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How To Cope With Colic | Colic Awareness Month

22nd September 2018

Those first few months of being a new parent can be really tough: the bewilderness of not knowing what you’re doing, the sleepless nights, the guilt as you panic over every single parenting decision you make; imagine then, on top of all of this, having a baby with colic.

What is colic?

Colic affects 1 in 5 new babies during their first few months, although 1 in 3 Mums admit they are unaware of what it is. Colic appears as an attack of crying, often for hours at a time, and even perhaps abdominal pain. It can be very difficult to diagnose as it is not really known what causes it, but signs and symptoms include intense crying bouts, crying in the late afternoon or early evening for hours on end (also known as the witching hours), a red flushed face which can turn purple and clenched fists, drawn up knees and an arched back whilst crying.

And what’s Colic Awareness Month?

With September being the most popular month of the year to give birth, with September 26th being the most crucial day with 200 extra babies on average being born on this very special date (funny how that’s exactly nine months after Christmas eh?!), it was the obvious choice for this particular month to be chosen for Colic Awareness Month. Created by Infacol and Cry-sis which is a charity dedicated to supporting parents who have to deal with excessive crying, Colic Awareness Month hopes to educate parents and support them through excessive crying, ensuring they can experience the joys of parenthood to the full.

How to deal when colic hits…

  • Go for a walk with the baby, the movement and fresh air can help to settle them and will be great for your mental health too!
  • Try baby wearing. Babies usually settle in a carrier as it feels like they’re back in the womb, it also means you have free hands to help with the toddler or do some cooking.
  • Try a cranial osteopath who usually see results in six sessions. There are links between pressure on nerves in the head and baby’s digestive system.
  • Sign up to a baby massage class and learn how to effectively massage your baby which can have a really calming effect on them.
  • A raised mattress can work wonders as it seems to reduce reflux which can exacerbate the colicky evenings.
  • Infacol is Britain’s number one colic remedy and is licensed for the treatment of colic, wind and griping pain. It can be used from birth and comes with a handy dropper, making it easy to give to your baby.

And if these don’t work at reducing the baby’s colic…

  • Don’t be afraid to put baby down, safely in their cot and walk away for a few moments to give yourself a breather. Constant crying can be overwhelming, and it’s not an issue to give yourself a little break.
  • Enlist your partner so you can take it in turns with baby. Yes, they may have had a long day at work, but you need to ensure they give you a proper break.
  • Give Cry-sis a call. They have trained volunteers available from 9am to 10pm ready to support you if you’re really feeling the strain with an excessive crier.

Most of all remember, this too shall pass.




To support Colic Awareness Month, I’ve teamed up with Infacol to give away a White Company Sleeping Bag, suitable for a baby aged 0-6 months which retails at £32.00. All you need to do is enter below!

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Thanks to the following bloggers who shared their colic related wisdom with me…

Katy Kicker, CosmoMum, BeccaBlogsItOut, Emma Reed, EmilyAndIndiana and KristinesBlog

Tips and tricks on how to deal with colic. Is your newborn suffering with colic or reflux? This post looks at ways to help you during the evenings of excessive crying which can be very stressful

47 Comments

  • Sadiyya Maryam

    22nd September 2018 at 10:32 am

    Yes with my daughter and it was absolute agony for both of us. It was exhausting. We tried lots of things the only thing that would help ease her symptoms was walking up and down and rocking her!

  • Lindsey Stuart

    22nd September 2018 at 11:02 am

    Oh yes, my little girl suffered terribly with Colic, I had to put a powder in her milk if i remember correctly and I took her to baby massage classes, that really helped.

  • katesds

    22nd September 2018 at 11:17 am

    I’ve not experienced,no, but I’ve heard a lot about it and know anything that can help is a good thing!

  • Tracy K Nixon

    22nd September 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Yes, and I used infacol and a sling to carry my babies to keep them upright after feeding and winding x

  • Rachel Craig

    22nd September 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Luckily our own babies:- No. Friends babies, and whilst in paid employment providing care for babies:- Yes. Various methods :- Such as warm bath for baby, walk outdoors in pram, cuddle and soothingly chat to baby. Different method may work at different times.

  • Susan B

    22nd September 2018 at 7:34 pm

    I was so lucky that I didn’t have to cope with a baby that had colic. However, family members did and it is clearly very distressing for everyone.

  • Solange

    22nd September 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Luckily, we never experienced colic but I hear Infacol works wonders.

  • Angela Treadway

    23rd September 2018 at 12:43 am

    yeah my eldest son had it as a baby and it was horrible because you feel helpless x

  • kimneville1

    23rd September 2018 at 11:28 am

    My daughter suffered with colic and infacol helped relieve and lots of cuddles and walking round

  • Mrs Theresa Thomas

    23rd September 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Luckily my lil one hardly had it, we just used infacol

  • ⭐TASHA HAMILTON⭐ (@battynatty29)

    24th September 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Luckily my daughter never suffered from colic

  • Iain Maciver

    24th September 2018 at 2:30 pm

    just a wee bit

  • helly01

    24th September 2018 at 9:23 pm

    Fortunately not in our case!

