February 21, 2019

How To Deal With A Colicky Baby

Colic. The thing every new parent hopes they won't have to deal with when their baby finally arrives. Around 25% of babies develop colic. Lux was part of that 25%. She developed colic around 4-5 weeks old. Since she is now well past that stage (hallelujah) I feel like I might be able to share some insight on how we dealt with it for two and a half months. Hopefully some of these tips I'm about to share might help you if you're dealing with a colicky baby.

First, a little google definition of colic for those lucky bunch who don't know what colic is;
  1. severe, often fluctuating pain in the abdomen caused by intestinal gas or obstruction in the intestines and suffered especially by babies.


What I mean by this is get ready for the "fussy" time. Usually, not always, but usually colic hits at the same time everyday. For Lux, her colic hit every evening between 6pm and 9pm. We knew it was going to happen at that time every night so we had to mentally prepare ourselves for 3 hours of unsoothable crying. If you have a partner, make sure you take turns looking after the baby and if you're alone hopefully you have a family member or a friend nearby who can come help out at this time. During the colicky stage try to schedule plans around the fussy time. You certainly don't want to be out in the grocery store at 6 in the evening when your baby starts wailing.


One thing that used to calm Lux down, if only for ten minutes, was to lay her belly down across my lap. Gently rub their back while they're laying this way and it might help. Every baby is different but for some reason Lux really liked this.


This didn't always work but most of the time when we would rub her belly (around the belly button area) she would relax a little. Remember colic is caused by severe pain in the abdomen so a little pressure there really helps with the pain. 


Dealing with a colicky baby is hard. It's really hard. And you're going to feel extremely frustrated. Always remember that this isn't the baby's fault. They're the ones who are in pain and can't do anything about it. If you feel like you're getting too worked up about it, hand the baby over to someone else and walk away. Taking 20 minutes to yourself to calm down is perfectly fine. 


It may feel like this stage will never end but trust me, it does. At first Lux would cry for three hours straight. It was a nightmare. But over time, the crying gradually became less and less. Eventually the crying was down to twenty minutes at night and by three and a half months she was over it completely. Colic does not affect your baby in the long run. Honestly, Lux is the most smiley, happy baby I've ever seen. You would never think we had such a rough time just a few short months ago.

If you're a new parent going through this right now, I hope these tips helped at least a little. And remember, there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. You just have to get through it.

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