New mom’s cooing bundle starts fussing right after he or she has been fed. New mom hoists her precious sack over her shoulder and pats baby’s back.
Baby clenches fingers into balled fists. The cherub’s cheeks flush. Fussing turns to crying fits. Baby writhes in pain, extending stiff legs with toes that feel colder than ice.
New mom unclips baby’s diaper pins or peels back Velcro strips and gasps. Her tiny tot has a bloated belly. Crying spells escalate.
Baby’s screams pierce new mom’s heart. New mom will do anything to trade places. Anything to relieve her child’s excruciating gastric pain.
New mom dials a number. “My baby won’t stop screaming.”
She quickly relays the symptoms to the listening ear on the other end.
Her mother sighs.
New mom paces the nursery. “Mom, what’s wrong with my baby?”
“He’s got colic. There’s not much you can do. He’ll grow out of it. You did.”
“Thanks a lot.” New mom rolls her eyes. “Is that the best advice you’ve got?”
According to New Haven pediatrician Dr. Morris Wessel, an infant with colic is “one who, otherwise healthy and well-fed, had paroxysms of irritability, fussing, or crying lasting for a total of three hours a day and occurring on more than three days in any one week.”
So what’s a new mom to do? There’s got to be a better solution.
Apparently, there is.
I received this testimonial about a mom who used a band, created by Juju Band Concepts LLC, to ease her daughter’s colic.
“Our daughter, Stephanie, started having colic almost as soon as we brought her home from the hospital! For the first weeks, my husband and I went to the pharmacy to get some homeopathic colic tablets, over the counter drops, and gripe water. We had little success with any of these remedies.
Next, we searched the internet for a solution and came up with cycling the legs, which seemed to help a little. We tried distracting Stephanie with the white noise from our vacuum. Our pediatrician suggested we carry her around in a sling and have her sleep with us. Later, he suggested an anti-spasm medication. These methods worked for a couple of evenings, but ultimately failed.
I wasn’t giving up. I reached out to others for help and was introduced to the Juju Band method. The Juju Band is a simple band that adds pressure and heat to the belly area. The heat helps to soothe the stomach reflux, and the band puts a light pressure on the stomach in order to release the gas and bloating associated with colic as baby’s digestive system forms.
I warmed the band up in the microwave for twenty seconds, removed it, and then tested the band to ensure it wasn’t too hot. I wrapped it around Stephanie middle, making sure I kept one finger inside the band so it wasn’t too tight.
I placed Stephanie in her swing. She seemed to be lulled by the rhythm. So I wasn’t convinced the Juju Band method was the answer. But she didn’t cry. And for the first time, she slept from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
I tried the same method the next night, and the next, and all with the same successful results. Stephanie is now a content, happy baby. We are grateful that we found a solution that worked for us.” – Caryn Forebush, San Marino, CA
Julie Acevedo, owner of Juju Band Concepts LLC, has graciously offered to mail one JuJu Band to a commenter.
But there’s a catch. You have to leave a comment below to help young moms cope with a baby’s first year. And I’ll also give away a one-of-a-kind baby greeting card that you can tuck in with the JuJu Band when you present this amazing gift to a young mom (if you choose not to keep it for yourself).
But wait—there’s more! I’ll also include four additional cards “Just for Ewe” to hand-deliver or mail to a friend or foe. You know what “they” say: “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.” And actually, wouldn’t a nice card be a great way to start mending fences with a foe. 🙂
I’ll plop all of the commenter’s names (who leave mommy tips) into a hat, and then I’ll let Indy pick out the paper with his sharp teeth. Oh boy! Imagine the slobber I’ll have to contend with. 🙂
And, of course, Indy will announce the winner next Saturday. So stay tuned! Unfortunately, this offer is only available to U.S. and Canadian residents.
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