How do you get rid of colic??

Jamie - posted on 10/26/2008 ( 38 moms have responded )

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my 2 month old son has the worst colic ever! He's fussy ALL the time and there's nothing I can do to make him feel better. I've taken him to the Dr. and they just tell me it's a bad case of colic. What can I do to make him feel better and be a happy smiling baby?

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Belinda - posted on 02/03/2009

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hello, my son is 6 weeks old and he has colic bad as well, he even has heartburn and reflux, My son would scream for a min of 7 hours a day up to 12hrs a day. I haven't been getting any sleep and i am a first time mum. he is medication for reflux but i am using Donnalix for the colic and Gaviscon for his heartburn, if you are in australia you can get these from the chemist, don't tell them that the gaviscon is for the baby, My son slept 5 hrs straight last night and i got some sleep, i think these products i am using are working as he has not screamed for 2 days, slience is golden at the moment LOL, i feel for you as i know what it is like, i hope my suggestions help you.

Ashleigh - posted on 12/04/2008

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I agree. I breastfed on demand, sometimes even every half an hour, and co-slept. My baby even slept on me for the first 5 months because that was the only way he would sleep and calm down. I never once put him in a crib or anything, so it wasn't "me" causing the problem. I never expected him to sleep 8 hours straight, that is just silly to think a newborn will do that! Colic is not caused from us putting the baby down, trying to let them cry it out etc. I never once let my baby CIO, felt it was too cruel. Colic is a medical condition, but there really is nothing you can do except be there to nurture and support your baby. I agree with Lisa, if you haven't experienced a child with colic, you don't understand what it is like to deal with!

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Shawnette - posted on 01/06/2014

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Somone told me to get someone who smokes cigarettes and cuff the baby soft spot and blow the smoke over there head

Lauri - posted on 12/04/2008

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My mother burnt the motor out of her vacuum cleaner running it for my brother. Now they have white noise machines but not the sound of the vacuum.

Jackie - posted on 12/04/2008

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Thank you for saying that Lisa. Of coarse a diet change will fix a upset stomach if thats the problem but for colic that is not the problem. All the little fixes are what work to sooth normal fussiness. Colic pretty much is survived not fixed. I nursed constantly, co-slept (the 2-3 hours a day in 15 minute increments she slept) and did everything like everyone said and one day she just outgrew it.

Lisa - posted on 12/04/2008

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Jamie, one more thing. This once again sounds harsh, but disregard a lot of stuff from people who have not experienced true colic. It always made me feel terrible to hear all of the stuff that EVERYONE else did to make their baby happy that didn't work on my baby. I felt like a terrible mom. The typical remedies don't tend to work on the truely colicy babies. All we can really do is try to make them a little bit more comfortable until they "grow out of it." Like another mom had experienced, my little guy just seemed to be better one day and we never looked back :) You're going to make it!

Lisa - posted on 12/04/2008

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Oh hang in there! I promise it will end! My 3rd was colicy and I never thought that we would all survive it. I was a wreck, my other 2 kids were tired of cranky mom and a crying baby. My husband would come home from work to a house that was not a real happy place. My doctor had suggested Grip Water. We used it and I think it seemed to help, but the thing that helped the most was the Chiropractor. I was a little skeptical at first but after each adjustment my little guy would be quite a bit more comfortable for another 2-3 days. I did go in about 2x a week for about a month. Our insurance didn't cover it but I was either going to fork out the money or risk throwing my innocent son out the window! I was at the breaking point.
All that said and done...after 3 months of a colic nightmare my now 10 month old is my happiest baby yet. Hang in there, it won't last forever. I promise!

LISA

Oh, this sounds a little crazy, but don't knock it until you try it. When you are holding your screaming little one, put ear plugs in. You can still hear everything, it just takes it down to a bit more tolerable decible. My amazing husband came up with that one!

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I believe in China they call it the "Hundred Days Crying". And in my situation, it was practically that to the day! The irony. I tried everything though. I remember one night going around the circle @ La Leche and myself crying (hard) and the women there were so supportive. I know there are a lot of cases where there is a medical issue which can be addressed, but I think emotional support to the mother is just as important. Jamie - I hope you have people who can support you - DO ask for help. Do let someone hold the baby - even if crying - for 20 mins so you can take a shower and have a good cry yourself.

