When does it end?!

Jodi - posted on 01/20/2009 ( 36 moms have responded )

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My husband and I have a similar situation with our daughter. Today she is 7 weeks and the last 3-4 have been difficult from 5 or 6 in the evening until 10 or 11 pm. She screams from gas and we pas sher between the both of us to try to soothe her. We've done mylicon drops, gripe water, heat on her belly, bicycle legs. Nothing helps for too long. Then recently she started screaming through her bottle. The dr. determined she has acid reflux and we started zantec. She'll only take between 2-3 ounces of formula per feeding- usually closer to 2 and she's 7 weeks old. Shouoldn't she be taking more? Unfortunately we just started the zantec yesterday so it has yet to work.....



When does this get better??????????????????

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Nicole - posted on 12/07/2009

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Hi my name is Nicole my daughter is 10 months old, and was still suffering from reflux. I have never gone on this site until a week ago. I had read the story a mother placed about the DHA and was amazed to see the results when i decided to than switch my daughter to real milk after reading about the martek company online. I just want to say thank you sooooo much and how i feel horiable about never knowing it. I almost feel like i have caused the problem with my daughter and my next one will only be breast fed!

Mary Lynn - posted on 01/17/2010

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Our son has reflux and colic for the first 6 months. Here are some things that helped us:

Prevacid twice a day
Nutramigen (hypo-allergenic) ready to feed formula
thickened all his bottles with Beechnut oatmeal (Soy free)
Elevate 1 side of his mattress

hope this is helpful

Kristen - posted on 02/18/2010

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i feel your pain. it is SO hard, but hang in there. it WILL get better as he gets older.

we had the same issue start around 9 weeks. my son is now 15 weeks and is doing much better. the pediatrician told us to have him sleep on an incline. i dont think the wedges give enough of an incline and i wanted to try and avoid sleeping in the carseat. i bought a nap nanny (napnanny.com) and it is FANTASTIC. the directions say not to put it in his crib, but my doc said it was ok. he's still sleeping in the nap nanny and loves it. he goes down at about 530am and sleeps until about 630am (wakes once about 3am to eat. might wake once for a pacifier). before the nap nanny and changes below he was taking 1-3 oz every 2 hours (sometimes every 1 1/2 hours), crying, arching his back and just complete miserable. now he takes about 5 oz.

the pediatrician suggested we try enfamil AR formula, which he seemed to like, but made him very gassy/constipated. so then he suggested we try enfamil gentlease and add rice cereal (i would never do this unless your pediatrician tells you to). in addition to a formula change, the pediatrician started him on zantac (1ml, 3 times a day)...it helped, but after a week he started the arching and crying again. our pediatrician then put him on prevacid as well. the zantac is supposed to provide instant relief and the prevacid is supposed block acid production (over a 24 hour period). he's been on zantac and prevacid and it seems to be doing the trick! he has his fussy times, but he is a much happier baby (and so are his parents!). we will try taking him off the meds once he starts eating solids (as per the ped).

if you do start prevacid - beware its hard to administer! it's in pill form and you have to dissolve it in water. i found putting the pill in an eye dropper (you need a big fat one) and adding some water (like 1/4 t), letting it dissolve for 10 seconds and then giving it to him worked best. if you dissolve it in a dish and then put it in an eye dropper you leave a lot behind..

good luck! sorry for babbling, but i know how frustrating it is!

Cara - posted on 10/25/2009

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Quoting Tina:



Hi I can sympathise, my daughter is now 11 months old. She was on Domperidone and Rantidine which helped her imensly.Zantac didn't touch it. She is now off Domperidine as the Acid Rflux has stopped and has been so for about 3 months, by March she should be off Ranitidine. Once she was on solids properly symptoms subsided. Feeds would take 1 1/2 hours and we were feeding her 7 times a day. We had to walk her round and sometimes jog round the garden to get her to feed and trust me at 3am it's not fun. All I can say is it will get better. We went through hell but now things have improved. Just hang in there. I am here if you want to chat I know exactly what you are going through but I have to say even if I had to do it all again I wouldn't change a thing as when things get better you eppreciate it so much more. Keep your chin up and don't be afraid to ask for help. I don't know where you are from but I'm in the UK and Homestart visit once a week for 2 hours to give me a break. They feed Holly for me and do whatever I want be it feeding or cleaning. Keep me posted. Tina






Rantidine is the generic name for zantac.

