Any remedies or suggestions for a collicky baby?

Lisa - posted on 08/30/2009 ( 45 moms have responded )

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My son is three weeks old and the last 3days, he has been VERY uncomfortable and miserable. I think its colic from what I've read and I just want to give him some kind of relief even if it doesn't take it away (as I am sure I can't take it away, I just have to wait it out). Please help me with my collicky baby!!!!

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Georgina - posted on 09/04/2009

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hi what makes you think he's " a collicky baby " ?? the doctors describle colic as a uncontrollable crying that cannot be calmed down for at least 2 hours straight,,,and colic was just a made up word for a baby who wont stop crying no matter what..ok anyway my son has reflux so the doctors put him on baby zantac also he was very gasy and i gave him tummy drops and gripe water ..but the number one thing you have to consider is what he is eating,,,if you are breastfeeding it is super important to watch what you eat!!!! if you are formula which i was we had to try so many differant one until we got it right and it turned out it was the formula all the time we now use simulac alimentum,,,he is like a different baby. i hope this helps...GIna

Ashley - posted on 05/31/2013

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Bottles are a big help when a baby is colicky....dr. brown bottles saved me and I know this sounds weird I looked it up on the internet cause I was desperate cause my daughter was colicky, but use grape jelly. If you are using pacifiers put a little jelly on the pacifier and see what happens. Did it with mine and she passed out after doing it.

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K - posted on 06/24/2013

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We found colief was the only thing that worked when our little boy was really colicky (Tho really expensive!!). Luckily had really kind doc who put it on prescription for us. Also gripe water seemed to work well at times too.

If your little en still really bad, get them checked out as they could have acid reflux. We got prescribed gaviscon infant which thickens and prevents any painful reflux.
Hope this helps :) Hang on in there, I know you have lots of people say this, but it does get better. My LO was really colicky for a few months and we thought it would never end. However he is nearly 6 months old and is a totally different happy, smiley, giggly baby.

Amy - posted on 09/08/2009

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My daughter was I tried to change what I ate while breastfeeding to what formula, kinda bottles you use all could help. but I used those infant gas drops!!! Those really helped us out!

Erika - posted on 09/08/2009

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I've actually heard noise from the vaccuum cleaner can help soothe them and my daughter had to be put on the mose sensitive formula there is Similac Alimentum because she suffered from stomach problems on top of being a collicky baby, so suggest that to the DR at the next appt the only downfall if you don't have WIC is that its $26 a can

Amanda - posted on 09/04/2009

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Little Tummies Gripe Water worked wonders with my son, they also were the only thing that helped his hiccups.

Sonya - posted on 09/04/2009

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Forget all these remedys and potions from the doctor. My experience was when my daughter who is now nearly six was a baby she kept crying day and night so i took her to the doctor who told me it was colic every time i went to him, so I spoke a girl who was pregnant at the same time as me and she told me about an oeteopath who deals with babies which they are called cranial oesteopaths they are the best way to go as they go by your labour and the birth and they do some massages on the baby and stretches them and i tell you what i took my daughter and the very first night she stopped the crying and slept through the night. When my son was born three years ago I took him for a check up with her and she told me his decending colon was blocked and that he had a twisted leg, the very same day he went to the doctors for eigh-ten week check and the doctor didn't notice anything wrong with him but after the one session and massages at home he was sorted out altogether. By the way my daughter a twisted spine and gullet and that is why she was crying as when you layed her down you were strtching her belly, I have never looked back and I have put other people forward to this woman that i went to and they have come back and thanked me. So I leave this thought with you. I hope I am of some help.

Shaunte - posted on 09/04/2009

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Hi I'm shaunte and i'm new to this...My daughter was colicky after she was born and i had to change her formula to soy cause she was lactose and tolerate...that could be something that might help i know that it helped her.....and mylicon drops helps also...

