I have a 6 week old baby boy. Any advice on help with colic?

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Staci - posted on 11/19/2008

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My son was colic, he is 11 now but I would put the hand held vaccuum next to him in his crib and the noise and the vibration would calm him down, enough so I could get my sanity back! His colic stopped at exactly 4 months old! So there is hope for your future, Just relax take a deep breath or more! And get lots of help if you can!

Good luck!

User - posted on 11/18/2008

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my baby had gas problems. and was a little colic b/c of this. it does go away hang in there. Some things that i tried was hoding him on his tummy it releases the gas. watch what you eat big time, b/c that is a big factor. coffee, spicy, chocolate, cabbage, garlic and onions were a big one for me. just don't eat them and see if there is any change. Keep him swaddled for as long as he likes it, if you can massage his stomach, press in circular motions light pressure arounf the stomach and bladder. lift his legs to his stomach like a crunch...little things like that..thats what i did...daegan is 4 1 /2 months and sleeps through the night, i thought he would never get there. One thing a girl I know tried was a chiropractor she took her baby in for 3 sessions and that worked, maybe that is something you want to try. But usually it is just their little insides trying to figure everything out.



ps. you can also try sleeping him on his stomach i tried that 2 and slep through the night both times when he was colic, i know it is not recommened now a days but he was fine and comfortable and I felt great, he hasn't done it since but those 2 times were great. or put a warm water bottle on his spot where he sleeps and when ready for bed remove the bottle and lie him on the warm spot, that really really worked for us. good luck, and if none of this works, it will end don't worry.



the breast feeding thing, they told me to breast feed Daegan both sides for 20 mins. he never did that, I breast fed him on one boob for about 10-15 min, or until he was finished, then I would feed on the other boob next time he was ready to eat for the same time or until he was finished. every baby is diff. don't let the doctors or anyone else make you feel like you are dloing anything wrong.

Jennifer - posted on 11/19/2008

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I have 4 month old twins and we had a little colic.... we did Chiropractic, they do just pressure points... they have slept their nights since 10 weeks and no more colic. noticed a difference after the first visit....

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Abigail - posted on 10/07/2015

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You better test the babies magic tea. The product is not a prescription and totally free of any side effect. I've tried for my own child and found very good results.

Karen - posted on 11/19/2008

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I thought my 4th baby had colic, and nothing was helping.

Then I happened upon a book called The Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. I strongly urge you to find it and read it, it changed my and mine babys life. Within 1and a half of days of implementing her stratagies, which are not difficult, my baby no longer had "colic" She never did, I cannot tell you how much this book saved me.

Diane - posted on 11/19/2008

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my daughter was the same and i would be out driving in the car to calm her, my sister in law advised infacol. what a ifesaver!! have used it since on the other kids and reccommend every time that question asked!! good luck

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My daughter was very similar, and it got worse around 6 weeks. I was breastfeeding and she would pull away and get very upset. She never slept for more than 45 minutes at a time! Everything people have suggested on here did not work! We took her to the doctor and she guessed she had acid reflux and put her on some meds. It seemed to work some. Then my husband remembered that he and his sisters were allergic to milk until they were about 2 or 3. It causes a lot of those symptoms. You may need to stay away from dairy for a couple weeks and see if your son improves. I read it takes 7-10 days for the dairy to get out of your and his systems. Also, for gas or acid reflux my doc said to give her Mylanta. It's the same as Mylicon an MUCH cheaper!

User - posted on 11/19/2008

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swaddle him and rock him in your arms while patting his bum in a rythmic motion, this helped and still puts my baby to sleep, babies like a constant noise or rythmic motions, vibrations etc...

Angela - posted on 11/19/2008

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my son who is 8 now, had colic so bad we were up day and night for 5 months, the one thing that seemed to help or at least take some of the edge off for him, we would take a receiving blanket and put it in the dryer, get it real warm and fold it up in a long square then put inside his sleeper over the onsie and then swaddle him with another blanket, my husband would then hold my son on his stomach in the recliner and sit with him until he seemed soothed a bit, we still had trouble most nights, but this blanket idea helped some and just a little bit of help is worth it. Hope it does not last as long as my sons did, thinking of you and good luck