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Kelly - posted on 01/08/2012

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WOW that sounds just like my almost 8 week old daughter she has been doing this for about 4 weeks now but it has just gotten worse in the last 3 days before she was taken 3oz and then 4oz and then the colic really set in after that and she had been on zantaz for about a week, now she is on that and prvicad and changed her milk to soy just three days ago for the milk and the prvicad. Now she will only drink 1 maybe 2oz at a time and screms her little head off every time you feed her so I know what your going thru. Just dont know what to do about it yet...

Lisa - posted on 09/15/2010

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I really understand your frustration as my son had similar issues. So many mothers can't relate. He was never easily soothed even when I was holding him. I think that I bounced constantly for the whole first year. If I ever laid him flat the milk would just pour out of his mouth. People kept telling me that he cried because I held him to much. My doctor told me "babies cry, get some ear plugs!" He lived in my Mod Mum Baby Sling for the first year! I could put him in a more upright position with his head still being supported. He loved being close to me, and I was able to finally get things done. He loved the hip carry, when he was about 4 months old, and then I would transition him to a cradle position to get him to sleep. It was nice as I was able to breast feed in it as well. I had a baby bjorn as well, but it really hurt my back if I carried him for to long. The sling lasted for years!

Chandra - posted on 03/02/2010

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I'm so sorry your going thruough this and I can't tell you when it gets better. I hope the zantac works for you. it didn't for me I've been back and forth to childrens hospital so many times my son is now on 2ml zantac in am and previacid soulutabs in pm hes six months old and is still screaming.. Hes gaing so much weight though I thinks Its because they (doctors) had me put cereal in his formula now he out weights his 1 yr cousin. aggghhh and he still cries .

Heather - posted on 02/13/2010

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Firstly. I am not a health professional so please take this suggestion as just that - a suggestion.



I stuggled desperately with colic with my first son until a friend shared this suggestion with me. This worked for her and me, when everything else didn't and come from her old Yugoslav mother in law.



Take 2 pinches of caraway seeds and place in 100ml of cold water. Bring this to the boil and take off heat immediately. Give a little to your baby before each feed.



The colic went in three days and stayed away as long as I used the above.



Please take this strictly as a shared personal experience. It is NOT professional advice.

Sush - posted on 01/27/2010

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I went through the same kind of hell and especially with milk quantity and weights. Never forget that they outgrow all of this, we just need to give them time. I also found modern medicine useless, especially because the doctors could not tell me if it was structural, or stomach acid or allergies. And, they were ever ready to do invasive testing. If it is really very hard for the baby, I would encourage more traditional medicines, they work more holistically and better with little ones. Definitely try a chiropractor or crano-sacral therapy just in case it is structural - Dr. Destia Skinner at Cypress Natural Medicine can help you. Also, in case it is not structural, Raquel Blech at realhomeopathy.com was a life-saver - my daughters reflux was cured where Zantac etc. had failed. I switched Peds several times and finally found a good one - make sure you have a good one that doesn't over-medicate the baby. Mine gave me a fantastic article on reflux - the truth is that it peaks at 3-4 months - and it is gone in most babies only around 1 year. Hope this helps.

