Is anyone dealing with colic?

Cari - posted on 05/01/2010 ( 23 moms have responded )

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My daughter is 5 weeks old and the doctor just confirmed she has colic. Nobody is getting any sleep in my house and we are trying everything to make her comfortable. We have changed her bottles and her formula. We use the special holding techniques and even tried the washing machine!! Anybody have any unique tips or can anybody just relate?????

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Cammy Brown - posted on 05/13/2010

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I used the Hyland Colic tablets as well, they put my son to sleep in 15 mins. WOrk great. I also put gripe water into every bottle i feed him. I think different techniques work at different times no one answer. i also bounce on an exercise ball, works good.

Shanna - posted on 05/11/2010

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Cari, Hi. I went through 4 months of colic with my son. I to switched his formulas. This is when I heard of Circle of Moms Website and joined thinking it wouldn't hurt to get some advice just like your doing. I had over 200 responses, I tried alot of what everyone told me they tried. I did try Gripe water and it probably would have worked if I gave it enough time, something I didn't have. I had one mother tell me she bounced her son on a yoga ball/ BIG exercise ball. I went to Walmart bought a $10.00 ball and Lord behold, it worked. I would wrap him in a blanket and bounce for hours on end and he was quiet. I just learned about the life saver about 3 weeks when all his colic stopped out of the blue. It wouldn't hurt to try it. At the time I was alone dealing with it while my husband was TDY for a year.
It helps if you have help, your back will thank you later for that.
Like I said I got over 200 responses and a lot were dicouraging news, so don't let this get to you, think positive and this to shall pass. I have a 7 week old daughter now who doesn't have colic but she has "a witching" hour in the evening and I still use this ball with her and it soothes her as well. Hope it works for you and also try the gripe water, found in walgreens, over the counter pharmacy places, carefully read the directions, it's only good for 4 weeks once opened, we are using ours with my 7 wk old daughter and it helps her. It's all natural. Good Luck

Crystal - posted on 05/15/2010

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A nurse at the hospital had told us about gripe water. She had twins both with colic, and she said this helped her a lot. When our son started showing signs of colic we went and got some. It can be found at most health food stores. It seemed to really help.

Nateira - posted on 05/14/2010

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calming music and a great product called Colic Calm. You can only buy it online and its a fantastic homeopathic gripewater regulated by the FDA and pediatrician approved. Its a bit pricey, but its worked wonders for my son!

Tabatha - posted on 05/03/2010

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my son is 8weeks and has had colic since 4weeks so im so wishing it was over now and i no he does ton, poor little guy its getting better or im just getting used to it lol. but when just wont stop crying we take him out for a walk in his stroller after the sun goes down and it puts him to sleep and the ceral also helped alot.

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Davina - posted on 04/22/2014

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Hi im a first time mom my son is three weeks old and just a couple days he has consistintaly been screeming his lungs off like if something is hurting him....i was doing research and i see it could be colic i dnt know whats going on i took him to the drs they just changed his formula but he doeant sleep no longer the 25 minutes do tje colic tablets work?

Ian - posted on 12/11/2013

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i am not a um, but a masseur, i specialise in women's and baby's problems. there are scientifically proven methods to reduce "women's problems" and also in the pain relief and development of the youngest baby. if they are unsettled they are in pain. nothing helps as well as massage from a trained carer or a properly qualified masseur or masseuse. ian.

Brittany - posted on 05/16/2010

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my son is 9weeks old and he is colic, try and onion bottle peel the onion and boil it for about 5mins then put it in the fridge and make her bottles with it every night it worked for my son he's almost done with colic and also use mylicon or gripe water those also work

Leah - posted on 05/16/2010

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My son (now 9 weeks) has colic quite bad. We tried Gripe water but he hated the taste and would not keep it down. We then tried a herbal remedy from the chemist called "Brauer Colic Relief". OH BOY!! Its awesome, he has it every 4 hours and it really works. That and we also lay him down before a feed and cycle his legs in the air as if he's riding a bike, it gets so many farts and burps out before his feed. It also makes him feed so much better because he is more comfortable. We've also gone back to swaddling him really tight (we had stopped because he wasnt liking it and would somehow unwrap himself). He is actually much more comfortable being wrapped now and is finally sleeping up to 6 hours a night.

Good luck, persevere and it does get better. My son has had colic for about 5 weeks now and its been hell, but he is slowly getting better!!

Anna - posted on 05/14/2010

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Yeah we have that here! she will high pitched scream from 7pm-2am, well she used to..... .2mls of infacol and 1/4 teaspoon of weleada colic powder and she is a completely different baby!!!!!
you use the infacol with every night feed, and i give 1/4teaspoon of colic powder every 15mins 6times once the colic starts and then she if fine! we have been getting her to bed at 10pm everynight this week! :D i actually feel kinda normal and not a zombie anymore! hoe this helps- def worth a shot!

Stacey - posted on 05/14/2010

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My daughter has had colic since 2 weeks and she's now 7 weeks old. We've had to switch her to a hypoallergenic formula because she has had problems with reflux as well. Her gas was mind boggling though. The formula change helped the colic a little. I'm using Gripe water, but only when she really gets revved up. I call it Baby Drugs because it normally puts her to sleep in a matter of minutes! I've also used the Milicon drops after every feeding with mixed results. I do the colic hold while jiggling her lower half to help her expel the gas. The swing is a big help when nothing else seems to soothe her. My son had colic as well and he would sleep in his swing at night. I've also done tummy massage and a warm water bottle across the abdomen. Warm baths help a lot too.



