Colic… awesome…

All babies cry — it’s one of the main ways they communicate. But some babies cry more than others do. And some, although they’re healthy, well-fed and well cared for, seem to cry inconsolably. If your baby cries about the same time each day and nothing you do seems to comfort him or her, your baby may have colic.

Uh-oh…

Predictable, recurring crying episodes. A colicky baby cries around the same time each day, usually in the late afternoon or evening. Colic episodes may last anywhere from a few minutes to three hours or more on any given day, although babies with colic are likely to cry as long as two to three hours several days a week. The crying usually begins suddenly and for no clear reason.

Activity. Many colicky babies draw their legs onto their abdomens, clench their fists, tense their abdominal muscles, or thrash around and appear to be in pain during these crying episodes.

Intense or inconsolable crying. Colic crying is intense, not weak or sickly. Your baby’s face will likely be flushed, and he or she will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to comfort.

That sounds familiar…

Hold your baby. Cuddling helps some babies. Other infants quiet when they’re held closely and swaddled in blankets. Don’t wrap your baby too warmly at bedtime though — sometimes colicky babies wake up because they’re too warm. Most of all, don’t take it personally if your baby doesn’t always seem to want to be held.

Keep your baby in motion. Gently rock your baby in your arms or in an infant swing. Or lay your baby tummy down on your knees and then sway your knees slowly. Take a walk with your baby, or go for a drive with your baby in an infant car seat.

Try constant background sound. Some infants with colic cry less when they hear a background sound that stays at a low, steady volume. When holding or rocking your baby, try making a continuous “shssss” sound. Other tricks to try include running a vacuum cleaner, turning on a kitchen or bathroom exhaust fan, or buckling your infant in a car seat placed next to a running clothes dryer.

Well I guess that explains a lot…

Colic usually starts a few weeks after birth, peaks at about 6 weeks of age and usually improves markedly by your baby’s third to fifth month.

5th month?! Here’s hoping the vacuum lasts that long…

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4 thoughts on “Colic… awesome…

  1. Dear Jon and Nic;

    This is your cousin Donna Garland, I am your Grandma Carter’s sister Lille McLellan’s daughter. So…we are cousins.

    We grew up down the road from all the Carter kids. Now I have seven children of my very own. Four sons and three daughters. Mind you, they are all over 15 now, but I do know everything about colic.

    The twins had it bad. I would be sitting rocking one and rocking the buggy with the other one in it. All I can tell you, is it usually disappears after 3 months.

    I’m proud of both of you! Enjoy the happiest years of your life!

    Cousin Donna

  2. Nic,
    to save your vacuum, tape it and play the tape for Benjamin. I knew someone who’s daughter was collicy and he would place her in front of his speaker and play the tape.
    Good luck with that.

  3. My oldest son had it. For about two months he would scream for 3-4 hours every night. It was horrible. The first night he cried seven hours without stopping. You could almost set your watch by the time of day he would start. 7:10pm every night.

    My second son started to have the same problem. Someone told my wife to remove all dairy from her diet (or if using a bottle then remove dairy from his bottle). It took a about a week to see any impact but it seems to have solved the problem.

    It was difficult for my wife because if she would eat something with even a milk in the sub-ingredients he would cry within a day. She basically ate dry salad for months. I still don’t know how she did it.

    His probably would have been worse than my first because she was forced to keep this diet for six months before he got better.

    I don’t know if it wil help you, but it helped us. Good luck and it does eventually stop.

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