Colic baby

Adela - posted on 04/04/2013 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My two month old is colicky and I have tried everything. From drops to constant movement, to warm towels on belly and warm bath. Nothing seems to settle my little guy. Any one have any advice? Please ! ;(

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Selina - posted on 04/10/2013

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my oldest had colic. after a week with no sleep I dragged my self to her dr. he told me to give her one tsp. of childrens Mylanta. I tried it and colic was a thing of the past. hope this helps you out.

Trina - posted on 04/10/2013

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I had this situation with my first child - nothing seemed to settle him. My best advice is to keep on trying both new things and things that previously didn't work, or trying old things in new ways. Somewhere around the 8-10 week mark, two things happened: 1) I discovered that my son, who previously screamed when I put him in the Baby Bjorn facing me, LOVED the Bjorn facing outwards. I continued to "wear him" that way for a year; and 2) the swing he hated before (when it was on the slowest of 3 speeds), he loved (on the highest speed).

When all else fails, know that 1) it's not you - it's your child, for now; and 2) I know it seems like it won't, but this phase will pass and is not necessarily an indicator of future behavior. My son continued to have "challenging" behavior until he became increasingly more physically mobile. He started to really be fun when he could walk. While he occasionally still has bumps along the emotional highway, today he is 12, a GATE student with straight As, an all-star athlete and a very loving brother to his little sisters. It's gonna be ok!

Elfrieda - posted on 04/09/2013

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Just try to cope for another month. Call in favours, have people hold him while you sleep with earplugs, give up any attempt to "get on with life" until he's 3.5 months old and just try to eat and sleep properly, nothing beyond that. It is exactly as bad as you feel it is, don't start feeling like you're just not a very good mother. I had a colicky first baby, and felt like there was something wrong with me that I couldn't seem to handle life with a baby when other people could, but now with my second baby, it is SO EASY compared to the first one. Not that any baby is easy, but colicky ones nearly kill their parents.

Some things that sometimes helped with my son: a sling to hold him nice and curled up and tight against me. Getting his tummy rubbed by a reflexologist. 0-9 brand colic drops.

I wish you the best.

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Peggy - posted on 04/17/2013

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Lynn,
Seeing that you had your child on a lactose-gluten free formula did your pediatrician check for Celiac Disease?

Peggy - posted on 04/17/2013

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Lynn,
Seeing that you had your child on a lactose-gluten free formula did your pediatrician check for Celiac Disease?

Peggy - posted on 04/17/2013

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Adela,

My son was very colicky, and it ended up being caused by the formula he was on. The doctors tried different formulas and nothing helped. I took him to a specialist but several months passed before going to a specialist who figured it out. He is the one that took him off formula and then put him on 2% milk at 6 months old, but he suffered for 6 months till someone figured it out. You can also use fennel seed and distilled water to relieve the trapped gas in the belly. Boil the fennel seed in the distilled water as it boils. Then let it cool and strain it into a baby bottle. To get the baby to drink it, dip the nipple in a small amount of sugar. The fennel seed relieves the gas that is trapped in the abdomen of the baby, but is a natural remedy. Also lay the baby on the bed on its back and extend the legs back and forth from a sitting position to a laying position. This will relieve the gas faster.
Hope this was helpful

Peggy - posted on 04/17/2013

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Adela,

My son was very colicky, and it ended up being caused by the formula he was on. The doctors tried different formulas and nothing helped. I took him to a specialist but several months passed before going to a specialist who figured it out. He is the one that took him off formula and then put him on 2% milk at 6 months old, but he suffered for 6 months till someone figured it out. You can also use fennel seed and distilled water to relieve the trapped gas in the belly. Boil the fennel seed in the distilled water as it boils. Then let it cool and strain it into a baby bottle. To get the baby to drink it, dip the nipple in a small amount of sugar. The fennel seed relieves the gas that is trapped in the abdomen of the baby, but is a natural remedy. Also lay the baby on the bed on its back and extend the legs back and forth from a sitting position to a laying position. This will relieve the gas faster.
Hope this was helpful

Alice - posted on 04/17/2013

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Did this for over four months and everyone including her ped told me it was colic or she was eating too fast. After four months of hell I told dr put her n hospital do whatever u have to do something is wrong. He said let me try one more thing and she had a severe uti. So if it doesn't stop insist they check further

Lynn - posted on 04/13/2013

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I bought something from the chemist called Coleif, it breaks down the lactose in milk, it works wonders for my son and I also moved him onto a lactose free,gluten free formula called Nutramigen, he is thriving on it. 18 weeks old and he is up to 19lb!

Alison - posted on 04/13/2013

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I know this might sound crazy but my chiropractor has had success with colic babies. I'm not sure that others would but anything is worth a try right?!

Julene - posted on 04/12/2013

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My son had colic for the first 3 months (breastfed only) and was terrible at bringing up wind. I would try for hours & he would scream after every feed. I was then told about the Chiropractor & had nothing to lose. AMAZING!!! You will not regret the visit. The Chiro said that it was very common as birth is quite traumatic, so if their little bodies arent in alignment, the natural path of wind is disturbed and they cant get it up. It did take a couple of visits but even after the first visit, my Son brought his wind up immediately. It lasted a few days at first, but after another couple of visits, he was a new baby. Also, do watch for the usual suspects of your diet...cabbage, chocolate etc. Good luck & chin up, it gets better.

Nancy - posted on 04/12/2013

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Put her in a swing. My daughter did better when I put in a swing for a while I think it might have moved the gas around.

