colic? HELP

Carolann - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 45 moms have responded )

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from around 7pm my little girl screams the place down, shes fed has a clean nappy and got ready for bed, but screams and screams. and nothing seems to sooth her. She is only 2 weeks old and im coming up to a night alone with her, so any hints or tips on how to solve this problem would be really really useful x

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Brandy - posted on 09/01/2009

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After reading the post about the chamomile tea and honey - I would HIGHLY suggest NOT giving your 2 week old tea or HONEY! Never feed your baby honey before - at the very least - age 1 as it carries spores of Botulism!!!

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Bernice - posted on 09/28/2016

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Babies magic tea is an organic herbal supplement best for newborns with colic. I have used the tea with both my babies and it worked wonder.

TaraLovinJahzariah - posted on 09/18/2009

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It usually take a couple of days for air colic to leave but keep your baby wrapped up when you go out and in the house around air

Lindsey - posted on 09/18/2009

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ihave the answers you seek lol as a mother to a very sick little boy when he was a baby this is what an old indian doctor told me if they have colic and nothing seems to help than boil some onion water and put a little bit of sugar in it to make it sweet to them and give itt to her ina 4 oz bottle let her drink about a 4th of it cures it instantly also i hear peppermint water works and there is also a way you can hold her called the colic hold put your right arm between her legs lay her on her belly on your arm and use your other one to brace and pat her back maybe this will get you some releif

Kathy - posted on 09/18/2009

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had to leave my little colic twin sleaping under the extractor fan over the cooker for 3months. the sound of the fan soothed him. nothing else worked and i tried everything......

Yasmina - posted on 09/09/2009

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first , take care what you eat if you breastfeeding ! no brokoli , bins, chocolate,nuts ,cabage , .. all this food will be very beed for your baby tummy , this food is very bad for her is to hard for the beggining ,also do the masagge on her tummy down gently massage around her umblicius from left to right how to clock working , put her something hot to relax her muscles ,and also you can try some drops "colic" is very good and is ok for new born , i hope you understand my bad english but i try to help you

Rosemarie - posted on 09/09/2009

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My daughter was very little when she was born and had to stay in the hospital for a long time. The one good thing about that, were the nurses and doctors being able to see how she reacted to certain things. She would scream a lot when she was an infant and doing some tests, found out that she had bad acid reflux. When finding this out there were certain things that we did to help, beside give her medicine:

1) Doctor wanted her to be on a slant when she would lay down.

2) Her formular was mixed with oatmeal to make it thick, so that there is not that much acid reflux coming up.

3) She slept better on her tummy vs. her stomach because of it.

They told me that there really is no such thing as a "colicy" baby and that it just means that there is something else wrong with them. Lucky we were able to find out quick.

Samantha - posted on 09/08/2009

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the book "the happiest baby on the block" and the C.D. I think there is a DVD too. Try the web site, colichelp.com. Saved my life! I don't think there is a cure for colic, but definately things to help you get through it.

Rhonda - posted on 09/08/2009

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My grandaughter had colic. We found a pro-biotic on the internet called Bio Gaia. It did the trick. Check with your pharmacist. Also google it for all the info.

Amanda - posted on 09/08/2009

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you should not feed your baby honey!!!!! please, please do not feed them honey!!!

CINDY - posted on 09/08/2009

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oh I am sorry, I have been there my daughter did the exact same thing. Unfortunately there isn't a lot for colic. My husband use to hold her on his arm, laying her tummy down the length of his arm so that her head was at his hand. It seemed the pressure helped her somewhat and she didn't cry quite as much. Definately talk to your pediatrician there are other medications out there that might help her. Hang in there :)

Kathryn - posted on 09/08/2009

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Good luck. there is nothing you can reallly do as COLIC is just a term no one knows the cause of actually. The chiropractor is a great help and you will see a difference.I suffered for 3 months straight. and then realised i have a very cryie baby, he is two now, and still cries for nothing - my husband and i think we are going to go insane soon. - again good luck

Lisa - posted on 09/06/2009

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If you are using formula you can put the gas drops right in the bottle! Good luck:-)

Carolann - posted on 09/06/2009

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hey everyone thanks so much for ur help amazingly after some infacol and a change in bottles, she is not kicking off at all and had a relativly easy time with her no screaming just lots of mummy and daugthter time swadling ive done since she was born and she does love that. thank you 2 everyone!!! xx

Judith - posted on 09/04/2009

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oh am sure your wrecked carolann i would try infacol it is drops you put into the babys bottle before every feed they helped with me, if your saying its frm 7pm onwards i would try to bath her around half 6 as it tires babys out and wrap her in blanket tight with her arms in put her in her pram put either tumble dryer , washine machine are even running water these sound sooth a baby , the calmer you can try and keep her comeing up to her colic stage the better .

