Thursday, 3 August 2017

A Guide To Dealing With Colic In Infancy...

*This post is brought to you in collaboration with BioGaia Probiotic Drops.

There's little else in life that can compare to the joy of welcoming a new child into your home. 

For most parents, the journey from conception to birth is a time that is both blessed with wonder and fraught with worry. It all culminates with the exhilarating act of cradling your new child in your arms, as you step over your own home's threshold to begin a new life together.
Let the parenting journey begin. New life is a sheer miracle.

No matter how hard you prepare for life with an infant, it's impossible to gauge just what your experience with your baby will be once you arrive home. For mums, fatigue and exhaustion as they recover from the pregnancy and birth, sleepless nights, the baby blues and for some, post-natal depression, plus the inevitable battle with feeding issues, are all common and expected experiences in those precious early weeks and months.

Add to that new baby equation, the issues and stresses a newborn child introduces into your life; those innumerable nappies, the fiddly and time-consuming bathing experiences, the mountains upon mountains of washing, sterilising, settling and so on. All are demanding daily elements which are added to any household's normal load.

All babies will bring with them the natural and expected act of crying. For an unfortunate percentage of parents though, some will bring home a child who goes on to suffer from colic. Colic can be defined as frequent and excessive bouts of crying, present in a baby who is otherwise well-fed and healthy. It has no known cause but is suspected to be triggered by an imbalance of healthy gut bacteria

While it is perfectly normal for infants to cry, (up to three hours a day is considered average), a colicky baby will often cry inconsolably for three or more hours a day, and typically in the afternoon to evening period. Colic usually begins around the first few weeks of life and usually dwindles by the time an infant reaches around four  to five months of age.

The following is a rundown of what to look out for, and what you should know about colic in infants.

Colic in babies is accompanied by identifiable common symptoms. Colicky babies can typically appear distressed, red-faced, cry inconsolably and clench their fists as well as draw their knees up to their chest. While this is undoubtedly distressing to witness as a parent, rest assured that providing you have fed, changed, (and fed your child again!), and that you are certain your child is otherwise comfortable, the colic itself presents no long-term ill effects. Importantly, your child should continue to gain weight and otherwise thrive despite the colic experience.

Seek the opinion of a medical practitioner. First things first - it is vitally important to seek professional medical advice to rule out the unknown. Colic symptoms can present in a similar way to reflux for example, and the treatment for this affliction differs entirely.
Begin with a visit to your GP for true peace of mind.

Once colic is confirmed, it's time to take action as best you can. Start by holding your baby or wearing him or her against you to provide comfort that will soothe you both despite the prolonged episodes of crying. Babies enjoy the motion of their mother's movement and infants may find baby wearing, as well as skin-to-skin, close contact comforting. Colicky babies may also enjoy the repetition of patting or a gentle baby massage.

Do not over-stimulate your baby. Dim the lights or shut the blinds during the tough periods. Try holding or rocking your child gently. 'White noise' or a soothing CD, quietly played or a gentle baby toy such as a mobile may provide relief. Avoid startling your child with sudden movements or noise.

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Look after yourself too. It's no news that babies are little radars that are finely tuned to the emotional state of their mothers. If you're stressed, upset or angry, (the unrelenting nature of colic can certainly make you feel this way), your child will sense this and react accordingly. Try to remain calm and constant during the difficult periods, as hard as that may seem.  

If it all gets too much, carefully and comfortably place your baby in his or her bed and leave the room. Take a breather, make a coffee, put on a wash load or just take a shower. Your child will not suffer, and in times of great stress, a short break on your part can be essential for your mental and physical health overall. Return to your baby after you have recharged as this may assist you both to settle down. 

Don't feel guilty. Colic is not your fault. Remember that this stage will pass, so try to keep your sanity. Call on friends and family to help out during the times of the day when you know to expect your baby's crying episodes. Have helpers prepare meals, babysit your other kids or do some general organising, tidying or your must-do errands, so that you can deal with the comforting of your little one without the additional stresses that may undermine your efforts.

Trust your intuition. Your mother's instinct is your greatest asset as a parent. Trust yourself. You know your child more intimately that any other. Believe in yourself and your ability to raise your little person. Recognise that you are doing your very best at all times.

Remember, with time the colicky period will pass and that happy times are ahead for your whole family.

Have you experienced a child who suffered from colic?
How did you cope with your child's colic?

*Disclosure: Views expressed are the personal views of Six Little Hearts
and do not necessarily reflect the views of Nestlé.


  1. I was extremely fortunate I guess, I don't think either of my babies suffered from colic.

  2. No colic here, but my last baby suffered with silent reflux. Good medication sorted him out and he went back to his delightfully textbook little self, that laughed in his sleep. Listening to a little baby chuckle in their sleep is hilarious. Seventeen years later he is still a very chilled human.

  3. We got lucky and neither of my boys had colic but I have heard how hard it is to deal with! Definitely second your recommendation to get an expert opinion on it, one of my friends could never figure out why sometimes her boy would just suddenly scream in agony and then calm down again - turns out it wasn't colic but a dairy allergy!

  4. I can't imagine how stressful it would be to have a baby with colic. I feel for the parents going through it!

  5. Luckily I never had to deal with Colic when my son was a baby. I can't imagine the stress of this on top of everything else!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  6. Arrggh, colic... the word brings back horrible memories. I suffered from severe colic until I was in my late teens. I ended up at the hospital with what we thought was appendicitis once - nope, colic. I used to sit up all night and rock on a chair to try and deal with the pain time after time! Can't imagine what poor babies must go through, and their Mums as well!

  7. I am so grateful that my baby did not have colic. I think it's important for parents like you said to realize or remember that it is not their fault and eventually it will pass.

  8. Isabel was colicky and never liked to be put down. Cried the house down and hardly slept for the first couple of months. It was hard and I did make sure she was safe and walked out the back door and around the garden a few times! Drops and massage finally helped us. She was my only one, the other two were fine.

  9. My son had extreme episodes of colic everyday up until he was 3 months. He would scream on top of his lungs as if he was dying. And it occurred late in the evenings just when we were all exhausted & ready for bed. It would last for 2 hours at a time or more. At that time he was being breastfed, & not even the breast would soothe him.

    Most of the time, what worked was an organic tea supplement called Babies magic tea. I used to give this tea in expressed milk mixing one oz tea in 8oz milk for two feedings. Also, I was drinking this stuff to pass it thru my breast milk.


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