All was fine till day 13. My baby followed a normal newborn routine of eating and sleeping with a little playtime. But on the evening of that terrible day 13, she cried and cried , only pacified by continuous nursing. This lasted for 9 hours upto 3am when she finally fell asleep.
This repeated on several days till about 2.5 months of age. Infact on several occasions this went on through the night.
This condition was diagnosed as colic and we did everything to address it, from collicaid drops, mahahing roll-on, happi tummi waistband, tummy massages, tummy-time and the works. Some of these gave temporary relief at times but nothing solved the problem.
As the night drew nearer, a bout of depression would set upon me. On one hand was the helplessness I went through due to the inability to soothe my little baby and on the other was my sleep-deprived state that was taking a toll on my body. Everyone told me that it would settle but I was unable to look beyond.
How things settled?
I was terribly against the idea of rocking a baby to sleep. I basically wanted my baby to be free of any these habits. However, the state that I was in, I was ready to resort to anything reasonable. I started rocking my baby to sleep in a Baby Rocker or a Ghodiya Cradle or a Baby Swing. We rocked her for long periods of time and sang to her and that helped her settle. When she woke up, we rocked her again.
We also established a quiet evening routine, which included a light massage, tub-time, soothing music and a quiet feed. We kept the lights dim through the routine. All this put together helped reduce the number of colicky nights.
Time, of course is the best cure for collic As she got older, and her movement increased, the gassy nights disappeared, leaving behind only a memory of the helpless nights.