Does anyone have any tips or tricks for a baby with colic?

Sarah - posted on 10/28/2008 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My 8 week old is a very collicky baby, everyday around dinnertime. Does anyone have any tips or tricks for a baby with colic?

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Sarah - posted on 04/06/2012

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My son was extremely colicky from the age of 2 weeks to 6 months. Chiropractic helps wonders, they will sleep very well after getting adjusted.

Warm bath each night helped to relax him as well, we used gripe water in every bottle to help with the gas bubbles.

Try to adhear to a strict routine, which helps them to know what to expect (helps to calm as well).

The biggest thing that helps colic attacks while they are happening is darkness, white noise, motion. Many doctors think colic is the baby having sensory overload. So I spent a lot of time rocking in a glider chair in the dark, with the fan and white noise maker on.

Best of luck, just remember it does stop, colic fades away to be a distant memory and you will be left with a happy, healthy little one!

Krysta - posted on 10/31/2008

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They say every baby has their, "witching hour" where no amount of comforting helps. My son was an extremely colicky baby all the time but I found ways to cut corners with dinner. Like preparing meals and freezing them ahead of time and also getting a sling. They say babies do much better held close to your body and I strapped that thing on when I just had to get stuff done. It did help! Sometimes, he was lulled to sleep by my movements. Just remember it will pass in a few months!! Before you know it, they'll be helping you cook dinner! :)

Erin - posted on 10/31/2008

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Baths are a life saver, but my son (4 months) gets colicky about the time I'm cooking, so I can't exactly stop and give him a bath. What I've found works with my son is completely undressing him. Diaper and all. Just lay a towel or something under him so if wets, it's not a big deal, but he loves it. He stops crying for a little while and lays there kicking and playing.

Tracy - posted on 10/28/2008

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Found this: To relieve wind pains you can lay baby on her back and gently raise her legs to a right-angled position. Now rotate her legs in a clockwise direction with her bottom raised slightly off the towel.



That helped us a lot with our collicky baby. HTH!

Rachel - posted on 11/03/2008

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i agree this worked for both my babies, i would give them a bath which made them more awake and refreshed than i would feed them dinner which made them sleepy :)

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Hannah - posted on 11/03/2008

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Hi, from three weeks old we had a collicky baby and it was dreadful until we discovered Coleif colic drops (wonderful!) and I also realised that sometimes he was just overtired. If 'dinnertime' for you is evening then it could be that he is just very tired. Mine will sometimes fuss at his 6pm feed.

Michele - posted on 11/03/2008

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My 1st son had colic from 4 days old. He just screamed and screamed. I tried everything. The thing that worked for me was putting him in his pram and just moving him backwards and forwards over a carpet or something that was bumpy. Also taking him for drives in the car worked wonders. I also took him for physio and that helped. My babies colic stopped at 4 months. It was the best. Hope that helps

User - posted on 11/02/2008

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definately try the colich tabs fromthe health food store... the are all natural and worked great for my son.... Also try a bouncing type effect when holding him up over your shoulder.... that helps too! Just remember it will end!

Denise - posted on 11/02/2008

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one of the things that worked best for me was Mylanta - my doctor told me to go ahead and give my daughter 1/4 tsp of adult mylanta when she was being colicky - worked like magic drops!!! worth a call the the pediatrician.

*********Also - if you are interested - contact me at my email address (denise@unity-mt.com) and i can forward you some infant massage techniques that are designed specifically for babies with colic - i am a Nationally Certified/licensed in CT Massage Therapist, took classes to teach infant massage! would love to pass on the info if interested.

Sharlene - posted on 10/31/2008

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Ovol drops for gas worked well for us. Also, because I was breastfeeding, I realized how everything I ate made a big inpact on him (NO CURRY!) Merrick had his first shower at 4 weeks and it was a lifesaver, the warmth, my body and alot of times milk! He would fall right to sleep. The "leg peddle" helped relieve gas also.

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Sarah,



After thinking our 2nd child (a boy) was colicky around dinner time...what it really was was that he was tired. He was around 8 weeks at that point, so I decided to put him into the swing right as I started to prepare dinner. He typically swings for at least 1 - 1 1/2 hours and wakes up in a wonderful mood. Then he is up until about 9 and then ready for bed and a bottle. I am also a fan of the baths and gas drops :) Best of luck....

Lisa - posted on 10/31/2008

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its been 20 years ago, but one of my twins proved colic was real! It was like clockwork!

