So colic is defined as a baby crying for 3 or more hours at least 3 times a week for at least 3 weeks. The baby will be completely inconsolable even though they are healthy and well feed (dry, fed, held, etc) So what could more fun than this issue/syndrom/mystery….having it multiplied by 2. That’s right colicy twins. And of course the symptoms peak between 6-8 weeks of age and my boys have just hit 6 weeks. Now for the even better news, it can start to clear up around 8 weeks or it can last until 3-4 months. YEAH! After all, last night, they only cried (with brief, very brief moments of calm for feeding and 5 minute power naps to fuel the crying) from 6-11 pm. Oh – and it’s worse in the evening…just when you start to run out of energy. So what’s a person to do? You are at the end of your fuse and they are screaming like their in pain (fyi – they aren’t. If you suspect they are in pain, it’s not colic. Call your dr. ) Well, there are a things you can try and in various combinations, they may work various times. There is no rhyme and no reason when dealing with colic so don’t get frustrated when what worked 2 days ago has no effect today. Just hold on to the fact that it will get better and some days will be better than others. I found a little solace in the 5 S’s (more info to come) and called for help from friends and family. Reach out and take the help! And remember…”This too shall pass”
The first couple of days home with twins can be quite exhausting. The best advice that I can give to make it through that time is acknowledge that you need help, ask for help, and accept the help that is offered. Don’t be proud. Don’t be stubborn. It will be better for you and for you children if you get some rest, eat a good meal, and take a moment to process the changes going on around you. Your world has just shifted dramatically on its axis and if you don’t take a moment to get your footing, you’ll just stress yourself out more. The same advice is true for people with single babies. Take the help. Get some rest. Enjoy those precious first days at home.