HC: How has your book been received among other pediatricians?
BV: Colic Solved hasn't settled well with everyone who's read it. Some are bothered by my connection between "colic" and acid reflux. Others still are clinging desperately to the concept of a behavioral disease state early in infancy. My book is based on my experience with thousands of screaming babies. Irrespective of whether or not it changes anyone's mind, I hope that it creates discussion on the issue of early infant irritability and opens up awareness to treatable conditions.
HC: How does Colic Solved differ from other parenting books? You mention Baby Whisperer, Happiest Baby on the Block, and the Baby Wise books.
BV: Every baby should be cuddled, swaddled and whispered to as these books describe. While these techniques may seem like the newfangled answer to all of your baby's problems, these maneuvers have been used for millennia. All babies will fuss from time to time and this is where these books do parents a great service. It gives parents some sense of control.
Colic Solved is different because it suggests that the profound irritability seen in some babies may have a treatable cause. The wastebasket diagnosis of "colic" may no longer be appropriate in many of these infants. It's always better to treat the source of the problem before resorting to folksy pacifying measures.
It's important to make clear that this book isn't a do-it-yourself-fix-your-baby-overnight book. Most cases of reflux can't be fixed in "three easy steps." Many cases of more involved acid reflux disease need the help of a physician. So Colic Solved is not a how to but rather a what to book. It will tell you what to do to recognize reflux and what to do to get your baby help. It will help parents advocate for their screaming babies by helping them understand reflux and how it may play into their baby's situation. Colic Solved is written in plain English so that every parent can understand why their baby may be crying.
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