Colic newborn

Hanah - posted on 06/10/2009 ( 148 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is 8 days old and has been suffering the past 2 days from colic. I gave her drops of a medicine called "Ovol" and that didn't work out. The doctor told me today to switch to fennel tea today... I'm gonna try it tonight but I can't STAND to see my baby in pain. She's always crying and can't sleep from the pain. Any advice?

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Crystal - posted on 06/18/2009

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Take her to a chiropractor. If you are not familiar with them that is ok. Just do not disregard this until you have tried it. I grew up going to one due to an accident I had in the 2nd grade, but had not heard of infant chiropractic so it was new to me also. When my daughter was only 2 months old she was on 3 medications for this that and the other. We had also tried many other things from changing formula and bottles, along with us even other things to try to help the colic symptoms and acid reflux. One night I was way stressed out and talking to my mother on the phone. She had one of my older brothers, who had recently graduated from college for Chiropractic. He talked to me and walked me through a few simple movements with my daughter over the phone and then told/showed me where my daughter was out of place. The next day I took her to a chiropractor in my area and within 24 hours she was sleeping peacefully, and keeping food down and I was able to take her off all medications. After that we no longer had any issues. I know it sounds crazy but it was I had a totally different child. Many people I have shared this with are very hesitant because they think that it will hurt the child. A child’s bones are so soft and easy to adjust when they are that small that many times my daughter and my son (who I have taken for regular adjustments since he was 2 days old) have slept through the adjustment as our chiropractor was able to adjust them in their car seat. We didn't have to take them out. I do believe that medicines have a purpose and I am not one of those mothers who don’t like to give their kids medicine when needed. I give them all the time. However, my daughter was my 1st child and despite being a 1st time mom, you could not make me believe that having my 2 month old daughter on 3 different medications and still not OK was normal and something that I was just going to have to deal with it.

Chrissy - posted on 06/18/2009

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my 1st born was horrific for it and my ex husband did it the old fashioned raratongan way. sit them straight on ur knee with their backs against ur tummy so they r sitting straight. put ur hands round the waist on each side and massage from the bottom of the waist in one motion up to their ribs gently. worked every time.

Jennifer - posted on 06/20/2009

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There's a product in some (not all) health food store called Gripe water Colic ease, It's like "MAGIC WATER"!! works quickly and it's very simple herbs that are completely safe. If that doesn't do it, if you're nursing check into your diet it's usually something your eating, if she's a formula fed baby it may be a milk or soy issue. The maya wrap is really great for soothing, baby is super close to you and you can still get life done with 2 hands and a happy baby and remember her little body is getting used to this new way of nourishment sometimes it takes a few days to work out the kinks. The very best of luck to you both!!!

Fiona - posted on 06/13/2009

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Try Infacol you can buy it at any chemist helped both my boys. You just give it from a dropper before a feed. Good luck.

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Kenver - posted on 06/21/2009

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It's a bit old school but my mom had to use a warm dipper cloth as hot as I thought my baby could take it and press it to his stomach,holding it there and it helped out. The concept is that the warmth on the outside would help the gas to be passed out. With in an hour his crying stopped and i was able to put him off to sleep.

Sanet - posted on 06/20/2009

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Hi my first son, now 4 year had colic as a baby from 2 weeks age, I have tried every remidy, but nothing helped, at the end he was allergic to the milk. It caused him so much craps and winds. Good luck and let someone take over from time to time, I know it is not easy.

Bronwyn - posted on 06/20/2009

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My son is a month old tomorrow, he was suffering from Colic and our pharmacist put us on to a product called "infants friend", it is wonderful stuff, all natural and they can have as much as they need and is fine from birth. We actually found it worked so well and settled Logan so much that we had trouble getting him to eat so we had to stop using it and have started on "gripe water" that works wonders too :)

Daniela - posted on 06/19/2009

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My baby had colic and he was exclusively breastfed. I tried Infacol and Gripe water and neither worked. He was a forceps delivery. In the end I found that baby massage helped and sacro cranial massage. He grew out of his colic by the time he was 2 1/2 months old. When he was really bad (always at night), I found that holiding him upright and bouncing gently on a gym ball was comforting to him. I had to do a LOT of pacing with him. Good luck. It does get better.

