My 8 week old daughter has colic - help!

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Crystal - posted on 05/21/2009

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Im not sure where you live but Gripe water, Mylicon both work excellent!!! All 3 of my children were horribly colicky and these both worked very well. I would rotate between the both with each feeding. If that doesnt work I would def. get her checked out by a doctor.

Magdalena - posted on 05/19/2009

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If you're breast feeding be very careful what you eat cause i saw a difference when i changed my diet also besides colic tablets and gas drops (which i used before a feeding, in the middle and after, also make sure you burp your baby in the middle of a feeding too) I used Fennel Tea and thought it worked wonders. The minute he would start drinking it all the gas would start coming out. If you can't find it in tea bags you can just use fresh or dry fennel. Good Luck :o)

Angela - posted on 06/11/2009

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My daughter had real full blown colic. We brought her to the emergency room twice. We are not talking crying, I am talking screaming louder than anything I have ever heard and I am the olded of six kids lol. She stayed three days each time and both times we left with diagnosis: colic. They tested her poop for allergies, tested her urine and did everything they could. We read "Colic-Solved" "Happiest Baby on the Block" We new the tricks, swaddling, sucking, swings, LOL I am not laughing at you, I am laughing at the insanity we went through, My boyfriend and I would take turns bouncing a screaming baby and all it would do is tone it down an octive. My advice to you is relax and have a glass of wine and keep telling yourself it is not your fault, because it isn't.



Try to eliminate and possiblity of it being some physical and REMEMBER people who havent been through this don't know what t hey are talking about and think that you just don;t know how to do the "tricks." Get help and don't let people tell you... ohhh try this and try that.. because someone who has actually dealt with it will offer to babysit or offer a hug. Some leading doctors believe it is GERD, but we tried everything, even put our baby on cereal at doctors orders and nothing helped. At about 3 months it started getting better, than it disapeered and we try to forget about it.



This is not your fault, It is not something you did. Eliminate all the possible reasons... lactose intolerance (do not go to soy that is not the answer, try an allergen free based formula, see is you can get a prescrption and go through WIC becayse they are expensive) , make sure its not GERD or acid reflex and just remember that "This too shall pass"

Carole - posted on 06/11/2009

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I nursed both of my children and never had this problem myself but my friends and family have. We have come to the conclusion that the doctors all push too much iron into babies. My neice is 11 and she still has digestive problems. The Good Start brand has just a little less iron in it and it really helps. My nephew was having a colic problem and we just changed to the Good Start and he was fine after that. Hope this helps.

Melissa - posted on 05/19/2009

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Have you heard of the book Happiest Baby on the Block? It's alll about calming a baby with the 5 S's. Swaddling, swinging, shhing, sucking and holding baby on the side. I used these with my baby early on when I thought he had colic...turned out his crying was more due to acid reflux...but the 5 Ss do work!

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Murguiamarlene - posted on 11/17/2013

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to any moms who see this thread any time soon! My daughter suffered from colic since she was 2 weeks old! she is 6 weeks now! I tried EVERYTHING fennel seed tea, slightly helped, Chamomile tea slightly worked! All brands of Gas drops are a joke! I even tried Mylanta CVS brand just to see if she had acid reflux nope colic still didn't go away! she would whine all day. she screaming matches through out the whole 24 hours a day, we were going insane! I had read on another blog that probiotics got the job done..but I was skeptical because I had tried everything and would if I spend $20 on a box of Culturelle kids and it doesn't work?! but I kept researching and almost everyone that used probiotics said that it worked! Well boy oh boy DOES IT WORK!!! I have my little angel back, the one that I had brought home from the hospital.. :) I bought the box on Wednesday 11/13/13 that same day she slept during the day with no fussing but would get colic at night from 7-10pm so I started giving her twice a day! she's doing so good now and is sleeping for 7-8 hours at night! and waking up every 2-3 hrs during the day! and she's so happy when she wakes up she smiles so much! PROBIOTICS ARE THE TRICK! Best $20 I ever spent! her poop is even yellow and seedy again! you just have to pour a little packet in the baby's bottle. the bottle has to be at room temp because if not it will kill the bacteria!

