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Out of the abyss of colic: a view through the fathers' eyes.
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PMID:  19550259     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To elucidate the experience of fathers living with a colicky infant. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Interpretive phenomenology using in-depth interviews with 10 fathers of colicky infants. Reiterative interview reading, repeated meaning unit sorting, going back to the literature, and discussions gave way to emerging themes. FINDINGS: The overall experience is one of "falling into and arising from the crying abyss together as a family." Four themes emerged: (a) falling in, (b) hitting bottom, (c) weaving strands to make a rope, and (d) climbing out. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: From their stories, fathers provide insight useful to nurses assisting families of colicky infants through a very difficult time. Nurses should talk to fathers directly about the possibility of colic, and teach both parents what it is, how long it usually lasts, and what can be done about it. Anticipatory guidance as well as discussion about colic during newborn health visits can help parents to vocalize their feelings, and learn what actions to take when the stress of colic becomes overwhelming.
Marsha L Cirgin Ellett; Morris M Appleton; Rebecca S Sloan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  MCN. The American journal of maternal child nursing     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1539-0683     ISO Abbreviation:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Publication Date:    2009 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-06-24     Completed Date:  2009-09-30     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7605941     Medline TA:  MCN Am J Matern Child Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  164-71     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Indiana University School of Nursing, IN, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Colic* / nursing,  psychology
Crying / psychology
Father-Child Relations
Fathers / psychology*
Infant, Newborn
Interviews as Topic
Middle Aged
Nursing Methodology Research*
Sickness Impact Profile
Stress, Psychological*
Young Adult

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