Do your best to burp frequently too. I know that is cliche but it does help. I used Dr. Brown's bottles with my son and they made a world of difference. I've tried using the Coddlelife bottles with my daughter but she was having a hard time with the flow of the nipple. It is still too fast for her even though it is a stage 1. I even went to the Playtex drop-in to see if that would help. In the end, I switched her back to the Dr. Brown bottles and her level of gas has dropped sharply. They are a pain to wash with all the parts but well worth using. She still has gas, but not nearly on the level she did before switching over. The key is to try to keep their gas to a minimum. Or at least help them expel it easier by breaking up the big bubbles that are causing the pain.



Best of luck. I hear that 12 weeks seems to be the magical mark...so we are patiently waiting!

Jennifer - posted on 05/13/2010

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Try gripe water, ovol or BioGaia. I've done the first two for my son and it helps wonders. I think he's boderline colic, he isn't as bad as some mom's have described but when he's trying to have a bowel movement or pass gas he's really cranky. I find the gripe water and ovol help to keep his gas down and thus keep the crying down.

Katelan - posted on 05/13/2010

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Go to CVS and get "Gripe Water for babies" it works wonders. You can give it to her every 4 hours and you'll be suprised at how well it works.

Allie - posted on 05/13/2010

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If your baby has colic you should really evaluate what you are eating. Stay away from spicy foods, chocolate, broccoli, cabbage, onion, garlic, brussel sprouts, pretty much any "gassy" veggie. If that doesn't work try cutting out dairy...a lot of babies have a hard time with dairy. Then try adding these things back in one at a time to see what is affecting baby and what is not. Of course if you are not breast feeding this really won't help. Give it a try.

Lisa - posted on 05/12/2010

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My little boy has had colic too now 10 weeks ... My ped recommended Donnalix Elixar every 6 hours as this helps the tummy when colic hits. Since I have used the Donnalix i have had 3 weeks of bliss. Previous I had tried Infacol, Gripe Water and Infants Friend nothing worked or settled him. Since the Donnalix he is more settled during the day and is bringing up his wind easy without having bouts of constant crying. Every baby is different and how they react to medicines to is trial and error. Another thing that soothed my little boy was a heat pack to which I put him on his tummy and the heat pack under. He relaxed instantly.

Karen - posted on 05/12/2010

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I can definately relate! My son is now 9 weeks but has had colic almost since 3 weeks old! Sometimes it helps to feed him a little more in the evenings or to put him in a wrap. If you use a wrap it holds them close on their stomach which can help.

Sheri - posted on 05/05/2010

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you can get Hylands colic tablets and they are herbal and really help my cousins little boy when he was about 3 months old and were the only thing that would work for him, she tried gripe water and everything else but nothing was working. I myself with both my kids haven't had colic as a problem but my son is almost 7wks now so could still happen with him but he is bottle fed and not nursing anymore so I think thats probably helping. But if you can get the hylands product as they are 100% natural they also make teething tablets and teething gel that is 100% natural too for when you baby starts teething they work for my 23month old daughter when she is cutting her teeth.

Hope this helps

Chelle - posted on 05/04/2010

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I peddle my sons legs make the motion like he is riding a bike it does help as it helps relieve the small wind bubbles in the lower belly some times he fights it and cry's for a little bit but once it works he stops and settles also have introduced baby rice into his last bottle for the night and even though he is still upset he is settling a lot better and sleeping up to 8 hrs ... he is also on formula for colic and i use Brauer colic relief not sure if you can get that where you are but is a natural product and I give it too him for two feeds prior to his last bottle for the night you can defiantly see the differences should i forget to give him a dose...best of luck

Jennifer - posted on 05/04/2010

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there is a herbal remedy that you can buy over the counter. it is called gripe water. you can give it to babies as young as 2 weeks. it worked for my daughter. also the swing helped alot.

Rachel - posted on 05/03/2010

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My son is just about 7 weeks old and has colic also. I found that a warm washcloth on his tummy helps, a bouncy chair on vibrate also helps. I know it might seem a little soon and a little controversial but i gave my son 3 baby spoons full of baby cereal and we both got 6 hours of sleep. I really was opposed to the cereal at first when it was suggested to me but when everything else failed or worked only for about 30 min i tried it. It seems to work well. i am also a massage therapist and infant massage helps him pass the gas. There are some really good how to vids on you tube. Hope this helps, and hope your baby feels better soon.

Jillian - posted on 05/03/2010

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I am also blessed with a baby waith colic. I have used Mylicon gas drops with feeding, and that seems to help a little bit. But what I have found works best is the techniques taught by Dr. Harvery Karp. He created the movie "The Happiest Baby on the Block" I would strongly suggest you look into it..and watch the movie. The man is a genius...my fiance and I tried the techniques as we watched and for the first time, our daughter slept for 4 hours straight. The man is a genius...and the 5S's he teaches work almost everytime. The thing that helps most is Swaddling my little girl really tight. But Good luck, and remember to just be patient as hard as it is sometimes...espescially at 3 in the morning. But it will only last so long, then we get deal with the teething :) Hang in there!

Meredith - posted on 05/02/2010

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I don't think my daughter has colic, but she has a witching hour around dinner time where she is really tired, fights sleep, and cries for a long period of time. A few things that have helped...

*turning on the vacuum cleaner and either vacuuming or just letting it sit while running seems to calm her.

*running water... I take her into the bathroom when I'm running my daughters bath water and the sound calms her for a bit

* blow dryer-- the other night I just sat in my bathroom with the blow dryer on and this worked

* music-- I turned on the radio and held her near it while rocking her

*pacifier-- she has refused to take one, but we have kept trying and finally took it the other day. It is really helping.

*baths-- if your baby likes baths, give her a bath during the crying period.

Have you read Happiest Baby on the Block? That also gives some good strategies. Good luck!

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