Becky - posted on 09/04/2009

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I had a collicky baby and it was really bad until we came across colief its amazing!!! you can get it from the chemist a tesco it is expensive but ask your doctor for a prescription if it works which im sure it will within 24 hrs my little man was painfree and sleeping!!!! we also use the Dr Brown bottles hope this helps

Amy - posted on 09/04/2009

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the dr. brown bottles are great...a little more expensive and has a few extra parts but definitely worth the money

Rebecca - posted on 09/04/2009

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my baby is now 3 and a half months old and i gave her brausers colic relief or infacol they both worked well good luck

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First thing is not to lay blame or have any self-doubt about your parenting skills - most parents experience at least some degree of this at some stage. If your baby is otherwise well, as it appears, then there are numerous things you can try - some have been mentioned by other posters - but most of all, do what it is you feel you would like to do for/ with your son and not what others tell you you must do - you are his Mummy and, no doubt, know him best ;o)

Have you tried any infant massage? The International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) have a routine designed specifically to aid in colic relief and, while not everyone benefits in the same way, massage can be a wonderful thing to share with your baby (and your partner/ family can do it too). The IAIM website has details of contacts who may be able to direct you for some massage instruction - http://iaim.net/

Good luck, whatever you try and don't forget to remind yourself what a great job you are doing and that it isn't your fault. S xxx

Victoria - posted on 09/04/2009

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Baby massage, massaging his stomach in a clockwise motion. I also used infacol and dentinox. My son had awful colic and my husband and I would be walking the floors for hours with him every evening, movement seemed to keep him occupied. I also went on a lactose free diet as they thought he was lactose intolerant and I was breast feeding, if he is on formula there are lactose free formulas: SMA LF.

Priscilla - posted on 09/03/2009

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Mylicon works pretty well. I've also heard that there are certain stretching techniques you can use to help work any excess gas out.

Sarah-jane - posted on 09/03/2009

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why dont you try gripe water that may help as it helped my mates collicky baby

Jessica - posted on 09/03/2009

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The thing I found that worked for me me also works for teething is Gripe Water. It is a homoeopathic remedy. I got it walgreens. You can also order it online.

Amy - posted on 09/03/2009

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we thought our daughter was colicky..turns out she had all the symptoms of acid reflux.she was originally put on zantac but that didnt work.shes now on prilosec and seems to be doing much better. we also use the mylicon drops for gas...she still has her good and bad moments (sometimes you can really tell when the reflux is bothering her and its so tough to watch) luckily enough though whether its colic or reflux they typically grow out of it.

hang in there (i know im trying) :-)

Heather - posted on 09/03/2009

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Nothing really worked for me. My son ended up having Gastric Reflux.. and I put him on Enfamil AR and that helped and then meds helped too.. You might wanna check to make sure that is why he isn't comfortable!

Tiffany - posted on 09/02/2009

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Oh,yeah...take a warm towel out of the dryer and put it on his tummy. These are all the things that my dad helped me with my collicky baby. I'm so thankful he was there. Because my husband and I didn't know what to do.

Tiffany - posted on 09/02/2009

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My 2 yr old had colic when he was 3 months. I didn't know what to do. But my dad told me told bath him and swaddle him. Then give him a little of the gas medicine for babies. They sell it at walmart. I would also make him a warm bottle and he would fall asleep.

Marihett - posted on 09/02/2009

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Try "Hyland's" homeopathic colic tablets. Try & burb him half way through a feed & afterwords, massage his tummy gently while feeding. Colic is when your baby cries for 3 hours non stop for at least 3 days a week. My son just had a lot of gas building up, which made him uncomfortable.

Sabrina - posted on 09/02/2009

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My baby did the same thing, only it wasn't colick, she was diagnosed with severe reflux and allergies to wheat, oats and milk. All the foods i was eating while breast feeding. She is now on previcid and a hypoallergenic formula and it has made a world of difference, sure beats the crying spells that lasted upwards of 12-15 hours. IF you don't feel like its just colick, talk to your pediatrician. So many children suffered when their Drs. just wrote their discomfort off as colick.

