Sound Off: I’ve heard that some communities have a 24-hour phone hotline for stressed parents with infants who are colicky or otherwise. Does Lawrence have a hotline like this?
Melissa Hoffman, a registered nurse and community education specialist at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, said Lawrence does not have a hotline specifically for stressed parents of a colicky or fussy baby. “I encourage new mothers to come to one of my support groups to discuss some of the emotions that come along with having a colicky, fussy or “spirited” child, as I like to say. Recently, we had a group discussion about evening fussiness, and it was obvious that a few women were relieved just to know they were not the only ones going through the same thing,” she said. Her weekly support groups at LMH, 325 Maine, are: • Breastfeeding and New Parent Support, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Mondays. • Build Your Village, which is for mothers suffering from pregnancy and postpartum adjustment challenges, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Mondays. For more information, contact Hoffman at 505-3081. Additionally, here are some resources that Hoffman routinely provides parents for support: • Headquarters Counseling Center: 841-2345. • Child Help Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD. • The Parent Helpline: 1-800-CHILDREN.