How do I know if it's colic?

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Ok so my LO has been quite fussy lately when she gets gas, and her poop started to go from 4-5 times a day, then all of a sudden to twice a day. And she grunts and strains like she is trying to push something out all day long! Then once she poops she is okay. But last night for like an hour and a half she was crying like never before for no reason, on and off. I tried to think of anything that could be upsetting her...and nothing helped. She had pretty much been awake since 6 or so, and part of me thinks she was overly tired and fighting sleep, because around 11:15pm I let her suck on my finger (she refused all pacifiers) and she finally fell asleep. Then she woke up to eat at midnight, then fell asleep till three, then ate, then slept till about 6:30 or so and ate again. Then we woke up at 8. She wouldn't sleep in her bassinet at all...I slept with her all night. Finally she pooped again this morning, and she has still been grunty like normal...but not crying like last night...just normal crying. AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH



how do I know if it's colic???

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Casey - posted on 01/17/2010

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You can find out a lot of info about colic on webmd.com My daughter is breastfed and has colic. I tried several things from watching my dairy intake to gripe water and keeping her sitting upright for 45 minutes after she has eaten- Nothing Worked- until I found Colic Calm drops. The difference was amazing. My daughter use to be in pain and shreak half the day and night. Now she is a content happy girl as long as i give her Colic Calm daily. It helped with her constipation, gas and acid reflux.

Carolyn - posted on 01/13/2010

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my son had colic for less than a week!! a friend of mine suggested i try using Gripe water, which is all natural. but to me it sounds like your little one is just constipated..

Mary - posted on 03/30/2010

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Colic is just gas bubble, if the baby screams and cries and you had recently fed them, and they did not burp good, they just have a gas bubble that has not come up yet. Try supporting her very good and bouncing her on your knee a little. and burp her in between ounces.

Emily - posted on 12/17/2009

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hey i am a mom of a 2 month and my son (Ethan) did that and i took him to hte dr. and he was constipated and that is the worst thing in a baby besides colic that u can go threw... the dr told me to try dark karo syrupe and that worked for a lil bit then stoped then i took him back they said try him on prune juice and apple juice that gerber juice that u can by at walmart for babys. and the prune juice is great yea she might go every were but its gann abe a big releaf when se goes i just now like yesterday gave Ethan apple juice and he sleep until 11:30 this morning i was so happy so just try it and let me know how it goes hope every thing gets better with her good luck

Bethan - posted on 12/15/2009

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My baby girl suffered from evening colic, sometimes it was just for an hour but other times it would be from about 6 in the evening to 10 at night. She would cry like she was in pain, draw her knees up and thrash her legs and arms about. We used gripe water to help the wind and she liked being jigged and rocked. I also found that laying her on her back and doing the cycling motion with her legs helped. She is now just over 3 months old and only has the odd bad evening so I think she may be growing out of it.

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Amanda - posted on 01/21/2010

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Yours may just be constipated. Some apple or pear juice (1oz) in a couple oz of water can help it gently move out.
If it is colic, the crying is unlike regular crying. It's shrill, very loud, and painful sounding....like the baby is being cut by a knife. Their little digestive systems hurt so much they are in severe pain. My daughter had it an hers was due to dairy and wheat protein allergies. Her digestive system is maturing and it is now getting better after 5 months of me changing my diet and giving her probiotics not sourced from dairy every single day.
Don't panic, try the constipation remedies and if it continues, study up on what to do for colic. Sophia loved the football hold when colicky, too!

Erin - posted on 01/17/2010

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Sounds like she is having GI issues. Is she underweight? If she's on formula, have you tried changing her formula? Are her stools soft, hard, formed?

Anita - posted on 01/11/2010

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Well, my older daughter had colic for 6 months straight... day & night! She did not look like she needed to push anything out though... she was just fussy & crying all the time! That sounds more like your daughter is constipated... especially if she finally did use the bathroom.

Leigh - posted on 01/03/2010

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ya wont know! try what my mom and I used with my 2 kids. fennel tea! Buy fennel seed in the spice section of the grocery store and boil 8 oz of water, add 1 tsp of fennel seed let it steep about an hour, drain it so the seed wont go in the bottle. give 1-2 oz in the babies bottle at rookm temp 2-3 times a day , or only if the babies collicly. ITS a SURE thing.

Samantha - posted on 12/28/2009

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my oldest son had colic. he used to cry for 6pm-9pm every night for no reason. the only thing that helped was holdin him. the minute i put him down he started cryin. the doc said it was colic but there wasnt anythin i could do for him. it sounds like ur baby is constipated. try takin her to the doc. good luck!

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When my daughter was smaller she had colic, and the only thing that would soothe her is the "football hold." It's a little harder for those of us with shorter arms, but its possible!! Hold her head in your hand, and lay her belly on your forearm, and let her arms and feet "dangle" and swing her back and forth slowly...this always seemed to work for my little one!! Good luck!

Katrina - posted on 12/13/2009

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Here are some signs that your baby might have colic.



Your baby often starts crying suddenly. The cry is high-pitched and nothing you do seems to help.

The crying begins at the same time each day, often in the afternoon or evening.

Your baby might draw their legs up when they cry, and their tummy might look swollen.

Your baby might clench their hands.

Their face might be flushed.

The crying can last for minutes or hours. It often winds down when your baby is exhausted or when they have passed gas or a stool



here are some links to help

http://colic-baby-bootcamp.com/

http://www.medicinenet.com/colic/article...

http://www.consumerreports.org/health/co...

http://www.ehow.com/how_4771410_comfort-...

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