newborn Colic

Kathryn - posted on 12/02/2015 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Ready to rip my hair out. My son is 2 weeks old and has terrible gas. I am pumping and giving him breastmilk (and he was like this on the BM). Now I think he is going through a growth spurt and I cant keep up with his demand so I started adding in formula. Don't know if it will make the problem worse but I just cant pump enough for him to eat. I am using Enfamil lactose free (I tried the regular gentlease but switched to lactose free because I wasn't sure if the gas was caused by the lactose.) Nothing seems to make it better. I have tried gripe water and we are now using the Ovol drops. Not really sure if we notice a difference. I can feel the bubbles in his stomach and he arches his back and cries. Sometimes after he passes a stool along with gas he will feel better but then it comes back again. Seems to sleep fine at night but is colicky during the day and evening. Should we go see our Dr about this? Any advice is greatly appreciated, thanks! (Is there a better formula I should try? I heard of the formulas for colic but not sure if they work or not, and don't want to constantly switch back and forth between formulas and make him sick) Im giving him as much BM as I can provide. He also doesn't like the taste of the formula so that is a problem too. Also switched to the Dr Brown bottles because I heard they are the best for releasing air bubbles.

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Angela - posted on 07/30/2016

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Have you tried Babies magic tea? My LO was extremely colicky and this tea soothed him completely.

MaryAnn - posted on 12/05/2015

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Im 2 months postnatal, and dealing with depression. I found it was worst in moments when I was frazzled. Since, Ive made it so I always have my favourite "easy" foods on hand. When Im doing a task, I make sure everything I need is in arms' reach and I vocalize what it is I am doing to baby. He probably doesnt get much of it, but exposure to words is a good thing, and it keeps me on task.
For example, before I bathe him, I set up his change pad, wipes, a fresh diaper on the counter. I open the bottles of baby wash and shampoo, and set them by the tub, i put a towel down about where ill be sitting... Then i talk to him about how his clothes are coming off. I talk about the wipes. I tell him why im picking him up, about the temperature of the water... The colour of the towel, whatever. Its called "grounding," and its actually a meditative process.

Jennifer - posted on 12/05/2015

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Yeah I was told the same and my husband said don't do it the doctor said its not good but I went and did it anyway and it worked, she slept through the night and it took me a week to sleep because I kept waking up to make sure she was ok since I wasn't used to her being quiet, but I hope everything works out in a couple months you won't even remember lol

Kathryn - posted on 12/05/2015

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Wow that's a long time for a baby to cry thar must have been frustrating. ..our dr told us to stay on the formula we are on now as it's bad to constantly switch brands..we recently bought a swing too and he loves it! Falls right to sleep. He lives car rides and sometimes that is the only thing that'll settle him down

Jennifer - posted on 12/04/2015

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Ok so my daughter is 7 months old now and she is one cranky baby! But when she was 2-3 weeks old I didnt know what was wrong she would cry from 9pm-3am non stop. The doctor just kept saying its colic it will go away but i couldnt wait, so i tried a couple formulas including gentlelease and that didnt work, I read a couple things and tried almost everything the thing that worked for my daughter was Nutramigen Enflora LLG, its a formula that is hypoallergenic and that worked as a charm also white noise (heavy rain) was the only one that worked for my baby it has to be kinda loud and she used to fall asleep right away! Also I got her a swing from babies r us and she liked that too. I hope this helps and its going to feel like its never going to end but honestly she is 7 months now and I cant believe how fast time has passed. Good Luck!

ps: also she hated car rides but she loved when I took her for walks in her stroller. so you can try that aswell

Sarah - posted on 12/03/2015

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I did use Mylicon drops for gas, and I think they helped a little bit. I remember sitting there with this screaming baby and thinking; "what am I doing wrong, why can't I comfort my own child?" It was exhausting. I think moving in with your folk was a good idea, I spent many, many hours at my mom's house. It was nice just to have company, even if he still cried I felt less alone. I did go on to have three more kids and none of them was even half as fussy as my first. I think part of it was I was calmer and knew what to expect and I also was better at nursing. So rest easy that this will probably be the worst of it and while 9 more weeks seems impossible; it will fly by! I promise!

