How do you calm a baby down that has colic, it gets bad at night

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Jessica - posted on 07/15/2009

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1.swaddling-tight wrap 2.side/stomach- lay baby on their side or stomach 3.shushing-loud white noise 4.swinging-rhythmic, jiggling motion 5. sucking- sucking on anything from your nipple to your finger to a pacifier.............these are the 5 s's that according to the happiest baby on the block says should help some

Donna - posted on 07/17/2009

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My baby had colic from three weeks through to thirteen weeks. The thing that helped the most was Cranial oestopathy available from many oesteopaths. She had this done weekly and it was the only thing that seemed to give her a good week. I cant explain the science of how it worked but it just did really really calm her down.

Paula - posted on 07/16/2009

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My baby is 8wks old and suffers with colic. I tried Infacol which worked a little and gripe water which just made her instantly vomit. Somebody suggested that I try the Dr Brown anti colic bottles. They are quite expensive but have worked a teat for us so definatley worth the money. She is still a little niggly around 6pm but it lats 30mins rather than 3hours!!

Good luck. Its horrible when your baby is so upset and nothing you do seems to work.

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Timbrel - posted on 07/19/2009

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with my daughter everytime we either put her in her vibrating basinett with her pacifier or put her in her carseat on the dryer while it was going she went straight to bed. and she got bad at night too

Jennifer - posted on 07/19/2009

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i always found putting a warm hand on there belly & gently rubing in a circle wilst rocking them worked for mine & others ive cared for but let them curl up aswell its tricky but tends to work once you've got the hang of it

Shannon - posted on 07/18/2009

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I'm so sorry you and your baby are going thru this!!! Colic SUCKS!!! The best thing that worked for my son was the fan above the stove....

Nikki - posted on 07/17/2009

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we used gripe water with out little one and it worked wonders. i stronglty reccomend it! You can get it at most drugstores. We got ours at walgreens. Its all natural too!

Helena - posted on 07/17/2009

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My son had GERD and the pediatrician prescribed Zantac. That with the Mylicon drops and Playtex Ventaire bottles helped a lot. We also used the 5 S's in "The Happiest Baby on the Block" techniques all at once. Even now that he's outgrown the colic he still throws an occasional fit and we still use the 5 S's. He really responds to the Shhhh sound when he's fussy. I panicked when he outgrew his velcro swaddlers, but my mom found that the Kiddopotamus one's come in bigger sizes. I have weaned him from the swaddle now at 4 months and only use it when he wakes up at 2am and wants to coo and play.

Danielle - posted on 07/17/2009

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I used mylecon with both of my children. It works wonders. It is non-medicated so you don't have to worry. My daughter, 3 months, had some trouble only in the middle of the night so I would but a few drops in her night bottle and it worked great.

Donna - posted on 07/17/2009

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Just remembered also buy yourself a baby swing, give you a minutes peace to go make yourself a nice cup of tea

Rachel - posted on 07/16/2009

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definately the happiest baby on the block, there's also a video...check you local library for copies. works wonders. i have also heard of moms trying very diluted chamomile tea...it helps with gassiness. definately the swaddling. and lots of patience...it's hard on you and hard on the baby, best of luck to you.

Kim - posted on 07/16/2009

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Are you sure it's colic??? my little man would cry at night, i used to go out of my mind every evening trying everything possible, but all it was was the teats on his bottle were too small so changed to the next size up for a better flow, he was fine after that, 3 weeks of hell for nothing.

Candice - posted on 07/15/2009

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i used to sit in the bathroom and run the shower while bouncing her on my knee. or rock her while stanging in the kitchen with the stove exhaust fan running. those always worked.

Catherine - posted on 07/15/2009

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I would suggest gripe water and even letting your baby sleep in a swing or vibrating bouncer. Just have lots of batteries on hand and as soon as it seems to be getting better you can move back to the crib!

Kristie - posted on 07/15/2009

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I know someone mentioned Happiest Baby on the Block...if you can get it...read it...this book saved me! I was never so happy to have found it! Also be very careful with giving babies anything with water. Extra water can throw off a babies electrolytes. This was told to me by my daughter's doctor. I wanted to give her drinks because she seemed thirsty. She said absolutely not. If the baby is gassy you could try 2-3 drops of mylacon in the last bottle of the night. Don't go by the dropper just 2-3 little drops. You will see all the foam disappear.

