What works the best for colic?
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Shannon - posted on 11/29/2009
I feel your pain hun my oldest was like this until 6 months ( not to scare you or anything) I found that is i drove around with him in the car or put him in his carseat (fastened in of course) on the running dryer seemed to help. But i never did find that miracle thing. This might make a lot of people mad but his pediatrician told me to prop him up on a pillow and that worked great for the most part. and so did him sleeping with me on his side. hope this helps
Sarah - posted on 12/03/2009
My daughter was the same after trying everthing i found out tht the baby milk she had wasnt right for her and was advised to give her omneo comfort its a softer milk thats easier to digest
and its SMA oops sorry forgot to mention
Dorelle - posted on 12/02/2009
Is your baby on formula or breast feed? If he is breast feed, try staying away everything that causes you gas (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, turnip, any pop drink, beans, spicy/hot food, greasy food and avoid over eating milk products cause it can aggravate colic.) If he his on formula, change the formula. Maybe the one he is on isn't agreeing with him. I had to change formula 3 times before finding the right one for my boy.
Sheri - posted on 12/01/2009
We used Little Tummies Gripe Water as well, in combination with several other methods of soothing. Gripe water is very safe to use, and you can use it quite frequently throughout the day/night. We always have this in our house now, as it also works well for hiccups and upset tummies. Some nights, the 5 S's worked like a charm, while other nights they were completely useless. We got a swing with a side-to-side motion, which is also supposed to help, but that also only worked sometimes. We used Johnson & Johnson's Nighttime Baby Bath (in the purple bottle), along with the matching lotion, which also worked sometimes. The only thing that helped consistently was putting him in his car seat/carrier and violently swinging him back and forth. Sounds brutal, I know, but it totally worked every time! Of course, it is exhausting for the parents!
The thing about colic is that there is really not a lot known about its causes. The theory is that it is related to the immature digestive system of infants, which explains why they grow out of it eventually. You can try drastically changing your diet (if you are breastfeeding) and see if that makes any difference. But that can be very difficult to do. Giving up dairy, all dairy, is usually recommended to help with colic. (Look into the elimination diet and see if that is something you'd like to try, or ask your pediatrician for a list of foods to avoid.) A warm bath can also help, or a warm water bottle placed on the tummy. Not hot, as that can burn baby's sensitive skin, but running a water bottle under hot water to warm it up, then placing it on baby's tummy and swaddling them can help.
Hang in there! If it's any consolation, babies that have colic tend to be happier babies when they finally grow out of it, compared to babies that never had colic. So there is light at the end of the tunnel! (My son grew out of it, and is now a wonderful baby, except when teething, LOL!) I agree with other moms that suggested taking a break for yourself. Colic is not fun to try and tackle alone! (((hugs)))
Rejeanne - posted on 11/30/2009
You are going to think that I am nuts, but give your baby a bath, wrap him in his blanket, put him in his "snug and safe" (if you have one) and place him on top of a tumble dryer. I tried this once and it worked like a charm. Obviously you just have to brase yourself for your electric bill, but it honestly helps!! Hope it gets better soon!! Best of luck!
Lisa - posted on 11/30/2009
I have a 1 month old and her colic started out just in the evenings for a couple hours and now appears throughout the entire day. She has some reflux along with the colic. Her pediatrician started her on a perscription today to give her some relief. Before than, we gave her gas drops which seemed to help a little. Changing positions with her, keeping calm yourself and bouncing the baby on our knees all seemed to help out a little. I hope your little one gets some relief soon so you can get some sleep! It's terrible when babies are in pain and we don't know what to do to help them. Good luck!
M - posted on 11/30/2009
Try the new enfamil in the purple label. This is for colicky babies. Used this on my daughter and it helped. You can also try warm chamomile tea with a teaspoon of honey or karo syrup.
This helps alot too. My MIL used this remedy for my son, when he was young and colicky.
