Does anyone have any ideas how to deal with Colic?

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Angel - posted on 03/27/2009

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I was told all my life that colic was from gas. My second son cried a lot, most of the time his "fits" were in the afternoon. Speaking w/his peditrician she suggested that gas was not always the problem w/colic babies. She said some babies are just over stimulated. Babies are so cute everyone wants to hold them touch, and sometimes its a lil overwhelming. She suggested I take him to quiet,dark room. Anytime he became extra fussy I would go to his bedroom, no lights, no tv, and sit and hold him close quietly. If I was in public I carried a blanket around w/me and hold him and cover him up(it look like I was nurseing him), but still to this day He loves that blanket. I hope this helps, It sure did for me.

Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2009

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My favorite remedies:
-5 S's from Karp's "Happiest Baby on the Block"
-Swaddle-Me Blankets by Kiddopatomus
-Wearing her in a sling
-Eliminating dairy from my diet (while nursing)/soy based formula
The last one was tough for me, but turned out to be the cause of much of her colic.

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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There are only TWO things that cause a colicky baby....GAS and ACID REFLUX. If you think that you have treated the gas then maybe see the doctor for the acid reflux. If the baby is formula fed, you may need to switch. If the baby is breast fed, it may be something you're eating. Either way switching the formula or your diet, should be the answer that you're looking for. Be patient, it might take a bit to figure out!

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Lisa - posted on 12/04/2011

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I'd have to agree with Tara. My mother-in-law kept assuming my son had colic and I refused to believe her. I was right. You can't just say a baby has colic when you don't know what's wrong. When my son looked 'colicky', I simply tried different holding positions. One he liked was the superman hold, similar to holding a puppy, belly resting on your arm so their head faces outwards and they can look around. Or I'd lay him on his belly with a cushion on my lap and either bounce or swivel him gently, sometimes massaging his back. This usually calmed him down.

Huana - posted on 12/04/2011

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We used Brauer (think thats how you spell it) colic releif. You can get it from a health food shop and even some chemists. Worked a treat

Heidi - posted on 11/30/2011

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Catnip and Fennel, several drops in formula or can rub on bottom of feet or try peppermint oil.

User - posted on 03/30/2009

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I know this is crazy, I waited until the last resort to try it, but it is an old country remedy to give your baby catnip tea. You can get it in tea bags, and yes it is literally catnip! So keep the kittys away, my cat got into the box and spread it all over the house! I also saw a little blanket thing in a catalog the other day that vibrates, I also would put Jacob on the dryer so the vibrations would help. I hope something helps, my suggestion about vibrations are kind of opposite of Angel's b/c it is stimulation, but you could still do the vibrations in a quiet room!

Carly - posted on 03/27/2009

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Hi Shannon. Well with my daughter who is 2 now. I found that Infacoll worked quite well, You put it in his bottle or in his mouth before breastfeeding. And soothing music can help. All the best

Rebecca - posted on 03/26/2009

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We had great luck using Wellements Gripe Water for Colic. It's an all-natural, organic formula that eases gastrointestinal distress using ginger, fennel & chamomile.

If you're looking for more natural remedies, you should check out my group "Alternative Birth & Mothering".

Krystal - posted on 03/26/2009

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my 2nd child had colic really bad she couldnt sleep whic means I couldnt sleep. I went for almost a week with only 8 hours of sleep.I would try switching the formula. We switched to alimenum (similac) it really helped the night we switched her I was able to get some sleep. so it really did some good. Also swaddling helped after we switched the formula. I hope this helps. Good Luck!!!!!

Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2009

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Gripe water, Gripe water, Gripe water!!!!! Worked great for us. It is available at Walgreens or Meijers. All natural, works for colic, gas, tummy ache, and hiccups yup hiccups. It is great I promise. Our son was very colicky with bad reflux and this worked great. We now only use it right before bed, and he sleeps better, less fussy.