Joy - posted on 11/19/2008

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Colic has to run it's course. Try a formula that is easier on the tummy if you are formula feeding. (like Similac Sensitive or Enfamil Gentlease) Or if you are breastfeeding, then just keep at it. My son had colic for 3 months...I thought it would never end...but it did. We kept my son swaddled alot when he had his screaming fits. We also used played soothing music. Shushing him helped get him to sleep. We also did a lot of late night car rides (the vibrations of the car would put him to sleep) The lactation consultant told us to use Chamomile tea. It is all natural and can't hurt any size baby. It just relaxes the tummy and makes it easier for them to fall asleep. I mixed it 3 oz of water to 1 oz of tea. It worked wonders. If you don't want to do the tea, there is a tummy soother medicine..all natural. It is Gentle Naturals Tummy Soother..I get it at Walgreens. It has chamomile and ginger in it. It does the same as the chamomile tea does. I think it runs about $5 a bottle...and inside the box, there is a $1 coupon for it.

Good luck!!

Carol - posted on 11/19/2008

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I suggest you get the book The Happiest Baby On The Block. My Doctor recommended that for me and it really had some great advice. Don't forget the 5 S's!! If you do the right, they REALLY work!! Don't feel bad if you just have to set him down and let him cry if you feel like you have reached the end of your rope. He will be ok. Good luck!!

User - posted on 11/19/2008

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Have you tried warm baths and baby massage? Colic is essentially trapped wind my daughter had it for what felt like ages, they do grow out of it although I can say for definate when, with my daughter it was 16 weeks but I know mums who said it was earlier than that with their child. Another thing that may help is changing the milk you feed him if he is on formula

Sandi - posted on 11/19/2008

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We have a 6 month old daughter who still suffers from reflux, thou no where near as bad as she was when first born, our GP prescribed Infant Gaviscon available at chemist it's not as harsh as Zantac and works wonders we're down to one a day from 3 can give them upto 6 and she was so much more content in 2 days. Don't give up breast feeding formula will make it worse, avoid dairy and soy i drink Zymil milk, I bought a baby hammock from ebay it's easier to keep her elevated she would only sleep on our chest for the first 8 weeks, she also loves to bounce on the fit ball while i'm feeding her or is most upset, most Reflux babies hate bright lights and televisions but love white noise or whales work for our daughter, hang in there what causes the reflux is the little stomach flap is immature and so stomach fluids rise up and burn them when laid flat or trying to feed, however it does correct itself round 6 to 9 months. The best thing i bought was a book called 100 ways to calm the crying by Pinky Mckay, this book has so many tips for reflux and colic babies and it's a real confidence booster.

Patricia - posted on 11/18/2008

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My daughter had colic and was miserable. I put her in a snuggli and vacuumed the apartment every day. She would relax and pass gas while I rocked her back and forth wile vacuuming. It eased her into the evening and she was much more comfortable. I also had the cleanest carpet :-) You can also put her in the car seat and put her on the dryer while it was running, but you have to stay right there.

Vickie - posted on 11/18/2008

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Ok, I am an old mom and this was told to me by my mother-in-law who was ancient when I married her son. in 7 oz of warm water, 1 tsp whiskey, 1 tsp honey and 1 tsp lemon or peppermit. Works pretty good. I know most new moms will probably say no way to this but it was used for many many years for colic.

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I never would have believed it if I hadn't experienced it myself, but the chiropractor worked wonders. My baby was very fussy and would only sleep if he was being held for the first 7 weeks of his life. Around that time, I went to a chiropractor for my back. He said, "If the baby is colicy or not sleeping well, you might want to have me take a look at him." I couldn't hand the baby over fast enough. He did a couple of very tiny, gentle adjustments. That night, my baby slept through the night in his own crib. His fussiness also decreased. Good luck with it.

Nicole - posted on 11/18/2008

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i used the peppermint, i bought it in the spice section in liquid form, it may take a bit of time to work but there isn't anything that works right away. i would have to put my son in the car seat and swing him back and forth, he would cry for6-8 hours, just keep trying new things and before you know it will be gone

Amanda - posted on 11/18/2008

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there is stuff call gripe water or brauer stomach calm. Sometimes if you are breast of bottle feeding it can come out too fast. recline back i had to praticaley lie down cause my milk was too fast. other wise use a slow flow teet or anti colic bottle - i recommend these. good luck

Sarah - posted on 11/18/2008

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Sometimes if you don't want to use drugs/medicine you can try elevating your babies mattress in their cot/bassinette slightly and that can relieve the pressure on their upper body. I did this with my son when he was younger and it helped him sleep a bit better. We didn't use any medicines.

