Showing posts with label colic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label colic. Show all posts

Monday, August 6, 2012

Babywise and Colic

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In just three children and five pregnancies, I have experienced a whole lot of what parenthood can throw at you. I have the terrible pregnancies. I have lost a baby. I have had a reflux baby. I have had three different  personalities among my children. I have had the chronic 45 minute napper as well as the perfect sleeper. I have had the baby with eczema. I had the picky eater and the child who will eat anything. The reason I can write about so much on this blog is because I have experienced so much.

This is not lost on me--as well as on many of my friends. They like to point out that I need to experience it all so I can write about even more topics. As I moved forward with getting pregnant with my latest baby, I reflected on the experiences I have had, but mostly on the ones I have not had. While I have experienced much, I have most certainly not experienced it all. 

And that is scary--because there is much more to experience out there.

Twins was one of my first concerns--I wanted twins before I ever had a baby, but I am now wise enough to understand that pregnancies and babies are easiest one at a time. I know, I would find much joy in twins if they came my way, but it isn't something I feel up to necessarily. An early ultrasound cleared me of that concern. 

Reflux is always a concern of mine after having had a baby with reflux. As easy as Kaitlyn was in comparison to other babies with reflux, there are so many challenges associated even with an "easy" reflux baby. That is a road I have traveled and really hope to never face again--and I know the moms who have had babies with reflux know what I mean.

Another concern is colic. I think colic would be very challenging, and I especially think trying to handle colic while needing to care for three other children would be challenging. 

I am sure I am not the only one to feel a little nervous at the prospect of any of these three things, and once you are there, you need all of the help and advice you can get. Today, I will discuss the advice offered in Babywise on colic. I have asked two special guests to write on twins and reflux--they each have much experience in the respective area and I knew they could do a better job than I in conveying how to make it all work. Let's start today with colic.

1-Talk to a Doctor
Many things look like colic but are not actually colic. One thing that can make you think colic is reflux. There can also be gas, allergies, or other digestive issues. You want to be sure to rule out other factors--you don't want to be riding out "colic" if it is actually something that can be treated and relief can be brought to your baby.

2-Do What Works
Each baby is different. They will all like different things to help settle them some with colic. Bouncing, swaddling, white noise, pacifier, swings, medicine balls...I find it helpful to hear from lots of moms when finding what works for whatever I am solving with my kids. Do some reading and try the tricks that worked for people until you find what works for you.

3-Watch Your Diet
If you are breastfeeding, your diet can contribute to the problem. If you are formula feeding, I have heard from many moms saying formula type and brand can have an impact on baby.

4-Burp Frequently and Efficiently
Babywise states that colicky babies need to be burped frequently (page 161). Three years ago, a reader shared this method, the Towle Method, of burping. She loved it. 

5-Monitor Stimulation Levels Closely
Any baby can get overstimulated easily. A colicky baby is no exception and can be even more sensitive. See more on Overstimulation here. 

6-Take Care of You
Remember to take care of yourself. Accept help (ask for help if you need to). Getting away from the situation rejuvenates you and helps you to see the bigger picture of life. This can help give you strength to make it through another day.

What are your colic tips? What worked for your baby, you, and your family? Please share! It will help a future mom of a colicy baby.

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Colief Drops {Giveaway}



I can't even begin to pretend to know what it is like to have a baby with colic, but I know many of you do. I do know what it is like to have a baby with reflux and a baby with severe gas, and I remember that I was willing to do whatever it took to help my baby be comfortable (you know, within safety).

That is why I was very interested in doing a giveaway of this product on my blog. I hope the product can be of help to many of you out there.

Trusted for years in the United Kingdom, Colief Infant Drops was born out of one mother’s determined search for the answer to her own daughter’s suffering. Colief Infant Drops is made from lactase, an enzyme naturally occurring in our bodies, is safe to use with babies from birth, whether breast or formula-fed, at every feeding, and is proven to greatly reduce the hours of inconsolable crying caused by infant colic.

The creators and those that work with of Colief Infant Drops truly believe they can be a preventative ally of comfort for all parents, not just another coping mechanism. 


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Become a follower of this blog. Then leave a comment. If you are already a follower (the
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comment telling me so.

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Check out the FAQs for Colief here:  http://www.colief.us/faqs. Then comment saying you did so.