Amanda - posted on 12/05/2011

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colic calm. my son is colicy and this stuff is working like a charm. it is a little expensive though. but it was worth it since i have a two year old as well and i couldnt deal with all the crying and screaming

Wendy - posted on 06/12/2009

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The only child of mine to suffer with colic was my eldest who was a premature baby lower birth weight, they say colic is too much air the baby is sucking , lots of colic solutions i found made it far worse and caused constipation, mind you he is 18 this year, now how i got around it was several things really, one if your bottle feeding you need to find the right teat, not all babies suit the nipple shaped ones some suit better on the old fashioned cherry shaped, also the amount of holes if the baby has strong suck its important flow, the criss cross teat is best. Also keep the baby tilted when sleeping if in a crib small folded towl under the top end of the mattress so it just slants the mattress very slightly,this helps the body flow better helping the wind to go downwards and out , if in carry cot on pram you can ususally adjust the pram sides to slant the carry cot slightly, when feeding winding every 2half ounces max to dispel air before it gets pushed further down the tummy,when winding sit baby on your leg leaning over one arm if child is unable to support then sit babies chin in yr hand curve thumb and for finger, leaning ove the rest of yr arm, or use a pillow to support you when your doing this, gently pat back then from base or back work up in a massage way, dont just pat back this is old falicy, it dispels wind but not always releases it all, so massage upwards helps bring trapped air up,hope this helps, it worked for me within a month if that my baby was colic free ;-)

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Have you thought of taking your new baby to a chiropractor...they do a very easy treatment. I have seen this many times and my children go when they have problems, like ear infections, sinus infections, when they get overly clumsy, etc.



Your baby is saying that something is wrong and the only way she can tell you is by screaming her head off.



I want you to think about this, how do you think you'd feel if you had that much preasure pushing against your head?



If you'd like me to help you find one in your area, email me at scpmrson@msn.com.

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Have you thought of taking your new baby to a chiropractor...they do a very easy treatment. I have seen this many times and my children go when they have problems, like ear infections, sinus infections, when they get overly clumsy, etc.



Your baby is saying that something is wrong and the only way she can tell you is by screaming her head off.



I want you to think about this, how do you think you'd feel if you had that much preasure pushing against your head?



If you'd like me to help you find one in your area, email me at scpmrson@msn.com.

Terri - posted on 06/12/2009

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This sounds strange but we have had 2 friends that had "colic kids" They did some research and found a child certified chiropractor. The crying stopped the day they went to their first visit! It seems that when some babies are born their spines get out of symmetry/line all the doctor did literally was lift them by their feet upside down and it straightened them out! It can't hurt to look into it, I witnessed the before and after and what a difference!!! Good luck to you!

Jenny - posted on 06/12/2009

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My son had to use this formuls and it made a huge difference for him. Well worth the expense. If you can qualify for wic due to your income, they will provide the formula if you have a doctors approval.

Erin - posted on 06/12/2009

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I have always and will always use peppermint candies. When my son was a baby I would put it in his bottle to dissolve and it worked wonders!

Erin - posted on 06/12/2009

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I have always and will always use peppermint candies. When my son was a baby I would put it in his bottle to dissolve and it worked wonders!

Kelli - posted on 06/11/2009

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Well, hopefully your little colicky sweetie is better but, if not chiropractic is wonderful! I just saw your post for the first time and though it's been awhile I still wanted to give you that insight. Chiropractic has done wonders for my children from colic to ear infections, to pigeon toed walkers and pumping immune systems. Many people think it's just for adults or just for the spine. I swear by it! Good luck!

Kelli - posted on 06/11/2009

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Well, hopefully your little colicky sweetie is better but, if not chiropractic is wonderful! I just saw your post for the first time and though it's been awhile I still wanted to give you that insight. Chiropractic has done wonders for my children from colic to ear infections, to pigeon toed walkers and pumping immune systems. Many people think it's just for adults or just for the spine. I swear by it! Good luck!

