Surviving Colic – Part I



Many newborns fuss and cry foul for protracted periods of time irrespective of day or night due to colic trouble. It is an arduous experience for the new moms and no amount of preparation what-so-ever can prepare them to face colic – the tenuous analysis for a newly born’s gutted crying. To many women colic can be harder on them than the newborn.

Even veteran mommas, who have bought up kids in the past, are still unsure on how to make a colic-stricken baby stop. This form of uncertainty is a perfectly normal feeling experienced among countless women across the globe. Below stated are few prevalent, excruciating reactions many mothers might have towards colic and what could possibly be of assistance.

Infant Colic‘Feeling like an inept mother’:

The euphoric sights of the woman in the tot-lotion advertisements – the one having the prim-&-proper hair and the contented baby chuckling away to glory – can make many a moms feel they are incompetent.

When one is already feeling like an awful mother, then the comparisons only seem to add insult to injury. Seeing new moms doting over their peaceable tots while one’s own baby is yelling hell can convince many that they are most awful mommas around. Many are confounded with thoughts of being utterly clueless in such situations and even at times feel that they have failed in their partner’s eyes.

Help At Hand:

One needs to cut oneself certain slack. Every mom tries her level best and does care – which is what goes into making a great mom. Anything one could find to pacify the moans & groans – like a mere swaddle, putting on some soothing music, stroking the child’s back – are all great fixes. However, one must avoid swathing one’s self-worth up in this, as babies simply can’t be pacified in that way.

‘Others don’t seem to decipher it’:

It can be quite daunting to watch some of the other newborns soundly sleep through social rendezvous when one’s personal experiences of having to handle a colicky child are otherwise.

It could be quite beneficial to join a mother’s group where one can connect with other furtively despondent moms of bawlers. There is no such thing as ‘all-perfect’ babies and the sullied secret of colic is that it is quite hard to bond with a baby one is unsure one even likes. Hence, one needs to get a load of those mother’s contact numbers and preserve it for 6 months from present time, when there would eventually be better connection between mother and the child. One needs to be patient, as it would eventually happen.

Help at Hand:

A great option would be to keenly search out for other women in likewise situations. One could check out the forum at Parenting.com/colic to get started with. Sharing one’s experiences with similar sufferers is an instant stress-buster and helps one gain better perspective of the situation at hand.

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  1. Christina says:

    Sometimes incessant crying has nothing to do with digestive issues and none of the traditional remedies work. If a child has continual colic, like my child did for 2 solid years, there is often another culprit. My son has sensory integration disorders and needed occupational therapy. We didn’t find this out until much later, 3rd grade to be specific, but his life and ours got much better then. The sad truth is that if my pediatrician had taken me seriously and gotten him this help before age 3 he would have had a great shot at growing up symptom free. As it is he’s okay but will be dealing with this for his whole life.

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