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  • One entry per comment.
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  • Once the winner is announced, you will have one week to contact me or another winner will be chosen. Be sure to check back. The only thing worse than not winning is to win but not realize it in time!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Babywise Made Motherhood Not Just Do-Able, But Enjoyable

My name is Shea Moses, and I am a mom of a 28 month old and a 4 month old. Both sweet baby girls that our Lord blessed us that have made our lives so much more meaningful.

I started my first few weeks of motherhood with my head in the sand. I had no idea what to do with this precious gift that came home from the hospital with us, but left her instructional manual there. She was so tiny (4 lbs 11 oz) born at 36 weeks. We had her unexpectedly early due to intrauterine growth restricition. I should have known she would surprise with arriving early, because the pregnancy was an unexpected surprise as well. I was no where near prepared for parenthood and had no idea what to expect.

When Anslee was 6 weeks old, I was one tired new mama. She slept like a champ all day long. Falling asleep while feeding every time, and since she was so tiny, needing to eat every 2 hours. Thank goodness for facebook. I posted on my status one day something about how to work on STTN and when I could maybe expect that to happen. Some veteran mama's commented about babywise. I had never heard of it, but after reading several comments about the wonders it worked in their homes, I ran as fast as I could to the nearest book store to make the purchase. I think I read the entire book all the way through by the next evening. Every word lined up with our belief system and how we wanted to parent. It just made plain sense to us and so off we started on our babywise journey.

I had been trying desperately to keep Anslee awake all day in hopes she would sleep at night. At that time, that made sense to me, I mean thats how my body operated, right? Well, you can imagine my surprise when I learned the day sleep induces night sleep success. I stopped stressing out about how to keep her awake and realized the importance of naps. Wow. What a difference. It took 3 days of working on establishing a good healthy routine, and what would you know? We had our first full night of 8 hours of sleep. By 12 weeks, she was at 12 hours every night and we never looked back. I was turned babywise believer literally overnight.

Her first year was a dream. She was what Hogg would call a textbook baby. I knew without question when growth spurts were happening. I never questioned what her fussing stemmed from, whether that be from teething, to hunger, to needing a nap. Babywise really helped me learn to be the parent. It almost forces you to be confident in your parenting choices.  I have to say that is my favorite thing about the philosophy. You have to make the decisions best for your baby using what education you have and instinct. I love the "begin as you mean to go" theory too. Isn't that a theory we should use in our lives in general? I believe so.

I now have an almost 2.5 year old that values a good nights rest, behaves and minds (well, as best as a 2.5 year old is capable of), and is a delight to be in the same room with. She adjust easily to new places. She had not one problem welcoming in her newborn sister 2 days before her own 2nd birthday. She learns quickly, and I attribute that to having order in her day. Her mind can classify different things in an orderly fashion because she lives in an atmosphere that accommodates that. 

I could not be more thrilled with the way babywise guided us into parenthood.

My 2nd child is a different story. She would be what Hogg would call the spirited baby. She was severly colic for the first 13 weeks of her life and so we did not have the typical newborn phase with her. We had a much more difficult start to her life. During this time, we had to just go with what would comfort her and get to her to calm, but a babywise friendly routine has always been a part of her life. She is now 21 weeks and sleeping 10 hours a night. She is taking regular naps. She is happy now, smiling non stop. She loves her crib. We are getting there with her and I am clearly seeing how sticking with babywise through a really hard time has paid off for her. It has taken her much longer to get there than DD#1, but that is ok. We also are more on the go with her since big sister has places to be and things to do during the day.

Thank goodness for my DD#1 being such a wonderfully babywised baby while we dealt with a difficult newborn. I don't know what I would have done if I would have been up all night with a newborn AND a toddler. My toddler slept right through our sleepless nights with DD#2. I never worried, because even if she did wake up, all I would have had to do was tell her to go back to sleep and she would have followed through. Her routine stayed the same. It made the adjustment to a new sister easy and pleasant, it was nice to not have to worry about her while we tried to our wits end to comfort the new baby. Her having been "babywised" made having a hard newborn a little bit easier. Thankful, I am, to say the least.

That is our story. We consider babywise a blessing. I, myself, consider this blog to be a blessing. Its a wonderful reference, and I use it daily. I appreciate both the book and this blog combined. It has literally made my parenting journey one to enjoy and love!

www.themoseshome.blogspot.com is the story of our life as it happens! Feel free to check it out in your down time! 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Poll Results: IF BABY HAD COLIC, ABOUT WHAT AGE DID IT GO AWAY?