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Karen, I think you absolutely did everything you could do in your situation then. I am not sure all parents always do this. And you are right, here in America we are really spread out, far from family most of the time and don't really have a sense of community to rely on. It's just very interesting to me that America has some of the highest colic rates and other places have almost none. I really think that says something.
But, I completely agree too, that each and every family has to evaluate their own situations and do what is best for them.
CIO is totally known to work and is proven to work. It may not be the best and only solution in every case though. But, it totally sounds like it was in your case and I have to agree that I am sure your child will be just fine in the long run, especially having a sane, loving mommy! LOL! Happy Mommy, Happy Baby, Happy Family!

We all have to do what is best for our children and I am a FIRM believer we as the parents do know our children and situations better than anyone else and therefore know what is best for our own children.

Again, I just think we need to really look at all options, information and go from there. I really think every single mom on this circle of mom's does that, or we wouldn't likely be here!

Best wishes for mommy's having to deal with this, it is VERY hard for sure!!!! Hopefully some of the information provided by all the moms will provide some relief, beyond just time.

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Nicole - yes and yes to the wearing (husband and i switched off) and nursing constantly, except when I was trying to get 45 mins of sleep here and there. i even went on a full sears-recommended elimination diet where i ate nothing but turkey, rice, potatoes and sweet potatoes... and pears.

I don't doubt that other countries have other results. But I happen to live in the US, in THIS society, so you deal with a different set of circumstances. My parents don't live next door, neither does my sister. They did their best to help me but live hours away. I don't have a community of women helping me. That's what it would take. And we did CIO for 4 days when my son was younger to transition him from all night nursing in our bed to 3 times per night in his crib, and eventually he went to sleeping through the night @ 8 mos on his own time. I hated it, but it was either that or a nervous breakdown and an abrupt end to breastfeeding, which I did NOT want. I should hope that the love I show him day in and day out, the hundreds of daily hugs and kisses, trumps those 4 days. That was my situation. What happens in the long run is between me and my family. As with anything, you can always find studies to support your point of view.

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I will elaborate. Please know, I am not saying any of you have unreasonable expectations, but American's in general often do. In America so many parents have the "expectation" that their children need to 1, sleep through the night - 8 hours straight by 2 mo. or so. Experts, Doctors do not even consider sleeping through the night more than 4 hours. This is a completely unreasonable to expect this of your young baby. 2, sleep by themselves in their own, quiet room. Again, unreasonable as the baby just came out of the most noisy place - your tummy where it is hearing rushing blood, your heart beat and it could even smell you. To now put the baby in its crib in its own room by itself and expect it to self-soothe is unreasonable in my opinion. When parents do cry it out, that is what is being expected... baby you are to take care of yourself, even though you are not even a year old, and mommy and daddy may not be here for you all the time. Parents are essentially breaking their children by doing that and recent studies are finding psychological long term issues in children where the CIO method was used.

Everyone is different, so there may be situations where food, tummy troubles were the cause, but this is not the norm. If so, why do places like India and Mexico where they eat very spicy food, again have almost no colic? It's about how the children are raised. In these places children are held (baby's are worn by family members) almost 20+ hours a day. They sleep with their mommy's and are offered the breast over 100 times a day.

We just do not do that most of the time here in America. Again, we "expect" to be able to put our babies down, in their cribs, in their bouncy seats, in their play pins, etc... and give us some time to do what we need.

Again, I am not saying this is always the case, but very often it is.

For the mom's that had tried everything and still struggled through colic, did you wear your baby almost 24/7 and continually offer the breast?

Ok, now feel free to let it rip and tell me how I am wrong.... :-) I am ready, LOL!

Brenna - posted on 12/04/2008

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I'm new to the group so forgive me if I step out of bounds :) My daughter had a very rough time and I did all the standard fixes for colic (changing what I ate, gripe water, snuggling, co-sleeping, etc), but we didn't see any relief until at four months I put her on pro-biotics (at the drs recommendation). They made a difference in 2 days! She's still on the drops (just 5 a day) and is quite happy. I'm not sure if it was really the pro-biotics or if she just happen to "outgrow" her colic at that time, but I'll take it. I know how tough it can be. GL

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All good suggestions. My son just outgrew it at 3-4 months old. There was just a day, when i was like, "huh, he only cried about 20 mins today - total". I know that may not be helpful b/c every day seems like an eternity when you are going through it. I often felt on the edge of having a complete meltdown. But 3-4 months did eventually come and now he is the sweetest boy. You'll get through it and appreciate every little smile all the more.

