Tips That Helped Us Identify Colic & Things That Helped

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identifying colic

identifying colic

identifying colic

identifying colic

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Prior to kids, Trey and I LOVED our sleep. I mean, really, loved it. Weekend dilemmas were if we didn’t make it up in time for brunch closing. (At 2pm..) Everyone had told me that nothing can prepare you for the lack of sleep and the toll it will have on your body and general well-being. “They” were right.

Neither of our babies would sleep at night. We spent countless hours walking the hallway of our first house bouncing them and doing the “hush” sound in their ear. We watched crazy videos on how to put them on their stomach and rock them from side to side while doing cartwheels. (Ok, slightly exaggerated, but it sure felt like we were doing some crazy maneuvers!)

After a few months of this, we realized something was just not quite right. I had breastfed and exhausted every effort of cutting out essentially everything from my diet.
My mom and mother-in-law had both suggested to me that he might have colic. I had heard of this before, but just thought it was when babies were never happy.
With George, I really started paying attention to all his “cues” when he would start crying.

He would cry for long spurts of time and he would become flushed and exhausted from how hard he would cry. (Poor, sweet boy… it was so hard for this mama to watch!)
He would arch his back up and clench his little fists so tight.
Most of the time, these spurts would occur in the evening. (Just when we were the most exhausted..)
As hard as we would try to console him, nothing seemed to do the trick. As a mom, this was the absolute worst part. Especially with G as a first time mom. I felt as I was failing the one job that was supposed to come so “naturally,” and it was devastating.
We brought G into our pediatrician and, after examining him and testing his diaper, she informed us he had a cow’s milk allergy. All the dairy that I had been consuming was hurting our poor little babe. (I had exclusively breastfed at this time.)

Colic is a possible indication of cow’s milk allergy. Colic may occur as a delayed reaction within a few hours or days of consuming cow’s milk protein.

It had all made sense now, thank goodness! She gave us a sample of Nutramigen® with Enflora™ LGG®. It is the only formula with 3-in-1 allergy benefits published in clinical studies. It’s easy-to-digest and reduces gas, crying and disturbed sleep (due to cow’s milk allergy) for a happier, better-rested baby and mom.

This formula is fast relief: Starts working as early as the first feeding and reduces crying within 48 hours.* There are fewer allergies: ~50% less chance of experiencing other allergies like asthma & eczema†, and a fast return to cow’s milk: 1.8x more babies return to milk protein in as early as after 6 months of feeding‡.

It had helped so much! Not only was he more comfortable, but we were all able to rest more (and better!) A well-rested mama is a more patient mama!

When Wilder was born, we thought that surely this wouldn’t happen to both of our babies. However, shortly after we brought him home, he started showing almost the exact same behaviors as G.

It’s heartbreaking to watch them in pain, but this time we knew to go get him checked by our pediatrician sooner. Sure enough, he had the exact same issues as Georgie. Thankfully, this time we were able to help ease his discomfort a bit sooner.

IDENTIFYING POSSIBLE COLIC – WHAT TO LOOK FOR:

– Long crying spurts in the late afternoon or night.
– Baby’s face becomes flush or overly red.
– Stiffness (Back arching, clenched fists, a tense belly..)
– Unable to soothe.

If I were to turn back time, I would have gone to my pediatrician sooner. I thought that it would seem “silly” to bring a baby in for crying too much, but it was quite the opposite.

**If your baby is showing these behaviors, I HIGHLY encourage you to bring them into their pediatrician for medical advice. **

Footnotes:
*Studied before the addition of DHA, ARA, or LGG.
†Lower likelihood of exhibiting asthma, eczema, rhinoconjunctivitis, or urticaria at 3 years compared to Nutramigen without LGG.
‡When compared to Nutramigen without LGG.

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