Gemma - posted on 06/11/2009

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I used colocynthisis granules with Mason, I tried everything else it was the only thing that worked for him. Its homeopathic too which is a bonus xx

Angela - posted on 06/11/2009

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My daughter had real full blown colic. We brought her to the emergency room twice. We are not talking crying, I am talking screaming louder than anything I have ever heard and I am the olded of six kids lol. She stayed three days each time and both times we left with diagnosis: colic. They tested her poop for allergies, tested her urine and did everything they could. We read "Colic-Solved" "Happiest Baby on the Block" We new the tricks, swaddling, sucking, swings, LOL I am not laughing at you, I am laughing at the insanity we went through, My boyfriend and I would take turns bouncing a screaming baby and all it would do is tone it down an octive. My advice to you is relax and have a glass of wine and keep telling yourself it is not your fault, because it isn't.



Try to eliminate and possiblity of it being some physical and REMEMBER people who havent been through this don't know what t hey are talking about and think that you just don;t know how to do the "tricks." Get help and don't let people tell you... ohhh try this and try that.. because someone who has actually dealt with it will offer to babysit or offer a hug. Some leading doctors believe it is GERD, but we tried everything, even put our baby on cereal at doctors orders and nothing helped. At about 3 months it started getting better, than it disapeered and we try to forget about it.



This is not your fault, It is not something you did. Eliminate all the possible reasons... lactose intolerance (do not go to soy that is not the answer, try an allergen free based formula, see is you can get a prescrption and go through WIC becayse they are expensive) , make sure its not GERD or acid reflex and just remember that "This too shall pass"

Jennifer - posted on 05/25/2009

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Hi there, my little guy is 5 months old and he had colic really bad. He was sleeping in his swing cause it was the only thing that allowed me some sleep. He screamed and screamed, it was hard for me to take him any where. He is now growing out of it but I also give him probiotic drops.........they help with digestion. They are called Bio Gaai and you can find them in a pharmacy however I live in Canada and don't know if you live here as well. I breastfeed and tried everything from changing my diet........which is practically in possible unless you go to eating bread and start from there. However dairy is a common know issue and if I any small amout of dairy he gets fussy again but not as bad as at the beginning. Hang in there you both will make it through. If you think it is something else go and see your doctor but if she is gaining weight and growing it is probably colic and you both will make it through with a little less sleep!

Natalie - posted on 05/21/2009

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how was the birt?? was it natural, were forcepts used?? The reason i ask is the nurses were I am in Aus said that Colic could be caused by any type of pain and that a cyropracter may be a good idea for your baby, especially if it was a difficult birth. I know it must be really hard, aparently I was a very Colicy baby, but its never bothered me growing up, however I was a forcepts delivery, so there could be something in that. good luck.

Hellen - posted on 05/21/2009

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babys get colic from having too much wind in their little stomache which they havnt been able to release. when feeding them you have to be persistant and make sure they bring up all that wind it may take awhile but they have to bring it up other wise they will still have it and it is very painful for them...you could be rubbing their back for 10 minutes sometimes but stick to it........

User - posted on 05/21/2009

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Also, before I switched her to soy, I tried everything--the Mylicon drops, the rubbing her back, the moving the legs up and down, the vacuum, etc. etc. However she did like the sound of running water in the kitchen sink. Of course I couldn't keep it running 24 hours but it was just enough relief I needed to get through the day sometimes.

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My daughter was colicky too. IT lasted 2 1/2 very long months. I cried, I was exhausted. The whole works. And I tried everything. I did switch her from breast feeding to soy formula. That finally helped alot. However the doctors don't recommend it. All I know it worked for me and 3 others I know. But you have to follow your heart on that. It was a hard decision for me. I felt awful that I couldn't breast feed. But something in my milk made her have awful stomach aches but you have to do what is right for you. Just hang in there-I promise it will get better. My daughter is now 16 months and one of the best kids I know (except her eating habits) but she smiles and laughs 90% of the day and sleeps great!!!

Alena - posted on 05/21/2009

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Just remember that it is OK to walk away and let her cry for a little bit. The best thing is to try and keep your sanity. I would lay my daughter in her crib and shut the door. Go outside for 10-15 minutes to clear your mind. You will get through it!

