How I discovered one of the best remedies for colic!
It had been a long long day at work after being up all night with our new born. My wife rang me up and asked me to come home from work as our son was crying again and had been for the last few hours. baby swing He was only a couple of weeks old and my wife was still tired from the birthing process.
But how can I help?
I was not sure what to do? We called in a breastfeeding specialist and she said that he was getting plenty of milk as we were worried about his intake. She left us a whole heap of reading material on a variety of subjects. It was about 11 o’clock at night and it had been 10 hours of solid crying and no real relief. I was flicking through the material we received earlier and found a newspaper clipping about a Doctor called Harvey Karp and his remedies for colic.
Silence is Golden
The article went on to detail about Dr Karp’s work and his remedy for colic. After literally minutes of applying his technique my son was asleep in my arms. It blew me away how quickly this worked. For the next 3 months we used this technique and still use it today with friends children. There was still times where I would carry my son around the house for hours so he could sleep. It was so much better than listening to him screaming.
The Happiest Baby on the Block
I had ordered all of Dr Karp’s products that were available at the time. They are actually called The Happiest Baby On The Block. I reviewed and referred back to them again and again until I understood the ins and outs of his techniques. It is too much info to put in one post, so here are the basic points he covers in his literature:
* The 5 S’s: Simple steps that trigger the calming reflex (swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging and sucking) The calming reflex only works if you can do it the correct way
* The Missing 4th tri-mester: Hard to comprehend, though it may seem babies are born 3 months too soon.
* The calming reflex: How to reset that automatic switch that can stop a baby’s crying to boost a baby’s sleep in the first months of life.
* The Cuddle Cure: How the 5 S’s can soothe even the most colicky infants