Having a colicky baby can be very stressful to parents, especially first time ones. Your baby can cry very hard in the wee hours of the night (and even during daytime), and that give you the impression that something bad might be happening to him. It can be due to his developing digestive or nervous system, or maybe your baby needs to be caressed, or maybe your baby has swallowed air while being fed or perhaps your baby could have allergies to the milk formula or breast milk.
Your health provider can give you remedies for your colicky baby and would explain to you that your baby is in good shape. The colic will be disappearing in 4 to 6 months. While your health provider has good intentions in making your baby feel better, you have to feel better about the situation as well. But just how could you survive with 4-6 months of sleepless nights? You find yourself a support group.
Ask your health provider(s). Your pediatrician or OB GYN may have a list of support group contacts that you can join. These organizations go to clinics and give out their calling cards to offer their support for parents that may need their help. Your pediatrician may even want to organize a session where you and other parents with colicky babies can have a discussion about your experiences. The pediatrician can even check the babies during the session.
Explore the Yellow Pages. Who says looking for contact numbers in phone directories is obsolete? You can find a local colic support group in your place. You can seek out how to join the support group and ask about their schedule of sessions for you to start joining. These group sessions will allow you to share what you are experiencing with someone who totally experiences the whole thing. The interaction among parents with colicky babies will allow each other to learn from each other and may find new ways to help you get rid of infantile colic at an early stage.
Go online to find your support group. You can join online colic support groups if you do not have the time to participate in actual sessions or you are too far from the nearest local support group. Certain websites such as the website of the La Leche League or Brazelton's Institute can offer you online support. There are forum corners where parents can exchange ideas and ways to help out their babies with their colic problem. You can also address your problem on their message boards. You will be bombarded with suggestions and words of wisdom and inspiration in no time.
Having a colicky baby might be a stressful thing to undergo in the early stage of babyhood. It can eat up your time: time for yourself, time for work, time to do chores and even time to relax. But remember that it is just temporary. Your parental patience will be tested. But also bear in mind that you are not alone. There is always someone, somewhere in your place that experiences the exact same dilemma. Don’t worry, someone is willing to listen.