Hope that helps

S

Ashley - posted on 11/18/2008

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Oh wow! Your reply sounds JUST like my son awhen he was born!! I also strictly breastfed. My son would do the same exact thing when he nursed. It was so frusterating that I would dread feeding him. There is nothing in the world more difficult! When my son was around 10 weeks old we went to the doctor because we just couldn't take the screaming and puking anymore. ALL HE DID WAS SCREAM HIS FIRST 10 WEEKS OF LIFE. Finally we narrowed it down and realized that he had a problem with dairy, and even though I was breastfeeding, dairy that I was eating was passing through my milk. I went completely off dairy and literally within 2 or 3 days we had a totally different baby. It was amazing!! My Dr also wanted to put my son on Zantac for acid reflux but I didn't feel it was neccessary considering most babies puke until they eat solids. He is a happy 13 month old now and he puked till the day I stopped nursing. Also, he got over his dairy allergy aroung 6 months old. It will end, I promise!!

Sarah - posted on 11/18/2008

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Talk to his doctor about baby Zantac. I used it on my son when was little and it made a big difference in him. He was able to sleep and so was I. Also I used gas drops from target they were cheaper than the name brand.

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My younger son had colic also. Poor you!!! We tried everything with him - switching formulas, e.t.c.,e.t.c.... The only thing which really helped us was the dryer! My brother had heard of this trick in Lamaze class and it sounds hilarious, but, I tell you what, it works! Put the baby in a baby seat (or even a car seat.) Put him on the dryer, turn the dryer on. Magic! They love the vibrations. It got so bad at my house that I would put him on the dryer and run to the dryer every hour during the night, to keep the buzzer from going off and waking up the baby!

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Hyland colic drops worked well for my daughter and son. You can get them at any health food store. A lot of Publix and Kroger's have them as well. You give them a tablet and repeat every 15 mins for an hour. I know it sounds like a lot but they work. Sort of like homeopathic Gas-X for infants. Hylands also has a lot of other products for teething and such. Worked for me and I kept them at home and in the diaper bag all the time! Hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 11/18/2008

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Since you are breast feeding, he may be tongue tied. My friend's baby was, and would not nurse for more that 30 minutes. Him not sleeping is not normal. A 6 week old should be sleeping any where from 18-22 hours a day. This is something that I would talk to the doctor about now! Was he extremely active while you were carrying him? Most of the time whatever your feeding and sleeping habits were are theirs as well. Maybe you should try a supplemental feeding (with soy milk) for a few day in the morning. The reason for soy milk, is he may not be able to digest the iron from the milk as well as the iron that is put in it.

Jamie - posted on 11/18/2008

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I don't if you are breastfeeding, but if you are.... you may want to try reducing your dairy intake. My son cried a lot and by me reducing my milk (and other dairy products) it helped him tremendously. He does not have any milk allergies (he is now 25 months old). For some reason that helped him. I have also heard about eating spicy foods. It worked for me.... Hope this helps. Thanks, Jamie

Also, I do want to say if you ever get frustrated (I know I did) that it works wonders to just walk away even for a minute (where you cannot hear him cry). Just to calm down and then try to soothe him again. :)

Sharon - posted on 11/18/2008

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Hang in there, it will go away. Sometimes, nothing works except time. My daughter would cry from 5pm - 9 pm every night. I just held her and rocked her. The very day she turned 3 months old, it stopped.

Lorraine - posted on 11/18/2008

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I know when my son was 6 weeks old he suffered alot with colic.I swore by Infacol,it really worked wonders.There is also a homeopathic remedy too that is very good.Hope i have helped

Alla - posted on 11/18/2008

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First of all, I would like to thank all of the replies. I would've relied sooner, but I had a crying baby on my hands. Sounds like I'm not alone. I want to start by answering several of the questions. I am strinkly breast feeding my baby. Although, I do pump and give him a bottle when he is so fussy that he wont take my breast and my husband gives him a bottle at night or if im out for too long. When I put him to the breast, he takes the 1st breast pretty well (most of the time) and stays on it for about 6-12 minutes on average. After he is done with the 1st breast or towards the end of the feeding of the 1st breast he starts kicking his feet and hands and crying and shaking. I try to put him back on the breast and often latches on, but goes crazy while his sucking. I can hear his belly gurgling many times. I've tried burping him when this happens and sometimes it works works and a burp comes out right away, other times he is so uncomfortable he cries and wimplers. It breaks my heart. He also sometimes gets a fart or poop out which seems to give him a bit of relief. I tried Gripewater once and he threw up his whole feeding immediately afterwards so I have not given it to him since. I do use Mylacon drops which work sometimes. I am concerned I am feeding him too much. How long should he be on the breast at 6 weeks old? How many onces of pumped breast milk should i be feeding him.