Kellie - posted on 05/21/2009

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It is so hard, My middle son had it. Try the foot ball hold. and the tummy and back massages. Also if you bottle feed try Dr. Browns bottles those helped for me. None of the medicines ever worked for my son they made it worse. Laying them on there tummy does help even though it is a no no as long as you are always close by. If you know she is all taken care of lay her down and let her cry its hard but sometimes you just need to go water the flower or something to get some peace. Good Luck It gets better, you are probably near the end they say it will usually go away around 12 weeks.

Katherine - posted on 05/21/2009

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try swinging from side to side instead of back & forth. My oldest son had it really bad & my husband would put him in his carrier & swing it side to side & the crying would subside. They make swings that do this now but this was 10yrs. ago.

Heather - posted on 05/21/2009

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I'll start my post by telling you I'm from Canada so if you are in the US I don't know if this product is available. I have a 12 week old daughter who is colicky. I tried three different "pharmacy" products on suggestion of her Dr and pharmacists. NONE worked.

I went to a health food store and purchased K.I.D.S 0-9 Homeocan for Colic on a friends recommendation. It is like a miracle in a bottle. One dose and my daughter starts burping and passing gas like nobodies business and the crying magically stops!

I'm not normally into homoepathic medicine, but this stuff really works and it is all natural.

Good Luck!

Jeanne - posted on 05/21/2009

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My first child (also a girl) suffered from colic as well. You can try gripe water it may make things a little more bearable. With my daughter she would cry or wimper from 8 in the morning until 11 at night. Because just as her stomach was calming down she was due for another bottle. If you are formula feeding you can try switching formulas....I used Nestle Good Start for my second child and didn't have one bout of colic. My daughter's colic pretty much stopped at 3 months of age - except for one attach at 4 months that lasted for 2 hours. I know it's hard but there isn't much more that can be done...usually age and a maturing stomach helps colic pass.

Lily - posted on 05/21/2009

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my son was colic too, and i was when i was a kid. i remember my nanny rubbing acete de manzanilla on my belly. it's a topical oil, it worked for me and my son. just a warning, he's going to pass gas a lot. you can google it, you find other parent bloggers using the same thing. it's a remedy widely used in the Philippines, but i haven't seen any being sold in local drug stores in the US.

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All 3 of my boys had colic - we used a vibrating chair and our best friend was a noiseball I picked up at Walmart that played whitenoise. It soothes them. Check with your doctor regarding the formula you are giving her or if breastfeeding, take a look at your diet - something you eat might reacting badly with her belly.



I know it is stressful but it WILL pass and know that if you put her in her crib and let her cry, it won't hurt her. If you need a moment, take it and don't feel guilty - in order to be a great Mom, you need to take care of yourself too and that moment away from the crying can restore your sanity (for a little bit anyway...)



Good luck

Nikki - posted on 05/21/2009

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Swaddling, LOUD white noise, sucking (a dummy/thumb - not a bottle) sidelying and rocking worked for me ... look at "the happiest baby on the block - dr harvey karp"

Stella - posted on 05/21/2009

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hi join baby massage class.massage has ben proven to help with colic along with a lot of other benifits

Keri - posted on 05/21/2009

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When my youngest son had colic, which he had for the first 9 months of his life. I realized he was more hungry then he should be so I started feeding him cereal at night before he went to bed. That did wonders because it soothed his stomach. I started the cereal at 2 weeks of age. I would feed him, give him a bath then rock him to sleep. Sometimes he would have gas pains and that would cause him to cry constantly at night so you might want to try MYLANTA, which you can give your child at two months. :) That always helped my little guy who is now 15 months.

Carolina - posted on 05/21/2009

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:-( Mylicon drops(Simethicone) are over the counter and that can help your baby with the colic, Are u breast feeding ? if u are be careful on what u eat, because everything goes to your baby and that might upset her stomach.
Formula? mmmm with my son I had to change it three times, because it was making him so sick, and he was crying ALL the time. After I changed his formula he was a happy baby :-).

