As we await the arrival of our baby boy due May 6, I can't help but reflect on our girls' times as newborns and little babies. While Maximus was a surprise bundle of joy, it really makes me appreciate this pregnancy one last time and how I've learned from past experiences to try to make future ones easier.
One of my biggest fears with baby Maximus will be repeating a couple of his sisters with constant crying and fussiness. Our youngest daughter Mya seemed to be inconsolable at night unless she was sleeping on my chest, and it really got the better of me.It never dawned on me that she could've been suffering from colic, and now with soon to be five children in our home, I hope that this time things will be different. In case he shows some signs like his sister, I'll be better prepared this time!
In their first year of life, babies are learning to communicate, and crying is a way for them to express themselves. However, some babies can cry for long periods of time without responding to your usual comforting methods. Baby colic is quite common. 3 out of every 10 babies may suffer from it at some point, usually starting in the first 6 weeks of life and possibly continuing for 3 to 4 months or longer. Colic sometimes is defined as crying for more than 3 hours a day, for more than 3 days a week, for more than 3 weeks a month with excessive crying generally happening in the evening. Research indicates that the type of bacteria in the infant’s intestine may determine whether a child is colicky. This suggests a role for probiotics to help support a balance of good bacteria in the digestive tract of colicky infants.
While I've never used anything to help colic (because I never realized it could be a possibility with my children) I love learning new things and discovering new products. The more I've read about the Gerber Soothe Colic Drops, the more prepared I feel to use them on Maximus if need be. It has been clinically shown to reduce crying time in colicky breastfed infants.The drops can help so much when used correctly and consistently to help settle babies tummy and make for more smiles and good memories. The drops can be given on the breast, mixed with breast-milk or formula, or by spoon.
One place you can easily purchase the Colic Drops would be Amazon. As you can see above, it's suggested to give your child 5 drops at a time and each bottle lasts around 25 days. You can purchase two different sizes of bottles through Amazon, but the smaller .17 oz bottle costs $23 and can shipped quickly and conveniently to your home.
One great thing about Gerber Soothe products is that the Soothe Colic Infant Formula has the same ingredients as the Colic Drops to help babies soothe their tummies and digestive tracks to ensure as much comfort as possible. Gerber ® Good Start® Soothe Infant formula is specially designed to ease excessive crying, colic, fussiness and gas while providing complete nutrition. While this formula is not intended to treat or cure any disease, it can help soothe your child but isn't a way to treat a possible issue. Ultimately you'll want to check with your pediatrician to ensure the safety and health of your baby and to ensure something bigger isn't wrong. Gerber® Soothe Colic Drops is ideal for breastfed babies and Gerber® Good Start® Soothe Infant Formula is ideal for fed formula babies, but ultimately all infants are different and what may work for one, might not work for the other.
You can easily purchase the Gerber ® Good Start® Soothe Infant formula through Amazon as well shipping directly to your home and even buying in bulk to save and always have plenty! Prices vary depending on the size you prefer, but they offer three sizes for purchase and a subscription plan so you don't run out! This formula contains exclusive probiotic L. reuteri, which has been clinically shown to reduce crying time, Comfort Proteins® which are small proteins that are easy for tiny tummies to digest, and carbohydrate blend with 30% lactose to help ease fussiness and gas.
Excessive crying and colic can be exhausting for both you and your little one. You may be consumed with trying to figure out what is making your baby cry for hours on end and doing your best to comfort her. Experts don’t know exactly what causes colic in most cases, but it seems to happen at a similar rate in breastfed and bottle-fed babies. The type and amount of certain types of bacteria in your baby’s gut appears to make a difference in whether or not she develops colic. Lactobacilli are a type of good bacteria found in your baby’s gut that seems to play a role. Research has shown that babies with colic have less lactobacillus and more types of other bacteria.
If you'd like to continue this type of information, you can find the helpful webpage from Gerber about "Feeding and Colic Concerns" to better gauge the understanding of what could be going on and what Colic is all about. They have helpful tips to soothe colic babies of breastfed and formula fed children as well which is nice when you're learning what works for you and your little one.
Have any of my readers ever dealt with Colic in babies?
Any advice or things you learned along the way?