Amie - posted on 07/15/2009

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Babies with colic like to have just a diaper on and skin to skin. My daughter has it and I snuggle with her. I also try to do the infant massages and that calms her down.

Dana - posted on 07/15/2009

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I swaddled mine and put him on top of the running dryer while I sat close by. My baby cried every night at the same time for 2-3 hrs. The dryer would soothe him and he'd fall asleep for that time period. Hang in there, I know it's really hard. Just try to remember , the calmer you are the better for them. Oh, and I used gripe water too.

Dureyakta - posted on 07/15/2009

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Oopps! forgot to mention another thing that I tried and it worked sometimes and sometimes it didnt was to warm a washcloth and put it on the baby's tummy. My baby stopped crying sometimes when I repeated this process a few times but I noticed it did not work all the time for her, maybe it will for your baby. best of luck!!!

Dureyakta - posted on 07/15/2009

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my baby had colic until she was 4 months but Mylacon was a life saver for me. I would put a few drops in the bottle everytime I feed her and with that I never had any symtomps of colic again. In fact, I dont even know when it went away. Since the day I started using Mylacon, she never had any sleepless nights. You can even buy the walmart or Target brand, it works the same. I always bought Target or Walmart brand since there was a big price difference. In fact, I still put a couple of drops in her formula once in a while since it takes all the bubbles, that form after shaking the bottle, away. In the beginning, I was only putting 0.3oz in her formula but as her weight increased the doctor told me to start putting 0.6oz for it to be effective.

Another thing that the doctor told me to do and I tried and it worked was to boil water with mint and Anise Star and make her formula in that water once it cools down. I found this link if you would like to read up on what Anise Star is:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_anise

You can find it at the grocery stores where they have all the spices. It has no taste and not spicy at all the only thing it has is a fragrance. If you or anyone is interested in trying it, please feel free to ask me the quantities and how much time and all that good stuff. It worked wonders for my baby and I hope it works the same for yours.

I agree, the swaddling can calm the baby sometimes but it doesnt work all the time and the baby still crys and if you are a working mom sometimes you dont have the energy to stay awake all night long so if you find something that works for your baby, its a blessing.

Although, every baby is different there are alot of things that might work for one and not for the other one. But dont give up, you will find what works for your baby. Good Luck!!!

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I agree with the Happiest Baby on the block. It is so worth looking into! Swaddle that baby!! :-)

Natalie - posted on 07/15/2009

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my littl one had colic up until 5 months, unfortunatly there is no major cure, .swaddling is a very good way to help at night, you can buy anti colic swaddles on ebay i had one and that worked an absolute treat he slept for 7-8 hors a night from the first time i used it. may not work for everyone but worth giving it a go. good luck xx

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I've heard of someone running a CD of a hair dryer or vacuum works (much easier on the appliances than running the real thing!). I've seen them on Napster for the $.99 download fee and they're an hour long.

Rebekah - posted on 07/15/2009

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Search "Happiest Baby on the Block." There are some great videos on how to soothe a crying baby.

Jamie - posted on 07/15/2009

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Id suggest two things. They have worked wonders for my baby. Use the calming bathwash and lotion by Johnsons. Its camomile and lavender...smells sooo good. Then I also use Gripe Water, this stuff is a belssing in disguise!! I dont recommend the brand by Lil Tummys. Use Baby's Bliss Gripe Water. It takes hiccups away in a second, works great for colic and even soothes them when they are teething. I do this with my baby in the evenings and we both have a wonderful night =) Good Luck! Hope it works for you!

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Try rocking with them on your shoulder. Most babies with colic just need to cry it out unfortunately. My daughter had it for the first 6 weeks or so, and would cry for 3 hours, straight no matter what I did. At about 3-4 weeks she did still wail, but just not as much when rocking her. I've heard some moms say that Gripe water helps? Usually you can find it at a health food store/GNC, etc. Talk to your pediatrician about a dosage though! Try swaddling? What about the carseat??? GOOD LUCK! It won't last forever; remember to tell yourself that. Luckily my son wasn't at all.

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