Bea - posted on 11/06/2009

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TRY A FORMULA WITHOUT LIFE'S DHA!!!!! It worked for my son who suffered with reflux for several months before I found his solution!!! I could not be more passionate about this since I've been able to help several of my friends whose babies also suffered from the same thing. We are all using a formula that does not have Life's DHA by Martek and it has cured our babies!!! You may want to do research about Life's DHA by Martek to understand exactlly how this stuff is being produced and used. It is not regulated by the FDA and there is NO WAY they can compare their DHA to the natural DHA procuded by breast milk...PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE..if you are willing to try anything, I suggest you try a formula without Martek's DHA. My son not only had reflux and choked on his vomit, he didnt sleep through the night, colicy ALL the time and he was constipated. Once we switched formula ..he was a whole new baby and his problems all disappeared within a 24 hour period. I was finally able to sleep through the night without waking every 2-3 hours.

Ashley - posted on 09/05/2009

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Ok, I caught the tail end of this on a new clip the other night as MY POST colic baby is 17 months. It does end.. Hes never been a great sleeper but now sleeping from nine to six is awesome.. ANyway and it said thay colic was more about a parasite the babies are born with and can be treated with a pill.. I enocurage you google this and ask you dr... It sounds so easy if so. I know that horses get colic and it is treated with a pill with them,,

Bea - posted on 08/28/2009

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Quoting Tara:

Hi my baby is 12 weeks old tomorrow, hes had colic in the evenings since he was a few weeks old but then since last week he has been crying on & off all day. It starts just after he finishes his first bottle at about 8am and goes on til about 8pm when he manages to have a bottles then go to sleep, usually til about 2am when he wakes for a feed. This doesn't sound like what everyone says colic is like anymore. We took him to the docs last week & he said it WAS colic & prescribed gaviscon, but it didn't make any different. My son is bottle fed, he drinks from Dr Browns bottles, has gripe water, we've tried massaging his tummy & warm baths but he just screams as soon as we take him out out of it. Hopefully this should go away soon as he is nearly 3 months old, if it is colic, but it's just too much as my husband is at work so im usually alone with him all day. its so hard dealing with a screaming baby for 12 hours a day. Has anyone got any tips for me? x



If your son is being fed formula, try a formula that does not have DHA/ARA by Martek in it. My son suffered from Acid Reflux, irritability during/after feedings, crying nights and worse of all he would choke on his spit up. I had my son on Prevacid for a week and he did improve BUT it gave him diarreah. I finally decided that something was causing his problems and it wasn't just "normal" as dr's tend to proclaim. Once I switched him to a formula that didn't have Martek's DHA/ARA in it, his symptoms went away immediately. He is 8mths now but was 6 1/2 mths when I switched him to his new DHA/ARA Free formula. My son started sleeping through the night immediately and sleeps about 10 hrs straight through the night now.



If you are willing to try anything, I suggest you go to your grocer and try a formula that does not have Martek's DHA/ARA (also known as Life's DHA). You can also talk to your doctor and see if they have any formula in their store room.



My son is thriving on his new formula (contact me if you care to know more about the formula I am using) and is reaching his milestones a lot faster than before.



Good luck to all you moms out there. I realize that this may not be the solution to ALL babies, however, if your baby is on formula and you are willing to try anything, I suggest you give it a try. Also, here is an interesting Q&A that talks a little more about DHA/ARA by Martek: http://www.cornucopia.org/DHA/DHA_Questi...

Tarsha - posted on 07/01/2009

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I so feel for you we too are struggling with the night attacks, and we have our lil man on Losec.
It totally rips your heart out when you cannot settle your own baby

All the best

Carrie - posted on 04/02/2009

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Hi I'm also new here and so glad I found this group. My son Billy is 11 weks old and he was diagnosed with acid reflux at 4 days old our dr. is amazing, but we are still playing the game. My son is on zantac and similac alimentum formula. His medicine is uped every two weeks if not sooner and they jus put him on rice cereal last week because he started throwing everything up again. We went to the doctor again on sunday he uped his medicine and I had about one good day and could put him down and get some stuff done. I just want to cry or scream and my husband is in the military so he is at work alot and he is gone 24 hrs every 5 days and now they are getting ready to deploy for 6 months again. I live in san diego and my family is on the east coast so I feel so alone at times. I'm told it will get better, but I just see it getting worse. If anyone has any suggestions I'm willing to try anything. He sleeps in the bed with us right now because he will only sleep in someone's arms we've tried the car seat and bouncer seat. Now last night he feel asleep in his swing but I couldn't sleep because I didn't know if that was safe to let him sleep there all night. Thanks for listening and any advice you can give I greatly appreciate it.

