Coping With Colicky Babies
Establishing a Colic Support Group
Parents with colicky babies often feel isolated and overwhelmed by their responsibilities. By establishing a colic support group, you can help other parents who are dealing with similar circumstances, while giving yourself a much needed outlet for the stress of dealing with your baby’s colic.
When establishing a colic support group, there are several issues you’ll need to consider. Among these are your membership, meetings, and levels of support. How you define these three factors will have a direct impact on the type of group environment you will be providing to other parents of colicky babies.
Membership in the colic support group can be handled any number of ways. Are you looking to provide support to just parents? How about other caregivers? What about the special needs of single moms, or the challenges facing parents of multiples? You may want to be all-inclusive and offer mutual support to everyone who has colicky babies, regardless of circumstance.
A good way to get started is in a general parent support group setting. Often, hospitals, daycares, or parenting centers provide groups and gatherings for parents – you can inquire about establishing a colic support group there, if there is not such a group already in place.
Meetings can be tricky for parents of colicky babies – especially during those times when infants are at their most fussy. Work and other family obligations may also get in the way. If you are going to have meetings, you’ll probably want to limit these to twice a month, and during the days and times that are most often free to parents.
That may mean a weekend commitment on your part, but if the objective is to meet with other parents, share tips and advice, and have time to unwind from the tensions that caring for colicky babies often cause, then it’s well worth the time spent.
Levels of support can be difficult to define when just starting out, but you’ll want to have some ideas in mind that can be built upon at a later date. For example, will you or other members be accessible to other members of the group to talk in between meetings?
What about an online presence via one of the social media sites? Will you have a Twitter group to discuss your colicky babies in real time, and help give advice on the fly? There are a number of ways to stay in contact and build a group of support and solidarity, even if your members can’t always attend meetings.
Whether you establish your own colic support group or join one that’s already in place, dealing with colicky babies is easier if you have a network of people in similar circumstances to rely on and to talk to about your problems. Never allow yourself to give into the feelings of isolation – even if you don’t start a group, talk to someone regularly who can sympathize and offer support for you and your baby.