A new study confirms that when exposed to prolonged crying, new moms experienced helplessness, anxiety, sadness and frustration.1
Frustration in particular was shown to increase continually over time.
When frustrated moms come to you, they need your help right away.
Start a dialogue by helping her understand what’s happening.
Help them by probing these issues first, especially for the first 3 months, at every visit:
Moms can find confusing information about colic and how to help their crying, fussy baby feel better. Providing the real facts about what’s normal crying and fussiness in their baby goes a long way to dispelling myths and calming moms’ frustrations.
Here are some key questions concerned moms can use to help them get the answers they need including a checklist of things to do or write down to prepare for a visit to the pediatrician.
Doctors and researchers have a number of theories about what causes babies’ crying, fussiness, and colic. Moms can read about what doctors are saying and thinking to give them a sense of comfort that this is an issue that many moms are facing.
Frustrated moms are looking for advice as to what she can do to ease her baby’s discomfort. Helpful suggestions include a variety of calming techniques as well as advice on knowing when it’s time to call the pediatrician.
Could her baby’s mood help prevent gas? This article answers this and other infant digestion questions. For instance, when baby is excited or keyed up, she is more likely to gulp air as she rushes through feeding.
When moms and babies go home from the hospital, infant gas is to be expected – and it’s perfectly normal. This article identifies questions for mom to consider asking their pediatrician and how to prepare for a pediatrician appointment.
Simple, everyday tips to ease baby’s gas and make baby more comfortable.
Experts are continuing to find ways to reduce gas and the related discomfort.
Reference: 1. Barr RG et al. Infant Behav Dev. 2014;37:652-664.