Jennifer - posted on 03/26/2009

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My second baby had colic...it shocked me b/c I thought breastfed babies couldn't be colicky....WRONG! She does have acid reflux and is on Zantac for that but that was an easy fix. She was also sensitve to the cow's milk protein (casein protein) in my diet!!! I had to cut out all dairy products for the first 4 months. It takes a newborn's digestive system 3-4 months to mature so this is why colic usualy only lasts that long. I ate a ton of dairy so it took me 3 weeks to get it out of my system and hers but after that she was A NEW BABY!!! Sometimes cutting out dairy can make a difference in 48 hours. Also, Baby's Bliss Gripe Water helped a lot too for those long nights of crying. If you are formula feeding try swtiching to a hypoallergenic formula like Nutrimagen or Alimentum. Hope this helps!

Brandy - posted on 03/26/2009

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Both my children were colic. Like one of the other moms said, there is usually some underlying issue that is causing it that the doctors can't find. With both my kids it turned out to be acid reflux.



We switched to Carnation Good Start Soy and the pediatrician put them on a medication called Axid. We would put a few ML droppers into their bottles twice a day. The colic stopped because the acid reflux was kept under control. Even though both still had issues with it every now and again even with the medication, I was able to get my sanity back. After they started eating solid food, it disappeared completely.



 



We also found they slept better if they were elevated or on their stomachs. Doctor said it was okay to let them sleep on their stomachs during the day as long as I was there watching them, but to put them on their back sand elevate the bed by putting books or blocks under the "feet" of the bassinet.

Katie - posted on 03/26/2009

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dont know where your from but in the u.k you can get something called infacol you give your baby a dropper ful before a feed and it breakes up the large bubbles of air so its easier for the baby to bring them up, work for my daughter. good luck

Tara - posted on 03/26/2009

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Quoting Shannon:

Does anyone have any ideas how to deal with Colic?
try colic tablet, and take two tablets , dip it in the water with spoon and give to the baby. it will help less gas and colic. i did with my both kids :) if u need any, message me thru facebook, tara :)


tara








 

Sarah - posted on 03/25/2009

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Give baby Gripe Water. Its clear and tasteless and you can give it in the bottle or with a dropper or something straight into the mouth. I have found it works instantly and better than the expensive colic medications. You just buy it at the supermarket.

Tara - posted on 02/25/2009

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if u dont know what to do with the colic, try colic tablet , in any store. it will help. give two tablets and dip in water in teaspoon. it will help. i have done with my two kids. it works. :)

if need any advice, message me thur this or find me on facebook, tara lawrence. take care. :)

tara

Shannon - posted on 02/25/2009

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I used baby gas ex and gripe water in the beginning. It was a life saver. Later I found out that she had silent acid reflux, so my ped prescribed Zantac. It worked! She is now 3 months old and is no longer colic. Woo hoo. I hope you find a solution quick for your baby's colic. My baby had both gas and reflux, not just one or the other. Also I am breast feeding so I went through the whole elimation diet too. Your baby could be allergic to something. Either way your ped and you of all people should know best :) Follow your mommy instincts!

Lynette - posted on 02/25/2009

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Prayer. Lots & lots of prayer that you will keep your sanity. LOL. Good luck to you! Make sure to ask for help if you are feeling overwhelmed. Don't try to handle it alone.

Amber - posted on 02/25/2009

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Both of my children have had acid reflux or (GER). My family doctor does not believe in colic and I am so glad because he prescribed acid reflux medication and it worked wonders. Remember when speaking with your doctor that they work for you and you have a right to be responsible for your childs care and how you would like to go about it.



Good luck.

Amber - posted on 02/25/2009

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Both of my children have had acid reflux or (GER). My family doctor does not believe in colic and I am so glad because he prescribed acid reflux medication and it worked wonders. Remember when speaking with your doctor that they work for you and you have a right to be responsible for your childs care and how you would like to go about it.



Good luck.

