Colic or Not Colic? That is the Question.

18 Sep

Six pm is the witching hour in our house. Or at least it was last week. All last week. From 6 to 10 Rilyn would scream. Nothing would soothe her except to nurse, and people, I can’t have a baby attached to me for four hours straight every evening. We tried just about everything you could imagine. No amount of rocking/walking/singing would help. Nor would the swing, or sitting on the dryer, or a white noise machine. Car rides would help for a few minutes only. Being outside did nothing. And forget about pacifiers; the girl hates them.

After four nights of this I sent Brandon out for gripe water. I just couldn’t handle it anymore. We used it the following night (night 5). She cried for about 10 minutes after taking it, burped, and then was fine the rest of the night.

And we haven’t used it since! PTL!

We’ve been “colic symptom” free for 3 nights now, which leaves me wondering if it was actually colic. Maybe she was just going through a growth spurt and needed to eat more frequently. That would kind of explain why it only lasted 5 days (of course this is assuming we’re done with whatever all that screaming was about. Knock on wood!). Maybe she has a sensitivity to milk protein? I cut out dairy on day 4 thinking maybe that was contributing. Anyone that knows me knows just how difficult this is for me. I could totally live without meat. Living without milk is a completely different story. Milk itself wouldn’t be hard (I never drink it straight. Gross!), but the cheese (cream cheese!!!!), ice cream and butter are so difficult for me.

I’m storing this huge sacrifice away for when Rilyn is a teenager and throws the old, “you don’t love me” line my way during an argument. “Oh oh oh! You have a seat right here in this chair Miss Rilyn, and let Mom explain to you just how much I love you!” I can see it now, and spoiler alert: I win that argument.

Okay, I’ll win all of the arguments because my name is Mom. And because when your title is “Mom” you have the privilege of owning the best argument winner/ender one-liner:

“Because I said so”

So maybe it has something to do with me cutting dairy out. I guess we’ll find out as I start to add it back in. Maybe the gripe water was just THAT good and worked a miracle the one time we gave it to her. Or maybe it was just a growth spurt. Either way, the fact that it happened at the same time every day still has me coming back to colic. Colic usually lasts for a few weeks though, so again I’m back to wondering if it was one of the other things.

Regardless, I bow down to all you mommas that have gone through colicky babies. I can’t imagine weeks of going through that, as only 5 days had me bawling my eyes out, curled up on the bathroom floor. Bravo to all of you!

And THANK YOU! to all of you that offered suggestions and words of comfort during this stretch of time for us. It really helped knowing so many of you had gone through it and survived! We appreciate it mucho!

Funny how parenthood is such a huge guessing game. We could spend countless hours speculating exactly what caused something and never know the answer. Sometimes that’s just the way it is with kids, but one thing I do know is that I’m immensely grateful and relieved the crying has stopped. Hopefully for good.

2 Responses to “Colic or Not Colic? That is the Question.”

  1. Christine Whetstine September 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

    Hey Afton!

    I really enjoyed meeting you last week! I hope the mac and cheese didn’t contribute to Rilyn’s fussiness. We should have brought something non-dairy. My lactation consultant says cutting out just milk, cheese and ice cream may help with gas if that was the issue (but I think it can take 10 days to 3 weeks to eliminate cow’s milk protein from your system.

    Doesn’t sound like Rilyn has colic. I saw this post on Kelly mom that sounded a lot like your situation.

    Glad to hear the fussiness went away. I know how stressful trying to calm an inconsolable baby can be!


    • Afton September 19, 2012 at 11:53 am #

      Thank you so much for that link. It does sound a lot like what we went through. And please don’t worry about the mac and cheese. It was delicious and I would have been sad had you brought something else! I’ve started adding dairy back in and she seems to be doing just fine, so I’m not sure the dairy affected her in the first place.

      So glad we finally got to meet and Liam is just adorable! I’m looking forward to getting to hang out again soon!

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