The Dreaded C Word: COLIC

Colic is a word that strikes fear in the heart of the strongest, toughest man, reducing him to a helpless nervous wreck.Even a casual visitor will never forget a tiny baby’s heart-wrenching wails of pain. Colic kicks in when your placid, sleeping newborn morphs into a tyrannical monster at about two to three weeks old. There was no real solution 18-33 years ago when I mothered. I drank fennel tea by the gallons, bought gripe water, walked and rocked my babies for hours every day. All the doctors would ever say was,...more

Unfixable Things

"The wake up seems to be developmental, you've tried everything to try and eliminate it and it looks like we are just going to have to wait until he outgrows it."...more

My Experience With Colic: More Than "Just Crying"

There are some things in life that you just have to experience yourself to understand.The stress of purchasing your first home, for example. The exhilaration of an acceptance letter. The relief of a false alarm after a health scare.These are experiences that we might hear about from the perspectives of friends and family members, but that we truly don't get until we find ourselves in those situations.For me, the best-- and worst-- example of this was experiencing the nightmare and daymare that is colic....more
yep. every-time-of-day mare. even when my son wasn't crying i would be dreading the time that ...more

Life Politics and Quiet Activism

You all know what a mess I was two years ago.  While I fully anticipated that having kids would change my life, I absolutely did NOT have even an inkling of what was life with colic.  “Upheaval” does not even begin to define what I went through – what my family went through – just fumbling through those days....more

Babies With Colic

There are many babies who have very sensitive tummies.  It's heartbreaking to care for these little cuties who have "the miseries" as many nurses call colic and gas. What we know is that a baby's digestive system is growing and developing in much the same way as the rest of their bodies and brains. Unfortunately, some babies tummies aren't happy with anything they eat for the first 3 weeks to 3 months of life....more

Curse of the Colic

Nothing in life prepared me for the moment when I realized that I could not stop the crying. Six weeks old and Tessa begins fussing in the late afternoon. All normal. By dinner, fuss morphs into cranky cry and I turn on my best maternal charm. Swaddle. Gently bounce. Walk around the house. I know how to have the happiest baby on the block. After all, this is my second child....more

Great post. I felt the panic rising as I read it, even though my daughter didn't have colic. ...more

Your Marriage on Colic

In a quaint and cramped Mexican restaurant, my husband and I sat across from each other, hardly knowing what to talk about. So, we talked about our son. Our baby. Our beautiful, colicky, screaming baby. “What do you think they’re doing right now?” my husband asked. “Crying. They’re all crying,” I said cynically. My husband nodded silently and took another sip of his margarita. We had a night away on my birthday. Our son was with babysitters....more

A Cure for Colic? Probiotics May Prove Miraculous for Colicky Babies

Maybe the word miraculous is a bit much (well, not really, if you had or have a colicky baby) but there is some great news coming from a couple of studies of babies with colic. Some babies have mild colic with several crying spells throughout the day. Others have very severe cases with eight or nine hour crying spells, often with only minutes of silence in between....more

Are You Cut out to be a Mother?

Oh my goodness.  Tonight, I had flashbacks.    Not flashbacks in the sense of, “Whoa, I’ve done way too much acid, man.”   More like, flashbacks of when my child was an infant, and we were in the throes of dealing with reflux and colic and CONTINUOUS, angry crying.   I felt shell-shocked.  Anxious.  Overwhelmed.  Heartbroken.  At a loss.  Scared.  Not sure.  Full of doubt.   ...more