I recently found out that my 5 week old son has a bit of colic.....any ideas on what I can do to sooth him at night?
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Georgia - posted on 12/06/2013
My 7th child was breast fed for 4months. I cut all food that might cause gas but, she continued to have a bubbly stomach after feedings. She also had 12-14 bm's a day which caused bb to have a rash on her bottom all the time. As much as I wanted to continue breast feeding, I felt as if bb wasn't tolerating feedings even after changing my diet for her. I decided to try formula for a week to see if it would help bb be less gassy and just after one day of just formula, omg! What a life saver!! Bm's were more solid and less often. No more rashes or gripy tummy. Bb became a whole different person. I was so relieved to know that bb was happier now! I have 8 kids and 6 grew up on formula and one bb breast fed no problems, but my 7th did. My kids are now 19,15,12,11,9,8,7,and 6. They are all very healthy and very intelligent kids that mostly all grew up on formula. If regular formula doesn't help try soy based formula. I had to with my 1st. If soy based formula doesn't work, the last resort is goats milk. But talk with bb's dr before making a change and get they're advice. I have almost 30years of experience with newborns and infants to teenagers. I've been a sitter since I was 8-9 years old. My friends call me momma bear, and call me all the time for advice. I am also a caregiver through In Home Supportive Services since July of 2008. I care for special needs infants and toddlers. Also if your child might have acid reflux (gerd) there is medications that do help significantly. Also try not to lay bb flat on bb's back right after feedings because it allows the acid to come back up into the esophagus and cause pain. My 4th child had a wedge that goes under the crib mattress so bb is not flat on bb's back and slightly elivated to help. Babies r us carries them. And infant Acid redusers do help most infants and they usually only need it for a few months and it comes in liquid form for bb. Most of all you know your bb the best and all babies are different and respond differently to medicine and breast or formula. Do what's best for bb even if you have to use formula. You don't want your precious gift to suffer any longer than need be.
Try gripe water. My son had colic for 4 months. It seems like an eternity while they are going through it, but he is a happy, fun baby now. Swaddling helps a little bit too. Also if you put the baby face down on your forearm (and hold him with your other hand to keep him from falling off) and swing him back and forth that may quiet him down. It kinda looks like he is flying like superman.
Jeannette - posted on 11/15/2008
See if you can find a video or something on the internet about "The Happiest Baby on the Block". It saved our sanity. I found at night he would move his arms as a reflex and that would wake him up. Swaddling as great (and encouraged in the video). He often fussed as I swaddled him, but then would relax and sleeeeep. Cosleeping during that period helped too. And a soother. I never wanted to use one, but it was either that or constant non-nutritional sucking on me.
Jill - posted on 11/15/2008
you all are not crazy- they make CDs of blow dryers. I have one- we still use it when my son gets fussy and needs to sleep. He never had colic, but I swear by the CD! Just google 'blow dryer cd' and you can order one and get it in a few days! At first I thought it was too noisy, but I had to be careful- it puts me to sleep too!
Amanda - posted on 11/15/2008
I have a dear friend who had this problem as well and found it impossible to have her husband help out during sleepless nights because the baby would only want her at the time. She swaddled him using a blanket of his that she slept with so that it had her scent on it. It worked wonders for her. She would get some sleep and so would the baby. Maybe not a full night but at least more than what they were both getting. Maybe at least try it? Not sure if it will work but just wanted to try to help!
Shari - posted on 11/14/2008
Sometimes the tummy thing works but if your too stressed then have hubby rock baby for a bit there is also a colic med out there over the counter ask your pharmacist they will help then rock and sing and rock and sing. I have twins that had it till they were 5 months old I really feel for you!! the dryer thing didn't work to well for me though since the dryer was in a really small room I couldn't even sit in there.Grandma helped me we each had a baby till 1 or 2 in the morning and she swears by the swaddling but I was just sure that one of the twins hated me! Grandma would take her and out she'd be seemed like seconds but it was probably minutes. The twins are 10 now so that tells me you will get through it. It is a very hard thing to go through though. good luck
Tania-Leigh - posted on 11/14/2008
The tips that have been posted thus far are brilliant! Additionally, if you are breast-feeding, ensure that your baby finishes one breast prior to feeding on the other. Apparently too much foremilk contributes towards colic. Colic also apparently peaks around the 4th month so hang in there. You are in my thoughts.
Monica - posted on 11/13/2008
Colic calm works wonders.... my baby had been screaming for 4 hrs, i finally gave her the colic calm and she was out a in just a few minutes.... (www.coliccalm.com) She is 8 months old now and i still find colic calm useful for tummy aches bad cases of gas and teething too!! The liquid is black and a little messy but sooooo worth it. Goodluck.
Amanda - posted on 11/13/2008
wow thanks for all the replys, sadly enough I cannot use the "noisy" suggestions because I have a 1 year old who sleeps in the next room lol Id rather have 1 screaming baby rather than 2 at a time!
I have found that the gripe water works wonders for about 10 minutes and thats it!
Swing works sometimes, not ever time lol
Nina - posted on 11/13/2008
Try GRIPE water! It calms the stomach! You could get it at the pharmacy! I used to give my son a bath with Johnson's bed time bath in Lavender (which is supposed to calm them with the lavender scent) and i would put cream all over him which is also soothing! If you are breastfeeding, let him nurse cuz the sucking is another calming factor! Most colic is due to gas and digestion, which most of the time (as in my sons case), goes away once they start eating foods like fruit and cereals etc....stay strong...i think we all know how hard it is to sometimes cope with a colicky baby! Be patient :)
I used colic tablets for both of my boys, you can purchase them at the drug store and I popped them into a bottle (of breast milk for one and formula for the other) shook vigorously and fed to my kids. Don't forget a little Mylicon, or very mild chamomile tea. And of course, I swear by my swing!
Sara - posted on 11/13/2008
Two things have worked wonders for my baby girl (7 weeks): an anti-spasmotic prescribed by her doctor, and a homeopathic remedy I found online--Colic Calm (www.coliccalm.com). The Colic Calm is messy stuff, but it's FDA approved and it works. Mylecon drops didn't do squat for her :)!
Angie - posted on 11/13/2008
It sounds crazy, but we used a hairdryer for noise for my daughter (who is now 21 mos). First on low, then high, then the vacum cleaner. The noise usually helped calm her down. We walked circles around our house too. Just be sure to either have a hairdryer with a cool setting, or not to leave it on too long (although there were nights when I fell asleep to it too! :) ) She was much better by about 5 or 6 months. I know it seems like FOREVER, but eventually he'll stop crying so much. Good luck!
Terri - posted on 11/13/2008
My daugher is now three, but I remember her colic very vividly! Try swaddling - very snuggly. If you're not good at swaddling or your child gets out of it, than you're not doing it snug enough. Practice on a doll if you're not comfortable practicing on your baby. Try the Miracle Blanket - it's the easiest swaddler on the market, imo. Also, try a pacifier. Between the snugness of the swaddle (which mimics the feeling of being in the uterus b/c of the snug fit and also puts a little pressure on the belly which helps colic) and the sucking of the pacifier it may help him relax a bit.
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