Michelle - posted on 06/19/2009

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Colic is awful! My little girl (now 6 months), had collic pretty bad for the first 3 months. Someone told us to go to the health food store, and get Hyland's Colic Tablets. It's 100% natural, and it was a God send! It took about 2 weeks for the colic to fully go away, but we gave her thees tablets and every night the length of her crying and pain got shorter until she finally didn't have it anymore. Try them, they really worked for my baby! Good Luck!

Sophrona - posted on 06/19/2009

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my little boy had colic or something like it. it was horrible! cried all the time no matter what i did. YES! fennel tea is the best! with in 30 sec. he calmed down and went to sleep! gas in tummies is no fun. my older kids have had the same problem and myself. we all tried it and within min. we were all so much happier! good luck! catnip and fennel works too!

Daniela - posted on 06/19/2009

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Hi, my 1st child had colic from birth till 3mths,realy badly, so i can understand how you feel!! i tried gripewater,mixed herbal tea with fennel,which by the way made her worse!The only thing that helped a bit was Infacol, but when i had my twin boys 1 had colic and i found COLIEF drops that you put in their milk it was brilliant, good luck!!!

Miranda - posted on 06/19/2009

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My little one had colic also. We had to swaddle him real tight. Also, putting him in his carseat and sitting it on the washing machine or dryer while they were running seemed to help ease some discomfort. Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 06/18/2009

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i have 2 kids both sufering from colic my youngest was really bad try brauer colic relief from any chemist i swear by it its a wonderful product and it works from the day they r born

Lacey - posted on 06/18/2009

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heating pads work great. My daughter had horrible colic. We used to turn the heating pad on, put a blanket, or two over it, so it wasn't too hot, and then lay her stomach down on the heating pad. I also had horrible colic when I was a baby, and my dad did the same thing.

Andrea - posted on 06/18/2009

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putting my son in a sling with a pacifier helped....the book Happiest Baby on the Block is great for advice

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It's terrible to go through. My son had it for 4 months. I spoiled him as I did whatever it took not to let him cry and he got used to being held constantly. You can try running the vaccuum ...that was one thing I could do without holding him and he'd stop and calm down. Get other doctor opinions...I also saw a while back that chiropracters can help colic. Ovol didn't work for my son...every baby is different too.

Danielle - posted on 06/18/2009

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I found that it helped to put him across my lap and bounce gently. He also liked to be swaddled putting a bit of pressure on his stomach. We tried formula changes and actually went through 7 different kinds yes 7. We found that the Enfamil Gentlease was the best of all and gave him that with Avent bottles and it worked very well. It is a struggle to go through but it does end and it is all worth it i promise.

User - posted on 06/18/2009

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I do feel for you! I know exactly what you are going through. I am a mother of three. My first child was colic for the first 8 months from the minute we walked in the door with her. Honestly, people and doctors have so many suggestions, and there isn't any thing you can do to cure colic. Swaddle her, comfort her as much as possible and put her on Nutramigan baby formula. Not sure if spelling is correct on formula but that did help. So hang in there, stay strong and good luck. My daughter is now 16 and i remember it like it was yesterday.

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My daughter had colic and gerd. We used Nutramigen infamil formula (for milk alergy) Dr. Browns bottles, Mylacon before and after feedings and the best thing that helped was a baby K'tan sling. I would put her in it and it would help tremendously. I literally held her in it for 4-5 hours a day but it worked. Hang in there believe it or not it goes by quick.

User - posted on 06/18/2009

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try different formula or try a different bottle. how about gripe water .you tube shows running water soothes them

User - posted on 06/18/2009

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try different formula or try a different bottle. how about gripe water .you tube shows running water soothes them

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I had a baby girl born premature and she suffered with colic too, we found relief with Gripe Water. It worked wonders.

Joanne - posted on 06/18/2009

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Use infacol drops and if you are bottle feeding use Cow&Gate comfort milk and buy Dr Browns bottles. We also saw a chiropractor who really sorted it out - did much the same as a cranial osteopath would do. Good luck

Amy - posted on 06/18/2009

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Put her head in your hand and drape her legs one on each side of your arm and walk around that's what I did with my son. Ask for help it's ok to take a break from her. My kids are 11,9,8 you need you time

Linda - posted on 06/18/2009

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I would not try anything unless your ped recommends it. So many people have home remedies but I would not try unless you ask your ped first. My daughter was colic as it turns out she had a milk allergy. We had to put her on special formula and put cereal in it only because the dr recommended it. Otherwise you do not need to do that. It is tough b/c my baby was a month old and they say they grow out of it by 3 months that seemed like eternity...i feel your pain you hate to see them suffering. Try rocking her, put her in the stroller, try everything you can and see what works...pacifier sometimes helps too. good luck it will get better!

