Help my baby has colic any suggestions?

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Monica - posted on 02/01/2013

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My 2 month old has terrible colic, gripe water gives her some relief however holding her, putting her in a bouncer, swing and other tips didn't work. I was told to place her stomach down across my lap and pat her stomach... That helped a little however, the one thing that worked for me was placing her on her stomach on the couch (or bed or floor) and rub or pat her back. This calmed her down enough to fall asleep. I leave her in her belly sleeping with supervision and turn her over once I know she is in deep sleep.

Good luck Mom's I feel your pain

Kianna - posted on 08/15/2009

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Quoting Kim:

Yes. We tried Gripe Water. It's a mix of chamomile and ginger root and can be bought at Walgreens. It worked wonders for my little girl. Make sure to read the storage guidelines, it must be refrigerated after opening and is only good for about 6 weeks, but with a truly cholicky baby, you will use it in 3. You can give it to her in a medicine bottle or dropper if you nurse or mix it with her formula if you bottle-feed.
Remember that most cholicky babies simply have an immature digestive system, so be doubly sure that you're not giving her any foods, juices or cereals earlier than your doctor reccomends and give this stuff a try. Good luck!!



Great info.  Can I give gripe water to my 3 week old baby?

Brea-Anna - posted on 08/14/2009

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I have a recipe for a tea that an old hispanic woman gave to me. I ran it by my doctor, and he approved it and said he also used it for his kids. My daughter had TERRIBLE colic for months, and I tried gripe water, gas drops, but nothing worked. This was the only thing that helped.. She also loved the taste, and would gulp it up. Boil two cups of water. When boiling add two tablespoons of dried chamomille (you can find it by the Mexican spices in the grocery store in a little baggy that says Manzanilla) Boil for five minutes, then strain. Dilute with two more cups of water. If the baby is constipated, you can also add a few drops of light Karo syrup. Serve it warm and refidgerate the rest. My doctor told me to give it to my daughter two or three times a day whether or not she was fussy. It was the only thing that worked for us.

Biljana - posted on 08/21/2009

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I do feel your pain!!!! My daughter had it really bad for 3 months. You cant help but feel hopeless!!!! She hated everything we put her in, rockers swings etc etc!!! Only wanted to be held upright to sleep. After speaking to people we figured out that she had colic and that laying flat was what cause more pain so we changed alot of things in our house to cater for this. In terms of medication i tried the gripe water and it did nothing, then it was infacol, chammomile tea and finally the brauer stomach relief drops. They were the best. We also changed bottles from avent to Dr Browns and that all seemed to help. We kept her mattress elevated at all times (put a pillow under the mattres to keep it elevated) tried to keep her tummy as warm as possible, whenever we'd feed her we'd keep her as upright as possible and burp her 2 - 3 times per feed. When the pain got worse sometimes we'd just walk her around thehouse holding her on her belly. She'd also have 2 baths a day as this was calming for her, I'm not really sure if all this helped or if she just grew out of it but shes much better now. Good luck and keep strong it does get better ;-)

Hanna - posted on 08/12/2009

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well, unfortunately, there's not much you can do to fully get rid of it -- your child has to grow out of it because it has to do with your baby's stomach and learning how to use it. however, in the meantime, there are a few things that you could do to help ease his/her pains as well as yours:
1. buy the bottle that has a good vent system (i bought born free, playtex ventaire seem to work well as well -- however, those, you can't sterilize in the microwave or they start leaking)
2.burp your child more -- 2-4 times throughout the feeding and "sit" him/her up afterwards to stimulate the air to come out (support the back and neck of course)
3. try gripe water or mylicon infant gas relief
4. if you're breastfeeding, try adding dill and fennel to your diet -- helps babies to pass gass (although it might cause ur milk to change color a bit, don't freak out it's normal)
5. give baby plenty of tummy time or tummy time semi/upright to stimulate leg movements (just don't do it right after the feeding or they might start throwing up) which will stimulate bow movements & will help them to pass gass
6. do running exercises with the baby: lay him/her on the back and just immitate running movements with the legs then raise them up slowly and bring them back down while doing the running motion. again, don't do it w/in an hour after feeding and don't force it.

if the colic turns into acid reflux, talk to your pediatrician -- there are medicines out there that will help the baby to soothe the stomach pain, my son had to be put on one for about 5 weeks, then he grew out of it, but he definitely was grunting like crazy for a while and was much more fussy than usual.

hopefully your baby outgrows it soon enough! good luck!