Elizabeth - posted on 04/01/2009

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Hi my Son Austin was born at 36 weeks and is now  16 weeks, he has colic and acid reflux he takes 15mg of prevacid everyday. He cries all the time and it seems like it is never going to stop. The Drs tell me he should grow out of it , and now in the last week big clumps of his hair are falling out.  I don't know what to do about the screaming nothing seems to work anymore.

Tara - posted on 03/30/2009

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Hi my baby is 12 weeks old tomorrow, hes had colic in the evenings since he was a few weeks old but then since last week he has been crying on & off all day. It starts just after he finishes his first bottle at about 8am and goes on til about 8pm when he manages to have a bottles then go to sleep, usually til about 2am when he wakes for a feed. This doesn't sound like what everyone says colic is like anymore. We took him to the docs last week & he said it WAS colic & prescribed gaviscon, but it didn't make any different. My son is bottle fed, he drinks from Dr Browns bottles, has gripe water, we've tried massaging his tummy & warm baths but he just screams as soon as we take him out out of it. Hopefully this should go away soon as he is nearly 3 months old, if it is colic, but it's just too much as my husband is at work so im usually alone with him all day. its so hard dealing with a screaming baby for 12 hours a day. Has anyone got any tips for me? x

Soledad - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hello All! I am new here and I just love how everyone is talking about this, I thought I was the only one feeling like I was doing something wrong... My daughter is 13 weeks and has had this since about 3-4 weeks. I have to agree with Juanita as I too took my daughter to the chiropractor. Someone had mentioned it to me and while it has not cured her yet she went from sleeping an hour to three to fours at which I am willing to take. My chiropractor has done wonders! I found the doctor through this website and you can try it to find one in your area. http://www.icpa4kids.com/ 

Juanita - posted on 02/04/2009

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MY SON IS ALMOST CURED OF HIS REFLUX!!!!!! try the chiropractor!!!!!! true! its doing wonders for my son. ask around in your area and find out if any have experience in this area. they do the most gentel moves. and my son is on !!! losec !!! its great it stops the acids in his tummy from burning n he sleeps upright in pram or high chair. only half a tablet in lil bit of water, once a day.may take up to 2 weeks to see huge difference if ya bub has olsars in throat or stomache! PLZ LET ME NO HOW U GO! ID LOVE TO CHAT MORE N HELP U CAUSE I HAD ALL THE SAME STUFF AS U AND NOW MY SON IS SOOOOOO MUCH BETTER!!!!

Belinda - posted on 02/03/2009

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hello, i have a 6 week old son who screams for 7 - 12 hrs a day, and being a new mother i was having issues dealing with that, like you i tried gripe water, infacol, zantac, water and brown sugar and nothing worked, i went to the hospital as i knew there was something wrong with my son before they told me he had reflux they said they could't find anything wrong with him and put it down to uncontrolable crying, i was so angry and then they told me that my son has reflux, he is on medication for that, but he also has colic and heartburn which the dr's won't treat, i couldn't let my son suffer so i gave him Gaviscon liquid for the heart burn as the Zantac won't work for 5 - 10 days Gaviscon is instant and for the colic i am using Donnalix 4 times a day, with a combination of these 3 my son slept 5 hrs last night and he seems to be more settled within himself which means i get sleep and that is something that i haven't had lot of, if you haven't tried any of these, it might be worth a shot, good luck and i hope you get some reflief soon. Take care

