Something to consider when trying to solve your baby’s colicky tendencies is FORMULA! If you are breastfeeding exclusively, you will surely consider how what you are eating might be affecting your little one, but for those who are formula feeding, take heed — all formulas are NOT created equal! We started our little guy out on Enfacare since he was preemie. It tore up his little tummy! But, we really couldn’t switch since he needed it to gain weight. Once he was growing like a weed, I switched to Enfamil Gentlease, hoping it would help his tummy issues, but I didn’t see much difference. Our pediatrician thought he might have acid reflux and prescribed Zantac and possibly the use of Enfamil AR formula. I really didn’t see much difference with this, and I am not a fan of putting babies on meds, so I discontinued use. Then, I learned that Similac Sensitive is lactose free. A-ha! Let’s try this one, I thought. What a difference! He is eating tons, no spit up, no gurgly tummy, and no more pulling legs up to belly and screaming. Does he still cry a bunch? Yup, but at least now I know it is not tummy related. My advice is keep trying until you find something that works, but be sure to give each formula at least a couple of weeks before switching, so your baby’s tummy has a chance to adjust and see if it works. Onward and upward!
Okay, we’ve all been there. You’re trying to make dinner, do the laundry, soothe baby, and maintain your sanity (maybe even get a glass of wine in!), but you can’t do it all at once. So, how do you get your little one to take a short nap so you can buy 30 minutes? Well, it’s time to bust out those old jams because tunes with heavy bass in them remind baby of mama’s heartbeat and can seriously send them off to dreamland. What’s the catch? You have to play it LOUD! Things were not quiet in the womb, so don’t be afraid to blast those tunes! One night when I was at the end of my rope, I turned up the radio, which just happened to be playing “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, poured myself a glass of wine, and just tuned out the baby’s cries. To my surprise, within minutes, the baby had fallen asleep?? The wine was consumed, dinner was made (and eaten – amazing!), and a good time was had by all.
Have you tried it? Doctor approved, this is a way to soothe your baby by holding him so your fingers are massaging his tummy. Put your hand so that your thumb is on your infant’s rear and your fingers are on his tummy. Lean him forward and use your other hand to support his chest. Gently press your fingers into his belly to soothe him. You can also put your baby on your forearm to leave one hand free, but the first way works best for me, although it gets tiring!! Good luck!
To all you moms and dads out there dealing with colicky babies – I feel your pain (and your baby’s)! Colic seems like a made-up term, but dealing with the symptoms of colic are very real. I tend to take a “this too will pass” approach to the situation when my 2-month-old starts acting up, but sometimes when the going gets tough and the crying gets louder, you have to find a solution that works. This blog is dedicated to sharing those solutions, stories and providing a little comic relief when you feel like crying too.
Stay tuned and stay strong!