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Amanda - posted on 05/13/2014

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Good Evening Ms. Apgar,

my son is 2 weeks old almost 3 weeks and has colic. My mother in law has told me to use karo light corn syrup in each bottle. Only the tip of a butter knife dose will relieve his colic. However i have heard mixed reviews on this, and me being a first time mom and her raising 3 of her own kids; my natural gut feeling is hey she knows what shes talking bout. Considering all of her kids are grown and healthy :) however again me being first time mommy, im unsure of what can and cant be done. Please help!!!!!!

Beena - posted on 02/01/2014

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My 3 months old is exclusive breastfed and sometimes suffering from colic I am trying gripe water but it doesn't work all the time infacol is good now I am using dentinox that is quite effective too you can have fennel tea that is very good for stomach and may be helpful for the baby.

Sarah - posted on 11/29/2013

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Our son suffered from 2 weeks old literally screaming after every feed sometimes for up to an hour at a time all we could do was hold him close and comfort him until it passed. The health visitor recommended trying colief drops in every feed and after 5 days he was like a different baby. He's 12 week's now and we still use it in every feed although hopefully will be able to reduce it now as he's stronger and more able to push the wind out! Although it's distressing when you can't calm your baby colic won't last forever usually they start to outgrow it by 6 week's. It's definitely worth speaking to a healthcare advisor and giving different remedies a try, cos as a Mum 24 Hours of colic seems like a month and we all want to enjoy this time with our babies. Good luck xx

Linda - posted on 11/17/2013

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Please send this to me tried to copy but can't jessalyn 1958@hotmail.com Tks

Sarah - posted on 10/17/2013

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Hello ladies,

We're organising two pilot Anti Colic Workshops (free!),

We would like to invite you to our first anti colic workshop. Infacol have teamed up with expert midwife Nikki Khan to bring mums some help and advice on colic. The workshops will explain what colic is, how to treat and prevent it, the benefits of baby massage and the chance to ask Nikki any colic related questions on a one-to-one basis. Each mum who attends will receive a goody bag, full of products for mum and baby.

It will be a great chance to learn more about colic and meet other mothers who are dealing with the same issues. The workshop will be free of charge and is to be held on Tuesday 29th October and will run from 10am - 2pm. The workshop will take place at The Katherine Low Settlement, 108 Battersea High St, London, SW11 3HP.

If you are interested in attending, please email your details to Sarah@orbitalmediapr.com. Places are limited and are on a first come first served basis, so you have to be quick if you don't want to miss out.

The second pilot Anti Colic Workshop will be held in Cambridgeshire. Please let me know of this is of your interest.

Many thanks,

Sarah

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Gripe water and Oval did not work for our beautiful 8week old (often screaming) daughter. We find skin-to-skin on our bellies while we are on our back works best and she is atop our belly/chest. She cries for a while but I think the pressure on her belly helps to calm her down (that and getting tired from bellowing). I am breastfeeding so I took out all milk products for three weeks like my doctor suggested. It was easy as I am lactose intolerant anyway so now I just watch the ingredients list like a hawk on other foods. Unfortunately, it hasn't seemed to help thus far. To keep our own sanity, we make sure hubby and I switch off when we get tired of rocking, rocking, rocking. Get out of the house as much as you can. The crying seems less loud in the outdoors and exercise for mommy/daddy is helpful. I keep telling myself, she'll grow out of it. :) Here's hoping it's soon! Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 08/16/2009

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are you sur eit is colic? We though our son was too but it turned out he just needed to go to sleep earlier 6:30 pm, when we started letting go to sleep then, the intense crying and shrieking stopped.