Cat - posted on 02/25/2009

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My baby hasn't been born, but I started collecting old remedies:

Add a tiny bit of maple syrup (for taste) to 4 oz of water, and then add 1/2 tsp baking soda.

Catherine - posted on 02/25/2009

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When all else fails put them in the carseat and drive and drive and drive. My first and third were very colicy. Long drives were all that would help. Infants are more or less a digestive system at this age and until they develop and grow nothing really helps. I don't think it has to do with formula or stress. A tummy ache in an underdeveloped gut. Time and taking care of yourself will see you through. Good luck.

Megan - posted on 02/25/2009

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Everyone is assuming you're formula-feeding. If you're breastfeeding, it's my understanding that if you drop milk and wheat from *your* diet, it'll stop colic in your baby. I didn't have this problem--nursed for 11 mos.-- but my midwife has documentation of it in others and she never once steered me wrong.

Laurie - posted on 02/25/2009

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i am NOT a chiropractor, but I do go to one and it has helped me.  I read that chiropractic care cures colic.  I don't have a collicy baby so I can't do more than suggest.



I only imagine how exhausted you must be, so it could be worth a try. Good luck!

Kathy - posted on 02/25/2009

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When my son had colic my pediatrian recommended fennel tea.

I tried it and it worked. You can get fennel tea in an organic grocery store.

Stephanie - posted on 02/25/2009

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My daughter was so colicky and many nights I wondered what in the world di I get myself into! My suggestion is to try Gripe Water! It is all natural(made of ginger root and fenel seed) and is made by The Little Tummies brand! It worked really well for my daughter! U can find it at Babies R Us and/or CVS. Its about 9 dollars a bottle but lasts a couple weeks. It was a life saver to me and dont know that we would have gotten through it with out it! Good Luck adn hang in there, it does eventually stop! I could see a difference at 4 months and then by six months she was a totally different child! My prayers go out to u!

Christine - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi there, Both my girls had mild colic untill they were about 5 months old.



Some techniques that worked for us....



 



Message the belly after a meal (helps break up air bubbles  ad helps calm baby)



laying baby on the belly for a nap (supervised of course..never alone if baby cant lift  or support head)



We also used the vaccum for the times the screaming and crying got unbarable (they fell asleep instantly) If you cant have the vaccum on during the night try any static noise like from a radio I even used the bathroom fan.



I also gave my girls organic herbal Fennel tea (very light and they drank it between meals) our ped. actually recommnded it. **We bought the actual fennel herbs so there is no chems or added caffine. Great for the tummy and digestion.



long car rides....Something about the motion of the car made them just pass out. 



We did switch bottles and noticed a bit of a difference as well.



LOts and lots of patience! Its tough but it wont last very long. ***#1 thing...if you get frustrated and cant handle the crying  put your baby in the crib and leave the room! Get your mind off the baby for a few minutes and relax. Once your ready then go attend to the baby.  Colic can be really Difficult to deal with and if you dont have help around leaving your baby for a few seconds (safe in the crib) is a good idea.



 



 



Good luck and hang in there.



 

Rosa - posted on 02/25/2009

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My mom always told me to boil some water and add a pinch of oregano boil for a minute add a little sugar and cool enough for the baby to drink.  also camamille tea the same prep.

Sai - posted on 02/25/2009

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I've found that using Avent bottles help because of the way they are designed. It reduces gas. Also burping them really well helps as well. Bouncing them on your knee is the best was with my 6 month old.  Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 02/25/2009

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a vibrating chair does really well. if you don't want to spend the money put your baby in the car seat and put the seat on the dryer and start the dryer. my aunt did that with my cousin and my doc told me to do it with my son.

Ruth - posted on 02/25/2009

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We recorded the sound of the vaccum onto cd....it calms the babies instantly and puts them to sleep. Youhave to put it on pretty loud. Also, use a noise machine in the nursery and put it on white noise, trust me this stuff works, and instantly too.

User - posted on 02/25/2009

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Hi Shannon...



