Coping with Colic & Creating Calm
Originally Written by: Nested Bean as
"The Dreaded Colic"
Line edited by: M.B.Varville-Rodriguez
One way babies communicate their wants and needs is by crying. Cries may have different sounds, tones, and inflections depending on the type of need, and parents become amazing translators for each of these cries. But sometimes babies can exhibit prolonged crying, and it seems like there's no way to comfort them. If this sounds like your house and your little one is inconsolable, it might not be regular crying. Your baby might be experiencing colic.
exactly is colic? An article written by Mayo clinic staff reports:
"Colic is frequent, prolonged and intense crying or fussiness in a healthy infant. Colic can be particularly frustrating for parents because the baby's distress occurs for no apparent reason and no amount of consoling seems to bring any relief. These episodes often occur in the evening, when parents themselves are often tired."
No matter how you define colic, it’s difficult for any parent to see their sweet little one inconsolable. The onset of colic is sudden, takes parents by surprise, and leaves parents feeling helpless. Normal efforts to console their baby might feel completely ineffective during this time.
How to Determine Crying vs. Colic
As both you and your baby get used to each other, determining whether your baby’s cries are average or excessive can be a bit tricky. "The Rule of 3" is most helpful for parents and doctors when determining if your baby has colic.
- Your baby is 3 weeks or older
- Your baby cries at least 3 hours or more
- You observe this behavior at least 3 days per week for 3 or more weeks in a row.
How to Help Your Baby
While there’s no “cure” for colic, there are some strategies that parents can try to alleviate the symptoms and create a calmer environment for everyone.
- The Airplane hold: Also referred to as the "colic carry" or "colic hold." Try holding your baby belly side down on your forearm, as if you were doing the airplane with them. The light pressure and warmth from your arm on their bellies is known to help with colic.
- Bring on the noise: A slow and constant humming eases babies during colic. Start the washing machine, vacuum cleaner, or a soft noise machine to calm your little one during the onset of colic.
- Change of guards: Handing your baby to someone else may at times do the trick. Babies can sense your tense energy.
- Swaddle your baby: The pressure of the swaddle and cocoon-like feeling is particularly calming as it mimics the womb environment and helps reduce the impact of being over stimulated.
When it comes to swaddling, not all swaddles are created equal. During this stressful time, you’re going to want the best. That’s where Nested Bean and their Zen Swaddle® come in!
Zen Swaddle's construction reduces random arm movements and can help ease your baby's discomfort. It's also a great alternative to the airplane hold. The lightly weighted design adds gentle pressure on baby's belly to ease colic.
It’s time to create the calm that you and your baby deserve. Check out Nested Bean’s article for more information and tips regarding colic. You are invited to do your own research and check out this site to learn more about weighted sleepwear. Hang in there. Nested Bean is here to help! We look forward to hearing how you're doing.
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