Recently I did a post on doing things to help out with a baby in the home. Let’s face it dad’s sometimes we may feel a little helpless at times, but the truth is that there really are many things that we can do to be a strong support and help at home especially with a newborn in the house. One thing that I hear about from other dad’s is that it always seems like when they are getting home from work all the baby does is cry for a few hours on end. Olya just did a couple posts about Colic and I thought it would be good to put a quick perspective on things to help out the dads out there to understand what could be going on with your baby.
The key thing to remember here, is that this could be completely normal behavior for a young infant, and in almost all cases you don’t need to worry. This time has often been referred to as the “unhappy hour” 😆 Be smart though and make sure you aren’t dealing with anything else (fever, extended crying beyond a few hours, random crying times that last long periods, rashes, or other signs of something different)
Like Olya mentioned in her posts, one of the causes for what is known as Colic, is related to the baby’s nervous system developing, and quite often (about 75% of babies) the baby is just doing a reboot of its nervous system. There is so much going on as the baby is growing and developing and the baby just reaches a threshold where he can’t really process the information any more, so he cries and then calms, usually going to sleep for a nap, and is ready for normal infant fun 😉
So, before you start to complain or think that you may be doing something wrong, just know that what you are going through is in almost all cases completely normal, and it should tapper off after about 12 weeks in most cases. The key thing is to prepared to help and support. Some things that help to sooth the crying time include: 🔹Motion: Babie’s like a soft rocking motion 🔹Pacifier: This has been a lifesaver in many cases, the sucking can help to elevate extra air and gas the baby sucks in while crying, which can cause the crying to prolong.👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