Postpartum depression may be linked to colic

QUOTE(icetopaz @ Aug 22 2006, 01:16 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
My son had terrible colic and I definitely had post-natal depression – but I'm not sure that it was my depression or style of parenting that caused the colic – since his dad, who was much more confident than me, got exhausted by the crying as well. Interestingly, his dad and his dad's siblings all had colic when they were babies too.

It definitely didn't help though that I was inexperienced, totally lacking in confidence and scared stiff everytime he started crying because I couldn't seem to stop it. I guess it was a vicious circle – I tensed up and he probably sensed my anxiety and cried all the more!

I don't understand why more research isn't done about colic since it's so distressing for both parents and baby. I'm not sure how I would cope if put in the same situation again – day by day I guess.

My first daughter's collarbone was broken during the birthing process, and it pained her greatly for her first few weeks of life. Not too long ago my wife and I were watching home videos from the time, and it seemed like she was crying constantly. (Pretty much how I remembered it…) My wife was upset wondering "I was a terrible mom, why didn't I do anything?!?!" I had to remind her that we did all we could…. we gave her tylenol and tried to make her as comfortable as possible, but to no avail. We got little sleep back then, all our pictures from the time have mommy and me with big circles under our eyes!! I remember burying my head in a pillow a time or two and screaming with exhausted frustration! Constantly crying babies can take an incredible toll on parents! But it did get better, within a few months she stopped crying all the time, and none of our children since have been as um.. LOUD as her! I think that if number 2 daughter had been as bad, my wife and I would have been in awful shape, as we were having a great deal of stress from other issues on top of the issues associated with a growing family. It's no stretch to think that if our second daughter had not been an excellent sleeper, that we BOTH would have been suffering with Major depression!
-Warpysaint

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