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8 Ways of Coping with Colic (page 2)

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Updated on Jun 12, 2012

When to Call the Doctor

Anytime you’re concerned about your baby, call your pediatrician. Even if nothing serious is going on, it’s always better to have peace of mind about your child’s health. In the case of colic, be sure to make that call if you notice any of the following, which can be symptoms of something more serious:

  • Your baby’s crying is accompanied by vomiting.
  • Your baby is not gaining weight.
  • The colicky behavior lasts longer than four months.
  • Your baby seems to be in pain.
  • Your baby has a fever.
  • Your baby doesn’t want to be held or handled.
  • The crying spree isn’t limited to one bout in the evening.
  • Your baby doesn’t have regular bowel movements or wet diapers.
  • You notice other problems that don’t appear on the previous list of symptoms.
  • Your baby’s crying is making you angry or depressed.

Since colic occurs in newborns, you may feel like you’re doing something wrong to create the situation. Your vulnerability and lack of experience puts you in the position of questioning your own ability to take care of your baby. Hearing your baby cry with colic, and not knowing why it’s happening, or what to do about it, is painful, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, and frustrating. Just remember: It’s not your fault. Any baby can have colic, and by equipping yourself with coping methods, you’re taking responsible steps toward helping your little one’s deal with the hand he was dealt. Until the day the crying stops (yes, it will come!) hunker down, lean on supportive friends and family, and do your best to make your baby as comfortable as possible. This too shall pass!

Parenting educator Elizabeth Pantley is the president of Better Beginnings, Inc., a family resource and education company. She is also the author of twelve parenting books, including the popular "No-Cry" series.

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