Did you know that September 26th is officially the most popular birthday in the UK as the number of babies born in a single day rises from 1,800 to around 2,000 – I know 5 people who share that birthday (although mine which is the 21st December seems just as popular as I know 8 friends who were born on the same day).
This also means that there are thousands of brand new parents who have just celebrated the much awaited the arrival of their little ones.
A very common medical condition which affects 1 in 5 newborns is Infantile Cole, however, only 1 in 3 British Mums admit they are aware of what this actually is.
New parents get an average of 4 hours sleep a night, and a baby who is crying excessively can be extremely stressful for Mums and Dads alike. Research carried out by Infacol has found that parents around the UK have come up with inventive ways to soothe their crying tot.
Signs and symptoms of Colic include:
- Intense crying bouts
- Crying in the late afternoon or evening that lasts several hours
- The baby’s face is red and flushed when they cry
- The baby clenches their fists, draws their knees up or arches their back while crying
Some parents might try to soothe their crying baby with lullabies and background noise, others are turning to modern technology to try and better understand the reasons behind the tears. A new app has been developed which claims to be able to interpret an infant’s cry. Using acoustics of cries from thousands of babies, ‘Chatterbaby” claims that it can help a parent decipher a cry of hunger, pain, tiredness, or if a baby is simply fed-up.
Infacol carried out a survey of 500 mums and dads with babies under the age of 2, and found that 1 in 3 parents would be willing to try an app like this, if it helped to calm their infant.
When Harry was a baby, he suffered very badly from Reflux and during the nights he couldn’t sleep and cried for hours on end I would find myself pushing the pram around the kitchen doing laps in a bid to calm him. Other times I would strap him to me in his baby carrier and do the hoovering as this seemed to work well, and being upright helped him. With Emmy, Paul would take her for drives in the car.
The survey also revealed that 95% of parents have sung or hummed to calm their baby. Around 88% have tried taking their infant for a drive and 67% have switched on the TV or radio. Regionally, 93% parents in the East of England are more likely to try humming or singing, those in the South West (94%) prefer to take their baby for a drive and 77% of mums and dads in Wales have tried using background noise, like the TV or radio, to help their little one get to sleep. Interestingly, current affairs, documentaries and dramas are the most popular programmes used to help babies drift off.
Together, Infacol and Cry-sis, the only parenting charity dedicated to supporting parents through excessive infant crying, have launched Infant Colic Awareness Month in September. Colic Awareness Month strives to educate and support parents to ensure they can experience the joys of parenthood to the full.
Did your little ones suffer from Colic? What did you do in a bid to help them?
I have teamed up with Infacol to bring you this latest giveaway. The prize is a White Company Sleeping Bag for ages 0-6 months which retails at £32.00.
For your chance to win, please enter via the rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to UK entrants only and closes at midnight on 28th October 2018 – Good Luck