Back in Luke’s baby days and my days as a brand-new parent, I remember hearing lots of words that I didn’t fully understand. One word which popped up quite often was ‘colic’, or in midwife speak, ‘infantile colic’.
“What the heck is colic anyway?” I would say to Luke’s dad, who would shoot me back a blank stare and attempt to make some form of educated guess; after all, no one wants to admit that they’re not 100% sure what’s going on in their precious new baby’s life.
Stress In The First Six Months
Well, as it turns out, I was not alone when it came to not knowing much about the mysterious colic. Research conducted by Infacol and Cry-Sis shows us that infant colic actually affects 1 in 5 babies, but 1 in 3 mums admit that they don’t know what it is!
The research, entitled ‘Stress In The First Six Months’ takes into account all the stresses that new parents go through. The study mentions that even The Duchess Of Cambridge, proud mum to three children, has found the expectations of being the ‘perfect parent’ very hard to live up to – a notion that 82% of parents in the study agree with.
Excessive Crying Causes Sleep Loss
95% of parents, understandably, found having a baby to be stressful. 85% of mums and dads have also said that excessive crying in infants causes extreme stress. One of the reasons for these high stress levels is that, with excessive crying, comes extreme sleep deprivation. It’s recommend that adults get 8 hours of sleep a night, however research has found that parents with babies under the age of 6 months usually only get between 1 to 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. That can put a huge strain on anyone’s day to day life. If you factor in other children and work, and you’ve got yourself a stressful old situation.
One of the contributing factors to the lack of sleep in new parents can be attributed to prolonged episodes of crying caused by Infantile Colic. It’s no surprise that the research found this to be stressful for 85% of new parents! Colic is actually a really common problem that affects 1 in 5 babies and usually starts when your baby is just a few weeks old.
Signs and Symptoms Of Colic
If you think your baby might have colic, here are some signs to look out for that will help you identify whether or not your baby may need to try Infacol – Britian’s number one colic remedy. It’s important to remember that if your baby does have colic, it’s not your fault! It doesn’t mean that you’re doing anything wrong or that your baby is unwell. Rest assured your little one will get better eventually. It may be worth finding someone close to you who can help support you through this stage of your baby’s life.
Infacol also has a handy questionnaire on their website which you can fill in to help you identify whether or not you have a colicy baby.
Infacol Colic Awareness Campaign
Cry-Sis – the only parenting charity dedicated to supporting parents through excessive infant crying and Infacol – Britiain’s number one colic remedy have launched the first ever Infant Colic Awareness Campaign. The campaign is designed to educate and support parents through these stressful times and ensure that they don’t get bogged down by the negative stuff. The aim is to help mums and dads enjoy the highs and the joys of parenthood to the full.
The White Company Kimbo Seersucker Sleeping Bag Giveaway
As well as the launch of the amazing campaign, Infacol have teamed up with The White Company to bring you this sweet giveaway perfect for children up to 6 months old. Up for grabs is the beautiful Kimbo Seersucker Sleeping Bag 0.5 togs for 0-6 month olds – worth £28.00. This prize compliments the Infacol Colic Awareness Campaign so well, so I hope you enjoy it.
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