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Adjusting Your Routine – Understanding Your Baby’s Temperament and Colic.

Though we don’t often think about it in infants, all babies are born with their own unique personalities, right from the start. What make some babies “easy” and others “difficult” is often a matter of how that personality, or temperament matches with that of the parents’.

With regards to colic, babies who have a temperament that requires significant adjustment in order to mesh well with the parents may develop the signs of colic at an earlier age as they try to cope.

Learning to understand your baby’s temperament through visual cues and circumstances will be beneficial in two ways:

  1. You will be able to better anticipate your baby’s needs and adjust your baby’s surroundings accordingly. This anticipation can stop many instances of colic before they occur, as the triggers that lead to your baby’s fussiness will never have the chance to materialize.
  2. You will have the ability to respond to your baby’s distress more swiftly, and can minimize the chance that your baby will develop colic due to being overwhelmed, or an inability to adjust to your routine and surroundings. By adjusting at the first signs of distress, you can stop a full-blown crying jag from occurring. Reading your baby’s cues accurately can end many bouts of fussiness without prolonged crying.

With colic, infants often do not have the ability to self-soothe, so you should look for any potential causes of discomfort – both physical and otherwise. Once you have discerned the cause of your baby’s fussiness, you can help your baby to learn to deal with the cause, or you can make adjustments so that the situation does not occur as often, or at all.

In the case of the usual suspect – typically formula or breast milk – you can make changes to your baby’s diet. However, your baby’s irritability may also be caused by too much light, jarring noises, irritation with respect to clothing, or a number of other external factors. Conversely, some babies are soothed by white-noise, such as from a washing machine, a television or radio set to a channel where there is no reception, or something as simple as the sound of the vacuum cleaner.

Your baby’s temperament may make him more prone to bouts of fussiness than other babies. If he is easily overwhelmed by outside stimuli such as temperature and noise, you will need to take that into account when attempting to treat the colic. Likewise, some babies respond best when the schedule is very rigid and does not vary from day to day, while other babies can deal with a bit of variance with little or no trouble at all.

Sometimes, in the case of colic, babies also respond well to a change in scenery – either by moving to a new room, or by going for a walk or a drive. These types of major adjustments may not be feasible for a family who has other commitments, and ultimately, teaching your baby to self-soothe is a better option than having to go for a drive any time your baby seems fussy.

Uncovering your baby’s temperament may take time – as you learn more about what keeps your baby happy and what makes him or her fuss, keep an ongoing diary. Soon you will be able to recognize the signs of stress in your baby early on, and by using that knowledge, you can stop many bouts of crying before they begin.


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