Tracey - posted on 06/18/2009

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Hi there, my daughter is suffering from colic as well, she is 4 wks old now and i have been giving her something called Infacol for the last 2 weeks as it is suitable from birth and she got quick relief after using this for just a couple of days. It is available in Superdrug and Boots for around £3 and i would highly recommend it as it has worked wonders for us. I know all babies are different but its worth a try.

Kisha - posted on 06/17/2009

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My daughter is 5 months and she had colic very bad her first 3months, I tried the Mylicon Drops worked like a charm u can read up on it but it is safe to use with every feeding my family has been using it for years, I tried the gripe water but it did nothing for her. Good luck

Kerry - posted on 06/17/2009

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If you can get a product called Cocyntal give it a try. Another thing that works is of you carry the baby in an upright position for half the day (put her in bjorn or whatever carrier you have) and go about your daily business, cooking, cleaning, whatever. Keeping her upright helps the gas to pass better rather than to "get stuck " in the belly and intestines and the heat from your body helps her to feel better. During the second half of the day she should be more comfortable and not need to be attached to you. Also think about what you are eating as many veggies can cause gas for baby through your milk or try another formula if that is the case. Try a soy formula or a DHA free one (my daughter was allergic to the DHA product in the formula).

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If you are breastfeeding, you drink the fennel tea and she'll get it via your breastmilk. You may also want to watch what you eat and see if certain foods may trigger the colic through your breastmilk. You can also do some exercises to get things "moving" down there: you hold her shins and slowly and gently roll them up to her tummy,and in a slow circle outward and back around to her tummy. Then holding the same spot you gently bring the knees up to the chest and down. I did this combo of stuff and it all worked, but homemade gripe water was the godsend.



You can also make your own gripe water at home with 1/4 tsp each of dried fennel seed, dried ginger and baking soda. If you have a tea ball, just put the fennel & ginger in and let it steep in the hot water for a while and stir in the baking soda. You can then store it in the fridge for about a week and use a dropper to administer-you'll have to play with what amount will work for your little one, but 7cc's worked for my son.



Good luck!

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If you are breastfeeding, you drink the fennel tea and she'll get it via your breastmilk. You may also want to watch what you eat and see if certain foods may trigger the colic through your breastmilk. You can also do some exercises to get things "moving" down there: you hold her shins and slowly and gently roll them up to her tummy,and in a slow circle outward and back around to her tummy. Then holding the same spot you gently bring the knees up to the chest and down. I did this combo of stuff and it all worked, but homemade gripe water was the godsend.



You can also make your own gripe water at home with 1/4 tsp each of dried fennel seed, dried ginger and baking soda. If you have a tea ball, just put the fennel & ginger in and let it steep in the hot water for a while and stir in the baking soda. You can then store it in the fridge for about a week and use a dropper to administer-you'll have to play with what amount will work for your little one, but 7cc's worked for my son.



Good luck!

Guggie - posted on 06/17/2009

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I noticed in your profile picture the baby is being fed a bottle. If you are using expressed milk, you might want to try eliminating all dairy from your diet to see if this helps.



If you are using formula, you might want to try different kinds. Most of the major formulas are built on processed bovine casein (e.g. cow's milk).



You can also try eliminating grains as well. And pumping a separate bottle for the first couple of minutes can help you separate the foremilk. She might be getting full on the foremilk and not getting to the hindmilk.

Rebecca - posted on 06/17/2009

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Infacol saved my sanity! Available from chemist & some supermarkets. My daughter also loved tummy time as it eased her pain.

Angela - posted on 06/17/2009

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Hello, pat her back to let her burp or rub her tummy until you can get her to release some of the gas on her tummy, it may take a while but it will help her feel better.

Kelli - posted on 06/17/2009

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My daughter is 2 months old and was prescribed "Hyosyne" drops for her colic. She's like a totally different baby these days! The days that I'm slow with her dose, you can really tell. Since starting the drops, she is a smiley little girl who actually takes naps now!

