Anastasia has been having fewer episodes so I can finally take a breather to write about something I have been meaning to discuss. For the past month or so that Anastasia has been home after being discharged it’s like she had an on-off switch. She would be an absolute darling during the day, smiling, peaceful, sleeping, and so on. But then when I would get home from work (around 6PM) it’s like the switch was flipped. Every night she would be grumpy, crying, sometimes inconsolable for hours.
That’s right our poor little girl had a mild case of colic. Colic, if you don’t know, is a condition in which baby’s will cry for hours at a time with no clear cause. It usually happens at around the same time every day and although our girl’s case was a mild one (usually we are able to finally calm her down after 2 or 3 hours at most) there are some tips and tricks that we learned to help us along the way.
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To start off the road of trying to soothe your baby and making nights more comfortable for her, you also want to think about the possibility of food sensitivities. Anastasia was originally taking my breast milk but started to develop very, VERY, bad gas and cramps from them and since my supply took a huge hit when we brought her home we decided to make the full transition over to formula. But she also has a milk intolerance so any formula containing milk will make her projectile vomit and just very uncomfortable and cranky all day. At the hospital she was given EleCare, which she tolerated much better but $50 for a 12oz can was pushing the limit of our checkbook, especially since the can wouldn’t even last us a week. So we are in the process of transitioning her to Enfamil’s ProSobee, and she has been doing fantastic with it. Even having less spit up issues.
But when that switch does flip and she gets into one of her episodes, there are a few things we have found that help us get her back into a calm and relaxed state and finally asleep.
Soothe via pacifier. This is hit or miss, sometimes her pacifier will hit the spot and help her calm down. Or sometimes it will have the opposite effect and just make her angrier.
SRS – Swaddle, Rock, Swing. These are three steps that you can take to soothe your seemingly inconsolable baby. We don’t have a swing but Anastasia loves being swaddled and rocking her in our arms can often help calm her down, or get there.
Hold your baby upright. Honestly, this is one of the most effective ways to get our Anastasia to calm down. She also has terrible reflux, so keeping her upright with her stomach against our chest is usually the best way to hold her, while she may continue to cry and kick up a fuss it is usually the most soothing way for her to be held.
Other than the steps that you can take to try soothing your baby there are also the two items that you can give your little to try and soothe their discomfort. Always remember to talk to your doctor/pediatrician before introducing any sort of medicinal treatment to your babies.
Gripe water is a mixture of water and herbs and sometimes some sodium bicarbonate, that will often having a soothing affect on your little ones hurting tummy. Our favorite gripe water is produced by Mommy’s Bliss and we would often just add the dose to her evening meal.
Gas drops is something I think we use more than Gripe Water because it seems to have a much more immediate affect. Gas drops contains the active ingredient known as simethicone which helps break up the gas bubbles in your little ones stomach. It is also often sweet in flavor which can help soothe your little ones crying fit and help them calm down, after which giving them the relief of being able to pass trapped gas. We’ve tried other brands too but seem to stick with Little Remedies gas drops.
As for which would work best for you or your baby, it varies each time. We’ve found gas drops have a much more immediate affect on Anastasia but I know other moms that swear by gripe water. And then during the worst of the colic days we would often give her a mix of both.
But overall the thing to remember most about your little one’s incessant crying and fussing is this:
It doesn’t last forever.
Because that is the truth of it. Before long you will realize that you are having much quieter nights and you won’t even remember the nights where you wanted to pull your hair out from sheer exhaustion and frustration.