Caring for an infant who has colic can be exhausting and stressful, even for experienced parents. Remember to take care of yourself, too. These suggestions may help:
- Take a break. When you've done what you can, ask your spouse or partner or another loved one to take over for a while. Take advantage of baby-sitting offers from friends or neighbors. Even an hour on your own can help refresh you.
- Express your feelings. It's normal for parents in this situation to feel helpless, depressed or angry. Confide in your spouse, partner or other good listener.
- Try to stay positive. Don't measure your success as a parent by how much your baby cries. Colic isn't a result of poor parenting.
- Make healthy lifestyle choices. Eat healthy foods. Make time for exercise, such as a brisk daily walk. If you can, sleep when the baby sleeps — even during the day. Avoid alcohol and other drugs.
- Remember that it's temporary. Colic episodes often improve by age 3 months.
It's also important to recognize your limits. If your baby's crying is causing you to lose control, put the baby in a safe place — such as a crib — and go to another room to collect yourself. If necessary, contact your doctor, a local crisis intervention service or a mental health help line for additional support. These suggestions apply not only to parents but also to any other person who cares for your child.
Jul. 06, 2011
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