Oh girls my life is over. The C Word is rearing its ugly head in our home. Not talking about the one that rhymes with runt. Or the one that rhymes with dancer…. I”m talking about the other, other C word….
- Baby colic (also known as infantile colic) is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day for more than three days a week for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child between the ages of two weeks and four months.
My poor little girl is a screamy crying mess each night. Her hands are these tight clenched fists so tight they turn white, her whole body is clenched and writhing in discomfort, and her cries. Oh god…her cries. They’re so shreiky…yet gutteral…it just cuts through me.
She’s not completely inconsolable, but pretty close. She stops the wailing for only a few heavenly seconds before starting up again. And the crying goes on for hours. HOURS!
So let’s just do a quick recap of my daily life: Spend all day wrangling the sharknado toddler, attempting to run a business from home, and care for a generally fussy and sensitive infant, then just as I get the sharknado in bed… Big C takes over.
The cries seriously frazzle me, my nerves are shot. I oscillate from feeling so sorry for my squirmy crying baby girl, to feeling like finding a length of rope to hang myself from.
I’ve started to dread night time! Kaya wakes Roey up sometimes. So that’s extra fun, a fussy tired toddler in one ear, and a colicky infant in the other.
It’s been about a week and a half….and the doctor said it will usually go away in about 3 months. THREE MONTHS IS FAR TOO LONG! But we can’t do anything other than wait it out.
Or can we?
I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on and found that while nothing is 100% sure, the reasons for colic are gas, an immature digestive system with wacked out gut flora, hyper sensitivity (basically burnout from a too-stimulating day) and reflux.
It’s definitely not reflux for Kaya because she barely spits up ever. But she’s definitely gassy, and maybe super sensitive.
So, despite there being no “proof” of this, I’ve taken things out of my diet that make me gassy or that I have a sensitivity to like milk, raisin bran/shreddedwheat cereals, cabbage and broccoli, and I’ve started taking a probiotic in addition to the one in my Shakeology. Considering giving her one as well, but we’ll see. Also started doing a suggestion from Dr. Sears, to feed her 1/2 as long and twice as often.
The past 2 nights have not been as bad after these changes so hopefully this can work… She’s so uncomfortable and I wish I could just do a magic spell to make it instantly go away.
Pray for us!
Have you dealt with a colicky baby?