4 weeks or less
  9 (8%)
 
5-6 weeks
  9 (8%)
 
7-8 weeks
  13 (11%)
 
9-10 weeks
  6 (5%)
 
11-12 weeks
  24 (21%)
 
13-14 weeks
  18 (16%)
 
15-16 weeks
  7 (6%)
 
17-18 weeks
  5 (4%)
 
19 weeks or older
  19 (17%)
 

Votes so far: 110 

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Baby Whisperer: Deciphering Crying

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When it comes to eating and crying, Tracy Hogg lists some good assessments for figuring out why baby is crying. It is found on page 109 in The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems.

TIMING CUES
  • After Feeds: It might be gas or reflux
  • Same Time Each Day: Colic or witching hour (witching hour is my addition)
  • Erratic and Random: Might be personality
BODY CUES
  • Pulls Feet To Chest: Likely gas
  • Rigid and Arches Back: Reflux or over stimulation
COMFORT CUES
  • Burping: Gas
  • Bicycling Legs: Gas
  • Sitting Upright: Reflux
  • Motion or White Noise: Colic or witching hour (witching hour is my addition)
Once you have a guess as to the reason for the crying, you can try to help ease the discomfort and reason for crying. If it is colic, there might be little you can do, but at least you would know it is nothing you are doing "wrong."
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Happiest Baby on the Block: Conclusion

The Happiest Baby on the Block finishes up with a conclusion, medical reasons to call the doctor, and a new parent's survival guide.

Overall, this is not a book I would recommend to anyone to read. If you have a baby who has colic and you need ideas on how to soothe him, the book might be of use to you. As many readers have told me, the 5 S's can really help. I have said it many times and will say it again, if you are only interested in the 5 S's, you might prefer the DVD.

I have started to read The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems, and there have been a couple of statements by Hogg that have stood out to me in light of this book. One thing found in chapter one is that Hogg briefly mentions mimicking the womb for baby, but describes the womb differently. She describes it as dark and quiet, which is different from Karp. She does, however, advocate swaddling in order to mimick the womb.

Hogg also says, "We know, for example, babies of depressed mothers tend to cry more themselves" (page 32). This is something Karp states as not being true. I tend to agree with Hogg. The saying, "If Mama ain't happyn, ain't nobody happy" is a saying for a reason. Mom really sets the tone for the mood in the home.

If your baby is a Babywise baby and does not have colic or extreme fussiness, I doubt you would find any enjoyment from this book.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Happiest Baby on the Block: Other Colic Remedies

Chapter 14 is all about other colic remedies you can turn to other than the 5 S's. The first of these is massage.

Karp discusses a 1986 study done by Tiffany Field. Field found that premature babies who were massaged for 15 minutes, three times a day gained 47% more weight than expected and were able to go home almost a full week earlier than babies who weren't massaged. I realize a week doesn't seem like a long time, but if you have ever had a baby in the NICU, you know how long a day is.

In a follow-up study, Field found these massaged babies had a higher IQ at one year than those who weren't massaged. She also found that full-term babies who were massaged for 15 minutes a day cried less, were more alert, were more socially engaged, gained weight faster, and had a lower level of stress hormones (page 195). See this label for more on massage: massage

The second colic remedy is walks outside (page 197). This is pretty self-explanatory.

The third colic remedy is warming your baby up. Here are some ideas of how to warm baby (pages 198-199):

  • Warm bath
  • Warm blanket
  • Warm hat
  • Warm hot-water bottle
  • Warm socks

If you choose to try to warm your baby, be sure to monitor baby so she doesn't get too hot. Watch her ears, fingers, and toes. If they are red and hot and her armpits are sweaty, she is probably too warm (page 199).

Karp goes on to say that 10-15% of colicky babies are colicky because of a tummy trouble (which I found odd considering that he stated tummy troubles were not the cause of colic earlier in his book...). The first is food allergies.

To test if your baby has a food allergy, you need to eliminate food from your diet, or if baby is formula fed, switch baby's formula. It takes 2-4 days of the change before you can expect the crying to get better, so be patient (page 200).

Many moms I know who are testing foods basically eliminate everything they thing could be the culprit. They then wait several days. If things have improved, they might start to slowly introduce foods one by one, waiting several days between each new food. Karp suggests you wait until your child has been less colicky for two weeks before re-introducing. Personally, if I were sure it was what I was eating, I would never reintroduce it just to see :). The most common food babies are allergic to is dairy (page 200). I will say that for sure at least 10% of the babies I know are allergic or have an aversion to dairy.

The second tummy problem that Karp lists as a cause of colic is constipation (page 201). If you suspect this with your baby, consult with your doctor for constipation cures.

