Thursday, November 02, 2006

The dreaded C word!!


Yes ... the reason i haven't written in a while is ..the dreaded C word.. that haunts some young parents.....
The C word.... COLIC..
My mother was shocked and surprised to find me sitting one day when she was visiting with a wailing baby in my lap.... looking harrassed ..helpless and traumatised...
Why was Joy crying? I didn't know... I could'nt figure out what to do .....What would make hm stop..?..How could I ease his discomfort... ?What was causing this discomfort....?
If he wasn't yelling with tears rolling down his cheeks his eyes and face RED.... his fists clenched his lips trembling his little body all curled up......he was squirming and making weird noises.... I just didn't know what to do... He would look up at me with this desperate look in his eyes... as if telling me..." Ma .. please do something.....!!!!"

According to my mom... "breast-fed babies don't get colic.... or at least they didn't in our time..."..so there had to be something I wasn't doing right....making me feel guilty as hell for eating the samosa i had eaten the night before...
So The husband and I rushed the hospital.... the Doctor confirmed that YES..it looked like colic...and that... the breast feeding had nothing to do with it.. and nor had what i had eaten ..... It seems some kids just get the Colic and there was nothing to get worried about....
I could have hugged the doc...( by the ways he is quite a hotty... young and cool..very very with it...) I was relieved..... it wasn't me ..I wasn't guilty of causing my son all that pain...

It seems colic is very common amongst infants between 6 weeks and 3months ....irrespective of the fact that are breast-fed or not.... The Docs explanation was that the babies at that age are on their backs most of the time ...lying flat... not much exercise...except for feeding and doing potty .... and sleeping they don't do much... hence their digestion isn't the best... this causes gas in their tummies and hence the discomfort and pain ...
The solution..make sure that they are burped well....
Sometimes... the babies just don't burp.... and we as parents give up and lay them down... to sleep...as they usually fall asleep during their feed...
The Doctor said that we could also make him lie on his tummy though medically they don't advise it anymore... However.... in case of severe pain we could try it ... but one of us would have to be awake while joy slept in that positioning....
That was the second best piece of advice we got .. Joy was fine in that bunny rabbit position and slept like he should .... like a baby....so now we give him his tummy time whenever we can....

We give him a medicine ...which is a little zingy in taste... and he hates.. just before his colic starts twice a day.... we have to bear with a few minutes of yelling ... when he protests ..... then he calms down as his spasms stop....and starts purring.......

At least now both the Husband and I are being able to deal with our babies pain....I think most parents will agree.... to see your child cry in pain is the worst trauma ever.... specially when you are helpless....

5 comments:

@ said...

Oh! the poor baby! But, good job new mom, looks like you handled the first bad colic pretty well...

One word (ok, several words) abt tummy time: while the reco is not let baby sleep on tummy (unless supervised), tummy time while baby is awake is acutally very healthy...you may want to double chk with your doc - but right from week 1, we were adviced to put K on his tummy whenever he was awake...apart from digestion benefits, apparently this also strengthens the neck muscles.

Lopa said...

he looks adorable in this sleeping posture... hope he is feeling fine now! latest photos patha!

the mad momma said...

i had a colicky baby who carried his colic well into his 6 months or so... when u look back those seems like the least of ur troubles!!!

noon said...

He looks so cute and innocent! Dread C word yes. I really used to worry about that possibility the first few weeks. Actually my friend's pediatrician here did suggest she change her diet during the colic phase and she is sure it helped. to avoid gas inducing foods. They do advise you not to eat things like cabbage and cauliflower. And apparently eating fennel really helps with colic also. (not sure if it really does).

Anonymous said...

Making the baby sleep on his rightside (position the baby that side while he is sleeping after he is being fed) will help him deal with his colic.