Survivor's Guide to Colic

Solutions for Crying Babies from Someone Who's Been There

Non-Fiction - Parenting
204 Pages
Reviewed on 02/12/2014
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Author Biography

Jen Lester’s introduction to motherhood was rough – her little boy suffered terribly from colic. This led her on an exhaustive quest for answers. In the process she discovered that there are solutions out there. Jen is passionate about helping new parents so they can get back to enjoying their baby, instead of just ‘surviving’ them.
Jen’s profession is corporate law - she has a background in research commercialisation and technology licensing, but she’s had a diverse career: having been everything from a solicitor, a medicine student, a non-profit lawyer to a professional circus instructor (yes, really!). Jen thrives on work and loves a good challenge, but her fiercest passion is her family.
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    Book Review

Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite

If you are living through or have ever had to live through the hell of colic, then Survivor’s Guide to Colic is specially designed for you. Jen Lester has put together a no-nonsense, but unassuming masterpiece when it comes to helping you survive one of the most difficult issues that can arise with that sweet little bundle of joy that has suddenly turned into a wailing demon. She supplies you with techniques to help settle your baby, which will likely keep you from losing your mind before you are able to continue to the other methods that will help rid you and your child of this horrible nightmare. Jen discusses all of the possible underlying causes without accusing you of failing as a parent, and also discusses the positive and negative options involved in fixing the problem in order to help you decide what to do. Jen also works to undo many of the myths that go along with colic and takes a calm and professional approach to both sides of the arguments about the causes of colic. She uses medical evidence to back up her approach and helps you to be assured that this period will pass and can pass sooner rather than later by utilizing some of the techniques that she shares.

Horse whisperers step aside, the baby whisperer has arrived! Jen Lester has put together a book that ought to be passed out along with all of the other pregnancy and baby books that have traditionally been a part of the expectant mother's library. Survivor’s Guide to Colic uses an approach that is both gentle and informative. Jen doesn’t send parents on a guilt trip, but instead tries to calm the storming seas rather than add to the frustration. Using her own experience as well as a mountain of medical research, Jen has truly dedicated herself to helping others get through the frustration of this most difficult time. Read it, have it ready for quick reference and pass it on to others. Survivor’s Guide to Colic is not only essential reading for expecting and new parents, but mandatory.

Joy Hannabass

Does your baby cry excessively? I’m not talking about crying because they are hungry, need a diaper changed, tired and sleepy or just crying for a few minutes at a time, but for hours and nothing you do helps? Then you are probably dealing with a case of colic. In this book, Survivor's Guide to Colic, author Jen Lester tells you everything you need to know about colic and the effects it has on your baby as well as yourself and your family. She gives statistics about the numbers of babies who have colic, how to know if your baby has colic, the symptoms and treatments, and other things you can do when your baby is suffering from this painful condition. Ms. Lester also goes through many reasons that could cause a baby to have colic, including a chapter on Jen’s View About What Causes Colic. Why is Jen Lester’s book about colic so special? Because she is writing from real life experience, as well as doing extensive research on this subject.

If your baby suffers with colic, or you know someone who has a baby suffering with this condition, Survivor's Guide to Colic is a MUST! How different my life would have been had this book been written years ago when my son suffered many weeks with colic. One thing I like about this book is that Ms. Lester explains what is going on with your baby, and helps you to understand how to deal with your baby and the excessive crying. She gives wonderful, practical, and helpful tips that will assist you, your baby, and your family. This comprehensive book contains tons of the most valuable information you will find about how you and your baby can survive the colic. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has a baby, or anyone who is around babies a lot. You need Survivor's Guide to Colic.

Faridah Nassozi

Survivor’s Guide to Colic by Jen Lester is a mother's guide to handling the difficult first months of motherhood when the baby suffers from colic. No mother wants to see their new baby crying, but unfortunately real life kicks that hope out. It is estimated that about 95% of babies who cry for prolonged periods suffer from colic, with only 5% crying due to other medical conditions. Jen Lester advises the importance of always consulting a doctor to rule out any other medical issues and then gives tips on how to handle every mother's nightmare, colic. The book contains tried and tested techniques and tips from mothers and medical practitioners on how to help your baby cope with colic. It also has a ton of useful information, like tips on settling the baby, that will be useful to a mother whether their baby has colic or not.

Survivor’s Guide to Colic by Jen Lester is a very informative and practical book that aims at equipping parents with knowledge on colic and how best to deal with this problem. The book contains easy to master techniques from a mother who has been there. The book deals with the issue from all angles, giving different tips and techniques, pointing out the myths and facts about colic, symptoms of colic, and what works and what does not and why. It also gives tips to mothers on how to manage the stress and frustration that comes with failing to make your baby feel better. Reading this book gives you the feeling of a mother talking to another mother; it has that easy personal touch.

Mamta Madhavan

Survivor's Guide to Colic - Solutions for Crying Babies from Someone Who's Been There by Jen Lester is the perfect book for sleep-deprived parents of newborn babies. It is a useful book where the author has compiled all the necessary information for parents dealing with crying and screaming babies. Colic babies are tough to manage and here the author speaks in detail about the whys of it and medical evidence that supports it. This is helpful for parents to find a solution for their baby and their family. The book also throws light on how to handle colicky babies and the pros and cons of each option help you decide on what is suitable for you.

Parenting is a rewarding experience and this book makes it rewarding for parents of colic babies who find it tough to handle their babies. Colic symptoms are also put down so it is easy for first time parents to understand whether they are handling a colic baby. The book speaks about a range of issues like herbal remedies, gripe water, constipation, swaddling, baby massage, lactose intolerance etc. The author has put forth the required details in a sequential and orderly way. That makes it easy for parents and readers to understand. Each chapter deals extensively with the topic and the author also covers the topic of what can cause colic. The topic is handled with a lot of clarity and that makes the book a must-read for parents dealing with colicky babies.