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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Colic

Any blogging absence on my part can probably be explained by the following:


Colic

"Episodes of crying, irritability and fussiness" in healthy babies that:

  • Begin within the first three weeks of life [does 4 weeks count?]
  • Last up to or more than three hours a day [3 hours? on a good day...]
  • Occur at least three or more days a week [6 out of the last 8 days]
  • Continue for at least three weeks [not yet]
  • Disappear at about three months of age [say it isn't so!]

Colicky infants often seem unresponsive to attempts by their caretaker at typical soothing. Other colic baby symptoms include drawing up their legs, passing gas, sleeplessness and a red face. Most colic outbursts occur primarily in the early evening.

Yep. That pretty much describes it. :-(

Pearl is nearly inconsolable from about 6 to 10 (both AM and PM) just about every day. Unfortunately, no one but me ever sees her in the mornings, and no one but me and JM see her in the evenings (except on Sunday and Wednesday when we're at church - or rather, when we're in the cry room). Thus, to the rest of the world she is a sweet, calm, happy baby. The pediatrician looked at her on Tuesday and said, "Well she obviously isn't inconsolable, since she isn't crying now." Yes, well. Had she been in my house two hours earlier she might have thought differently.

Next steps: infant chiropractor, dairy-free diet (although it has been pretty close to that already), and reflux medicine.

(Because I know my mom will ask: I cut chocolate out of my diet. It didn't help.)

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5 have poured out their souls in electronic text:

  • Marianne

    Hi Harmony --- I'm sure you don't need more unsolicited advice, but if you're interested, I can give you my experience with both the dairy-free diet and acid reflux medication (both Axid and Prevacid). It was only a year ago - so, it's still VERY fresh in my mind. Please feel free to email me if you're interested.

    Praying for you and your family.

  • Smockity Frocks

    I'm so sorry! I know that is tough.

    This doesn't cure colic, but when my babies were like that, I paced with them, belly down, facing my elbow, legs straddling my palm and patting them firmly on the back with the other hand. (Does that make sense? I can email a pic.) That seemed to be the only way to get them to stop crying.

    Eventually, your arms and legs will wear out or you'll need a potty break and then you're back to the crying, but hopefully you enjoyed the little break.

    (Did you get the bonnet? Maybe she wants to wear it...)

  • JunkMale

    Connie,

    Ah, so sorry. We did receive it, and we are very grateful. One of these days we will take a picture of her in it :D

    In other news, we do hold her like that sometimes, or variants of that position.

  • Laura

    Yikes! Chiropractic work on a baby! Just be sure you find a reputable one who uses a very gentle touch...

    I'm so sorry you're having to deal with colic... the worst we had with Savannah was several stretches of 15 minutes where she was inconsolable each evening (maybe an hour a night total, but broken up). And that was stressful enough.

  • CappuccinoLife

    Oh, I'm so sorry you have to go through this. Sheer misery, I know. :(