Kristy - posted on 01/31/2009
I hear all these moms talk about colic and i was just wonder what colic is?
Its the most horrible tummy ache and baby cries for approx 3 hours each day. This is usually around the same time. No-one knows what causes it but tiny bubbles of air get trapped in a baby's tummy and cause them this pain. My little boy has colic drops in his milk and this controls it. Strangely, babies who get colic develop symptoms at around 6-8 weeks and they start to go at around 4 months as baby grows out of it. It is awful as you can't help them and can only try to comfort the baby. Various things are supposed to help. Bathing, rocking, tapping the bum, standing next to a washing machine or dryer with it switched on. Infacol is good but only lasts a short time. I hope this answers your question!
Jodie - posted on 01/31/2009
well different doctors use the word 'colic' for different things some doctors say it is bad gas and a poorly tummy and some it is just a word they use when a baby is crying for long periods of time but colic can be horrible and unfortunatly doesnt stop at 3months old like everyone says it can last for up to a year but if you think it is colic try drops if not go to your gp as i got told 7times my baby had colic until he was 4months old then he was too old for colic (or so i was told) i was told he was just a wingy baby until he had test for acid reflux and he did after he had his first dose of meds for it he was a totaly different baby so if your not sure get them to cheak for it
User - posted on 01/31/2009
You can try gripe water and gas drops(simethecone) as well. my baby had gas super bad. They told me to do the bycicle and move her legs around. It helps but when they have it bad it's like putting a bandaid on it!
Watch your diet if you are breast feeding. Onions and garlic are the worst. Cut down on gassy foods.
Amanda - posted on 01/31/2009
Colic can be misdiagnosed as well so be careful. Acid reflux has the same indicators (extreme crying ect.) My daughter was a preemie and while in the hospital the doctors couldn't understand why she was so colicly till they did a hearing test and found fluid behind her ear drum (which is not always an indicator of acid reflux either and can be caused by other factors) so they did a reflux test and low and behold she was experiecing the pain of acid reflux, which was also causing slight aspiration into her lungs causing breathing issues. She was put on medication but we use other "therapy" methods as well, by just keeping her completly upright while eating and for a half hour afterwards as well. The upright position after eating is something I would recommend to any baby, preterm or term, if you think about it it's the same things we try and do when we just have heartburn in general.
Kelly - posted on 01/31/2009
hi crystal, colic is when a baby is full of trapped wind and carnt get rid of it its like a big air bubble my daughter had it for 6months off her life its horrible she never slept of a night . i wouldnt wish it on anyone its that bad
Laura - posted on 01/31/2009
In my opinion its what a Dr says to get you out of the office so they can move onto other patients. The Dr said my son had "colic" and it turned out to be SEVERE constipation from the iron in formula!!! Make the Dr run tests and find out whats wrong. They are there for you.
Sydney - posted on 01/31/2009
Colic is just a really bad form of gas/stomach ache for a baby. Most babies that have colic only get it intermittently, but you get some babies(like my 2) that have colic and seem to cry nonstop. To help them avoid episodes and to help them over come an episode you should keep them warm and out of the air and make sure that you burp them after every meal. My 2 only had it for the first 6 or 8 months, but it was always worse when I had them out and it was windy. Also if I ate something, like broccoli, which would cause them to be gassier then normal. You can also give them a baby gas x to help them get rid of the colic.
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