  • Sue McCarthy

    25th September 2018 at 8:19 am

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  • Geri Gregg

    25th September 2018 at 9:39 am

    My son had terrible colic, warm baths helped him x

  • Rich Tyler

    25th September 2018 at 1:08 pm

    infacol really helped, it’s a stressful time!

  • Jean Cassell

    25th September 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Lots of walking with the pram. Poor little mites!

  • Jo Carroll

    26th September 2018 at 11:42 am

    Haven’t had any experience of it but I know a few friends who struggled with it with their little’uns and said it was quite scary.

  • Chloe Davies

    26th September 2018 at 2:46 pm

    We were very lucky with our little girl who didn’t suffer from colic x

  • Ruth Harwood

    27th September 2018 at 9:38 am

    I kept my mum with me for a few hours to keep me sane! and patient, which is hard when you’re trying to cope with a little one screaming and you don’t know how to help!

  • Hali Kinson

    27th September 2018 at 10:37 pm

    My son hasn’t had colic we were lucky!

  • Lorna Ledger

    29th September 2018 at 7:20 pm

    Luckily we did not, I would hopefully have remembered that this too will pass, and get all the help with baby I could

  • Carolyn

    29th September 2018 at 8:38 pm

    Luckily no colic experience!

  • Ursula Hunt

    1st October 2018 at 10:28 am

    My youngest had colic and i couldn’t find a miracle cure, we just had to wait it out

  • Judith Allen

    1st October 2018 at 4:20 pm

    No, wasn’t something my daughter suffered with. She just didn’t like to sleep and miss the party.

  • Becky Duffy

    1st October 2018 at 9:48 pm

    With my own daughter I didn’t experience colic but my brother and his girlfriend are right now with my niece and they’re coping as well as they can but no cure found for them yet!

  • Rebecca Nisbet

    1st October 2018 at 11:09 pm

    luckily my baby never suffered from colic.

  • Hannah Scudder

    2nd October 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Yes but luckily it only lasted for a short while.

  • Christine Taylor

    3rd October 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Yes, my last child suffered with it, every night after 7pm he’d cry for hours. It was a tough time, but luckily I ahd my Mum to help me out when it got tough x

  • JULIE WARD

    3rd October 2018 at 9:32 pm

    My lads never suffered and the grandchildren didn’t/don’t either

  • Lynsey Buchanan

    4th October 2018 at 5:40 pm

    No thankfully I have had no personnel experience but my nephew suffered from it for a few weeks and I remember his mum walking around like a zombie from having no sleep.

  • tracy sinclair

    5th October 2018 at 9:03 pm

    No, thank fully none of my kids had colic so were lucky really and if they had of, I would have turned to my mum for advice on how to cope with it I think x

  • Diana

    5th October 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Oh yes.. We used Infacol with our little one

  • Tammy Neal

    5th October 2018 at 11:05 pm

    Infacol x

  • paula cheadle

    6th October 2018 at 12:56 am

    my son suffered with colic, he would cry and scream for up to 3 hours every evening. all I could do was cuddle him until it stopped. Heartbreaking 3 hours

  • Gillian McClelland

    6th October 2018 at 1:37 pm

    Infacol and lots of patience

  • Lisa Hall

    6th October 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Luckily none of my children suffered, hoping my new granddaughter won’t either

  • Rachel Butterworth

    6th October 2018 at 3:43 pm

    Infacol and lots of sleepless nights.

  • Amy denney

    6th October 2018 at 6:32 pm

    I haven’t experienced it myself, but there are things to help

  • Daisarella

    6th October 2018 at 7:49 pm

    Car journeys. It stopped the crying until we pulled up onto the drive…

  • Rebecca Whatmore

    6th October 2018 at 8:36 pm

    My niece did and she had infacol which really helped.

  • Kevin Bower

    6th October 2018 at 8:58 pm

    My wife used gripe water for all 3 of ours.

  • Catherine Gregory

    6th October 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Yes my little boy Noah suffered with it till around 4 months on top of reflux. I used to give him infacol in his bottle, feed him upright, loose clothing around tummy and lots of cuddles and rocking day and night. My only child and it broke my heart. He’s 1 in a couple of weeks and thankfully outgrew both

  • Natalie Crossan

    6th October 2018 at 10:32 pm

    Yes …. oh yes. Colic became my life! 🙁

  • mandydoherty65

    6th October 2018 at 11:02 pm

    My daughter in law used Infacol for my grandsons colic and said it was the best thing she’d tried

  • Louise Clarke

    6th October 2018 at 11:48 pm

    My son had colic and it was awful, it was worse of a night time, so i just got into a routine of sleeping in the day when he did and rocking him all night

  • ellie spider

    6th October 2018 at 11:48 pm

    H had colic but HV recommended infacol and dr brown anti colic bottles which helped

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