Allie - posted on 06/17/2009

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I found this great stuff. It's Hyland's colic tabs- they are dissolvable homeopathic remedy for colicy babies. I learned about them from: www.howtoprepareforbaby.com Good luck! They worked great for me. Hylands also has great teething tablets which I have used for years!

Jessica - posted on 06/17/2009

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I was a colic baby and my sister's kids would have been too, had we not done what my Mom finally did with me. Which was really just making sure that the baby never got too wam. Not ALL babies like being that warm...

Jordanna - posted on 06/17/2009

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my daughter was also colic. I couldn't breast feed. I pumped aprox 1 bottle a day. Rest was formula. I tried Soy against my dr.s wishes. I went by my gut. It helped quite a bit. It takes a bit to get used to. Go slowly if you choose to try. It is a bit constipating. I used extra water when this happened and we got past this and she got used to it and is now 6 and still drinks soy. She is not lactose intolerant but I think cow's milk is for cows! Hope this helps.

Melisa - posted on 06/17/2009

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hi, the best thing i used was called "colic calm".... you can find it online...go to coliccalm.com.....it's homeopathic ,gentle, and safe....it works real quick too!!!

Angel - posted on 06/17/2009

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Hi there, Our son had colic for the first three and a half months of his life and having tied everything, the thing that completely and utterly fixed it was Cranial Ostiopath! Three sessions and it has completely gone. As i understand it colic is the seizing up of the digestive system which is very immature, causing spasms and milk turning to milkshake with lots of wind coming up and gas going down... we tried infacol which did nothing, gripe water which had immediate but short lived effect, colic massage which was helpful in getting gas out of the bottom morning and evening, but the Cranial Ostiopath just fixed it. I have heard many people who have sorted out colic through Cranial ostiopath - good luck!

Ezelle - posted on 06/17/2009

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Hi my boy had colic for 5 months, the milk similac alimentem really made it better. sorry but nothing else. Patients is all.

Cindy - posted on 06/17/2009

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my son had very bad colic, there was nothing i could realy do we tried everything!!! i made my own fennal tea this seemed to help best, as well as lots of hugs. at the age of 3 mnths my son got a hurnia because of the colic keep letng health professionals no wot is going on for both you and your baby because i was very sleep deprived my son didnt sleep very long during this period. seeing your child in pain is very destressing when you r unable to help them it is almost unbearable, my son is now ten and very healthy n a happy and much loved child. hang in there it dosnt last foreva gud luk...

Sushmita - posted on 06/17/2009

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You should always make sure your baby BURPS everytime she has milk. Do not put her to sleep or lie down without that. My Doc was very stick with me about the same. This is a great remedy for Colic.

Rasha - posted on 06/17/2009

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My son had colic when he was younger. Gripe water worked for him. I still give him some when he has tummy ache. Also, try warming a small towel or burp cloth with an iron and put it on his tummy on top of his clothes. That worked too but make sure the towel is not too hot. and try moving her legs in bicycle motion that will help move the air bubble in her tummy. Good luck :)

Traceylee - posted on 06/17/2009

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Hi my son was colic for 3 months, in South Africa we have telemant drops or you can try grip water the telmant you can put into the milk which helps to bring the winds out. aslo try cooled down bottles of boiled water prior to her milk feed. my son only started with his pains every day in the afternoon through to the evening. i know how you feel you don't know which way to turn or what to do and it's so frustrating because they can't tell you. also try keeping her tummy warm it helps with pain.

Cecilia - posted on 06/16/2009

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the thing that worked best for us was good ol' fashion massage therapy. My dad is a therapist and told us to rub in a circular motion from right to left. this helps pass all the gas bubbles that are sitting in the intestine causing the pain. (this actually works for any adult also) It's worth a shot.

Christy - posted on 06/16/2009

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Actually my cousin did the same thing, and it worked so yeah it couldn't hurt. Plus it's not like they would do a neck adjustment or anything.

Deb - posted on 06/16/2009

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My son had colic from the time we brought him home from the hospital until i took him to my chiropractor....he said that sometimes during birth babies get a pinched nerve and it hurts when they lay for a while in one position....it worked for me...all i can say is try it

Christine - posted on 06/16/2009

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Gripe water was the only thing that helped settle my daughter down when she had colic. I nursed her exclusively. I cut out dairy, wheat, caffeine, anything that caused acid reflux, and almost everything else. The only remedy that worked for us was Gripe water. Just remember there is a light at the end of the tunnel and what you are going through will not last forever, Good luck

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