Hearing your baby cry can be heart-wrenching at the best of times. When they are suffering from colic, the crying is relentless and nothing you do seems to soothe them, it can be even harder.
Whether you’re a first-time parent of you’ve welcomed a new addition to your family, everything that goes with having a newborn baby can be wonderfully rewarding – and exceptionally exhausting. And if your baby has colic, this exhaustion may also be combined with stress and frustration that you’re unable to settle your little one.
While you undoubtedly want to find ways you can ease your baby’s discomfort and stop them crying, sometimes you can’t. And sometimes you need to think about your own wellbeing as well. Don’t be ashamed if you need a break – it’s hard! Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t feel like you have to try and deal with your baby all on your own. Call on friends and family, find a local mum and baby group, or join an online forum where you can talk to other parents going through the same thing, and maybe even pick up some tips to help you through.
Colic is common, but that doesn’t make it any easier when you’re experiencing it first-hand. But, you’re far more likely to be able to cope with your colicky baby if you find time to look after yourself too.
Of course, there are lots of things you can try to soothe and calm a baby with colic. Some may work for you and some may not. Some may seem a bit ‘out there’ but it’s worth a go!
The one thing to remember, although it may seem impossible to think of anything else when you can’t remember the last time you slept, let alone had a shower or a hot cup of coffee… infant colic will pass. Even if it’s here in full force right now, it won’t be around forever.