Growing up, my parents would always tell the story of how I had colic when I was a baby. They would take turns carrying me around for hours while I screamed and screamed, and there was nothing they could do to comfort me. So it is understandable that when I told them that Enzo had colic, they just looked at me and smiled. Just kidding. They really did feel bad. Anyone who has dealt with colic understands how truly difficult it can be.
Enzo’s colic began when he was a few weeks old. I knew that it was colic, because I went through it with Luca as well. Enzo would start crying at about 6:30 PM, and wouldn’t stop until about 9:30 PM. The crying was actually more like screaming. His little face would turn red, and he would kick his legs, and there was nothing you could do to calm him down. I guess I was “lucky” that these fits occurred in the evenings, so that Charley was there to help. And by help, I mean taking a turn holding Enzo so that I didn’t go completely crazy.
Did you know that 3 out of 10 babies suffer from colic? That is a huge number! And both my little guys are part of that statistic. I dealt with in both of my babies, for months and months on end. During that time, there were some things that I learned that helped to manage the colic and maintain my sanity.
Ask for Help
With Enzo, I had Charley’s help in the evenings. He would take Enzo during his screaming fit so that I could get a break. I would go take a shower or read a book. With Luca, he had the most trouble during the day. Occasionally, I would ask my sister-in-law or a friend to come over, when I was starting to feel really overwhelmed. This is so important. Colic is so incredibly hard to deal with – you can’t do it alone!
Take a Drive
This was suggested to me on many occasions by parents who had dealt with colic themselves. Sometimes the movement of the car can help to settle your crying baby. This did not work for Luca at all – the car actually agitated him more! But with Enzo, the car was soothing to him, and he would even fall asleep occasionally. Now this didn’t work every time, but it still is something to try!
Go For a Walk
Similar to a car ride, a stroller ride can also help! Both my little guys enjoyed going for a walk around our neighborhood in their stroller. The slight bounce of the stroller and the fresh air would sometimes calm them down. Plus it got me out of the house as well! Like the car ride, this didn’t work every time, but if nothing else, I was getting out of the house and enjoying some fresh air.
Look for a Cause
Research shows that the type of bacteria in the infant’s intestine may determine whether a child is colicky. This suggests a role for probiotics to help support a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract of colicky infants. In particular, the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri has been clinically shown in multiple studies to reducing crying time in colicky infants.
Try Gerber Soothe Colic Drops
Once learning this, we decided to try a couple of things. I breastfed both of them, so I changed my diet to eliminate certain foods. We also started using Gerber Soothe Colic Drops. Gerber Soothe products (both the drops and formula) contain L. reuteri, which is a probiotic that is safe for infants and naturally found in breastmilk. When using these drops, their crying really lessened! Gerber’s promise is “Less crying means more smiling for all!” This was definitely true!
When coping with colic, this was our #formulaforhappiness! What is yours?