(Closed) Colic

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I haven’t had to deal with colic, thankfully. But my pediatrician told me all 4 of his kids were colicky babies. He recommends the book “The Happiest Baby on the Block” by Harvey Karp MD.

I’ve read the book, it has good techniques for calming babies and I found it useful even for my non-colicky baby.

Post # 4
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Our little girl went through a similar stage.  After a (ridiculous amount) of research, I discovered a few things – hopefully my discoveries will help you too!

It may not be colic.  Many babies go through a phase – usually between 3 and 8 weeks where they have an “arsenic hour” or “witching hour”.  For their first few weeks on earth they are all sleepy and unaware of their surroundings…they tend to just eat, sleep, and poop/pee!  But as they become more alert, they they can also become over stimulated. And for some babies, that equals melt down by the end of the day.  But fear not, for most it is just a phase!  My little one grew out of the worst of it by her 3rd month!

Like abbyful mentioned, the 5 S’s from the Happiest Baby on the Block were a lifesaver!  When nothing else would calm her down, we’d swaddle, put her on her side, swing, shush and stick her soother in, and 9 times out of 10 it would work like magic!

I also discovered that her awake periods were way too long during the day!  Thus she was geting overstimulated, and couldn’t wind herself down at the end of the day.  I thought she would just drift off to sleep when she was tired – yeah, not my highly alert baby!  She had very subtle tired cues, and would stay awake for hours at a time if I let her!  Once I started keeping track of how long she was awake for, and started putting her down within an hour (I think it was an hour at this point – cant remember – might have to double check that) her evening wailing sessions became much more manageable!

She was also a pretty gassy baby, so we used simethicone drops (goes by different brand names – Ovol is one) and that seemed to help too!

 Hope that helps a bit πŸ™‚

Oh and if all else fails, I found repeating “this too shall pass” as a bit of a mantra would help ME calm down, because with babies – it is so true!!  

Post # 6
152 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

@carriejuly: No prescription necessary for the gas drops.  We found them in the baby section of the drug store.  We found they worked best when we used them on a consistant schedule rather than randomly here and there.

I hear there are some babies that drift off to sleep on their own, but I think it might be an urban legend πŸ˜‰ I looked up sleep info for a babe your age, and the consensus is that a 6 week old should get about 15-16 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period, and their wakeful periods are usually only 45 min to 1.5 hours.  

Another interesting fact I found in my early baby day’s research is that the shortest awake time is usually right after they wake up in the morning – which seemed really counterintuitive to me as I figured they’d be able to stay up the longest after a good night’s sleep!  But I soon discovered this to be true with my daughter! And it’s remained that way as well.  She’s 9 months old now and can normally be awake for a 4 hour stretch without too much fussing EXCEPT in the morning after she first wakes; she only lasts about 2 hours before she needs that first nap! 

Oh and she didn’t settle into a true napping routine (ie 2 naps a day at specific times of the day) until she was about 8 months old.  Prior to that, I’d just check the time on the clock when she woke up, so I knew when to start putting her down again.  So if she woke at 7:00am, I’d put her back down at 7:45.  Then she might wake again at 8:30, so I’d watch her like a hawk by the time 9:15 rolled around, and put her down as soon as I saw any yawning or eye rubbing.

This resulted in a lot of mini naps throughout the day, but she would nap in the carrier so I could still get out and run errands or do some chores around the house πŸ™‚ And it meant a less cranky baby in the evening, which I felt was a good trade-off for having no real routine in the beginning!

Good luck!  Sending you happy, sleepy baby vibes πŸ™‚

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