Colic is the one thing no one seems to mention when you’re pregnant. As if it doesn’t exist. Once your baby arrives, you have a week or two where they still seem to be waking up and getting used to the world. It’s almost like the calm before the storm because it’s estimated up to half of babies suffer colic by around 6 weeks of age. All of my newborn sessions take place well before colic really kicks in. As you can see in my portrait gallery here, babies under 3 weeks spend most of their time sleeping peacefully. But, if we can help out mums and dads prepare for these eventualities after they’ve left the Little Beans studio, then we will.
So, what is colic and what can you do about it?
Colic is defined as crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for at least one week in an otherwise healthy child. Wow, that’s a lot of crying!
Babies who have colic might cry more in the afternoon and evening. No one really knows what causes colic, which makes it very difficult to find a solution for. It’s basically unexplained crying, which, of course, is going to cause stress, tension, and concern in any newly-growing family.
You can find out more about colic and its symptoms here.
What can you do if your baby has colic?
Firstly, a baby with colic can be very distressing for the whole family. A baby's cry is a noise that is designed to get attention. It’s designed to make you act as quickly as possible to stop the noise - usually by feeding at this young age. We know this is trickier to achieve with colic and there are many remedies that you might want to try.
One of the most effective ways to soothe a baby with colic is to use the ‘tiger in a tree’ hold. In some babies, this can have an instantly calming effect and mums in my photography studio are often amazed at how fast it can work not only for colic but also for trapped wind in much younger babies.
Here’s a great video demonstrated by a midwife, on how the hold works.
There are also some colic remedies you can buy. Lots of parents who have portraits with me tell me Infacol works well. It does have a cumulative effect though so you’ll need to use it over a few days before you’ll notice any difference. However, if you are in any doubt about the health of your baby, obviously make an appointment with your GP.
Have you tried an amazing remedy for colic that could help other new mums and dads? I’d love to hear what works best for you, so please leave a comment below and I will add your suggestion to this blog post!