Tessa - posted on 05/21/2009

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If you want a really safe and natural way you can try giving her a bottle of cool Roobius tea. You purchase it at the health food stores in leaf form. My family doctor perscribed to my now 11 year old for her eczyma but when he did he(was from South America) he told me about all the benefits of Roobius tea, and how it was discovered. A woman with a severely colic new born accidentally filled the babies bottle with the tea, in the middle of the night. In the morning she realized her mistake,after a good nights sleep, as the tea complete calmed the colic baby. She rushed to her doctor in a panic wondering what this would do to her baby. The doctor checked the baby and the baby was fine and was actually better as he was no longer displaying any signs of colic. The mother decided to take the Roobius tea to the nearest University and got the properties tested on the tea and they have found out that Roobius tea is not only good for colic. It is good for upset stomachs, eczyma, and many other ailments. The mother is now a multi-millionaire and Roobius tea is one of the top exports out of south America. So I suggest trying it, I never used for colic but it works amazingly for my daughters skin, Plus you can even give it to a newborn and it is safe.

Elise - posted on 05/21/2009

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Kristen, I have been a mother for a very long time... LOL I'm also an Aunt to lot's of lil one's but, the one thing I am for sure is tired & true when it comes to this question. After you have tried all the other medicines like mylicone drops, I highly suggested that you do couple of things one is to first have your baby tested by the pediatrican to make sure she is not allergic to the formula she is drinking; they can sheck her stool to make sure there is no blood in it while you are in the office no big deal!!! Then depending on the results you tweak her food if need be! Second I would not hesitate to look online & google a product that was brought to my attention by a nanny from England :) It's called Woodwards Gripe Water, it is the most amazing stuff for releivng wind & colicie babies ever!! My twins are 18 & I still recommend it to people. Finally use the massageing techniques on her lil tummy it will help tremendously! I have UC- Inflametory Bowel Disease, it works even on me. My sisters kids were all allergic to milk & she breast fed so she had to cut out all dairy products while she nursed them & she used the gripe water & it really helped! Good Luck!

Elise

Melinda - posted on 05/21/2009

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Hi Kristen, I know what your going through my eldest daughter had cloic and silent reflux, I tried gripe water, infalcol, massage, warms baths nothing seemed to work, I had to carry her around with me 24/7 it was hard thank god for my mum, When I did get her to sleep she wpuld wake as soon as I layed her down, she would only sleep 20 minutes and then be awake for another couple of hours, I ended up with severe depression because I didn't want people to know I had an upset child. If you have family near you accept help, so you get time for yourself and so you can catch up on sleep. Try and be patient, I know it's hard. All the best and good luck. Sorry I couldn't help. Please keep in touch and let me know how you get on. My email address is pgcmgc@bigpond.net.au Thanks Melinda

Heather - posted on 05/21/2009

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Hi I am not sure if you are still looking for a response. But my son was supposed to have "colic" , and he ended up having an allergy to cow milk proteins. We had to switch his formula to a hypoallergenic formula and I had to give up all dairy. It might be something to talk to your doctor about. I also agree with the other mother's here. Gas drops are great, Costco has them for really cheap. Also gripe water really seems to help him. Just be sure to read the labels as some needs to be refrigerated and some does not. Hope you find something to help your LO. Good Luck

Gayle - posted on 05/21/2009

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Sorry this is aboit late- just joined. I swore by sugar water for my 6 day old when she was born- little bit of warm water and 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar. worked wonders, and I never used gripe water etc after that xxxx

Sara - posted on 05/21/2009

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my littly had colic and dr browns bottles helped, nothing got rid of it completely but it literally disappeared just after 3 months, if they squirming try winding again, and as others have said tummy massage can help or laying along arm facing down with tummy on your arm and pacing. wont be long til you forget what an ordeal it was for all involved. ride the storm good luck

Vivienne - posted on 05/20/2009

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Are you breastfeeding, if you are ,try half a glass of sherry half an hour before that feed.My doctor recomended it to me & it helped calm me & baby.Also fennel tea could help .That didnt work for me tho,.it has helpd some mums I know. Good luck. Colic is awful

Cortney - posted on 05/20/2009

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My lil girl was also colic from the day I brought her home! She is 7 months old now! When she was 6 weeks old, I changed her formula to Enfamil Gentlease! Once I changed her formula, she never screamed again! Now she only cries when she wants to eat!

