Colic–no parent really understands the meaning of the dreaded word unless they live through it themselves. When my second child was born, I thought that I had forgotten how much newborns cried–but after rocking, swinging, walking and bouncing her for hours on end, my husband and I realized that something more was going on. Indeed, she was diagnosed with colic. Colic can be a confusing (and frustrating!) condition, so Breezy Mama got in touch with Jacqueline Lawrence the creator of Colic Calm, and mother of two former colicky babies, to break it all down. –Alex
What exactly is colic?
Colic is characterized more by its symptoms than a specific cause. The traditional definition of colic is “A baby that cries for three or more hours per day, at least three times per week, for a three month period”. For some infants the period may last longer, but eventually subsides.
What drove you to formulate Colic Calm?
My son Kian was clearly in pain at about two weeks of age. I tried everything on the market to no avail. Then with some inspiration from homeopathic traditional remedies and in consultation with my pediatrician and homeopathic doctors, I created the formulation now know as Colic Calm. The results were instantaneous. My husband and I had the idea to “productize this discovery” for the benefit of other parents. After all, the beginning of life should be a time of great joy and enjoyment.
What do you think of Dr. Harvey Karp’s theory that there’s no such thing as colic?
Dr Karp’s theory revolves around the concept of a fourth trimester, and to a large degree, deals with the discomfort and anxiety babies feel in their new and unfamiliar surroundings outside the womb. I think Dr. Karp certainly makes valid points but his theory does not address the challenges newborns face with their immature digestive systems. Their stomachs are literally learning to function for the first time. Another theory holds that colic is a digestive issue resulting from or caused by excessive gas or reflux. This makes sense since babies do not have the probiotic bacteria essential for digestion and also have immature muscle function, which is ineffective at performing peristalsis (moving food through the digestive tract). Colic Calm addresses all of these issues through an integrated homeopathic approach.
Why do some babies have colic and others don’t? Is it hereditary?
Yes and no. Colic can be triggered by environmental factors (food, allergens, anxiety of parents) as well as hereditary factors (e.g. muscle development, neurological development, effectiveness of the lower esophageal sphincter, etc).
Why does Colic Calm work?
The flash presentation on our website, www.coliccalm.com, shows how Colic Calm works inside the digestive tract. We have gone to great lengths to provide a supportive and educational website which includes thousands of testimonials and even a home video of Colic Calm working wonders.
How is Colic Calm different from other “gripe waters” on the market?
Unlike the other gripe waters, Colic Calm is not a dietary supplement. The FDA does not recognize dietary supplements as having any medicinal or curative properties. Colic Calm is manufactured to FDA standards for homeopathic medicine and conforms to much stricter testing protocols for purity and efficacy. Also, Colic Calm is backed by an unconditional money-back guarantee. Our success rate is 94%. Pretty astounding for an age-old problem that nothing has been able to resolve, up to now.
Along with Colic Calm, what other suggestions do you have?
Though labor intensive, I do find that gently bouncing on an exercise ball with baby held upright, chest to chest, seems to provide the best external aid. This technique can work wonders to dislodge painful trapped gas bubbles and soothe baby with motions reminiscent of the womb. If discomfort seems more related to acid reflux, holding baby upright after feedings or, if sleeping, having baby lie on an angle using a wedge has helped many parents. Take a close look at diet if breastfeeding or consider changing formulas if food allergies are suspected. White-noise, music, massage and aromatherapy may also help restless or fussy babies to relax.
As mentioned above, Jacqueline has two boys–Kian who is 5 and a half and “The Colic Calm Kid” as well as her baby, Anders, now 8 months. Jacqueline says, “He (Anders) started showing signs of colic at 2 weeks of age (and they said it couldn’t happen twice!). I honestly wouldn’t have tempted fate again if I didn’t have Colic Calm. As a result of using the product, Anders’ initial bouts never escalated and developed into much.” For more information on colic and the Colic Calm product, visit the Colic Calm website at www.coliccalm.com.