Our Unconventional Way to Treating Colic
Let me start off by reviewing the medical definition of colic;
- If your baby cries for three hours a day
- For at least 3 times a week
- For three consecutive weeks
If you’ve answered yes to all three of those congratulations, you probably have yourself a colicky baby. Don’t worry our household is in the “peak” season for colic symptoms and I’m still somewhat sane, for now. Read on to see how my husband and I have learned to soothe our son during his colicky spells.
My pediatrician’s office had the pleasure of witnessing my son’s amazing range of vocals during his last appointment. It was at that time our doctor and a few other nurses all took their turns telling me everything would be ok and the crying will eventually stop. Why were they talking to me like I had clearly lost my mind? Well, looking back on it now I was crying during pretty much the entire appointment. Mostly because my son was also crying and I really couldn’t do much to help him at that moment. Also, because my baby crying and screaming in public gives me massive anxiety, but that’s a post for a later date. After that visit I was sent home with about a dozen articles full of tips and tricks on treating colic at home all of which I can promise you we have tried. This is what I have to say about the advice I was given, everything works sometimes but nothing works every time. If you have a colicky baby you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Instead of repeating the advice your doctor, family and even friends might be telling you I’ve put together an unconventional list of ways my family deals with colic. They might work for you or they might not. All I know is if my baby is screaming his head off I become desperate to help him in any way and these are the tricks I found in that pure desperation.
Get them adjusted.
This one wasn’t really found in desperation but as a chiropractor myself, I try to adjust my son twice a week. On the weeks I don’t make time for adjustments I see a huge downfall in his behavior. I found a research study showing that 94% of infants with signs of colic showed significant improvements within 14 days of chiropractic care, (roughly three visits). Since chiropractic care works on the root of the problem investing your time and money into this will only help you and your baby in the long run. Find a chiropractor near you that works with children and get your little one in ASAP.
Lay them on their side.
Putting him on a somewhat hard surface such as his crib or changing table then rolling him directly onto his side seems to ease his gas pains. I do want to stress that leaving your child unattended in this position is probably not a good idea. When we do this I try to get down close to his face and talk to him in order to calm him down.
Blow raspberries on their belly.
I told you these were unconventional. One evening when the crying was particularly loud and my patience’s was extremely thin the crazy part of my brain told me to start blowing raspberries on his belly. (I’m not sure if everyone calls it this but to explain further, it’s pretty much making tooting sounds with your mouth on his or her belly.) I’m weird, I know, but for the record he stopped crying almost instantly. Whether he’s just utterly confused at what I’m doing or it actually somewhat soothes his gas pains I really don’t care. It works and it works every time.
A few conventional tips that have worked for us as well:
I also have purchased the FridaBaby Windi from Frida Baby and planned on hopefully adding that to this post but it just arrived yesterday afternoon and of course he was perfectly fine all night. More to come for you regarding this product soon!
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