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When LP was a baby I didn’t experience colic at all. I didn’t even know what it meant or how common it was. But when we had Little Man nearly two years later he would cry constantly every night. The crying would last for hours and the only way to make him happy was to feed him or sit and rock with him but then he would either be sick because he’d eaten too much or he would start to cry again the moment I put him back into his cot.
What was it like when our son had colic?
These nights of relentless crying seemed to last forever. Those nights started so early into his life but thankfully for us he grew out of it by the time he was three to four months old. One day we just realised he wasn’t crying as much anymore and things improved. When we were experiencing the worst of those nights it was easy to think that it would last forever, that we would never sleep again and that our baby was broken, that he would never be happy at night ever again. It was rare that he would be upset to the same level during the day but when it did happen we wouldn’t leave the house, LP would watch TV and we would stand holding Little Man, watching cartoons and rocking from side to side, that rocking motion that any parent knows.
What did we do to ease our baby’s colic?
We tried absolutely everything to ease Little Man’s crying – we fed him on demand and sat with him upright after feeds, winding him for up to an hour before trying to put him back down. We would try swaddling Little Man, making him as snug as possible. We’d use white noise and limit the amount of distractions around – feeding him in the dark and not talking to him, just shushing him. But nothing worked for us and we just took each day and night at a time.
Are there products you can buy to help?
One thing I never thought to do was seek medical advice or to ask a pharmacy about using a natural product like a sachet of Nelsons Colica Granules to ease Little Man’s crying. I got most of my information from google and speaking to friends on Twitter who had babies too and it just never occurred to me to go to the doctor – Little Man seemed completely normal and healthy in every other aspect apart from his crying.
It doesn’t surprise me that a recent study by Nelsons revealed that 49% of parents think colic is the most distressing ailment for parents. I think that those weeks and months of Little Man being so upset every night were some of the worst times we’d had since we became parents and it’s reassuring that Nelsons have now launched new Nelsons Colica Colic Granules, a homeopathic medicinal product which should help to relieve the symptoms of colic. Nelsons Colica Colic Granules are a medicine which contains a unique formulation in each sachet of a 30c potency of natural Citrullus colocynthis and Dioscorea villas. Nelsons Colica Colic Granules cost £5.80 and are available from Boots, Amazon and Morrisons. You can visit the Nelsons Facebook page or their website for more info.
I didn’t write about Little Man’s colic at the time. I actually didn’t write updates very often for him as I had hoped to. I was just focusing on getting through each day and now looking back the first months of his life are a complete blur – a colic blur that I have blocked from memory.
Have you ever had a baby with colic? What did you do to help settle them and relieve their symptoms? Did your child’s colic go away over time or did you use remedies to help it? I’d love to hear about your experiences.