Jackie - posted on 12/04/2008

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Yes I have to agree with Ashleigh. I just had my fourth baby in October. My second one was colicky and I had the same expectations for each of them. I just wanted healthy babies. I am one of seven children and had dealt with colic with two of my siblings, I learned to swaddle a baby long before I went to nursing school or took the happiest baby class. Nursing and movement help, but it is just something some babies have to grow out of. Babies are sometimes abused when parents aren't prepared to handle it but the parents didn't give them colic.

Ashleigh - posted on 12/04/2008

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I don't understand how my "expectations" would influence colic?? From day one he screamed none stop, all I wanted for him was to be not in pain, it's not the mother that causes colic, or her thoughts or expectations of her child.

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Yep, 5 S's from the Happiest Baby and I suggest lots of holding, co-sleeping and nurse like crazy!
http://www.biawa.org/baby/baby.htm
http://www.kellymom.com/pantley/pantley2...
http://www.kellymom.com/newman/02colic_i...
http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/fus...

Did you know, some countries have little to NO colic.... that says something as America has very high rates of it... it's how we treat/raise our kids and the expectations we have of them at such a young age... in my opinion.

Again, I suggest holding/baby wearing, nursing, nursing, nursing and co-sleeping.

Ashleigh - posted on 12/03/2008

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Burping after every feeding (even if the baby is alseep) helps too. White noise (like the fuzzy station on tv or the radio) really calmed my baby down alot. We would turn it on and he would be quiet instantly. We would also swing him around in his car seat (my husband discovered that and unfortunetly, he loved it and it was heavy to swing lol)

Ashleigh - posted on 12/03/2008

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Oh my son had the worst colic ever. He screamed 24/7, slept maybe any hour at a time..I had to change my diet, and it helped a bit. My little guy loooooved motion, the car was our miracle, and the swing! I found gripe water really didn't help. Fennel tea is amazing, helped me and my son :) My son had colic until he was about 5 months old, and now hes 8 months and a happy little guy :)

Kara - posted on 11/02/2008

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Also, just make sure your are burping your baby really well, sitting him up for at least 20 mins after every feeding. Try using bottles with drop-ins as you can push the liner up to get almost all air out, which helps with colic!

Kara - posted on 11/02/2008

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Yes, I def. recommend the book/movie The Happiest Baby on the Block and invest in a swaddling blanket! Worked miracles for me and my baby!

Josselyn - posted on 11/02/2008

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I have always heard that Chiropractic care can help colic. Sometimes colic occurs from the baby being in the fetal position... Just a suggestion.

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Happiest Baby on the Block helped a lot with my first baby. Also we took him to a craniosacral massage therapist (like a chiropractor but they just work with bones in the head and neck) and it cured him. It's worked for a couple of friends' babies, too. We all had tough birth experiences where the babies' head was under a lot of pressure or had forceps, etc.

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Sorry, Jamie. Both my twins were colic from 3 weeks through 3 months old. Every night from 4-5 until 10-12 at night. We tried the Happiest Baby on the Block (didn't work) which is explained away by poor technique?!? :) I tried EVERYTHING and nothing worked. I STRONGLY suggest reinforcements (paid help, if you don't have family). You need a little sanity and sometimes help will give that to you! Best of luck!!

Emily - posted on 11/01/2008

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Hip hip hooray for the Happiest Baby on the Block - it may have saved our lives - swaddling was especially helpful (with a miracle blanket)! It also helps to remember that babies sleep a lot - usually when my son is "colicky" he's just tired and doesn't know how to get himself to sleep - swaddling to the rescue!

Casey - posted on 11/01/2008

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Happiest Baby on The Block!!!!It really helps. My daughter cried a lot. After reading the book...I did what it said. After a few days, as soon as I laid her down to be swaddled, she stopped crying. 5-S's. Swaddle, side, suck, sway, and shush. Swaddle with arms inside, Hold him on his side in your arms (belly to belly), pacifier in his mouth, you sway side to side, and shush...Loud...in his ear. (this sound mimics the sound inside you womb). You must do all five for it to work. g
ood luck

Rochelle - posted on 10/29/2008

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Have you tried a chriopracter? My son was alittle colicky and I started taking him when he was 6 weeks and it really helped him. Good luck to you!

