Dealing With A Colic Baby
Dealing with a colic baby: A crying baby is hard to handle. But, one that has colic and cries for hours on end is even harder to handle.
There are no answers for parents of colicky children. Doctors don't know why they cry and scientists have yet to find a cure. It's hard to tell the parents of a colicky child that there is nothing for them to do but wait it out. It is even harder, still, to hear your child cry for hours on end and not know what you can do about it. Below are a few tips on how to handle this crisis should the occasion ever arise.
What exactly is colic? A baby is defined as 'colicky' when they start crying in the late evening and cry for hours on end with seemingly nothing wrong with them. They show no signs of pain; they are not hungry or wet.
What can be done for a colicky baby? Depressingly enough, there is hardly anything that works to calm a colicky baby. Even more terrifying than that, you really do just have to endure those hours, days, and weeks.
There is no tried and true method to dealing with a colicky baby. A crying baby is the hardest thing a parent has to deal with. There are some things you can do to ease the crying from frantic to workable.
I suggest walking your child. No parent wants to hear this. After all, it is tiring and doesn't that spoil your child? Actually, no. A child under six months old is not easily spoiled, according to recent studies. And, it is children between the ages of three weeks and four months that are susceptible to getting colic. Hold your child with his/her tummy against your tummy. My daughter had gas compounded with colic and I found that walking like this not only eased the crying and the pain she felt, but also stopped the crying altogether in some cases.
Push your child in a stroller. Though it has yet to be proven, I strongly believe that my daughter's massive problem with gas was a major factor in her colic problem. Pushing her in a stroller that bounced and bumped along helped that gas to work itself out.
Drive your child in his/her car seat. Not plausible at all times and it may become a habit. But, I reasoned with myself this way: which would I rather do; hear a screaming baby or drive for a little while? Which do you think won out? You don't always have to drive your child around, though. I did not practice this myself, but I have heard from several people that placing your child in their car seat or bouncy seat on top of the dishwasher or washing machine and turning it on for a cycle or two had the same affect.
Sing to your child or play calming music, such as classical. My daughter loves to hear classical. It didn't stop the crying altogether, but it did help ease the intense screaming, as well as soothing my raveled nerves.
Nothing works completely and sometimes everything you try to do has no effect whatsoever. In order to properly care for child, you have to take care of yourself. This is bound to be a time of thinly stretched nerves and endless, sleepless nights of pure agony. Try to relax and unwind and do spend time away from your screaming child.
Even if you are the only one your child will allow to hold him/her during their bouts with colic, try to get away for a little while during the daytime, at least. Have a friend or relative help by watching your child. Also, it is a good idea to have someone on hand at night to do little things for you. (Run fix that bottle, hold that screaming child while you make a mad dash to the bathroom, wash the dishes, cook a light meal so you don't starve in the midst of your agony.) Try and get some sleep whenever possible. Though it wrecked havoc on the house I found that sleeping whenever my daughter napped helped a little, if not a lot.
Remember, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Even if none of this works for you, there is an end in sight. Take heart and keep trying those methods. Before you know it one evening you'll be glancing worriedly at the clock, timing that next bout of tears and suddenly you'll realize you have a smiling, gurgling, HAPPY baby in your arms instead of the little crying tyke from the night before!