Often times, sleepless parents reach out to me because their little ones seem to have colic, a term very loosely used to identify a baby that cries very often especially during the evening hours. Relentlessly, parents try everything from feeding, rocking, bouncing to driving miles just to get their little ones to stop crying like they are being tortured. Most often then not, those babies are not experiencing true colic but instead sleep deprivation, consulting a certified child sleep consultant like myself should help your babies “witching hour” disappear within days. But, what if your baby was truly experiencing colic? How do you help them stop crying so much. It’s first important to understand what Colic really is. Colic is defined as a period of time a baby cries unconsolable for about three hours, for more than three days and for a period of over three weeks. Can you imagine what those parents are like by the end of those three weeks? How are you able to handle a screaming baby for at least three hours night after night without feeling like you are losing it? These parents are exhausted and also report breastfeeding failure, marital stress, postpartum depression and sadly enough child abuse.
- Gut bacterial imbalance
- Lactose Intolerance
- Fourth Trimester theory – (you can call a certified child sleep consultant, like myself to help you with this situation)
- Food sensitivities
- Milk protein allergy