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SPÄDBARNSKOLIK: Föräldrars upplevelser av kolikperioden och en informationsbroschyr
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Inconsolable infant fussing and/or crying is a common reason for parent´s to seek help with professionals and is a cause of great stress within the family.

Aim: To produce and evaluate a leaflet about infantile colic and elucidate how parents experienced their child’s colic period.

Method: The study was based on a descriptive survey containing thirteen open questions assessing parents’ experiences of the colic period and the support from the Child Health Care (CHC) nurse. The questions also addressed the design and content of the leaflet. Ten mothers completed the survey and the results were analysed using qualitative content analysis.

Results: The main theme found was; “The infantile colic overshadowed everything – and created feelings of insufficiency in the parenting role”. Seven categories were identified; Wessel’s definition of infantile colic agreed, Sleep- and breastfeeding experiences, Thought´s about the colic period, Strong emotions developed during the colic period, Coping strategies, Support and advice, Content in the information brochure.  

Conclusion: Infantile colic effected the entire family, caused crisis and strong feelings such as powerlessness when nothing would calm or ease the baby´s cry. The feeling of being insufficient would create problems with the attachment to the baby. The CHC nurse should support the family members and strengthen them in their ability to cope with their baby´s cry. The leaflet “Infantile colic – the infant´s cry the first months in life” could reduce parents’ self-accusation and feelings of insufficiency. It could help parents´ attain a sense of control over the situation and encourage the development of a secure attachment. The leaflet will be corrected with advice of using a diary to elucidate the time of crying. It will also contain information about the risk of shaken baby syndrome.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 60 p.
Keyword [en]
infant, colic, parents, experiences
National Category
Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-323852OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-323852DiVA: diva2:1107673
Subject / course
Caring Sciences
Educational program
Specialistsjuksköterskeprogrammet med inriktning mot hälso- och sjukvård för barn och ungdomar
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Available from: 2017-06-12 Created: 2017-06-09 Last updated: 2017-06-12Bibliographically approved

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