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I have two adorable lovely children. They are my sun and moon. (Thank you Daenerys Targaryen) There is nothing better in this world than knowing that they are happy and healthy.
Here’s the rub though – when your kid has colic, there really is NOTHING you can do to fix it. Your kid will cry, and cry, and cry, and CRY for hours on end. You will be sleepless. You will be tired. You might even fall into depression. Your only option is to just wait and let it sort itself out. Only time fixes colic. But there are things you can do to help ease the crying, and at least soothe your colicky baby. My new go-to solution is to use the brand new Little Remedies® Colic Relief and Gas Relief drops from Target. But more on that in a bit….
My newborn baby girl is an extremely easy going baby. She smiles a lot, is healthy, breastfeeds well, and has plenty of poopy diapers. Tall Dad often says that our little lass is “the greatest baby that’s ever been created.”
Which, to be honest, we deserve. Because our son Rhys was freakin’ awful. (More on this in a minute)
But even though she is “greatest baby that’s ever been created,” our little lass’ easy going personality can be overcome by a few fussy nights here or there.
Are you crying frequently? Are you super anxious? Are you not finding joy in things that you used to? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you need to call your doc ASAP. I wish I had called mine much sooner. Getting help for not just my baby but also myself was very important.
Now, there isn’t a magic pill out there that can CURE colic, but there are some medicines that can help soothe your baby or lessen his crying.
I was perusing the baby aisle in Target last week, and came across a NEW product by Little Remedies® called Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Relief which has no artificial flavors, colors, dyes or alcohol. I picked some up, because even though my new baby doesn’t seem to have colic, I’d like to be safe and have this colic relief on hand just in case!
Little Remedies® also has Gripe Water and Gas Relief Drops – which are fast acting, safe, and have no artificial flavors, no dyes, no parabens. We have already used the gas relief drops several times with my baby girl, and the results have been quick! I like this brand a lot, and did a bit of research about their products:
- Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Relief (dietary supplement)
- Chamomile herbal blend shown to reduce crying by 60%*ᵻ
- No Artificial flavors, colors, dyes or alcohol
- Little Remedies® Gripe Water (dietary supplement)
- Safe, Gentle relief of stomach discomfort and gas from Colic and Hiccups*
- Fast Acting
- No artificial flavors, no dyes, no parabens
- Gas Drops (drug product)
- Safe, Gentle Relief from stomach discomfort
- Works in minutes
- No artificial flavors, no dyes, no alcohol
3. Track your baby’s sleep/eating/and fussy periods:
You won’t really know unless you write down what happens – either with pen and paper or an app. My favorite baby tracking app is called Baby Connect. It’s available on smartphones, tablets, the computer and even Apple Watch.
DO NOT be the proud mom who thinks she can handle everything. This is nothing against you – but you can’t handle everything.
It’s time to whip out the big guns.
When you are with your baby, wear ear plugs. You’ll still hear him crying, but it won’t be excruciating. Or wear some headphones and play soft music. (Tall Dad used to love listening to The Leftovers Soundtrack because it was soft, but had just enough oomph to block out the cries.)
I know it sounds stupid. But remember that scene with the whales and the space ship in Star Trek IV? Sounds that are deadened are much easier to handle. Trust me, get that high pitched shrill out of your house. It’ll help.
The weather is finally getting cooler – so make the most of it. Go outside for a walk with your baby – especially during witching hours. Fresh air makes babies often fall asleep, or they are encamped by the sights and sounds outside. In other words, the sights, sounds, air freshness, smells, and everything that comes with being outside tends to overwhelm their brain circuits – and their little brain tells them to fall asleep so that it can categorize all the information it just took from being outside.
7. Make sure you are soothing your baby with the five S’s:
Keeping them upright also helps work out extra gas bubbles. Wearing them skin to skin also will help — but no matter what – wear your colicky baby!!
In fact, WHENEVER the baby is not crying, take pictures and videos. It’s easy to only remember how much they cried and how tired you were. The good times are so few and far between that they are easily forgotten. But, if you have these key pictures/ videos, you will look back on them, and this time, fondly.
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Here are those deals I was telling you about — There’s a Target Cartwheel Offer where the new Little Remedies® Advanced Colic Relief Drops are 20% Off. The deal begins 9/13 and runs through 10/17, and the product is available in the BABY AISLE. There is also a Target Gift Card Offer – if you buy the Gripe Water and Gas Drops you will get a $5 Target Gift Card! These items are in the digestive aisle, and the deal runs 9/27 and runs through 10/17. If you head on over to the Little Remedies® website (here) you can get some free samples, and also a few moms will win an in person rescue from the Little Remedies® Rescue Team.
My poor niece was colicky and I always felt so bad for her (and my sister in law).
I am very lucky that my son didn't have this, but my friend had a terrible time with it. This was not around when her son was little, but these are great tips for all the tired mom's out there.
Dealing with a colicky baby is hard. Sometimes it felt like it would never end. Even though my baby days are done, hopefully I will have grandchildren some day and I will be able to pass on these great tips.
Man, I wish this had been around when my son was a baby. He had the WORST colic in the world.
My son had the worst colic in the world. It turns out he had a hidden illness.
I can't imagine going through this, and I can se why your doctor might have attributed your depression to this! Getting outside is really a great idea – the sun and fresh air will help you calm down and (as you said) your baby will be distracted.
thankfully my littles didn't have colic, but Little Man had horrible gas. He would cry and cry and I was at such a loss… but those gas relief drops really, really helped!
I salute anyone going through colic. It is so tough on the whole family and I know I was willing to try anything!
Running water and car rides were big helps for us when two of our kids were cranky at night. It's a rough time to get through – that lack of sleep really wears on you. Great tips for others going through this!
I didn't wear my baby, but close enough. I held her for a period of hours every night during her colicky months. It worked, but oh my gosh that was a tough time!
One of my kids had minor colic but some of my friends have suffered from it severely. Any little bit helps!
My 2nd oldest son had colic horribly as a baby. Thankfully they outgrow it.. Great tips!
Colic can be so hard for a new parent to deal with. I'm so glad there are products that can help!
My son had colics and it was a nightmare. I wish I knew about Little Remedies back then.
These are such great tips! Bookmarking this as our new little one has bouts of colic from time to time. I need to remember these tips to help me make it through the colicy hours! #client
Colic is more of a general term for a baby that cries a ton, it is not an actual real medical term. A condition, absolutely, but it just means "the doctors don't know why" the baby cries so much. My son had horrible "colic"; for his first 5 months he didn't sleep well (no one did). We tried elevating him on a wedge, a swing, holding him for hours on end…
Turns out it was acid reflux. Something I identified (crazy enough the doctor confirmed, ask my wife i am never right). Two days of baby Pepcid and he slept for 6 hours (previous record was 3). We ended up changing to baby Zantac within a week…he slept for 8 hours…then 10. Every night. He was cured within a month.
Prior every time he ate then laid down he cried. Since the eat every couple hours – every nap, every diaper change, every let me set you down in something turned into a arched back scream for 15 min to hour long crying session. Acid reflux.
Apparently super common and if you read up on colic you will find about 50% of the time it turns out to be acid reflux. These are great tips, especially talking to your doctor.
Also the reason they seem to outgrow it is the valve that keeps the stomach acid from climbing was likely underdeveloped and finally caught up. We've had 2 friends since that ended up having babies with acid reflux that we hopefully helped stem their time of no sleep. (It was so hard, truly terrible for all of the family).
I have been at my wits end due to severe colic in my newborn who won’t sleep through the night and crying all over the time. After trying a bunch of remedies Babies magic tea finally did the work and settled his colic.
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