My name is Aimee Shaw and I am an independent distributor for a company called Market America. We offer a product called Ultimate Aloe. A friend of mine had a child that suffered from acid reflux. She put the aloe juice in one of those med pacifiers and gave it to her son and said the difference was overnight! If you'd like to look it up or read about it you can find it on my website. www.rakeshoppe.com . It's all natural and may be worth a shot! My father in law takes it for chronic heartburn instead of chewing on Pepcid all day.  Good luck and keep your chin up!

Kimberly - posted on 02/25/2009

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My older son had colic for about 4 months. He ended up having Reflux. I would bounce him gently on a rubber exercise ball holding him very close to me. This always worked for him and also really helped firm up my backside and abs:) I was on it for a few hours every day. Make sure you take some quiet time away. Meditation always helped me too. It will pass in time! Good luck!

Tanya - posted on 02/25/2009

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what worked with my kids is 1 tsp of karo syrup to a 8oz bottle of spring water, you might have to add another tsp full.

Allen9612 - posted on 02/25/2009

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The best advise I can give you is to be sure to nap frequently. It is very hard to deal with my first had Colic. Get the vented bottles that release the air bubbles from the bottle or get the bottles that take the bag these hold less air, also the baby anti gas drops are really great. One hold that my son would always calm down to be able to sleep is to hold him with pressure on his belly by having your hand apply some pressure there. You can do this by holding him like a football facing away from you where his head rest at the bend of your elbow and lightly swing or bounce with him. worked like a charm for me. We had the most trouble around 2-6 in the morning.

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i had a friend with a colic baby and they took their child to a chiropractor and the baby no longer had colic. sometimes their joints are out of place from child birth and all it take is one adjustment. i have heard from a lot of moms who have tried this and it works

Shelley - posted on 02/25/2009

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New studies show that colic can be stress related. Semms silly that an infant would have stress, but they are really operating on instincts and are very in tune to their surroundings. I have also had other moms tell me that colic has turned out to be a reaction to formula or even acid reflux. And if all else fails, I too have used the bottle of wine method! LOL

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Colic sucks. Big time. I honestly understood how someone could get to the point of shaking a baby with my second. I didn't do it, of course, but I could at least see why it would happen.

Someone already mentioned "The Happiest Baby on the Block". It's a great book. Are you co-sleeping? I found that could buy us a few extra precious minutes of sleep sometimes. If mommy (and booby!) was immediately available, there was less screaming during the middle-of-the-night wake-ups. I ended up letting her sleep on her stomach, and that seemed to help some.

If nothing else, this will get better in a few months. Small comfort when you're staring down the barrel of another all-night scream-fest, but it bears repeating. Hang in there!

Tara - posted on 02/25/2009

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I would certainly agree with Demetra - when mama's frustrated, babies know instantly.  And it makes sense that investigating what the child eats is a good start....

Demetra - posted on 02/25/2009

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first of all be patient, i know people say these to you, but seriously if you are nervous baby is nervous.  keep matress a little elevated so the acid reflux is less bothersome. (think of when you had heartburn when you were preg).  i eventually switched to good start formula, that helped a lot.  If it continues on for a while...ask the doctor if its acid reflux, baby may need some meds to alleviate the pain...



the bouncy vibrating chair was my savior..she would sllep in it at night as well...i believe that th elevation helped her stomach..and the vibration helped her relax with that constant movement



when it was time for baby to nap..i would put her on the carpet to fall asleep on her stomach.  i believe the pressure on her stomach helped allieviate the gas..of course do not leave your babys sight.



i promise it will get better, it seems like hell, but just take a breather

Kristina - posted on 02/25/2009

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have you read happiest baby on the block? The 5 S's really help to calm any baby.

Tara - posted on 02/25/2009

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I've always had a morbid fascination with colicky babies.  The literature that I've come across tends to suggest that the key is coming to the source of the problem - that "colic" is just something doctors use because they can't figure out what's bothering the child and the child certainly cannot communicate enough to tell you.  How old is the baby?

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