Infacol and Cry-sis have launched their Colic Awareness Campaign - read more at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

Colic & No Sleep – How did I survive?

October 15, 2018

Towards the end of my pregnancy, I started to prewarn my boyfriend about what was coming up. I mentioned sleepless nights, excessive crying, constant feeding and the strain on a relationship that a baby can bring. How did he react to all of my brutal honesty? He laughed!

You see, he had completely dismissed my warning and assumed that I was just exaggerating. Honestly, he felt this way about Hyperemesis Gravidarum too, when I mentioned that I knew it was starting and that I was in for a whirlwind couple of months. Youโ€™d have thought he would have learned his lesson after that, right?

Well, I do have to let him off as he is a first time daddy, and an excellent first time daddy at that. I have the advantage of being a mum to a gorgeous 5 year old, Luke, so I had already actually experienced the sleepless nights and understood the effect that sleep deprivation can have on a person. Until youโ€™ve felt it, you canโ€™t begin to imagine what itโ€™s like.

That being said, it still came as a massive shock to the system and by the end of week 3, I was exhausted.

Research undertaken by Infacol revealed that on average new parents get around 4 hours of sleep a night. Letโ€™s all remember that that 4 hours in broken into little chunks throughout the night. Thereโ€™s no 4 hour stretch when youโ€™ve got a newborn at home! The research also showed that parents have come up with some inventive ways to help lull their babies into sleep.

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Infacol and Cry-sis have launched their Colic Awareness Campaign - read more at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

Infant Colic Strikes Again

I tried anything and everything once we hit the one month old milestone. Poor little Oscar had infant colic and, as well as helping him burp by using Infacol*, we also put a lot of energy (wellm whatever energy we had left), into trying to help him drift off to sleep. Infant colic is really common in newborns, affecting 1 in 5 babies and it definitely doesnโ€™t mean that as a new parent, youโ€™re doing anything wrong! 1 in 3 mums have told Infacol and Cry-sis, the only UK charity dedicated to supporting parents through baby’s excessive crying, that theyโ€™re unaware of what colic is and the connection between infant colic and excessive crying. Luckily for me, I was clued up on the topic as my eldest son also suffered from colic as a baby. That doesn’t mean that dealing with the crying was easy though…

Magical White Noise

We tried the usual white noise machines (my personal favourite is Ewan The Dream Sheep*, who is still going strong), as well as singing, dancing and pacing the bedroom. Luckily, I also thought to try out YouTube, where I very quickly found 10 hour long white noise videos. Ah-maz-ing!

Youโ€™d be amazed at the random songs your brain comes up with in the early hours.

95% of parents have sung or hummed to their babies to help them sleep, according to Infacolโ€™s survey. It seems like a pretty popular and, perhaps, instinctive choice. Oscar seemed to find the sound of my voice distracting enough to that it made him stop crying. Plus I was walking around holding him as well, so he was close to me and was able to see my face. I suppose it incorporates all those things we’re always being told babies love; our voice, our warmth, our heartbeats, our smell…

Fancy a 3am drive?

One method which we didnโ€™t try, but only because the thought of going outside at 3am seemed abhorrent, was taking him for a drive. This also seems a popular choice, with 88% of parents admitting theyโ€™ve resorted to it. I mean, itโ€™s no secret that as soon as the car starts moving, the effects are magical so I can see the appeal!

TV until 5am?!

I did, along with 67% of the nation, resort to turning on the TV or radio. Did you know that you can watch a mixture of Family Guy and American Dad from 10pm all the way through the night? It’s No? Well, now you do! It seems that adult cartoons arenโ€™t the usual choice for many parents though; current affairs, documentaries and dramas are the most popular programmes used to help babies drift off. I think thatโ€™s a pretty handy excuse as to why you should have a TV in the bedroom.

The Power Of Apps

Interestingly, I never thought about using apps. It all seems so obvious now. There are so many white noise apps, as well as lullabies and general baby related apps and I have no idea why I didnโ€™t think of them. I blame it on the baby brain!

A new app called โ€˜Chatterbabyโ€™ claims that it can interpret your babyโ€™s cry from the acoustics and help new parents decipher the reason behind the crying. It comes as no surprise that out of 500 mums and dads with children under 2, 1 in 3 would be up for trying out the app.

Feeling Overwhelmed

I was expecting to be struck heavily by post natal depression, but by some miracle, I managed to keep my head above the water. Everything is really overwhelming when youโ€™ve just had a baby. Believe me, it doesnโ€™t matter if itโ€™s your first or second, third, fourth, fifthโ€ฆ When a new baby is bought home, everything changes and you start building up your family home and dynamic from scratch again.