Katie - posted on 11/30/2009
Mothercare has a range of bottles called MAM they work brilliantly, as well as Infacol and having them sat on one knee, bend over while your rubbing his tummy and tapping his back as well as rocking him side to side on your knee and bouncing your knee up and down, hope it helps x
Cassie - posted on 11/29/2009
My son got colic at 3 weeks, the doc suggested Donnalix = this worked straight away it was fantastic. You can get it over the counter at a pharmacy (chemist) but you can only use it for a max of 5 days then you must take a break from it. My son had it 3times a day before a feed. I now use Grip watereach day to help him burp & pass wind. I've heard Infant friend is great for colic too.
Brenda - posted on 11/29/2009
You should check out "The Happiest Baby on the Block." There's a book or DVD, but it's all about the 5 S's: Swaddling, shushing, side-lying, swinging/swaying, and sucking.
But first be sure it's not a digestive issue. My 9 week old daughter has had horrible screaming fits and we discovered it was foods I eat that triggered stomach pains for her. I've had to SEVERELY restrict my diet until her digestive system matures in another month or two. Thankfully it's not colic. My heart goes out to you.
Gina - posted on 11/29/2009
My son is 3 months old & I started giving him gripewater (BabyBliss @ target or any pharmacy) since he was about 2 wks old. It is very safe & u can administer it via droppers. They have it in apple flavor & it is completly safe or u can go to the health food store or market & get Catnip tea that also is good & since he is 3 months also he would love the different taste. U just have to strain the cat nip cause the tea's are loose.
Louise - posted on 11/29/2009
My two boys both suffered with this. When i had my second he started to suffer from colic at 2 weeks old, by the time he was 4 weeks i was going out of my mind, i had tried everything, from gripe water, colic drops and infacol, nothing worked. In the end i changed his milk to Apitmel easy digest, It worked a treat hes 5 months old and we've never had a colic episode since 4 weeks. he is now a happy content baby, wish it was out when i had my first
Lady - posted on 11/29/2009
the iron tablets i was taking are what caused my sons colic. as soon as stopped taking them and replaced them with more iron rich food in my diet he got better. good luck it does get easier - the first three months of any babies life are the hardest and they seem so long at the time but when you look back on them it's not nearly as bad.
Abbie - posted on 11/28/2009
My 10 month old was the same way! I felt frustrated, sad, overwhelmed, and absolutely exhausted!! I remember thinking "this is NOT what I signed up for!!!!". I cried all the time and my husband (although very supportive) thought I was losing my mind!!
You don't want to hear this, but I never really found a sure fire way of stopping the constant crying. I just changed up things a lot. I would run the vacuum or hairdryer (I learned to sleep with them running!!), the bathtub water helped sometimes. I tried giving light massages with lotion to help relax him. All of these things worked at least once, but none of them worked all the time.
The best thing you can do is ASK FOR HELP!! Don't try to be super woman. You deserve rest and a break!! Take care of yourself. Good luck and hang in there . . . I promise it will end!!! (My son cried non stop for 4 months and then one day started sleeping 12 hours a night, take 2 naps a day, and smile and laugh the rest of the time!!)
Nancy - posted on 11/28/2009
MY DAUGHTER HAD THIS PROBLEM FOR 2 OR 3 MO. I WAS CRAZY TRYING TO STOP THE CRYING. MY HUSBAND ASK THE PHARMACIST AND HE RECOMMENDED BABY-LAX. IT WAS A VERY SMALL LITTLE TUBE OF LIKE GLYCERIN ENEMA. IT WORKED IMMEDIATELY. I USED IT WHENEVER NEEDED, UNTIL SHE WAS BETTER, AND NO MORE CRYING EPISODES. I DON`T KNOW IF THEY STILL MAKE THIS, AS THIS WAS 17 YRS, AGO. BUT YOU CAN ASK YOUR PHARMACIST. GOOD LUCK!
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