Kathryn - posted on 12/03/2015

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He's almost 3 weeks now and that's what my Dr said.. first month is worse but can last up to 12 weeks which seems like an eternity right now. I'm pretty much bawling everyday. Hoping the meds help and we've decided to stay with my folks for help since they have the extra room. It's nice to have support. I feel so helpless.. he does the same thing you're describing. .screams and arches his back and is hungry but pulls away from the bottle at the same time because he's so fussy. It seems to be worse in the morning. Last night we didn't get any sleep at all. He constantly wants to be held and the minute we put him down he screams. So frustrating and I hate seeing him in this much discomfort. I wonder why some babies get it and some don't. Apparently my brother had it bad when he was a baby and needed meds. I can't wait for this to be over

Sarah - posted on 12/03/2015

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I suffered terribly from PPD with my firstborn, I was miserable and it took my mother telling me to go talk to someone for me to get help. My son was 8 months old when I finally got antidepressants started. It took about two weeks before I felt better, but I felt a lot better. For each subsequent baby I started antidepressants right before delivery and had a much easier time. PPD runs in my family, my mom and aunts and my sisters all struggled with some form of depression. For your baby, at 2 weeks crying for long periods can come with the territory and like Sarah H points out, it will get better with age. My firstborn cried every day from 3-7am and then another bout in the late afternoon. I though I was going to lose my mind. He seems like he was in terrible pain and would strain and latch on as if starving and then would let go and cry and arch his back, on and on. I took him to the doctor at 7 weeks and was told he was colicky, I felt like crying myself because I just wanted an answer or solution to make him stop crying! About 12 weeks it was over and he was a contented baby. One thing I do know is baby is like a tuning fork for your emotions, if you are stressed and frustrated, baby will be restless too. I found swaddling my baby helpful and laying him belly down across my lap and rocking my legs side to side seemed to help him too. I promise it will get easier.

Kathryn - posted on 12/03/2015

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I stopped nursing due to latch issues and personal problems I don't want to get into online.. it was the best choice for me and the baby because I was getting frustrated and started resenting nursing my son.

Update..today I went to the dr and they put him on a probiotic drop. She also diagnosed me with PPD and put me on an anti depressant. I'm hoping things will start to improve. We are leaving him on the formula he's on now and I'm pumping on the side. I'm going to go see a lactation specialist and also look into support groups for PPD. Anyone on here suffer from PPD and have any advice? Thanks everyone..

MaryAnn - posted on 12/02/2015

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Definitely talk to the doctor about this but be warned... You really havent had enough time for any of your solutions to work the problem out yet. Babies, especially this young, are gassy, and uncomfortable. He probably isnt used to being out of the womb yet. And if he is colicky... There really isnt a whole lot you can do about it but try to make sure he's comfortable.
Being a mom is stressful. In time, the both of you will work out better communication with one another. Please take care of yourself. Have the father, a friend, one of your own parents, whomever, spend short amounts of time with the baby so you can be properly nourished and shower, and relax for a minute.
Try different things. Some swear by car rides, a walk eith the pram... Some people put their babies in a carrier and vaccuum (white noise)... My son is colicky and what works for him is to be swaddled and listening to womb sounds. You can find womb sounds on youtube.
When it comes to the gas, you can actually help him pass it by bringing his knees to his chest or bicycling his legs. It takes a while, but it should help.
Its hard to relax with the crying, but rest assured, if hes dry, getting attention and well fed, sometimes theres nothing you can do about it, and it doesnt make you a bad mom.

Sarah - posted on 12/02/2015

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Is there a reason why you are not nursing and are just pumping? You will pump and produce less milk with pumping only then you will if you nurse. Gas problems are much less with nursing also as they get less air then bottle feeding. For the colic it is a lot of trail and error and sometimes just time. Try cutting out dairy from your diet. Do a log writing down what you eat and what and then what baby eats and when and then her moods throughout the day. See if you can notice a pattern. Sometimes babies do just have a fussy time no matter what you do. Same goes with colic sometimes there is nothing you can do but give it time and let baby get older. Make sure his nights and days are not mixed up. Also make sure he is not getting over stimulated. It also does not hurt to talk to your doc. They may give other suggestions to try.

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