Anna - posted on 10/29/2008

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Hello!

I"m new to this group...but i just came across a GREAT thing, that's especially for colicy babies, but has also helped w/ my newborn, who has decided to stay up for a couple hrs at a time, when i decide I want to sleep....

it's called "The happies baby on the block" and goes over the 5 S's....

there is the book, and you can probably get the video at your local library.

here is a link i found, that has an over-view of the book! really helpful, check it out!!!



http://www.thehappiestbaby.com/book_chap...



hope this helps!!

~Anna

mom to Ethan--12/22/00

and Ziyad--10/07/08

Sara - posted on 10/29/2008

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Pay attention to your diet avoid spicy and acidy (tomato based things). Try mylecon drops you should be able to find them in the baby aisles of Walmart or Target. Other than that you kind of just have to wait it out. I know it's not what you want to hear but colic usually peaks around 2-3 months and then tappers off.

Amanda - posted on 10/28/2008

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Taking him to a chiropractor might help. My husband is a chiropractor and I know that he has been able to help a few babies.

Amanda - posted on 10/28/2008

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My son was colicky and I had to change my diet. I had to eliminate dairy, soy, wheat, and caffeine for 2 weeks. The dairy, which is the most common culprit, was the biggest issue. By eliminating that and giving him a prescription acid reducer medication that his pediatrician prescribed; I was able to manage it. He was a happier baby by 3 months and by 7 months, I was able to take him off the medication. Now he is 9 months old and I'm able to eat some dairy again.

Paula - posted on 10/28/2008

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fennel and catnip tea. Steep 1tsp fennel in a cup of boiling water. Same recipe for the catnip (same stuff you get in pet stores). Cool the both and give 1 tsp of each to your baby. Fennel helps with bowels (both gas and poop!) and catnip calms baby.

Jennifer - posted on 10/27/2008

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Oh! Also, if you haven't, try a sling or a wrap bc it is hard carrying them around all the time and this way you'll be able to get things done while comforting them at the same time. We also slept with our son in bed for the first 2-3 months since nursing was his pacifier. Last, but not least - try swaddling at night if you haven't already. There are two I would try: one is called the Woombie (http://www.thewoombie.com) and the Miracle Blanket (http://www.miracleblanket.com/). We used the Miracle Blanket - it was EASY and extremely effective. Ethan loved it even after the colic passed!!

Jennifer - posted on 10/27/2008

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Well, my son had HORRIBLE colic - we tried EVERYTHING... Finally, I started supplementing 2 feedings a day with Enfamil's Nutramigen formula and it was MAGIC! I know it doesn't work with every baby, and I was hesitant to introduce ANY formula at all because I wanted to solely breastfeed him, but when you see your baby in such agony, you will do anything to help. It definitely gets worse with time. So, if you're willing, try the Nutramigen formula by Enfamil. Also, I had the Happiest Baby On the Block book... If I'd had the time or the energy, I'd have torn it into a million pieces because it was a bunch of you-know-what. It's great for trying to soothe your normal, non-colicy baby, but it was junk for us and a lot of others.... Good luck!! It's a tough time, you feel like you're losing it, but you will come out the other side and you will love life! :]

Emily - posted on 10/27/2008

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My son was collicky too. Unfortunately, nothing completely took care of the problem until he just grew out of it (around 3 months). However, I did find some tricks that helped. The Homeopathic treatment, called Cocyntal helped quite a bit, but Gripe Water never did. I had to change my diet, as certain foods upset his tummy. I used a hotwater bottle (wrapped in a towel) on his tummy- the pressure and the warmth really seemed to soothe him. The best tool I found was a large exercise ball. Bouncing on that while patting his back seemed to calm him the most (the bad news is, once I stopped bouncing my baby woke up screaming again). It may not help you get more sleep, but is a lot easier than pacing the hallway for hours. I still use mine to rock/bounce him to sleep- works like a charm!

Jackie - posted on 10/26/2008

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find a Happiest Baby on the Block class in your area. It will change your life. It was the best thing that ever happened to me with my 2nd baby.

Kendra - posted on 10/26/2008

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This is a toughy! My first was colicky was well. Have you tried changing your diet at all? I know what a pita. Have you tried gripe water? That's another think that might help. GL, it will pass.

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