And remember to take time away and hand over to someone else as it gets VERY stressfull my daughter is only 8weeks old so am in the same boat



take care

Marcelle - posted on 09/04/2009

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There is some really good advice here, I would just like to add that some babies will just cry and there is not necessarily something wrong with them. My first child seemed to have what is loosely termed "colic". When he was 6 weeks old I had tried just about everything and then someone mentioned going to a chiropractor - shock horror!!!! I phoned up Dr Lionel Marinus, a chiropractor in SA Randburg and in just ten days the crying stopped completely. He did explain the principle to me unfortunately I would not be doing it any justice if I tried to explain it. On that note my second child also cried and NOTHING worked until my mother accidentally crumpled a crisp packet and he stopped crying. He loves the sound of the crisp packet crumpling and we even use it to sooth him before bed time - strange but true!!

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We used homeopathic colic drops. It didnt solve the problem completely but it still made a huge difference. If its gas (rather than colic) then we have recently discovered that lying her on her back and gently rolling her legs up as if to put her toes in her mouth a couple of times helps to push it out. Good news is that it does pass! Good luck to you :)

Suzzanne - posted on 09/04/2009

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i found that lying across the knees on theire tummy while gentle patting there back and a bit of sugar water helps to remove trapped wind

Allison - posted on 09/03/2009

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I see a lot of good advice here...but if nothing works, please don't get discouraged...it will eventually get better!! My 7 year old had TERRIBLE colic and I'm afraid to say that NOTHING worked consistently. She was our first child, so we got more and more stressed, which I think made her worse. Her "witching hour" was between about 5 and 8 p.m. My best advise is just to know that it WILL get better...do your best to stay calm and ask friends and family for help so you have a break once in a while. My baby really turned the corner when she turned about 6 months old and started crawling...she immediately made a 180 and became an incredibly happy baby. We had 2 more kids after her and neither one of them was anywhere close to that bad. In fact my 2nd child at one point slept 18-20 hours per day!!! He would basically nurse like a field, belch like a trucker, poop and go right back to sleep. Good luck and think positive thoughts!

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Try raising the cot head a little. My little girl has reflux, we found by slightly raising the bed head she settled. Even try putting a nightie of yours under her head she can then smell you.

Tracy - posted on 09/03/2009

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Both of my kids went through this! The were both born naturally, breast fed and supplemented with formula! Swaddling was the best thing for mine! Mylicon was helpful for my son, but not my daughter as much! We changed my daughter's formula to Infamil Gentlease and it was like a light switch! Also starting cereal at 6 weeks made a big difference for both of them! They were really gassy but that wasn't always the problem! I swaddled them both very tightly and it was instantly calming for them! I had to show my babysitters and all the grandparents how to do it my way so that they could calm her as well! (My second was way worse than my first!) Oh and I totally recommend a pacifier! I was dead set against them with my first child but as the crying got worse and I ran out of ideas, he got one and it helped him calm down a little more often on his own!



Good luck, you'll get through it and don't be afraid to ask family or friends for help if you need it! Everyone who's delt with a fussy baby has had to ask for help at some point!



P.S. Don't give her anything besides breast milk or formula for at least another month and then don't use honey or corn syrup cause it isn't good for them! (plain water works just as well)

Shawna - posted on 09/03/2009

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My daughter was the same way, and nothing worked...until finally someone told me to lay her on the floor and turn the vaccum on. They said that loud noises soothe babies with caulic. The vaccum didn't really work for my daughter, but what did was taking her into the bathroom, shutting the door, and turning on the bathroom fan or vent. Our fan was really loud, so this was totally soothing to her. You may want to try both. Swaddling her in a blanket works well. Some people are against pacifiers, although it is a really soothing tool for a colicy baby. If you are breastfeeding, you could maybe look at some of the things you are eating...maybe milk is irritating to her. Although, sometimes nothing works...then you have to just take deep breaths and try to stay calm and get rest when you can!

