A bit of a gripe (coping with colic).
Hello all, and thank you for the great welcome 🙂
This week, I’d hope to write about warm, fluffy, lovely things, but unfortunately, one issue has overshadowed everything and left me thinking of little else. It’s turning me into an emotional wreck and the lack of sleep makes my mind feel like a layer of cotton wool separates me from reality: little baby NW’s colic.
Now I can’t pretend to fully understand what colic is, but I know that it is a common complaint. For us it manifests itself at about 5pm every evening and can last all the way through till 3am. Poor little NW becomes rigid with pain and screams and screams until he manages to pass a little wind, has a moments reliif then starts screaming again.
We never experienced this with our eldest, and I can honestly say that to watch him in pain and not be able to comfort him is the worst feeling in the world.
So, over the past week or so we’ve been looking for ways to make little man, for want of a better word, fart!
So far we’ve tried conventional medicines without massive success. One of them is so packed full of sugar that I feel uncomfortable about giving it to him, especially at each feed which is what’s recommended. The other has to be mixed with warm, expressed milk and given before each feed, which just doesn’t sound practical. Can’t see myself getting the boobs out to express if he gets hungry while I’m out for a walk or sat in a cafe!
Someone had suggested fennel tea, and to be honest this was my instinctive first port of call, but as I couldn’t get any in our village I opted for the traditional medicines from the pharmacist first, promising myself I’d go to town some day soon.
Then, two days ago, the penny dropped. I’ve been admiring a beautiful bronze fennel as it settles into my border. Yup, I know you got there quicker than I did (blame it on the sleep deprived baby brain!)
So for the past day or so I’ve been drinking fresh fennel tea with a bit of honey. Is it working? A bit to early to say for sure, but little man does seem seem to be getting wind out a bit easier. Unfortunately, it is also having the desired effect on me; I just hope I have some friends left by the time the colic passes!
One thing that has been a massive help with the colic, and deserves a special shoutout is my my baby carrier. To be honest, its been a godsend! Holding little man close obviously gives him some comfort and leaves me with my hands free to care for my toddler. Not only that, but it seems that a few hours in the carrier from late afternoon to early evening seems to leave him less windy by night. My theory is that as he’s vertical fr the period leading up to an attack, it stops the trapped wind building up, but hey, I’m no scientist!
Anyway, if anybody has any hints or tips on coping with colic I’d be really grateful to hear them. The health visitor says it should pass by 8-12 weeks, but that feels like a really long way away right now! I’ll keep you updated with our progress with the babywearing/fennel tea route anyway.
Before I go, to leave things on a happier note, here are a few pics of things that have made me smile this week.
2. DW playing with his new Plan Toys farm house. The first thing he did? Make the farmer and his wife cuddle – aaaawwww!
4. NW being awake, not screaming, and looking super cute in his weehuggers wrap.
5. Homemade Gooseberry & Elderflower Jam – mmmm!
Bye for now!xxxx