Originally Posted by mangopaco
We found a pretty good way to make evening colic go away with our baby. NOTE: I'm sure this is not going to work with everyone, each baby is different, but just in case...
Dr. Sears in one of his articles recommended a few things that we do all at once:
- dim the lights
- white noise - I hold Santi and take him to the kitchen and turn on the kitchen fan
- do the evening colic dance - it's a one-two-bounce step... "and a one and a two and a one and a two," kicking out the heel of your foot when you come up from the bounce
- shushing over baby's head - something about the shush and the air breathed unto the top of the head, calms him down
When we do these four things together, he's usually out withing 5-10 minutes. You do have to put up with some of the loudest screaming ever, some pounding, pushing away, etc. But that goes away after about 5 minutes. Patience is key.
I keep it up until he's been asleep for a full five minutes. Meanwhile my wife uses this time to get ready for bed. I'll bring him to her in bed and sometimes he wakes up, calmly, to nurse, and sometimes he just keeps sleeping.
Of course, if evening colic comes back, and sometimes it does, start all over again. But for some reason this formula works for us.
Thanks Christian. I so applaud you for being so active with your wife and LO! And, for reading Dr. Sears!!
What works for us is very similar -- dim/dark room, bounce on exercise ball (that's a bit lower impact than having to dance, but does kill the back after 30 mins which is what it often takes us), pacifier (if accepts), side or up on chest position, swaddle (sometimes), shushing, and sometimes, finding a position where his eyes are shaded to decrease stimulation (another option would be a nursing cover). This is a fail-proof method for us, though sometimes it can take a while, especially if he's been sleeping a long time before starting this routine. We also try to get him down by around 7, 7.30, though sometimes he has something else in mind and we end up doing this at 8 or 9.
Our problems are burps, reflux, gas and poo. Sometimes after nursing he is all worked up. Some time on the ball usually relaxes him, and burps come out. Sometimes, he gets some reflux in his mouth and chomps on it (doesn't come all the way out). He'll be almost asleep, or has just entered REM, and then his little face gets all twisted and uncomfortable, and he starts to cry. This happens several times before he can finally sleep, poor little guy! Hence, the 30+ minutes sometimes on the ball...