Juanita - posted on 01/29/2009

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hay my 3mth n 3 week boy Jace has reflux found out bout 4weeks old but think he had stomach olsars and in this throat by then and it was hard but doc put him on Losec 10mg half a tablet once a day with water to disolve, and took bout 10 days for olsars to go away and meds to kick in. now he pretty good. it is to settle the stomach acids so dont burn when it comes up, im breast feeding and going well, my son practicly lives sitting up. in his pram and high chair and in the jolly jumper.. for some reason he sleeps well at night just wakes for feeds then sleep again proped up on a pillow. iv been takin him to the CHIROPRACTOR id definetly recomend trying this. the first night after i took him on the friday he slept 7 hrs strait, the following monday we went again and he slept 10 hours then the tuesday slept threw again, was great!!!!!!!! u go few times close together to start then space them out after few visits, thats were im up to. i found he wakes up to any lil noise so i have nice slow soft music playing loud so he cant hear the noises, that works!!! he does just nap during theday like 30 min at a time sometimes more, but thats pretty normal i think. hope this helps ill check back for comments, ill be happy to answer any questions.

Julie - posted on 01/22/2009

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YES....thatss what i was trying to say w/out saying it...actually, my mother-in-law, who couldnt handle it, sent Me info "how not to shake a baby", just to make it a little worse for me. I just cried alot with her....

Ashley - posted on 01/22/2009

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yea i was scared someone would shake slade to try and get him to stop crying....

Julie - posted on 01/22/2009

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Yes, people never wanted to sit for us either. I was afraid to leave her with a sitter anyways because i was worried that no one would know how to handle it. I hope that you are all well today. Jodi, is the zantac working? I think that finding a compassionate dr is also a hard thing to do, some just dont understand, because its not there baby...

Ashley - posted on 01/22/2009

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I wish we had a Homestart program here.I canbarely get the cleaning lady to clean and the sitter to sit...how are you Jodi???

Tina - posted on 01/22/2009

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Hi I can sympathise, my daughter is now 11 months old. She was on Domperidone and Rantidine which helped her imensly.Zantac didn't touch it. She is now off Domperidine as the Acid Rflux has stopped and has been so for about 3 months, by March she should be off Ranitidine. Once she was on solids properly symptoms subsided. Feeds would take 1 1/2 hours and we were feeding her 7 times a day. We had to walk her round and sometimes jog round the garden to get her to feed and trust me at 3am it's not fun. All I can say is it will get better. We went through hell but now things have improved. Just hang in there. I am here if you want to chat I know exactly what you are going through but I have to say even if I had to do it all again I wouldn't change a thing as when things get better you eppreciate it so much more. Keep your chin up and don't be afraid to ask for help. I don't know where you are from but I'm in the UK and Homestart visit once a week for 2 hours to give me a break. They feed Holly for me and do whatever I want be it feeding or cleaning. Keep me posted. Tina

Tina - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi I can sympathise, my daughter is now 11 months old. She was on Domperidone and Rantidine which helped her imensly.Zantac didn't touch it. She is now off Domperidine as the Acid Rflux has stopped and has been so for about 3 months, by March she should be off Ranitidine. Once she was on solids properly symptoms subsided. Feeds would take 1 1/2 hours and we were feeding her 7 times a day. We had to walk her round and sometimes jog round the garden to get her to feed and trust me at 3am it's not fun. All I can say is it will get better. We went through hell but now things have improved. Just hang in there. I am here if you want to chat I know exactly what you are going through but I have to say even if I had to do it all again I wouldn't change a thing as when things get better you eppreciate it so much more. Keep your chin up and don't be afraid to ask for help. I don't know where you are from but I'm in the UK and Homestart visit once a week for 2 hours to give me a break. They feed Holly for me and do whatever I want be it feeding or cleaning. Keep me posted. Tina

Julie - posted on 01/21/2009

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This is a great site! I wish that when my daughter was suffering we had this. Alimentum was the type of formula that we used as well, and if you talk to your md, sometimes they have mail away deals.....we got 8 cans of rtf, it was great. A screaming baby is such a upsetting feeling, izzy is 22mo now, but i still have a hard time hearing a baby scream. If you ever need anything, just ask, so happy to be able to help mom's through this.....everyday is one day closer to better! Julie

Ashley - posted on 01/21/2009

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Yea.. YOU are lucky to have some help.. MY mom and mom and law were delaing with major things.

