Colic is one of the most exhausting periods that a new parent will experience. Not only are you dealing with a newborn, their irregular schedules, and learning one another, but you are dealing with a baby that just won’t stop crying. You may feel like you are failing as a parent (because you cannot console them), your relationships will very much be tested, and you may struggle with feeling bonded with your baby. Colic is downright hard! But understanding colic can help you as a new parent to overcome these hurdles and be able to embrace this short phase and help your baby.
Colic is described as a healthy baby cries regularly for more than 3 hours a day or a prolonged period of time. Colic does not necessarily start at birth and can present itself around 4-6 weeks of age. Luckily, it generally goes away as quickly as it started between 3-4 months of age.
When you think of all of the crying, it sounds extremely exhausting! It is, for both parents and the baby. The crying tends to be worse in the evening time but that is not always the case. Each baby is different and will have different patterns.
When your baby cries for prolonged periods of time frequently, this can mean you have a colic baby. Other signs to look for are
It is not known what causes colic. Digestive issues are commonly associated with colic but there are also other attributing factors as well.
There is no cure to colic but it will get better! Usually around 3-4 months of age, your baby will outgrow the colic. It can literally happen overnight. Though there is not a cure, there are definitely some steps you can take to help soothe your baby.
There are a couple things to look out for if you are breastfeeding and your baby is colic!
Colic is hard. There is no doubt about it! The Mommy Wrap was created to help soothe colic so both parents and baby can find some relief. The Mommy Wrap also is a fantastic was to babywear and also have a free hand to get stuff done.
When you are dealing with a colic baby there is going to be a lot of time spent holding your precious bundle. The Mommy Wrap assists in keeping your baby upright, close to your body, and also in a warm secure environment (much like the womb). All of these factors can help soothe your baby. There are so many other benefits to the Mommy Wrap which you can check out here.
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