It looks like Daisy has Colic. The for real kind where she cries for hours and hours on end and there's nothing we can do about it. Yesterday in the emergency room when the doctor told me what was up and that there's nothing they can really do, that all we can do is wait it out, I think I felt my brain unravel a little bit.
Colic has a few different definitions and Daisy seems to fall into the cry-inconsolably-for-more-than-THREE HOURS - category. Last night her tirade lasted from 7p.m. to 12:30a.m. nonstop.
How does she not lose her voice? 5.5 hours of screaming nonstop and she doesn't lose her voice? Dear lord this is beyond belief, where is the Guinness Book people when you need them?
The books and the Internet say that Colic isn't painful, that it MAY be that the babies nervous system isn't developed and that they just can't stop, but the Doctor yesterday said it's just about as painful as giving birth.
No matter what the case, it's horrid because she does appear to be in great pain, like something is stabbing her over and over and yet I'm losing my gourd because of the crying. I feel terrible for her and end up crying right along with her but after a few hours just want her to stop SO BADLY.
Don't worry I'm not depressed or even really baby-blues-y so she's not in danger of me going psycho, it's just that this is beyond my wildest dreams of shittyness.
Anybody ever have a colicky baby? Any advice? I know we have to just wait it out but is there any way to not go stark raving mad while doing so? I considered taking up drinking but I'm clumsy enough and I don't want to be dropping her and falling down the stairs. Bummer.
Amanda (sunshine) I took her out in the stroller like you suggested and she actually did stop crying while we were out there - amazing to say the least! HA I'm going to become known as that strange white lady wheeling around her newborn outside in the rain and cold for 12 hours each day while her husband is at work. ( I was actually scared that if she screamed the whole time I wheeled her around that they might call the policia on me! )
Anyways, it seems the morning bout is over for now, she only went from 9:30a.m. to 2:00 p.m. this time so that's nice, an hour less than last night. DAMN IT can someone tell me how a one month old can stay awake for 10 hours a day?? SHIITTT.
I'm not going back to the online "support" groups for colic by the way, because they're all too frightening. It's just a bunch of poor women listing how many hours a day and how many months their babies have been screaming and that they've tried everything and nothing helps. Nice. We've got Daisy the anti-colic bottles, nipples and gas drops but. . . well, I sound like the message board moms, shoot me now.
I told her this morning that she better get to growing that nervous system of hers quick or I'm going to put her ass on E-bay. Okay, no, I don't want to go to jail but I DID inform my husband last night that I'm considering giving her to the neighbors. The neighbors won't WANT her but there's always that baby-on-the-door-step deal that I might be able to work out. Where's my basket??