Well I tell you Slade got better at 4 to 5 months but dont fear it was much longer than most.. Most say around 3 months.. Once your baby gets on the right formula then it will go from everyday to 3 times a week to 2 etc then to not at all.. we tried * formulas then him getting constipation from switching but we even tired the formula for one month that was 50 dollars a can.. now we are on Alimentum.. its pretty good.. nutramagen is very good too!! It feels like the end of the world and makes you think how anyone can want a second child or I think I will loose my mind but be strong as you can be!! Muster all your courage up and remind yourself this is a trial run.. it WILL be over soon!!!!I promise.. now babies with colic and ar dont sleep as well later stages but at least your not dealing with the non stop scream.MY sis too had twins ,, so shee was out too!! I was sooo lonely and then came the bad bad depression from being so alone and overwhelemed.. let her sleep in car seat.. oh slade scramed harder when he got in th car.. tried that one..

mrsashleywhite@yahoo.com im always up!! anytime ofthe day or night.. we dont sleep and i dont use cio or cry it out method...slade never napped!! never........

im so sorry but there is hope...

a big hug from me to you

ashley

ps nyc my fav city was moving there before i got married now we just visit 2 x a year

Jodi - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi Ashley,

Thanks for the reply. As I write this my mother in law is here and leaving tomorrow. I'm thankful- especially after reading your response that she came to help for a week and that my husband is home. I live in Atlanta and my whole family is in NY- where I am from. It's basically just me and my husband but at least I have him here. His sister is here too but she has 9 month old twins so her hands are also full.

Cate is on Similac Sensitive formula- we just switched last week (from reg Similac). She also naps in her car seat if I get her in at the right moment- otherwise she has problems napping as well. I've been known to drive with her at 9pm or so. She eventually stops screaming and falls asleep at least until i get home. You're right- no one talks about this. It makes you feel like a terrible mother because you can't soothe your own baby.

When did it end for Slade?

Ashley - posted on 01/20/2009

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It totally will get bettr and NONE of meds helped.... Also we let him sleep in car seat.. IT Seems mean but each mom i told to do this has spoke of how well it helped... IM NOT DR JUST a mommy former college professor and counselor that thought I had dealt with bumps and mountains for issues. it was awful.. not the worst in thee world but bad.. being alone was really bad.. id count seconds until husband was home

Ashley - posted on 01/20/2009

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I write this e mail and and actually crying! Im a pretty strong person normally but colic got the best of me.. When I thinkof it and how my husband had to go out of town alot and my mom couldnt help bc My dad lost his eye sight I can feel the pain. no ONE can understand it unless youhave been there.. Ok so lets go through your checklist. Honestly, time was all that helped Slade Presley BUT I can try andhelp a lil... Shes not eating as much bc it hurts her.. She WILL grow. I worried about the same thing.. What formula are you using or breast milk? Gripe water only helped with hiccups.. I would stop that bc it made my baby worse after a while..let me know formula? yea did bikes we did heat on belly we did zantac and all that.. Milicon shmilicon.. Zantac helped for a little bit but not great as mine had severe AR yours might not be as bad..

let me know

Julie - posted on 01/20/2009

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I have to say that Zantec did nothing for my daughter. Pervacid however worked wonders. I can feel your pain and anguish, but believe me, it gets better. We used too also prop up the mattess with some pillows so that laying flat would not hurt, and so the acid would stay down. Have they tried different formula as well? I thought it would never end....minutes felt like days......then one day she was totally fine. So, keep your head up....if you need any other help or advice feel free to contact me. snobetty55@aol.com

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