Amanda - posted on 09/03/2009

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What does she do physically when she is crying like this? Is kinda arching her back? It could be acid reflux...I thought my daughter had colic, dealt with the crying for 5 mths, was hard to diagnose because she did not spit up alot...then the dr. witnessed one of the episodes and diagnosed it to be acid reflux, got her on the medicine and she was a different child immediately.

Thea - posted on 09/03/2009

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fyi - colic can also be a sign of allergy - my daughter was terribly colicky - for 3 months I didn't get a bit of rest - she would start screaming about 1/2 hr after I fed her and cry for hours - her dr said it was nothing, to ignore it and she would 'grow out of it' - nothing to worry about as long as she was gaining weight - BUT, it turned out she was allergic to milk!
Try a different formula.
I breastfed my second, and had no colic at all.
Also, I've heard that if you have gas (the mask kind) during delivery, that it causes or contributes to the baby having colic, which I did with my first, but not with my second.
You definitely have my sympathy!
If you are breastfeeding and your baby has colic, try eliminating onions, chocolate and caffeine from your diet. Other foods are sometimes culprits, too.

Betsy - posted on 09/01/2009

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My daughter was this way, she is now 20 but I can remember those grueling days! THe only thing that would calm her was a walk outside or a car ride. My Dr. explained to me it was thought to be brought on my their liitle systems receiving too much stimulation and they didn't know how to handle it. Nothing we were doing wrong, only that because they are so young, they are learning to adjust to everything. SHe eventually stopped as she got older, probably a couple of weeks or a month. Just ride it out, they need to release and that is how they do it! Good luck.

Candice - posted on 09/01/2009

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as for calming...i used the sound of the running shower, or the sound of the stove exhaust fan. and a LOT of bouncing on my knee.

Candice - posted on 09/01/2009

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Quoting Irene:

Old remidy is chamomile tea. Boil it strain it and put a couple drops of honey and feed the baby just slightly warm. Also when you put a warm towel on their tummy it comforts them. Make sure to always fully burp the baby after every feeding.



no honey for baby under a year! it could contain botulism spores!

Tamra - posted on 09/01/2009

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Quoting Irene:

Old remidy is chamomile tea. Boil it strain it and put a couple drops of honey and feed the baby just slightly warm. Also when you put a warm towel on their tummy it comforts them. Make sure to always fully burp the baby after every feeding.


Don't give her baby honey - it can actually make them really sick - fyi

Tabatha - posted on 09/01/2009

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A dotor told me to swaddle my baby. Wrap her in a blanket with her arms down inside the blanket...lay her on your arm tummy down and pat her back while you are slightly bouncing her and make a "sh" ing sound. This worked wonders for my little girl when she had colic. She should grow out of it by the time she is 3 months old.



Here is a link for you to read up on the technique

http://www.parenting.com/article/Baby/He...



Good luck

Brandy - posted on 09/01/2009

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Again would not recommend the catnip tea (??!!)...babies are not to have any other liquid besides breastmilk or formula unless recommended by your doctor!! Especially at 2 weeks old!!!

April - posted on 09/01/2009

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This is not scientific but I had a customer from Kentucky. And we where talking about home remedy's. He told me Catnip tea gets rid of Colic. He said he had his family doctor mention this one couple was having a terrible time with colic and he told the doctor thats what the did in Ky. And the next time they came in they told him it worked great. Some people grow some in the back yard for their cats. I know my sister does. Boil some in water and put a little sugar in bottle. Let it cool down and give it a try.

Alissa - posted on 09/01/2009

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My son had Colic so I feel for you in so many ways. He is now 4 but I remember everyday at 3:00 pm, he would just lose control and cry. Here are a few things we did that helped but each day he perferred one over the other so I would just try one of them till it would calm him down alittle.



1. Mylacon. It is safe enough to give with every feeding or every hour.

2. I would walk around, holding him so he is facing forward and bounce him a little while I walked.

3. I would put one of his receiving blankets in the dryer or for faster results, wet it a little and put it in the mircowave for 10 to 15 seconds. Not to hot, just so it is warm and I would put it on his tummy between the two of us while I held him.