Charlene - posted on 09/01/2009

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When my baby is collicky, I swaddle him. This almost always calms him down for a couple minutes or so. While he is calm, I give him some colic tablets. They are homeopathic and dissolve right on his tongue. Hyland's Colic Tablets. I found them at Vitamin Cottage

Laura - posted on 09/01/2009

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Try gripe water, its all natural you can find it at most drug stores, as well as babies r us. Another helpful thing is a band for there tummy called happi tummi, you can do a search online to find it. With this you heat it in the microwave and then it wraps around baby's tummy this uses heat and aroma therapy to soothe baby. I have also found that a warm wash cloth works, although its not as convienent as you have to hold it on belly and keep reheating it. You can also try using either baby oil or olive oil and massaging your baby's belly in a circular motion using long strokes going clockwise alternate this with doing peddle movements with your baby's legs, a warm bath with baby's belly emerged in the water help also, only do either the bath or massage as both can over stimulate the bowels have a nap or overnight in between the two. All of these with the exception of the massage and bath together can be combined, nothing will completely take colic away as you know but one or more of these should ease it. You will have to see what works best for you and your baby. Good luck i know how hard dealing with colic is.

Tonya - posted on 09/01/2009

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I had colic as a baby and my mom said the only thing that helped is when I had my clothes off and was laying on my dad...it is so hard but he will get over it. I would check with the Dr also because I thought my daughter had colic and she had gastric reflux and took medicine and it was so much better.

Tricia - posted on 09/01/2009

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Well, what worked for me was gripe water, warm baths with baby and massaging her. The massages seemed to really do job! I would turn everything off, tv, phone, radio etc. and just make the shhhhhhhhhh noise while massaging her with baby cream (lotion) and it would put her right to sleep. SHe only had colic issues for about 1 week or so and then she seemed to just stop. I still do her massges and baths though just because. =) Good luck.

Beverley - posted on 09/01/2009

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go and get some infocol it's great stuff and give it 2 him before u feed him it work great

Mary Lynn - posted on 09/01/2009

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I know you don't have much time for reading--I still don'r, but I recommend 'The Happiest Baby on the block' I think there is a dvd also. Wish I had found this sooner. My son has reflux and terrible gas plus colic and we've been there. Also might want to rule out any allergies to milk protein or soy. Watch what you eat if breastfeeding. My son ended up on hypoallergenic formula. He just turned 4 months (he was 5 weeks early) and it is like somebody turned a switch--he is much happier now, so it will get better!



Don't be afraid to ask for help. I know how rough it can be and you need a break often!

Maci - posted on 08/31/2009

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my daughter was and i suggest gripe water its made by baby bliss or bliss baby cant remember who but it worked great with her. i just put how much it said in her baby because it has a awful taste. good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 08/31/2009

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something about that 3-week mark, isn't there! we'd been warned that our bubba would get grouchy, and it still took us by surprise. i cut things out of my diet, breast-fed lying down/back, spent lots of time bur[ing her - nothing rreally worked that well (although being held upright helped a bit).

paediatrician friend of mine said that they call it 'colic' because it's important that parents don't blame themselves (didn't stop me from doing so, mind you) and that most babies go through an evening-crying stage for a couple of weeks. i think trying things such as diet changes at least means you feel like you're doing *something*,

hope what you're going through does ease up soon! (our bubba is an almighty accumulator of gas, but even so, her evening crying eased up significantly when she hit 5-6 weeks).
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hang in there

Jody - posted on 08/31/2009

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You will somehow get through this! My son was colicky from 2 weeks to 5 months old. There was nothing I could do to help this problem. I did formula feed and changed his formula to Enfamil Nutramigeon (spelling??) Although I think this did help by the time I tried it I also think he was growing out of hid colicky state. If your son is colicky you need to take breaks. Hopefully you have a lot of support. I felt the only people who understood what I was going through were people who have gone through it. If there is a support group for you to join I strongly urge you to do so. I remember always thinking that he was hurting. Make an appointment to see your peds doctor and have he/she rule out any cause for the screaming. There may be something he/she can do to help. Always remember that this stage will end. Although at times it won't seem that way. Good Luck! I hope this doesn't last long for you.

