For the last six weeks we have been absolutely blessed to have Emilia in our lives. She is the sweetest little baby who loves her siblings and loves to be held. How do we know she loves to be held? Whenever we put her down she starts to cry. If I didn’t know any better I would think this wasn’t normal but it totally is. Babies are meant to be held especially babies as young as Emilia. Luckily you can’t spoil a baby.Crying is just their way of communicating with us. They cry for various reasons, because they’re hungry, because they need a diaper change and because they’re tired or overstimulated. Crying is normal.
For some babies though the crying is excessive, the excessive crying could be considered colic. Emilia just turned 6 weeks old which means that periods of colic may begin at any moment. So far we’ve been lucky with Emilia (for the most part) but I remember very clearly not being as lucky with Mason and Kyla. I remember being up for 2-3 hours while my kids just screamed and screamed. I tried everything and nothing seemed to work.
It wasn’t until I joined online mom groups with Kyla that I realized just how common these period of crying were. For some moms it was even worse and lasted for much longer. Did you know that 3 out of 10 babies may have colic at some point?
What exactly is colic? Colic sometimes is defined as crying for more than 3 hours a day, for more than 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks a month. The excessive crying typically happens in the evening or in the middle of the night. I know that for me that’s typically when my kids would start their crying fit.
While we certainly experienced what some would call colic I was lucky that it didn’t last for a long time. We were lucky since I was breastfeeding. Babywearing also seemed to help my kids a ton, although not always. One of the reasons that breastfeeding is helpful is because the probitoic Lactobacillus reuteri is naturally found in breastmilk. L. reuteri is also found in Gerber® Soothe Colic Drops making it a perfect supplement for breastfeeding babies who are experiencing colic. If you’re not breastfeeding it’s also found in Gerber® Good Start® Soothe Infant Formula which may be a great option for you if your baby isn’t breastfeeding and has colic. If you have any concerns, Gerber® has different experts available to answer any questions, just call: 1-800-203-4565.
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Did your baby have colic? How did you handle it?