I have tried the vacuum which quiets him down for a while, but usually he will start crying again. He doesn't sleep in the daytime for more than 45 minutes. Is this ok? I can't get any of my housework done or catch a quick break. The only way I can get him to sleep is if he is swaddled really tight. How long can I keep swaddling him for? At night he sleeps from 1-3 hours at a time. Sometime 3 1/2 if we're lucky. But when he sleeps at night, it isn't sound sleep. He always makes grunting noises and many times I can hear him pooping. Is the grunting in his sleep normal?



More than anyhing, I am learning that a lot of these things don't help and if they do its only temp. The one thing I did learn is patience is key. I will talk to his pediatrician about reflux.



thanks again,



Alla

Leah - posted on 11/18/2008

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There is a product in health food stores called Gripe Water. It's natural and safe for your baby. For my youngest it seemed to work better (and longer) than gas drops.

Amy - posted on 11/18/2008

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My boy had reflux...it seems that more and more babies diagnosed previously as colic do have reflux. He spit up a tonne and seemed to be swallowing and choking a lot. I found his screams particularly bad if he overate. he would start arching back and screaming. All we could do was walk him around the house and sing. My doc suggested keeping him more upright when he eats and keep him up for about 30 minutes after he eats, to let the food settle a little more, them elevate his mattress a bit so that he wasn't flat on his back. Think everything you did for the wicked heartburn. This worked for him. Other mom's I know got a perscrition for ranitidine and found that worked wonders!

if if just seems to be gas try Oval. I few people swear by it, my sister included.

Sally - posted on 11/18/2008

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Our daughter was only colic starting in the evening into the night. For the evening hours my husband walked her around in what we called the "baby alligator" hold which is basically the football hold, belly down and chin cupped in your hand. At night to get her to sleep I would nurse her laying down, she'd always fall asleep without fail. You can also try gripe water or mylicon drops however I was never really convinced these products worked alone. Pumping the legs to get gas out is helpful too.

Misse - posted on 11/18/2008

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might be the formula if you are bottle feeding, my daughter was projectile vomiting and colicy, turned out the formula was effecting her, tried nutramigen, per doctors advice, it is considered predigested, and is suppose to help with colic, cured her, she was the happiest baby after that

Carrie - posted on 11/18/2008

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Swaddling (miracle blanket is the best) and the Fisher-Price papasan cradle swing with a white noise machine saved us. I had Annika on soy formula (Similac Isomil sensitive) because the lactose-based formulas gave her gas. She refused to eat the nutramigen. Gripe water works well. However, I found that my daughter also had silent acid reflux. She wasn't a big spitter-upper and was gaining weight, so we had no idea. After trying different formulas and enduring her peristent crying and sleeplessness, the doctor prescribed her zantac. She was a different baby immediately after taking it. It was a miracle. She eventually needed to be put on Prilosec, which is stronger, and is still on it to this day at 9 months old. I personally believe that colic is oftentimes undiagnosed reflux. Good luck to you. It doesn't last forever.

Jennifer - posted on 11/18/2008

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If you are formula feeding, I would try Gentle Ease or the Good Start. I had to go all the way down to soy milk. It was the pits for quite some time. You just have to do whatever it takes. I actually had to hold my son under his arms, supporting his head, and let his legs hang to my legs. I have no idea why it helped but he went to sleep every time. Give me your email, and I can send you a pic.

Megan - posted on 11/18/2008

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Are you breast feeding or using formula? If you are on formula switch to the sensitive kind which is lactose free...it was a charm with my baby when I switched from breast feeding to formula...colic stopped over night!

Jennifer - posted on 11/18/2008

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My little girl was very fussy all the time. I breast fed and I eliminated milk, spicy foods & anything else that I thought might upset her stomach. I took her to the doctor and come to find out she had acid reflux. The doc told me to have her crib/bassinet in the most upright position possible without her falling out and to not have her laying down a lot on her back while awake. This only did so much, so I took her back to the doctor and they put her on medicine. Oh, she also had a lot of mucus. She would wake up in the night choking on it!! The medicine got rid of the mucus and she wasn't so fussy anymore. Plus she actually slept a lot longer during the night! She was on the medicine until she was 6 months old. Now she is fine.

