Worn Out New Mom Needs Advice

Dear Sara,

I have two beautiful three month old twin boys. One is an easy going baby with an easy  disposition while the other seems to have colic and cries for three or four hours at a time. I am totally worn out. I can’t seem to get them on the same routine. When I took them back for their six week checkup my pediatrician said that colic was temporary and my baby would soon outgrow it. What am I going to do until then?
-Mary Ellen

Dear Mary Ellen,

Sounds like you need a break for a little while just so that you can have a rest from the constant pressure of needing to take care of one or the other of your babies. Do you have a Mom or sister who could take over for a couple of hours so that you  can take a get  out for a while?

There are some things you can try that might help with the colic. When you give him his bottle try one with a smaller hole in the nipple so that he is not swallowing air. It also helps to sit him up rather than having him lie back. Also burp him often.

Lots of babies seem to be soothed by a swing or being carried around in the kind of baby carrier that you wear. You could also try swaddling him or put a warm water bottle on his tummy. I’m not a big fan of pacifiers but if it works use it.

You could ask your pediatrician if there are any meds that might help or maybe a different formula. Babies grow up pretty fast. Hang in there.

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