Donโ€™t Go Through It Alone

Infant colic can just add that little extra stress. The excessive crying can pierce your mind and drive you to tears, but please donโ€™t ever feel like itโ€™s your fault or that youโ€™re failing as a parent. Like I mentioned earlier, 1 in 5 babies have colic and itโ€™s completely normal. Luckily, thereโ€™s a charity called Cry-sis which is dedicated to helping parents get through this phase (trust me, it will pass!), offering all sorts of helpful advice and even 1-to-1 phone support.

Colic Awareness Month

Together, Infacol and Cry-sis have launched Colic Awareness Month to help raise for colic, as well as educate and support parents. If the right support is given, youโ€™ll be able to really enjoy every aspect of being a new mum or dad – donโ€™t let a little thing like colic get in the way! Here are the most common signs symptoms of colic:

  • Intense crying bouts
  • Crying in the late afternoon or evening that lasts several
    hours
  • The babyโ€™s face is red and flushed when they cry
  • The baby clenches their fists, draws their knees up or arches their back while crying

Of course, we all know that no matter what, as parents will always be a little bit sleep deprived. Even if you find a tecnique that works perfectly for you and your baby, they still need feeding, changing and snuggles. My advice? Coffee!

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Infacol and Cry-sis have launched their Colic Awareness Campaign - read more at https://lukeosaurusandme.co.uk

*This is a collaborative post, all words are my own.

18 Comments

  • Micaela Levachyov

    October 15, 2018 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story and raising awareness!

  • Sabina Green

    October 15, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    Oh I remember those colicy baby days well! As you say TV on all hours and very little sleep is such a shock to the system. This is a great giveaway!
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  • Laura: Adventures with j

    October 15, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    And I have been thinking about having number 2… but oh the sleep deprivation!! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is so tough but these are some great tips! I got thought some great box sets though and enjoyed the cuddles (not the crying!)

  • Hannah Swancott

    October 15, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    I love the white company sleeping bag! It is beautiful!

  • Alex

    October 16, 2018 at 6:14 am

    Theo had reflux which meant lying flat was a complete no-no as he would scream in pain. Thankfully it’s now under control and he’s sleeping a lot better!

  • Debbie

    October 16, 2018 at 6:18 am

    Great advice and Iโ€™m so thankful those days are gone for me.

  • Checka

    October 16, 2018 at 7:12 am

    I feel your pain, we thought our eldest had colic. Turns out she is actually lactose and dairy intolerant! Also great news on trying to help prewarn your boyfriend, heโ€™s learnt the hard way like all new parents. Hoping little Oscar is okay and doesnโ€™t suffer to much now x
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  • MaRie

    October 16, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    There really is no way of explaining sleep deprevation to someone who hasnโ€™t experienced a newborn. Iโ€™m still only getting 4 hours broken sleep each night and Jasmine is 9 months old. I love the sound of the chatterbaby app! Great post.

  • Wendy

    October 16, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    Ahh colic! Both of mine had this in those early weeks and it was awful!! I used to watch reruns of Bake Off in the middle of the night! Infacol was a life saver xx

  • Nafisah NK

    October 16, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    Awww that must have been some crazy experience for you, so sorry to hear that. Thanks for the awareness. I know how it felt when my daughter cried when she had just gas, so I cannot imagine what it must feel for colic xx
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  • withlovEFROMP

    October 16, 2018 at 5:14 pm

    Omg I can totally relate to this. The sleep deprivation is so real. My 6 month old had colic and it was hell. What a super cute Bag.

  • Rachel

    October 16, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Oh I definitely feel your pain. My eldest had colic and it was a very hard time! Infacol worked wonders for us!

  • Sonia

    October 16, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    Oh I’ve been there – I was often found driving round in the middle of the night to try and settle a screaming baby. Thank the lord they grow up ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Melanie williams

    October 17, 2018 at 10:16 am

    What an inspiring and fab awareness post. I would have never thought about using apps for white noise and lullabies too xx

  • eva Katona

    October 17, 2018 at 10:38 am

    Colic is the hardest. My little girl had that or silent reflux which never been diagnosed as it’s so hard. Nothing helped until she was on solids at 8 months old…

  • Angela Ricardo Bethea

    October 17, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Colic is a serious matter and need to be addressed. Thanks for spreading the word!

  • MMT

    October 18, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Ugh, Colic. I don’t miss those days! Our first daughter was terrible in the evenings between 5 and 10 and I remember feeling like it was going to last forever. Testing times for anyone…some great advice here and Infacol was definitely a life saver for us.
    Thanks for linking to #coolmumclub

  • Kirstie

    October 23, 2018 at 11:53 am

    I remember those coicky nights so well, and my son is 17!

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