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Did you know September is the most popular month of the year for birthdays, with 26th being the most popular – around 200 extra babies are born on that day! That means there will be thousands of new parents welcoming their beautiful bundle of joy. With that comes the wonderful world of baby snuggles, newborn squishiness and getting to know this beautiful little person. It also means changing nappies, midnight feeds, and for many parents, dealing with the struggles of colic. With that in mind, Infacol and Cry-sis, the only parenting charity dedicated to supporting parents through excessive infant crying, have launched Infant Colic Awareness Month in September. Colic Awareness Month strives to educate and support parents to ensure they can experience the joys of parenthood to the full.
The signs and symptoms of colic include:
· Intense crying bouts
· Crying in the late afternoon or evening that lasts several hours
· The baby’s face is red and flushed when they cry
· The baby clenches their fists, draws their knees up or arches their back while crying
I can’t remember if Alfie suffered from colic or not – I mean, he definitely did a little bit, as I remember giving him Infacol after the health visitor recommended it to me, but I don’t remember him suffereing as bad as poor Henry. Henry started showing the signs of colic at around 4 weeks, and it continued until he was about 10 weeks old. Every single night, at about 5pm he would start crying and it took a lot to soothe him. After giving him some Infacol, the best way to sooth him was to put him in the sling and rock him back and forth until he fell asleep. I’d often spend the evening with him strapped to me as I couldn’t risk setting him off again!
Research carried out by Infacol has found that parents around the UK have come up with inventive ways to soothe their crying infant. Some parents might try to soothe with lullabies and background noise, others are turning to modern technology to try and better understand the reasons behind the tears. A new app has been developed which claims to be able to interpret an infant’s cry. Using acoustics of cries from thousands of babies, ‘Chatterbaby” claims that it can help a parent decipher a cry of hunger, pain, tiredness, or if a baby is simply fed-up. Infacol carried out a survey of 500 mums and dads with babies under the age of 2, and found that 1 in 3 parents would be willing to try an app like this, if it helped to calm their infant.
The survey also revealed that 95% of parents have sung or hummed to calm their baby, around 88% have tried taking their infant for a drive and 67% have switched on the TV or radio. Interestingly, current affairs, documentaries and dramas are the most popular programmes used to help babies drift off.
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