As disressing as it for the momma, the baby really is in pain and it hurts! (Bless there hearts) With Kimberly, i learned to rock and sway while I did whatever else I needed to be doing. I would lay her across my arm (like a football) so her tummy was pressed against it and just kept her in motion. About 3 months, I had taken them for a check-up and my Dr issued a RX for babies with colic...I never had it filled....about 2 days after the visit...no more collicky baby! Baths are ALWAYS relaxing for them...This time will pass before you know it>>>Enjoy ALL of it

Gwenn - posted on 10/31/2008

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Yes our Son's "witching hour" was always around 5-7. Nothing would help except movement. Driving, walking....in retrospect, knowing him as I do I would have offered him an extra bottle and def. tried the bath idea. I know it's not easy. Remember there are people who have children who are ALWAYS colicky and they survive!!!!! ( I don't know how but they do!) Good luck and I hope it subsides sooner than later!

Kimberly - posted on 10/29/2008

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I feel for you, it is so hard to hear your baby crying. My girl cried a lot as a little babe. Barely slept and cried a lot. I tried a lot of things, seemed different things worked on different days. Baths, massage (I used some lavender oil in the carrier oil), music (sometimes to help me deal with the sound of her crying), swaddling, slings are great (at that age i have one from gorgeousbaby.ca - holds them real snug), humming holding her tight, cuddles, those battery swings. Believe it or not one of the things that worked the best was to show her board books and talk and talk and talk to her - yes even at 8 weeks - my girl has a passion for books. A walk outside for a change of environment. I've heard of people taking babes for a drive (mine both hated the car) or one of those soothing sound machines. My eldest was the crier as a baby and is only 3 1/2 years now and is a fiesty one. A wonderful strong emotioned girl - hard on parents, but will be good attributes as an adult - she definately knows her mind. At least that is what I tell myself to get through the tough times :)~

Tracy - posted on 10/28/2008

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My son was very colicky from about 3 weeks (yes, that young) until about 6-7 months. We tried everything! Although they didn't work for us, you could try colic drops before every feeding to break up the gas bubbles. http://www.drugs.com/mtm/colic-drops.htm... I think the bath idea is very good and relaxing for baby. Just be persistent with getting those burps up! If it's gas from the other end then we did a baby exercise that really helped where you lay them on their back and pump their legs like a bicycle up and down gently. Then take them and gently rotate them in a circular motion...hard to explain I'll look for a link! :) -Tracy

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Yeah, Baths are perfect! Babies all have a crabby time of day. My kids were always crabby later - around 8-9pm till 11 or so. it gets better... :) I also used a heating pad (low heat) and had them lay on their tummy's. they loved that too.

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Yeah, Baths are perfect! Babies all have a crabby time of day. My kids were always crabby later - around 8-9pm till 11 or so. it gets better... :) I also used a heating pad (low heat) and had them lay on their tummy's. they loved that too.

Melissa - posted on 10/28/2008

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Our saving grace was a bath...my daughter loved the warm water and it would calm her. But the evening hours were always tough...it will get better-my daughter's colic subsided day by day after her 2 month appt.

Hannah - posted on 11/03/2008

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Hi, from three weeks old we had a collicky baby and it was dreadful until we discovered Coleif colic drops (wonderful!) and I also realised that sometimes he was just overtired. If 'dinnertime' for you is evening then it could be that he is just very tired. Mine will sometimes fuss at his 6pm feed.

Michele - posted on 11/03/2008

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My 1st son had colic from 4 days old. He just screamed and screamed. I tried everything. The thing that worked for me was putting him in his pram and just moving him backwards and forwards over a carpet or something that was bumpy. Also taking him for drives in the car worked wonders. I also took him for physio and that helped. My babies colic stopped at 4 months. It was the best. Hope that helps

Denise - posted on 11/02/2008

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one of the things that worked best for me was Mylanta - my doctor told me to go ahead and give my daughter 1/4 tsp of adult mylanta when she was being colicky - worked like magic drops!!! worth a call the the pediatrician.

*********Also - if you are interested - contact me at my email address (denise@unity-mt.com) and i can forward you some infant massage techniques that are designed specifically for babies with colic - i am a Nationally Certified/licensed in CT Massage Therapist, took classes to teach infant massage! would love to pass on the info if interested.

Lisa - posted on 10/31/2008

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its been 20 years ago, but one of my twins proved colic was real! It was like clockwork!

As disressing as it for the momma, the baby really is in pain and it hurts! (Bless there hearts) With Kimberly, i learned to rock and sway while I did whatever else I needed to be doing. I would lay her across my arm (like a football) so her tummy was pressed against it and just kept her in motion. About 3 months, I had taken them for a check-up and my Dr issued a RX for babies with colic...I never had it filled....about 2 days after the visit...no more collicky baby! Baths are ALWAYS relaxing for them...This time will pass before you know it>>>Enjoy ALL of it

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