Baby Terms Tuesday: Colic

Colic is the term used to describe excessive crying in an otherwise healthy baby.
This description is super frustrating to parents of a colicky baby because it is very hard to imagine that there is, in fact, nothing wrong with their baby when he is constantly crying/screaming and is clearly in pain.
The current advice is that colic is actually the result of over-stimulation rather than physical pain like wind or constipation. A busy environment can be to much for an immature nervous system.
To be perfectly honest there is literally almost nothing you can do to completely soothe a colicky baby however that doesn’t mean you should try nothing, TRY EVERYTHING MUMMA! from rocking, to singing, swinging, white noise like the running shower or vacuum. Bouncing while  holding bub in every possible way. Sit on the bed and bounce, bop, pop, pat, hum, and repeat shhhh shhhhh shhhhh over and over and when you have finished all of these things, start again and repeat until bub is back asleep. And then, good god, do not put him down. You sit upright to sleep so that she can get some sleep (that bit was a joke… although current research does suggest that closeness with mum may improve the situation.) and when you are utterly exhausted and borderline psychotic try to remember that YOU ARE YOUR BABY’S WORLD, THEIR HAPPY PLACE AND THE ONLY COMFORT HE OR SHE HAS IN THIS BIG, SCARY, OVER-STIMULATING WORLD. Which really doesn’t leave much room for sanity does it.
The good news is, as bub grows older he will, at some point, grow out it.
A great way to make sure you don’t isolate yourself is to give the local council a buzz and ask about local mum groups or playgroups. The support from other parents that are going through, or have in the past gone through, the same thing can be an absolute life saver.
Sending good luck, positive thoughts and white light your way lovely Mumma.

p.s. the raising children website offers information and support at:
http://m.raisingchildren.net.au/articles/overstimulation.html

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