Not all babies experience colic, however, it is common. Colic can start around two weeks after the birth of your baby. It peaks at about 8 – weeks and tends to end around 12- weeks of age. (Hooray!)
What is Colic?
Colic is likely the problem when a baby cries for anything up to two hours or more, with a high
pitched “Wa waaaaa”. Some parents I meet say it happens in the early evening around 6-8 pm, while for
others it can occur earlier in the afternoon. It can be very distressing for baby and for you as their mother or caregiver. The sympathetic nervous system is going into overdrive and the baby can scream
very loudly, and high pitched.
Sleepingbaby tips for managing your baby
I would suggest firstly remain calm. Try a tight swaddle, I know this is hard with a baby screaming in your ear and writhing around, but a tight swaddle does help.
Have the baby in a side hold up on your shoulder or in your arms.
Try shushing quite loudly in the baby’s ear. Or place white noise on too.
Patting baby on their back, rhythmically and then lighter in a tick-tock motion.
Rubbabies back up and down.
Look at external stimuli, meaning if it is early evening and you are wanting the baby to go for their nap, darken the room and I suggest playing white noise.
Do not despair!
Some parents I have worked with find it doesn’t start at 2-weeks-old, but the fourth or sixth week. This does happen! If your baby was born prematurely at 37- weeks and the due date was 3 weeks from now, your baby could get colic at around 10-weeks of age from the original due date, not their birth date.
It does pass!!!
If you would like support and further advice, then contact me today and we can work together to help your baby on their sleep journey.
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