The Real Colic

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This post has stuff about religion. My perspective has changed

I know we’re on kind of a downer streak as far as blogging lately so I’ll try to keep this short and sweet.

Colic is not what you think it is. It is not when a baby cries and screams for five minutes or 10 minutes and then goes on peacefully cooing, however hard that may be. It is not just a day long spell of gas once a week. It is uncontrollable screaming, coughing, wimpering, and whining for weeks on end, month after month. It’s the most awful and most pitiful thing you’ve ever seen. It is not easy to diagnose and it is almost impossible to stop, even temporarily.

Once you realize what colic is you will begin to go through the same scientific process that we have. You will inevitably ask the following questions:
* Does she have diaper rash

  • Is she sick?

  • Does she have reflux

  • Is she constipated?

  • Is she gassy?

  • Is she lactose intolerant?

  • Does she just miss the womb?

  • Maybe she is just generally uneasy?

After you’ve asked those questions and more, you will begin to take personal action.
* Use more diaper cream

  • Give her Tylenol

  • Sit her up at a 30 degree angle after feeding

  • Make sure not to jostle her after feeding

  • Do not feed laying down

  • Do not allow her to sit crunched up, knees against chest

  • Give her Mylicon

  • Stop eating all dairy products including milk, cheese, ice cream, breads made with milk

  • Start using soy milk (yuk!)

  • Stop eating tomatoes, cabbage, broccolli or other gassy vegetables

  • Swaddle her as tight as you can

  • Use a sling

  • Walk

  • Keep her very warm

  • Use a pacifier

  • Dance

  • Sway

  • Sing

  • Talk quietly

  • Talk loudly

  • Take her to the pediatrician

Eventually you will realize that there is nothing you can do except pray that God will have mercy on your family and comfort the poor child. Our only hope right now is that it only lasts, on average, about four months. Three down…one to go.