The third tummy problem would be because baby isn't getting enough milk. Baby should be calm and relaxed after a feeding. Baby should be peeing enough and gaining weight normally. Babies typically gain 4-7 ounces per week (page 203).

If you are breastfeeding and have a milk supply problem:

  • First, find out the reason for this problem. It could be flat nipples, thyroid, fatigue, poor nutrition, or insufficient breast tissue. It could also be that your baby isn't sucking hard enough or is even tongue-tied (pages 203-204).
  • Second, increase your supply. Eat well, get enough rest (as much as you can :) ), empty your breasts at feedings, you can also pump after a feeding (though Karp recommends pumping before a feeding), get comfortable while nursing/pumping to increase production, use fenugreek or Mother's Milk, and/or talk to your doctor (pages 204-205).
  • Third, you can use an SNS system, which gives your baby supplemental formula. Consult with your doctor and/or lactation consultant first, though (page 205).

The fourth medical cause of colic is baby gets too much milk (page 205). Your baby might not know when to stop or you might have an over active letdown. If you bottlefeed, the nipple might be too soft of have holes that are too big. If your baby struggles, coughs, or pulls away when she starts to nurse, it might be wise to express a couple of ounces before the feeding (page 205). Also, there are many support groups online for moms with over active letdown, so that might be of use to you.

The fifth medical cause of colic is reflux. Karp says keeping a baby upright following a feeding is a "dead-end" treatment (page 206), but I have never heard a parent say that didn't work for their child.

He says laying on the stomach is a position that will help baby's reflux, though for Kaitlyn it made it worse. When I say that, I don't mean that every baby with reflux will not benefit from tummy position; I know many if not most do. But some do not. Karp said also the left side is a good position for a baby with reflux.

Be sure to burp a baby with reflux well and often. Also be sure your baby isn't overeating. If your baby has reflux, consider eliminating dairy from your diet since for some babies, reflux is a sign of a milk allergy (page 207). Your doctor might prescribe medication to help with the reflux. See this label for more on Reflux .

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

The Happiest Baby on the Block: The Cuddle Cure

Chapter 13 is about the Cuddle Cure, which is combining all of the 5 S's and using them simultaneously. Karp says for a mildly fussy baby, one S might suffice to calm him (page 186). Fussy babies, however, require 2, 3, or 4 S's to be calmed. Really colicky babies require all 5 (page 187).

Karp says you probably will need to continue the cuddle cure after baby is settled, and even after baby has fallen asleep (page 189).

Karp says that if the cuddle cure is not working for your baby, first make sure you are doing the 5 S's correctly. See The Happiest Baby on the Block to review the 5 S's; however, if you have a colicky baby and are wanting to use these methods to soothe your baby, please do not rely on the posts on this blog. These are intended as a review so you can know if it is a book you want to purchase or not. Also, I know I say this a lot, but you might be more interested in the DVD than the book, especially if you learn better by watching someone do it than by reading about how to do it.

Once you are sure you have the method down, Karp encourages you to practice. He says it is good to practice on a doll or on your baby while he is calm (page 192). Through practice, he states both you and your baby will get better at the Cuddle Cure.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Poll Results: Did Your Baby Have Colic?

Results:

Yes, but before we started Babywise: 23 votes (9%)
Yes, while implementing Babywise: 28 votes (11%)
Yes, while loosely implementing Babywise: 13 votes (5%)
No: 73 votes (73%)

Total of 242 votes

These statistics match up with statistics sited in Happiest Baby on the Block--that about 10-15% of babies have colic (if you look at numbers of yes's while doing BW verses no's).

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Happiest Baby on the Block: Causes of Colic

Chapters four and five of The Happiest Baby on the Block discuss top theories of the causes of colic and Karp's reasoning for why those theories are false, along with this theory for what causes colic. Neither of my children ever had colic. Kaitlyn never even had a time of day when she cried. I literally never had a time when she cried that I couldn't console her immediately, and she had reflux. I know, good baby. Brayden had his period of crying in the evening most days, but that stopped as soon as we started Babywise. So, I won't pretend to know what colic is like or what does or doesn't cause colic. Here are some points I took note of while reading these two chapters.