Holly - posted on 08/15/2009

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My son had horrible reflux and colic. We tried everything. One day my MIL suggested a warm bath. Desperate for something to work, I filled the tub and prayed. I almost fell over when little man stopped screaming immediately. Every night when the crying started, we filled the tub and waited for the much anticipated silence. I don't know if it will work for your baby but it is worth a try. We also used a rice sock and applied heat to the tummy area. (A rice sock is literally a sock filled with long cook rice. It can be heated in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. Shake the sock after removing it from the microwave to even distribute the heat. Great substitute for a heating pad.) Hope if gets better for you soon!

Trinity - posted on 08/15/2009

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my son was a premi...and had severe severe colic i mean all night and day screaming colic......if you can make it to a babies-r-us they have this stuff called gripe water made by little tummys....works miracles....but you can only use it for two weeks at at time....if you get some though i also was told by a friend of mine who uses nohting but all natural things for her daughter....and its called Colic Calm...you can only buy it on the net but i have an extra bottle i can send to you if you need or like i said you can buy it online...but hte gripe water works miracles

Maram - posted on 08/15/2009

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I try not to give my 5 months old daughter any medication unless she really needs it. for colic I would recommend (if you're not breastfeeding your baby) to shift to Avent bottles, they really help to reduce colic, Dr. Brown works like magic too cause it regulates the baby sucking function and take the air from their milk. They say it's common for a new born baby ( 4 months and younger) to have colic, I put my daughter on her tummy and massage her and she feel much better.
burping helps too, always make sure your baby will burp after each feed

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Hi Leslie, My little one has had a bit of a rough start. We started off with a dose of reflux and that was a nightmare. Doctor wanted to hold off medicating because she was so small. As she got a little older she seems to have grown out of it. When she had reflux we raised her bed on a angle and I feed her more upright as well as breaking the feed up with burping in between, oh I also sat her upright for at least 20 minutes after a feed. All these things helped. But she also suffers from colic which is on and off. My doctor sugested trying some gripe water which we did. That helped alot with the colic. We have tried Infacol, which I found did nothing to help at all. Infants Friend, works well and can be used from birth. Corams Gripe Water, which also worked well and doesn't contain any alcohol. Which is one thing you have to look for because some of the gripe waters available do contain some alcohol. Its all trial and error, everyone has something to offer, just have to find something that works for your bub. I hope you do soon, it make life a lot easier when you've got a happy baby.

Robin - posted on 08/14/2009

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Hi There Leslie, You poor thing, Colic can be very hard for not only baby, but especially for you. None of my children have had colic, but I have a couple of friends, who's babies did.

One of my girlfriends was desperate, she was up all night with baby screaming and then baby would scream through the day too. She seeked help from her GP, nurses, baby clinic and came up with nothing that helped and was told to simply persevere, easier said then done.

So she heard about Bowens therapy. She went to see a Naturopath who specialised in Bowens therapy. He could actually feel where the wind was building up and blocking was able to cure her baby through massage. He was able to stop the wind from becoming trapped.

I would not have believed it if I hadn't witnessed the difference in her baby's colic. This baby went from crying almost 24/7 to a quiet and relaxed baby who was sleeping well, within seven days. I'm not saying that this treatment would work with every baby, as I have only seen it work on one baby. But I think when in this situation, anything that will not hurt your baby or is bad for them, is worth a try.

I wish you the best of luck and pray for quick healing for you beautiful baby and much deserved rest and sleep for you and you husband.

Hope this helps.

Luv Robin. xoxo

Laura - posted on 08/14/2009

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I changed bottles to PLAYTEX drop in's. I didn;t want the cost but it works better with the bubbles in bottle. I would lay on bed with her and listen to static radio or t.v. and find myself falling asleep with her. Iwas told blowdryers and vacuum cleaners work also. Try leg exercises and belly time to sooth belly. Swaddle little one too. Lucky ours lasted almost 2 weeks, I hope yours gets better soon.