4. Try putting your child in their carseat and setting them on the washer or dryer while it is running. The vibration helps.



Those are a few a my tips. I can't think of them all but if I do I will post some more. Good luck and just know that it does get better and then you will look back on this and wonder how you got through it or not even remember it much anymore anyway.

Nicole - posted on 09/01/2009

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Colic can be a symptom of something or just because. Two of my three had (has) it - because of acid reflux and food sensitivies in my diet. In the long run, check out any patterns. If it's reflux mine happened all day, no matter what time of day but were worse at certain points of the day. If it's food sensitivity if you're bf you need to keep track of what you eat keeping in mind it can take more than a few hours to react. If you're using formula a switch may be in order.



To get through the night remember you can lay the baby down for a few minutes if you absolutely can't take it. If you can get out and take a walk (baby in arms or sling if able). That always seemed to help mine calm down somewhat. Make sure baby's comfortable and know that this will end sooner rather than later! I don't know about the otc meds or else I'd comment. You can do this!

Brandy - posted on 09/01/2009

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I know what you're going through! We called it the 'Witching Hour'!! The products that worked the best for our little guy was Gripe water - available at your pharmacy or at Rite Aid/Walgreens/WalMart/Target (brand name does not matter - the ingredients are the same - mostly ginger) and Hylands homeopathic colic tablets - they dissolve very quickly and WORK. For future, they also make teething tablets and sniffles and sneezes for colds. Great products. We also would lay him belly down across our legs and either rock or sway back and forth while firmly patting either bum or back. If you're nursing, do your best to make sure she is latched on well, and if you're bottle feeding not sucking air from the bottle. And regardless of how you're feeding - try burping after every single feeding. And lastly, try swaddling - having that blanket nice and snug plus the warmth may help soothe her. Take a deep breath, relax and dab some Lavender oil on the back of your neck (if you're uptight, they can feel that tension!) and just do the best you can. If you ever feel yourself on the verge of losing control, put her down in a safe place and leave the room until you gather your wits. Suggestions based on personal experience! Hope they help...

MELISSA - posted on 09/01/2009

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TRY A WARM WASH CLOTH OR IF YOU HAVE AN OLD ICE PACK THAT HAS THE SCREW LID ON IT FILL IT WITH WARM WATER AND PLACE IT ON THEIR BELLY. THAT ALWAYS HELPED MY LITTLE BOY.

Irene - posted on 09/01/2009

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Old remidy is chamomile tea. Boil it strain it and put a couple drops of honey and feed the baby just slightly warm. Also when you put a warm towel on their tummy it comforts them. Make sure to always fully burp the baby after every feeding.

Allison - posted on 09/01/2009

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for my boys we did alot of tummy time during the day, or laying on top of a boppy to push the gases through they're system. theres gripe water, that didnt really work for a good while. the big help other then the tummy time was dr.brown bottles. they were great. good luck!

Kathy - posted on 09/01/2009

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Are you formula feeding? My son did the same thing and the doctor switched his formula and now he is very happy after eating

Stephanie - posted on 09/01/2009

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they sell these little tablets at walmart ( or most places that sell baby stuff) called colic tablets... they also have teething tablets which i used for both my girls and they worked great. as for the gas the mylicon never worked for my kids. i tried a thing called gripe water... it has ginger in it to settle their little tummies. its all natural too. if nothing works ask your doctor. my second baby had acid reflux which caused her to be very cranky and needed some medication. hope this helps.... good luck!

Natasha - posted on 09/01/2009

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my daughter had it from when she was few weeks old and to begin with i had a week of no sleep as this was when it affected her most! but you can get colic drops from the chemist which i found helped alot with her. i was also told by health visitor to try calming her down by cuddling etc as the more she screamed the worse it made her colic. It was hard when they are screaming but it sorted it self out eventually!

Jennifer - posted on 09/01/2009

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Yes my last baby was the same way...and seemed to be gas every time. Buy lots of gas drops! Lying her belly down on my legs and patting her back or bottom helped also. I had to do it somewhat hard for mine to stop crying.

September - posted on 09/01/2009

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It sounds like you may have a gassy baby on your hands. My son was that way when he was 2 weeks old. I used Mylicon drops which seemed to work really well. He also enjoyed laying on my lap tummy down. Good luck!

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