Welcome to Parenthood: Colic and Your Baby

Kyle’s had a rough couple of nights, and it would appear that he is rather colicky. Colic, for those who don’t know, is “severe pain in the abdomen caused by wind or obstruction in the intestines.” The lad is a noisy feeder, and the amount of air it sounds like he’s sucking is enough to make me belch just listening to him. He tends to be kind of a hit-or-miss burper, and it can sometimes take a good ten minutes to coax a good, manly belch out of him.

The air seems to be getting into the intestine (as evidenced by infantile flatulence), and causing no small amount of discomfort as it makes its way to the exit. This makes Kyle unhappy, and leaves his parents seeking some way to soothe his pain. Of course, the worst possible position for Kyle to be in during periods of discomfort seems to be flat on his back. Last night I found that cradling him in my arms and bouncing him ever so gently seemed to work pretty well. Alas, when I returned him to his bassinet at 2:30 this morning, he soon awoke and began crying. It’s not a little cry, either; it’s a full-fledged wail, and it tears my heart out, because there’s clearly pain behind it.

We’ll see how the weekend goes. Colic generally only lasts a couple of weeks, according to something Laura read to me last night. Of course, he’ll have something new to cry about Monday night, as he’s slated to be circumsized Monday morning.

11 thoughts on “Welcome to Parenthood: Colic and Your Baby”

  1. I watched my oldest be circumsized in the hospital. Once was enough for me. The rest (3 boys) I just kissed on the head and wished them luck and God speed back to our arms when the deed was done. Still gives me the willies.

  2. Beano to the rescue!!

    Our Middlest Broodling did that for two months. Boy can they howl. My Favourite Canadian was breastfeeding at the time, so we thought it might have something to do with her diet. She pracically cut back to bread and water with no improvement.

    Then we dropped him and his older brother off with Grandma and Grandpa for a few days. When we returned, he was a happy go lucky baby. Pretty much has been (happy go lucky, anyway) ever since.

    The circumcision thing, had it done to the first two. Partly because the youngest spent so much time in the NICU, we decided against for him.

  3. Poor little tyke! And then you are going to add circumcision on top of all the colickiness? Grandma and Grandpa do have a way of working miracles on the little ones. After all, how often was Tracy sent to Sandra’s Additudinal Adjustment camp???

  4. And then you are going to add circumcision on top of all the colickiness?

    The plan is brilliant. He’s already cranky, do it now.

  5. Jahnoth said:

    I watched my oldest be circumsized in the hospital. Once was enough for me. The rest (3 boys) I just kissed on the head and wished them luck and God speed back to our arms when the deed was done. Still gives me the willies.

    You watched? I wasn’t given the option. The nurse whisked him away, brought him back 10 minutes later because the anesthetic wasn’t ready, whisked him away again an hour later, then brought him back after the job was done.

    As for giving me (or us) the willies, we were not offered any part of what had been removed.

  6. When dad has his BULB (Bilateral Upper Lid Blepharplasty) he was going to ask Dr. Rooney for the extra skin so that he could bring it home to Onyx. Anyone else as disturbed by that as I am???

  7. Anyone else as disturbed by that as I am???

    Disturbed, you are. By that, I am not sure.

    Bothers me not, it does.

    Refuse to eat, Onyx may.

  8. The sad thing is Onyx probably would have loved it! And yes, I am disturbed, but not nearly as disturbed as my brothers!

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