When you are expecting, you are hoping to give birth to a healthy, happy baby. The dream is for baby to come and for you to cuddle and enjoy every moment together. If you are a mom who has gone through it before you know it isn’t all peachy. It comes with weeks of sleepless nights, zero time to shower and eat a decent meal, approximately 8 diapers to change a day and lots of cries from baby. This can be so hard on you and your spouse and at times you feel like you are going to lose your mind. Literally.
I personally had a very difficult 16 weeks with my daughter after she was born. Not only did I go through all the day-to-day challenges that come with parenting a new-born, but I had to deal with colic. The first time I heard the word was when she was born, so you can imagine how prepared I was.
What is Colic?
Baby colic, also known as infantile colic, is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child. Often crying occurs in the evening.
- Colic is torture.
- It tends to start from 2 weeks of age and usually ends by 3 or 4 months.
- It does not discriminate between breast and bottle fed babies.
- Colic does not have long-term effects and can happen to a perfectly healthy child.
It really can push you to the limit. It made me cry on most days. It made my husband and I fight. It made me so cranky and I was constantly on edge. My poor baby was in pain for long periods of time and I just felt so helpless. I was already dealing with breastfeeding guilt (story for another day), so this just made me feel like I was really stuffing up at motherhood.
Tips to ease Colic
After trial and error, I found ways to ease my baby. The following was what I learnt:
- Sit baby up whilst feeding, so he/she swallows less air.
- Rock your baby or walk around. The movement will help soothe your little one.
- Create white noise by humming a song.
- Add Colief drops in baby’s milk.
- After playing around with different types of bottles, I soon discovered that the type of bottle you use can make a world of a difference.
The Difrax Feeding System is an anti-colic bottle designed to reduce the risk of stomach cramps, to stimulate the natural feeding position and encourages a more relaxed posture. The S-shaped bottle, together with the valve at the bottom of the unit ensures that air does not mix with milk during feeding, reducing wind and cramping. That is the perfect recipe for a happy feeding time with your baby.
The bottle is sourced from Germany, distributed through Prima Baby South Africa and can be bought directly at Hamley’s Baby. It comes with a soft teat in a natural ‘small size’ with extra grip for the baby, gradually increasing in size with your child’s growth. The Difrax Feeding System has a large range of items and comes in a variety of sizes and colours to choose from including bottles, soothers and additional accessories.
Please note that there are many illnesses that may seem like colic and if you are concerned about your baby, seek medical advice from your doctor.