Courtney - posted on 08/31/2009

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i got told if ur child has colic at about 5 or 6pm during the day every 20mls get him up and burp him so its not a massive build up at night time normally u would burp them like half way thru but i did every 20mls and it worked for me if hes that destressed give him a nice bath and warm his belly up...good luck =)

Morgaine - posted on 08/31/2009

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both my children suffered from colic my youngest still does from time to time the best thing i found that worked was infocol you can get it at any chemist or supermarket you just give one-two (depending on bad your child has it) droppers before each feed after 3-4 feeds you will see an improvment hope this helps

Luan - posted on 08/31/2009

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my little one had it,you can get these bottles called Dr Browns they have air flow pipe in with in a day they helped her plus i used to put 2.5 mil gripe water in each bottle and now i have no problems,let me know how you get on.

Charmaine - posted on 08/31/2009

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my son was very very colicywhen he was tiny and the only thing that worked for him was gripe water they dont like the taste and it can be a bit of a fight to get them 2 take it but it dose work

Mommalicious - posted on 08/31/2009

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Try taking you LO to the chiropractor!
So many parents in South Africa do it and it works wonders!
There have been some studies were they say that a baby being colic could also be due to being overwhelmed and to much sensory input.
http://rockingmoms.ning.com/

Sabrina - posted on 08/30/2009

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my daughter was really gassy and i gave her oval and i rubbed her tummy and back and she felt much better after hope it works out

Premal - posted on 08/30/2009

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My son was also colicky. What worked for him was wrapping him nice and tight in a soft flannel blanket, holding him on his side, and saying "shhh" in his ear. After some time, even just one of the 3 techniques would help. When he gets to be about 3 - 4 months, it gets better. I totally understand your pain as my baby just grew out of this.

Judith - posted on 08/30/2009

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oh, also, if it's something that's come on all of a sudden, you can't rule out it being something entirely different, maybe try taking a bath with him, baby massage. If it keep up, talk to the doctor.

Judith - posted on 08/30/2009

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gas drops, like mylicon or phayzyme should be in the infant aisle- definitely watch you diet if you're nursing (certain veggies/spicy foods) if you're bottle feeding, ask your doctor what they recommend
=( good luck!

Teresa - posted on 08/30/2009

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I'm in NZ and we have some homoeopathic remedies - one is Naturo Pharm Colimed. It really helped my boy and I used Welida Colic Powder with my baby girl. Both are good. There is also a web site called Colichelp - I googled to find it. It gives a great list of foods that can make colic worse so you know what to avoid eating if you are breastfeeding. Dairy and acidic foods can be the worst triggers. But it takes time (up to 2 weeks) before cutting out dairy has any effect. If baby is formula fed maybe change to a different type.

The other advice I was given with my two was to make sure they are winded (burped) properly after every feed.

I know it can be really tiring and hard with a baby with colic so take care of you too and good luck

Erika - posted on 09/08/2009

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I've actually heard noise from the vaccuum cleaner can help soothe them and my daughter had to be put on the mose sensitive formula there is Similac Alimentum because she suffered from stomach problems on top of being a collicky baby, so suggest that to the DR at the next appt the only downfall if you don't have WIC is that its $26 a can

Becky - posted on 09/04/2009

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I had a collicky baby and it was really bad until we came across colief its amazing!!! you can get it from the chemist a tesco it is expensive but ask your doctor for a prescription if it works which im sure it will within 24 hrs my little man was painfree and sleeping!!!! we also use the Dr Brown bottles hope this helps

Sarah-jane - posted on 09/03/2009

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why dont you try gripe water that may help as it helped my mates collicky baby

Tiffany - posted on 09/02/2009

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Oh,yeah...take a warm towel out of the dryer and put it on his tummy. These are all the things that my dad helped me with my collicky baby. I'm so thankful he was there. Because my husband and I didn't know what to do.

Charlene - posted on 09/01/2009

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When my baby is collicky, I swaddle him. This almost always calms him down for a couple minutes or so. While he is calm, I give him some colic tablets. They are homeopathic and dissolve right on his tongue. Hyland's Colic Tablets. I found them at Vitamin Cottage

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