Rene - posted on 11/18/2008

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I had 2 out of 7 kids with bad colic the thing that gave them the most relife was steam i would put a towel against the bathroom door and turn on a hot shower i suggest shorts and a tank top for you my husband and i would take turns

User - posted on 11/18/2008

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I was told colic too - until I did my own research with other mom and one suggested it might be Reflux. Sure enough I addede a wedge for under her mattress, added rice cereal to her formula and started her on a low dose of zantack (prescribed by DR.) and one week later - a whole new baby! She did the zantack for abnout 3 months.

Ann - posted on 11/18/2008

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It has been 14 years since I had a baby with colic but I used to turn on the portable monitor while the base was off, it is static. The "white noise" soothed her and she would immediately stop crying. We took it everywhere we went. Good Luck.

Mary - posted on 11/18/2008

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Gripe water helped for my kids. My aunt would send it to me from home (Ireland). I also found camomile tea to be helpful as well. I would put some cooled in a bottle and it was soothing for my son. Wish you the best.

Amanda - posted on 11/18/2008

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instead of patting his back try rubbing his little belly... it worked with my son

give it a try

Mary - posted on 11/18/2008

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A pediatrician showed us to rock him up and down instead of side to side. It surprises the kiddo because it's different. Everytime we needed our son to quit crying we would do this and it always worked. We also did a lot of car riding and baby swinging. good luck.

Angela - posted on 11/18/2008

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Have you tried Gripe Water? You can get it at Walgreens. It worked great for our 4th baby. Much better than all the other stuff we tried before.

Amanda - posted on 11/18/2008

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Hello Alla. My youngest daughter was colic. Have you spoke with your son's pediatrician yet? I don't remember exactly what I did other than cuddling her and watching her feedings. She also had reflux and many allergies.

Angela - posted on 11/18/2008

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I found a product called Gripe Water. It is a natural med. It worked great for our daughter much better than the other stuff we tried with our other children. You can find it at Walgreens in the baby aisle.

Betti - posted on 11/18/2008

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Hi! I just read this yesterday in an email I received from Parents magazine. It was listed as an all natural remedy. Not sure if it will help or not. Hope it works!

"Peter Rabbit's mother fed him soothing chamomile tea in Beatrix Potter's classic tale, and you can give it to your infant to relax her intestinal muscles and calm her down, says Dr. McClafferty, a pediatrician in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Steep tea for four to five minutes, let it cool to room temperature, and then put one to two ounces in a bottle. Don't give your baby more than four ounces a day so that she'll be sure to have plenty of room in her tummy for breast milk or formula."

Terri - posted on 11/18/2008

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Hi....First and foremost have patience....and lots of it.....if you have to take a minute to yourself...relax.....it'll all pass...SOON....what helped my babies was the vacuum cleaner...I would run that thing for hours on end...day in day out....it became part of our "background" noise for 6 weeks straight !!!! So much that after the colic went away , i had to replace the vacuums !!! It really did help... And also the dryer...put the baby in his car seat or bouncer,or whatever it is you sit him in, place in on the dryer and let it rip!!! What a life saver for me that was...Just don't forget....stand by him at all times.....
good luck.....Terri

Amy - posted on 11/18/2008

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My son was colic. The only thing that would get him to sleep is the oven fan or vacuum cleaner. Also hold him face down with his belly laying across your arm. That helps with the gas. I also carried him around in the baby bjorn, even to do housework. That way he was upright. To incline him at night we would sleep him in his carseat or we put bricks under the front two feet of his cradle(making sure it is secure of course) That made it so he wasnt laying flat. There is a book called "The Happiest Baby on the Block" My pediatrician recommended it to me, and it was wonderful!!!



HANG IN THERE!!! IT WILL GET BETTER!!!! :)

Susan - posted on 11/18/2008

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My son was very colicky. I later learned he had acid refulx. You need to ask your doctor if that is a possiblitity. There is a test to see how many times, if any, your baby refulxes in 5 or 10 minutes. Does your baby spit up? Do you hear girgles in his upper chest? Is he uncomfortable lying down? How does he sleep - how much does he sleep?



I am pregnant now, and when the baby is born I will have an acid reflux test performed. I went through so many months of not knowing what was wrong. The doctor thought I was crazy, and it turned out acid reflux was the cause...but he was finally diagnosed when he was 4 months old.



To cope until we found out what was wrong, I nursed Jacob lying down, and then propped him up to sleep. We also wrapped him in a Boppy Wrap Thingy so he felt snuggled and warm. I also made sure he slept often.

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