Lyndsay - posted on 04/12/2013

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My son had colic I changed his formula numerous times that still didn't work I ended up taking him to the chiropractor it actually worked!

Kirsten - posted on 04/12/2013

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I can completely relate... my daughter was colicky the first 10 months. It's extremely stressful and very hard for many to relate. So first of all, make sure you are getting enough breaks and have some help. If you're exhausted and nothing seems to help, find a safe place to set your baby down, leave the room and give yourself a few minutes to un-stress.

The best thing that worked for us, was using Dr. Karps "4 s's": side hold, shush, sway, swaddle (tight!!). We also found a bouncy exercise ball and spent hours a day bouncing on the ball with her. She also slept with a noise machine.

We later found that she had quite a few allergies and I always wonder if elimination of dairy, etc. would have helped earlier. Perhaps even testing out some dairy-free formulas would be helpful.

Adela - posted on 04/11/2013

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Thank you ladies for the helpful advice ! I have taken all your advice into consideration and even tried everything . Things seem to be settling down now . :) well at least for now .. .

Again thank you all !

Kirsty - posted on 04/11/2013

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The only thing that I found helped my daughter was to be kept upright. So I carried her in a sling, so she had the warmth, the heartbeat and the upright part, and she'd stop crying. I carried her for about 6 months before she outgrew it!

Maria - posted on 04/11/2013

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Please remember that it won't last forever. When you are in the midst of it and the baby is inconsolable, it is easy to forget that. You feel so helpless. My first daughter was colicky as a baby. We found that running the vacuum cleaner while she was in the swing would calm her down. We would do this for hours every night. We wore out a section of the carpet doing this, but it was worth it. Later on we realized that a running hair dryer would also have the same effect. Nothing else would work. I recommend the book "The Happiest Baby on the Block" by Dr. Harvey Karp. My baby also had a dairy sensitivity, which caused bloody stools. I was nursing and I had to eliminate all dairy from my own diet, which was a challenge, but necessary because I wanted to continue to nurse, and what I ate affected her through the breast milk. When she drank formula, we used Alimentum. Not really sure if the dairy sensitivity played into the colic, as well, but thought I would mention it in case it might be an issue for you, too.

Brandy - posted on 04/11/2013

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All 3 of my kids have had colic. They are 4 1/2, 2 1/2, and 4 months old. The only way I found to manage it is this. Do the best you can to cut out all dairy in your diet and that includes milk based formula. Also give him a good quality probiotic, if 1 a day doesn't work then give him 2 a day. I use ethical nutrients intestinal care df, it's dairy free. It comes in a capsule that I break open and mix in with a teaspoon of prune baby food. Istarted it with my 3rd when she was 2 weeks old. We went to visit the in-laws and I forgot it, I so regret forgetting it. She is now 4 months old and doesn't require it 80% of the time. You can Google colic and probiotic if you want. All the studies that I found have been done in other countries and most of them are double blind placebo studdies. Good luck and listen to your heart!

Erica - posted on 04/11/2013

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My son was really colicky until he was 7 or 8 months. I highly recommend probiotics to help with their sensitive tummies. Probiotics worked wonders for us and it wasn't till we started that that i noticed a big difference in our son. Also, along with giving him that we also switched to an hypoallergenic formula. That also worked wonders as well. Swaddling with a warm cloth to draw up the gas was something that the hospital did for us when we had to take him in for inconsolable crying. The probiotic that we started our son out with was called bio gaia. It's very expensive. It costed$41.00 and in the bottle there was only 26 drops but the doctors swore by it so we used it for a while because he was so colicky. We ened up switching to baby jarrows prohibitive. It also works well. My son will be 2 in June and till this day he is very tempermenatal and keeps me on my toes. I feel so bad for mothers who say their little ones are colicky because I too was once there. Till this day I get a little teary eyed when I tell people how hard it was for me in the beginning. One of the things I had always said to myself to get me through the hard times was "it's not MY FAULT I'm going through what im going through, and its not THEIR FAULT they don't understand" I can't tell you how many times people looked at me dumbstruck when I told them my problems with a colicky child. It's very clear that they might not have had the same problem, and that's ok too! Good luck to you and I wish you all the best!

Amanda - posted on 04/11/2013

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If its colic your probably not going to be able to fix if. Mine had colic from 2-11weeks! Seemed like forever! Drops, stomach runs, swings, bouncers... And the list goes on nothing helps. But just know there is an end😭 good luck it is rough! Unless you have had a baby with colic people have no idea!

Corynne - posted on 04/10/2013

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Pay close attention to what you're eating so you can rule out gas from breastfeeding. Also if it persists and is colic, survival is the only solution until about month 3-4. Easier said than done, i know every day feels like a week. Get as much help and take breaks if possible. Try not to take it personally, I remember with my first son (I was 21) I actually thought I hated him. Just having a baby, hormones are completely out of whack, and nothing you do ever stops the crying, but there's hope, it will pass. My daughter did not have colic and I thought it was a breeze. Hopefully this isn't to depressing, just wanted to share in case you had similar feelings, they're normal but tough.

Adela - posted on 04/05/2013

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That sounds like a great idea . Thank you! I'm hoping something will work out soon . :( he has his two month appointment soon so I'm hoping the Doc will also be able to help .

Sarah - posted on 04/05/2013

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Try keeping a log of what you eat, when you feed, and baby's mood. It might be something that you are eating that is not agreeing with him.

Adela - posted on 04/05/2013

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Hi Lindsey ,
I'm currently using both breast milk and formula , but mostly breast milk .

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