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Surviving Colic

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Caring for a colicky baby can be terribly isolating -- not only because a mother may hesitate to impose her child's behavior on others, but because of the often painful feelings she tends to keep bottled up inside herself. "It's OK to express what you're thinking, even if it's not very positive," says Lester.

Often what you may get in return is affirmation from someone else who's been through what you're experiencing. Turning to a therapist may also be extremely helpful. "Mothers who come into the clinic often admit that it's the first time they've felt comfortable expressing what they really feel. Often, the simple fact that professionals are acknowledging that a mom has a challenging kid on her hands legitimizes what she's experiencing and provides a great sense of relief," notes Lester.

"Getting to that point -- where you can say, 'Hey, my child has a problem, it's not me' -- even admitting that your baby is a pain in the neck -- is very freeing and very healthy."

Amen.

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