STOP BABIES CRYING: A quarter of parents said they felt like FAILURES due to incessant crying from their baby
STOP BABIES CRYING: Infant colic can have many causes. In some cases, it is caused by temporary lactose intolerance. Colic is when a healthy infant cries frequently and for prolonged periods of and it can be very intense, for both baby and parents.
There is often a peak in births in late September as more babies are conceived in the weeks leading up to and days after Christmas than any other time of year. So, with a potential baby boom incoming, it's vital to raise awareness of colic and what can be done to ease discomfort and stress for both infant and parent.
A new study reveals more than a quarter (28%) of parents felt worried when their child showed signs of colic, with 19% stating they felt helpless and 13% sadly feeling like they were failing as a parent, highlighting the impact on their confidence.
In fact, incessant crying from a young child made over a quarter (27%) of parents feel like they were doing something wrong.
However, creating a strong support network is key for both new and experienced parents yet 24% of those who said their baby cries inconsolably didn’t reach out for help at all. Furthermore, 3 in 10 (30%) didn’t look for coping mechanisms, with 13% saying they struggled to find solutions during these times, according to research by Colief.
For those that did reach out for support, 2 in 5 (43%) went to their GP for help, others went to their mum (35%), friends (16%) and the internet (12%) for advice.
Dealing with colic can cause a strain on family life, with many reporting that it brought them and their partner’s mood and mental wellbeing down (29%). Others noted that it affected their ability to work (8%) and they found it hard to bond with their baby (8%).
Parents with more than one child felt less worried about colic (19%) than first-time parents (31%) and were much more confident that the crying episodes would pass (42%), compared to newer parents (28%).
It’s vital that we consider new parents as vulnerable members of society, offering help, assistance, and methods of working through difficult stages to help prevent a pandemic of postnatal depression.
The data shows frustrations at the lack of education and knowledge around colic. Despite there being no known cure, there are various ways it can be managed, and parents may be able to shorten crying episodes, working out what triggers their child’s colic.
Ruth Davies is a Parenting Expert and runs the Rock N Roller Baby blog and offers her tips to help stop babies crying.
Being a mum of four herself, she understands first-hand the stress colic can cause within the family. Her first daughter suffered with colic, an experience she describes as ‘terrifying’, but with the support of friends from baby groups, she gathered advice that helped them cope as well as other useful tips, including drops to treat colic and rubbing breast milk into rashes! She also used these tips for her other 3 children when she suspected colic, discovering other tricks along the way.
Colic Relief Tips
- Stay calm and trust your instincts
- A good routine before bed every night including baby massage and bath time
- Add colic drops to your feeding routine
- Try out different feeding positions
- Seek advice from your GP and help from family/friends when needed
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