Tina - posted on 08/14/2009

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My son had colic for about three months yes the gripe water we got the bottles with the bags and our vaccum was what we used the noise from the vaccum seemed to help calm him down alot we would swaddle him up put him in his swing and turn the vaccum on he would calm down and go right to sleep. Hope things get better for you.

Paula - posted on 08/13/2009

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I used gripe water and swaddled my son. I also had to try different bottles until we found one that gave him less gas!

Katy - posted on 08/13/2009

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My baby had colic for 4 months, i used Dentinox in her bottles, really worked for us. Also if you feed your baby whilst they are sitting up in your arms that really helps, and giving them a bath helps to relieve wind as well. All this really helps if it does not then please contact me if you wish as i have other suggestions

Hanna - posted on 08/12/2009

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by the way, if you have mommy & me yoga in the area & ur finances/schedule permits, definitely do a few classes -- there are some really good exercises & massages they teach you to do, including the relaxation one and the ones that help the baby to go to the bathroom (i believe it involves putting baby's hands and feet together and gently rocking it from side to side (10 secs each way), they say it's supposed to be good for that as well

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Google Dr Harvey Carp - this man is a legend, I have just finished reading his book and this man knows his stuff...



Please try his methods as well as trying to figure out the true cause of your babies crying like Dorothy suggested befor resorting to drops or other medications...

Romina - posted on 08/12/2009

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I found Dr. Brown bottles work the best, I've tried Chicco and vent-air and they didn't work.

Bethany - posted on 08/12/2009

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you can get the colic drops from any chemist they worked reli well for my little girl and use the colic bottles they seem to help aswel you just have to try and b patient when your baby has colic its the most horrible thing your bby cud get when they are so young but i saw that if i kept calm and layed their with her she settled down try singing or calming them down it does help sometimes

Katarina - posted on 08/12/2009

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oh yea and the website is www.dontshake.org



The movie can be a little heart renching as there is a couple testimonials and they do seem to talk a lot about Shaken Baby Syndrome, but the movie is really helpful

Katarina - posted on 08/12/2009

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There is a movie called "The Period of Purple Crying." We found it extremely relieving! It's a 10 minute video and explains what is normal,what you can expect when your baby cries and how to keep your baby safe. It was designed by pediatricians,public health nurses, child developmental esperts, and parents. It was given to us free when we left the hospital. It was great to watch. If you would like it I can mail it over to you as we're done with it now.

Dorothy - posted on 08/12/2009

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there are alot of things out there that help with colic but that only masks the problem the best thing to do is figure out what is causing it with your pediatritions help if you are formula feeding and if you are breastfeeding start ruling out high allergy stuff like milk, nuts, fish ect.. and talk to your local lactation specialist. If you need more ideas just give a holler and I will try to help you figure out some more ideas to make your baby a happy baby. I am more than happy to help don't hesitate to ask.

Kim - posted on 08/12/2009

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Yes. We tried Gripe Water. It's a mix of chamomile and ginger root and can be bought at Walgreens. It worked wonders for my little girl. Make sure to read the storage guidelines, it must be refrigerated after opening and is only good for about 6 weeks, but with a truly cholicky baby, you will use it in 3. You can give it to her in a medicine bottle or dropper if you nurse or mix it with her formula if you bottle-feed.

Remember that most cholicky babies simply have an immature digestive system, so be doubly sure that you're not giving her any foods, juices or cereals earlier than your doctor reccomends and give this stuff a try. Good luck!!

Katarina - posted on 08/12/2009

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A swing. It was our life saver for 3 months! Also, Oval works great as well, just ask your Dr first

Rachelle - posted on 08/12/2009

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my partners friend got us Brauer Colic Relief, she swore by it with her boys and now whenever my daughter wont stop crying we give her a dose and it sure helps.

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