Baby Got Bach: Adventures in (Not) Curing Colic

31 Mar



I have run into many pieces of advice for what to do about my very fussy baby. Don’t eat onions. Don’t drink coffee. Treat her for reflux. Treat her for gas. Treat her for irritable bowel syndrome. Try probiotics. Chamomile tea. Ginger. And the latest, from my mom: “Play her some Bach.”

In the end, the only thing I’ve found that is truly getting us through these first difficult months is retaining a sense of humor. I’ve come to the conclusion that fussiness — even extreme fussiness — is not a disease. It’s normal, if unfortunate, and will likely end soon.

The other day at the grocery store my little darling was screaming so loudly that a young guy in front of me turned around to see what was going on, and I BURST into laughter because it really is truly absurd! My husband and I are such calm, laid-back people, and now we’re carting around a cute little bundle of terror.

It will end, though. We’re already having more quiet, happy moments, and the supposedly magical three-month mark is just days away. The supposedly even more magical four-month mark is just weeks away. And if we get to that point and we’re still going deaf, maybe I’ll consider a bread-and-water diet.

In the meantime, I’m trying to laugh through the hard times and enjoy documenting the first few weeks with my sweet, if temporarily tortured baby girl.

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6 Responses to “Baby Got Bach: Adventures in (Not) Curing Colic”

  1. LisaKami March 31, 2012 at 1:09 am #

    Laughed out loud at the idea of you two carting around a bundle of terror! Hope it clears up for you soon.

  2. Jen March 31, 2012 at 3:13 am #

    You sure have a great attitude! My Annabelle is 6 months, and from what I see, 6 months is an age full of smiles, giggles, and joy! My Annabelle’s OBSESSION is trying to get mobile, so I have a feeling things are going to change around here rather soon!

  3. Ashton March 31, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    Hang in there! We had a “colicy” baby. Those first five months were pretty intense. Lots of belly aches. LOTS of crying. We found every conceivable way to sooth a baby. We tried all the “don’t eat this” “try that” stuff… Somethings would work for a bit, but nothing really seemed to work consistently for a long time… until… we gave her solid food! We started giving her some solid food (in addition to her breast milk) at five months (about a month earlier than “they” say is the usual time to start giving babies food). And all the symptoms of colic went away.

    Her demeanor changed almost immediately! She’s just the happiest, chillest little baby around now. I can’t even count how many times we are told on a weekly basis: “You have the happiest baby I’ve ever seen”.

    Good luck! Things will get better soon 🙂

    • speedfamily March 31, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

      Oh, that’s so wonderful! I cannot wait to try the solid food thing, and yes, I have no problem trying it a month early. I hope it works to setting our baby, too! Thanks for the support.

  4. Aw… I think having a calm attitude and sense of humor throughout colic is the best medicine there is! My parents say I was super colicy.. I’ve long heard tales of my dad walking the halls of our old Victorian house in Michigan in the middle of the night. I’m sure he doesn’t look back on it as fondly, but when I hear those stories, it makes me smile and feel so loved to know how much my parents put up with! And who knows… maybe annabelle will turn out to be an amazing singer and she’s just training those vocal chords! 😉

  5. daniel aaron sprague April 7, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    dude. she is gorgeous!

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