Licia - posted on 05/20/2009

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Gripe water is great. It can be found at a health food store. My greandson was very colicie and it helped a lot!!

Mellissa - posted on 05/20/2009

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Go to babybliss.com, my doctor told me about the site and to buy this stuff called gripe water,i know it sounds funny but i heard its great for colic and gassy babies, my friend the other day says its awesome and that she does not even use gas drops anymore,and she tasted it and says its not bad at all, so try the gripe water

Vasanta - posted on 05/20/2009

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Buy some "GRIPE WATER" it is a sweet tasting liquid safe for infants. Mine is 2 months and she calms down after having some

Carolyn - posted on 05/20/2009

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Warm towel on the belly and then lay them on your knee with the towel between your knee and them and gripe water.I used it all the time on my first.He is now 29 years old.I swear by it.

Janet - posted on 05/20/2009

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Dr. Brown's Bottles. I remember being so desperate. I got online and researched and found Dr. Brown's bottles. I ordered a case of them by mistake! LOL. They do not allow air bubbles in the belly. Stopped it immediately. The gas drops did not work for me either!

Heidi - posted on 05/20/2009

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First of all take a deep breath. It will not last forever. My daughter had TERRIBLE colic. My husband and I felt like the worst parents in the world as all she did was scream for about the first three months of her life.



There are a few remedies you can try- if she's bottle fed make sure she isn't sallowing too much air during feedings. Our baby like the Avent bottles best for this. You can also try mycolin drops for the gas. We also found that ceratin baby yoga moves really relaxed her (we like Itsy Bitsy Yoga the best- it was recommended to me by a friend and you can find it online at Amazon. But get the book not the DVD.)



Try warm baths or gently massage baby's tummy.



If nothing else works just hang in there a few more weeks. Most babies outgrow colic around 3-4 months. With our daughter it finally seemed to miraculaously go away on its own one day when she was about 11 week. She's like an enitrely different baby now- so happy and mellow (she's now almost 8 months).



Also in the meanwhile, try to take some time for yourself. Leave the baby with Daddy or Grandma or a sitter, even if its just for an hour so you can reclaim your sanity. You'd be amazed at how much better you'll be able to deal with the situation after you've had a break.



Good Luck to you!

Nola - posted on 05/20/2009

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when my son was an infant and had colic, my grandmother told me to lie him across my knees, bounce my knees a little and rub his back in a downward movement and get his feet really warm. she also told me never to let a tiny infants feet get cold to keep them warm or it would coz colic. when I did what she suggested the colic finally eased up! sometimes elderly advice as they have been there done that- works!

Laura - posted on 05/20/2009

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colic drops£9.99 n my daughter went from sma 2 cow n gate comfert she cried 24/7 n wen they crie put hover on i tried gripe water infocol massage every thing nuthin worked only colif drops then 1 day i work up n it was like a diffrent baby she ad it from 7days old till 15weeks best of luck wuld recomend it 2 eny 1

Laura - posted on 05/20/2009

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hey i nw wat ur going through my daughter was mad cried al th time i tried gripe water infocol boil water massage u name it i tried every thing i changed her milk from sma:gold 2 gow n gate:comfert n used colife drops it a tiny pot it costs £9.99 it works wunders if u cn get it try it i thought it was amasing good luck x my daughter ad it till15weeks then 1 day u wake up n its gone my daughter ad it really bad n the hover she fell asleep 2 it wen she cried put it on xgwd luck

Andrea - posted on 05/20/2009

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My daughter was cholicy for over 6 months. She did have a milk allergy, but as this was 40 yrs. ago, I didn't know not to use milk for her cereal, since I was breast feeding & didn't have formula. Our Peds put her on cereal at 1 week. The thing that worked the best was to literally hang her over my arm, so there as pressure on her tummy. My cousin's baby was hung over their shoulder, but I didn't look forward to vomit running down my back! My grandma & mom told me to make a weak tea with Chammomile flowers (not to make it in metal only a glass container). Both my sons were given a bottle of Chammomile tea every day, even though I nursed them & they didn't have cholic. Praying for you to get relief!

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