colicky baby

Leticia - posted on 02/04/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Any suggestions on what to do bfor a colicky or gassy baby?

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Kelly - posted on 02/11/2009

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Getting through it is the hardest, my son is also gassy and colic I am a firm believer in the gas drops but I also have never heard of other things metioned on here. He is now 4 months old and also has acid reflux which caused ALOT of the crying he is now on Zantac which has helped ALOT!

Kat - posted on 02/11/2009

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I used Infants Friend (Australia) & it worked fabulously. Totally natural product. Prior to trying this I would sit Em up on my lap keeping her upright & holding a dummy in her mouth for her to suck on. (this is when the dreaded dummy was introduced) Why this helped I am not sure. I also tried heating a small towel & wrapping around the torso, like a hot water bottle affect & it also worked for us. Massage didn't work for us as she doesn't like massage at all.

Donna - posted on 02/10/2009

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You know everyone will recommend all types of products, I tried Gripe Water, I tried infacol, I tried colic drops and NOTHING worked for me. I rubbed is tummy, I cycled his legs, i gave him warm baths and you know I was unfortunate nothing worked. Infact the infacol made it worse, he screamed and screamed all day after I gave him that. I was at my wits ends and thought i'm just going to have to put up with this until he grows out of this. Fortunately I met someone who recommended I see a physio (see one who specialises with babies) after the second session with the physio my baby slept for 5 hours and after the 3rd he was farting on his own, it was a life saver. That's what worked for us.

Crystal - posted on 02/09/2009

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My son had colic and I was told to use 2oz of water and 2 oz of chamomile tea in a bottle I tried it and it calmed him down.

Sara - posted on 02/09/2009

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My baby had colic too. It was really awful. Does your baby act like she has tummy cramps? We tried all the stuff, the gas drops, the gripe water and nothing seemed to help. We finally asked her doctor about it and he prescribed some drops for her that help to relax her intestinal muscles. He said that what was probably happening is that her little system was working against itself and not moving together and causing her to have stomach cramps. The drops were a miracle. They are called hyoscyamine sulfate. We suffered through two months of her being colicky because I thought, because the books said so, that there was nothing that could be done, that she would outgrow it. But the drops really helped, she was like an entirely different baby. She's now four months and we rarely have to give her the medicine. Hang in there, it will eventually go away!!! But i would certainly ask your doctor about the drops.

Sandra - posted on 02/09/2009

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Mine has terrible colic.  Massaging helped alot and also a hot water bottle on his tummy.  My doctor prescribed some drops called Vagopax (in Portugal) that did the trick.  He is now much happier and so am I.

Dorothy - posted on 02/08/2009

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Gripe water worked for us and placing her on her tummy across our laps to help release the air bubbles. They do out grow it, it took our little one about 3 months. Good luck.

Candice - posted on 02/08/2009

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Sorry, i must add that you need to massage their tummy in a clockwise direction

Candice - posted on 02/08/2009

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Gripe water would probably be the safest thing for a gassy baby. You can't really give them to much being so young, unfortunately their bodies are just trying to sort themselves out. Alternatively, you can buy drops (called Infacol in Australia) that you give to them before each feed. It helps all the tiny air bubbles to join and make a larger air bubble so the baby can get it out. You should be able to go to your local chemist / pharmacy of supermarket and buy these products off the shelf. Also try gently massaging the abdomen in a circular motion as often as possible (while changing nappy maybe?) to try and help the gas out. This is the advice i have been given. If all fails, unfortunately you may just have to wait it out :(

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