Signs of a Colicky Baby - Warnings
& Tips From Babysitters
Your new bundle of joy is finally home from the
hospital. On one hand you are so happy to be a mother but there are many things which may at times make you wonder
if you are really up to motherhood.
Sometimes you might even feel a sense of despair especially if your baby keeps crying no matter what you do to try
to soothe her. It is really heartbreaking to watch your baby crying for so long and nothing seems to help much. You
start to wonder if you are a bad parent because your baby just won't stop crying. (Remember, this is not true. You
are the best parent your child could have) . You and your spouse may feel fleeting bouts of impatience at the
constant crying. You seem to be living in a nightmare and wondering how long this will go on since nothing seems to
help and it all seems so hopeless.
Don't be despair. Your child might just be colicky. It has nothing to do with whether you are a good mother or
But first, let us be sure it is colic we are talking about. Look out for these signs..
#1 Your baby cries for
3 or more hours each day
Sign #2 Your baby cries at about the
same time everyday
Sign #3 You have great difficulty
comforting your baby and have tried everything anybody advised
Sign #4 Your baby still cries even
after being changed and fed and even cuddled till you are worn out
Sign #5 Your baby is obviously in
pain when crying. This is evident when you see the knees drawn up, faced red and very distressed
So What Must You
• Be sure to discuss your baby's behavior with your doctor. There may be a serious
health condition such as acid reflux or other health conditions that need medical attention.
• If you feel yourself losing it, please call a friend, neighbor or family member for help and support. A colicky
baby is very stressful for the parents and it might be worthwhile to engage a full time confinement nanny to help
out. As confinement nannies or experienced babysitters they may have some special ways to help ease your baby's
discomfort through their years of working with babies. Their presence may also give you some assurance that
everything is under control.
• If you do not have the luxury of help from any experienced caregiver or grandparents and find it overwhelming
dealing with a crying baby, put the baby in a safe place like the crib and walk away and take a breather for a few
• Nobody will think less of you as a parent. Many of us have been there before and understand exactly what you are
going through. The important thing to remember is, no matter how bad it is, never shake your baby.
• And Daddy, please support your wife… take over the baby and let her have a rest. She needs all the care and
understanding in this difficult phase of motherhood. The colicky phase WILL pass sooner than you think it could at