Imagine living in a world that is simple:
Then suddenly, you are overwhelmed with different sights, sounds, feelings, and needs!
Babies with mild temperaments and self soothing abilities will be able to adjust this extreme change easier than those without.
What does this really mean in relation to Colic?
I think Dr. Harvey Karp explained it best when he wrote, “Babies with easy temperaments and great state control can handle the amazing new world around them. But infants with challenging temperaments and poor self-calming ability get pushed into colic by too much excitement, too much stillness, and too little womb rhythms” (Happiest Baby on the Block)
Simply put, some babies just struggle with all the new changes the outside world brings!
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First, keep in mind that there is no cure for Colic. It’s not even a medical condition! It’s just a term used for extreme fussiness often defined by babies who are otherwise healthy but cry for more than 3 hours per day for more than 3 days in a row for more than 3 weeks. Whether your child technically meets this criteria for Colic or not, here are some strategies to try to help reduce the amount of crying and fussiness.
1. Sooth your baby by making it FEEL like the womb.
Use a snug swaddle for all sleep times
2. Sooth your baby by making it SOUND like the womb.
3. Reduce stimulation
4. Give yourself breaks away and remind yourself that you are doing an amazing job!
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Karp, Harvey. The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer. 2nd Revised, Updated ed., Bantam, 2015.
M.D., Weissbluth Marc. Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, 4th Edition: A Step-by-Step Program for a Good Night’s Sleep. 4th ed., Ballantine Books, 2015.