2 or 3, your bundle of joy starts crying. And crying.
You don’t panic – you can handle this. You check and change baby’s diaper, just to be sure that little bum is dry and clean. You try another feeding – we all get cranky when we want a snack, after all. You try swaddling – wrapping baby up cozy and warm like a little burrito, safe and sound so he or she can’t flail those tiny arms and legs around so much – because you’ve read somewhere that it can help calm your little one. No luck.
You try rocking, walking, singing, humming, whispering in that little ear, distractions like peek a boo and blowing raspberries, and the crying just gets louder.
And this goes on. And on. Minutes seem like hours, but they’re not. Hours later, baby’s still crying and fussier than ever, and you’re seriously ready to join in, and you know that those first minutes were nothing compared to the last 3, 4….5 hours of misery.
Finally, baby’s exhausted sleep has brought quiet and peace, and you’re so relieved you could dance but you’re far too tired and drained to move. You crawl into bed, or crash on the sofa, thinking how happy you’ll be to see tomorrow and your happy baby bundle back to normal.
Tomorrow dawns and everything is right with the world….till baby takes a deep breath and bursts out in tears.
Welcome to Colic
What is colic in babies? Colic, purple crying, gripe, bellyache, even ‘collywobbles’ all refer to a particular, common condition in infants that’s known to cause uncontrollable, prolonged crying, for no apparent reason. It’s a common ailment that’s usually not serious (even though it can make you feel like you’ve managed to break your bundle of joy somehow!) and will usually last for an hour or more, and happen daily, for days or weeks on end.
The BAD news is that colic is actually defined as an infant condition that lasts for at least three hours a day, at least three days a week, for at least three weeks. AT LEAST. It can happen daily for more hours, and can run for as much as 10 – 12 weeks – that’s a long time to manage an upset, uncomfortable, crying baby.
The GOOD news is that colic is rarely anything more than discomfort, can be treated to reduce or sometimes even eliminate that discomfort (with less crying the clear and welcome result), and most importantly, it WILL pass. It’s not your fault, it’s normal and it’s reasonably short-lived (even though it might not feel like it right now).
Of course, checking with your doctor is always a good idea, and trying out some of the soothing techniques you’ll find in our resources may give baby, and you, some relief as well. We’re here for you too – you’ll find resources on colic, stress relief for baby and you, info on the science behind colic and its treatments, info on probiotics, calming practices and lots more, so bookmark Secondto.Mom and be sure to check here when you have questions or want more info on dealing with colic.
And don’t worry – you’ll get through and we’ll be here to help along the way!