  • Lack of Logic: Overall, I found Karp's arguments for and against theories lacking. Again, not to say I agreed or disagreed with them, but just that I didn't find them to be strong enough arguments. His evidence for his thesis just isn't strong enough. While earning my degree, I conducted many studies. I know how to present a hypothesis and how to support it. I also worked as a tutor throughout college in our Writing Center. I know how to properly write these things. I have studied logical fallacies up and down. These chapters are very weak.
  • Misleading: I could easily see a new parent reading this book and assuming babies don't cry due to something like gas (theory #1 Karp discusses). He does say it doesn't cause "colicky crying," but a frazzled parent, especially a new one, looking for answers might not realize the distinction. Babies certainly can cry from pain due to gas. I know Brayden did.
  • Food Aversions: Pages 39-40. Karp doesn't believe many babies can possibly be bothered by foods. If a mother in Mexico can eat that food, then it shouldn't bother an American baby. That argument just doesn't work. No two adults react the same way to foods, why would two babies? He does concede that it doesn't hurt to cut foods out of your diet to see if they bother your baby, just in case. In my experience, Brayden didn't have any noticeable aversions to anything I ever ate. Kaitlyn, however, had extreme aversions to caffeine. I don't drink it in any form; I just eat it in chocolate. A small piece of chocolate was enough to disrupt her whole day. I had to avoid it completely (hard for me!). So I definitely know that babies do have food aversions.
  • Reflux: Page 42. Karp seems to be one in the camp of belief that reflux can only be damaging/painful to the baby if he cries incessantly (at least 5 hours a day according to Karp). I fully disagree with this belief. I believe it can be damaging even without crying or spitting up (known as silent reflux--which is what Kaitlyn had).
  • New Baby is Hard: Page 46. Karp says new babies are hard. I agree. I thought I should be sure to add something I agree with :)
  • Babies Are Just Babies: Ugh. Page 47. I really dislike that statement. Karp says babies can't sense the feelings of the mother (like anxiety) because babies are just babies. I disagree with both parts of that statement. I believe babies can sense the feelings of the mother. I also agree with Hogg's take on babies that they are people too. Not "just" babies.
  • Good Self Calmer/Bad Self Calmer: Pages 50-51. Karp talks about the abilities of babies to self-calm. He says some are good and some are not. I agree with this. They all come with a different level of skill to self-calm.
  • Never Been Pregnant: Karp has women imagine what life is like for the baby in the last month of pregnancy. He says, "Imagine your baby bouncing around when you hustle down the stairs" (page 63). I found this funny. I don't know about any of you, but I certainly never hustled anywhere my last month of pregnancy. :)
  • Appeals to Emotions: On page 66, Karp talks about parents now wanting their babies to have "big smart brains" and be born "early" (you know, after 9 months), but don't want to feed them frequently or carry them around all day. "...parents...denied what mothers and fathers for hundreds of thousands of years had promised to give their new infants" (page 66). To me, this just seems like he is trying to guilt parents into following his plan for babies.
  • Spoiling: Page 69. Karp says new parents avoid holding their babies too much in order to avoid spoiling the baby. Maybe this is true for some, but for me it is to avoid over stimulation and avoid teaching the child to depend sleeping in your arms.
  • The Missing 4th Trimester: In my previous post, I mentioned that Karp calls the first three months of life the fourth trimester and that I have heard it called that. I agree that it is like a fourth trimester in that it is hard, just like pregnancy (at least pregnancy is hard for me). You don't get any smiles from baby for a while, and laughs usually come after three months. With this difficulty, though, parents develop a deep love for their children. An unconditional love. I call it a Christlike love.

    Karp states that through evolution, the brains of our babies have gotten larger, and therefore babies are now born three months "too early" because otherwise their heads would be too large and mother and child would die. This is the reason for colic. Well, this isn't something I believe in the least.

    In reality, his "missing fourth trimester" is drawn out as an elephant. The five other theories he previously discussed are the elephants legs, stomach, ears, and back (page 71).
  • Many Questions: I have many questions about his conclusions. Starting on page 73, he starts to list the 10 clues of colic and why his theory fits but not the other five. Number one is that colic doesn't start until two weeks of age. For every other theory (gas, reflux, temperment, immature brain, premature, etc.) he used this to prove that those can't be the cause of colic because, for example, a baby's temperment is the same at two weeks as it was at birth, or food aversions and allergies are present at birth if they are present at two weeks (though many doctors have told me aversions and allergies can suddenly appear), etc. I was curious how he was going to make this first clue fit in with this fourth trimester theory. If the baby is missing his fourth trimester at two weeks, he would be missing it at birth. He fixes that by simply stating that for the first two weeks of life, baby has little alert time, so he doesn't get over or under-stimulated, and thus delays the onset of colic. If that argument can be used for his 4th trimester theory, then it should be able to be applied to the other theories. Also, his reasoning used sounds more like over/under stimulation is the cause of colic rather than the missing fourth trimester.

