Osteolife | June 15, 2018 | Uncategorized
Whether you’ve been a parent for a few days, several decades, or any length of time in between—one thing is certain. You experience a range of emotions when you see and hear your child crying. This is more so the case for new parents, who are often ill-prepared for parenting—especially when the child is “difficult.” As eager and hopeful as the parents may have been during pregnancy and the birthing process, the arrival of a fussy or unsettled baby can take a great toll on them in many ways.
You’ve probably heard the term colic before. Or you may have heard people describe a crying baby as fussy, difficult, or unsettled. Many studies have evaluated what is considered “colic”, but there is not one standard definition. Some define colic based on the cause (e.g. lactose intolerance), while others look at the symptoms (e.g. the length and persistence of the baby’s crying). Many agree that colic can be due to a misalignment of the baby’s spine, which might have been caused during birth.
If you’re a parent of an unsettled baby, you may experience a range of emotions including frustration, anger, fear, anxiety and depression. Some studies have found as much as 42.5% mothers of colic infants reporting symptoms of moderate to severe depression, which places the parent-infant relationship at risk.
Furthermore, being unable to calm the baby may lead to feelings of inadequacy even if you are an experienced parent. When a child is inconsolably crying and you haven’t slept for a day or days, parental coping skills might literally go flying out of the window.
So what can you do if you have an unsettled baby? I’m sharing 5 tips below to help you, if this is what you’re experiencing.
Becoming a new parent can be one of the greatest joys you’ll ever experience despite your baby’s crying. Remember that help is available and you don’t have to feel alone in seeking answers that help you with caring for your fussy child. Use these 5 tips to help you on your journey towards calming your child and taking care of yourself in the process.