Are you battling with reflux and colic? A new mom whose baby is struggling with reflux and colic asks me how she can help her little one to establish a better sleep day and night sleep routine.
My baby won’t sleep. Help!
Meg, please help. My little 9 week old has reflux which is under control but now also has terrible colic. He used to scream for 2 hours every night but for the past 2 days, he refuses day time naps. By the evening he is inconsolable. I’m exhausted and so is he. I have tried everything: calm environment, dummy, swaddling, a warm bath…every thing… I’m at a loss.
Meg Faure answers:
That is so tough! You are having a difficult time.
Firstly, from a medical perspective, have him checked by your doctor – specifically for lactose intolerance (read more about here) and also try probiotics – they do sometimes really help.
Secondly, it is useful to understand colic in the context of over stimulation – please read this article.
4 Tips to calm your crying baby
Then, you mention all the right things but here’s a little more guidance on them to improve their effectiveness:
- Calm environment: Don’t bath him in the evening. Limit stimulation after 5pm and for 15 minutes before each day sleep.
- Dummy: Persist with non nutritive sucking – it helps a lot if you have a very irritable baby.
- Swaddling: Swaddling needs to be snug and containing otherwise it won’t make a difference.
- White noise: White noise can also help him to sleep better.
Day sleeps are, as you mention, linked to evening colic. If a baby has no day sleeps, the evening colic can be severe. So watch his awake times and try to settle him after 45 minutes so he sleeps after an hour of awake time. Don’t worry if you have to use sensory strategies such as rocking or holding – he is still very little.