    According to Karp, preemies don't get colic until two weeks after due date because they sleep so much. Their immature brains have mastered the sleep state. This lack of alert time fools the baby into thinking they are still in the womb. If this were true, why wouldn't "nature" fool the baby born three months too early (missing fourth trimester) into thinking he is still in the womb, also? Why would "evolution" cause us to have babies three months early but make these babies effectively unable to handle the world? Why wouldn't evolution fix that? Another thing, Karp says to mimic the womb conditions in order to counteract the missing fourth trimester. Kaitlyn was in the NICU. It was nothing like my womb (at least I don't think so; I haven't ever actually been in my womb).

    Karp says that the fact that babies are happy and healthy between crying bouts proves that it is the missing fourth trimester that is the problem. "...it's logical to expect immature infants to be healthy and happy until something pushes them over the edge" (page 75). That actually doesn't sound logical to me. If the 4th trimester is the problem causing colic, then I would think baby would cry all day and every day. Maybe stop for sleep. It makes more sense that gas, over stimulation, etc. would be the problem because those items aren't omnipresent.

    Further, if it is the missing fourth trimester, why don't all babies have colic? He says certain cultures that carry their babies all day never experience colic, but how would he explain a baby like Kaitlyn? Why was it she didn't cry? Is it because she is better at self-soothing than other babies as he mentions earlier in the book? If so, then wouldn't a lack of ability to self-soothe be the culprit and not the missing fourth trimester? That would be the item the two babies had different in life, not the missing fourth trimester. Kaitlyn certainly wasn't carried around all day long. I never did any of the 5 S's on her...

As you can see, I am not really buying into Karp's theories so far. I could go on, but I don't need to. Many of you have told me he does have some practical skills that are beneficial to the parent, so I am looking forward to reading about those.

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  • Christie said...
    This seems like a really bizarre book:) The whole "evolution giant baby brain head" theory that you cited in Karp's book is pure silliness. Thank you for reviewing this with us to save me some money on amazon.com, haha. I did, however, purchase Hogg's Baby Whisperer for Toddlers and it is ok, but like most of us on here, I believe the more I read, I realize I am a Babywise mom through and through! Thanks again for sharing your thoughts with us!
    January 16, 2009 2:16 PM
    Plowmanators said...
    Christie, it really is bizarre. I just finished the whole thing this morning. Eh. It definitely will not be a book I ever consider buying. I haven't read that Baby Whisperer for Toddlers book, but it is on my list of books to read some day :)
    January 22, 2009 1:42 PM
  • Maureen said...
    This book is starting to make me mad. Thanks for your post and saving me the money. I like the DVD but the book sounds ridiculous. Honestly, I stopped reading your post when I read that he doesn't think babies have food aversions. What?! Seriously?! William cried non-stop because of lactose intolerance. And I didn't make that term up. It exists because the condition is real, even in newborns. And we noticed it in the first few days. We didn't know what was going on, but we knew whatever it was, it wasn't normal. And I have zero doubt that the cause of his crying/colic was the dairy. A couple days after I cut it out of my diet, he was a NEW baby. I could not believe what a difference it made. Your post makes it sound like he doesn't truly believe colic exists, like it's in our heads, as if we want our kids to cry in pain all day long. Grrr!
    January 16, 2009 3:55 PM
    Plowmanators said...
    Maureen, The funny thing about food aversions is that later in the book, he says 10% of babies have food aversions and lists ideas for what to do about it. It makes me wonder who on earth the editor was. Didn't he/she pay attention and point out the many contradictions?!?!?! Yeah, the book was frustrating to me too. DH kept telling me to stop reading it, but I persevered to the end!
    January 22, 2009 1:44 PM
  • KJackson213 said...
    I wanted to add, that I do believe gas, etc is the biggest reason for ACTUAL colic. However, I read an adult study showing that lack of sleep can result in tummy aches. After reading that I thought to myself, that's so true bc I always have a stomach ache when Im exhausted. I don't see why it would be any different with babies!So colic could be blamed on tummy issues, when really, tummy issues are due to lack of sleep.This is a huge reason why I think Babywise babies are less likely to have "colic" then other babies!
    February 10, 2009 6:28 AM
    Plowmanators said...
    Thanks for your thoughts! That is intersting.
    February 12, 2009 2:00 PM

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