colicky and no success!

Heather - posted on 10/07/2009 ( 35 moms have responded )

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her grey poop scares me and the doc says its constipation and it will go away but she screams every time she has a bowle movement! shes on gentlease formula by enfamil but it still doesnt seem to help the colicky aspect. please help me!

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Wendy - posted on 10/13/2009

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What worked for me was the baby car seat. Every time my daughter cried she will fall asleep instantly in the car seat, maybe that will help. For the colic she hadn't that type of issue so I was lucky. But the constipation, she drank warm milk

Karen - posted on 10/11/2009

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for the constipation, try putting a tsp of karo syrup in the baby's bottle. As far as the colic, burp her really well. stop and burp after every ounce. also try a soothing diversion. My son liked the vibrating seat. That was the only thing that would make him stop crying. A warm bath can be soothing too.

Sue - posted on 10/10/2009

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try taking her to a chiropractor, or try massages. After a warm bath, take some warm baby lotion or oil and massage her . Lay her on her tummy and while sshe is naked, massage her from her neck to her toes. I did this for my daughter every day and night, for about a week and she would release. try a little dark karo syrup in her bottle too, just a teaspoon or so, it acts as a stool softener good luck

Tracy - posted on 10/10/2009

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Infant's Friend with water before Kiana's bottle was the go for us. Infant's Friend can be bought at any pharmacy or grocery store and is a natural remedy. It costs about $12 but a very small amount is needed until the baby is older. It also helps with teething as it helps the baby to relax and get some sleep.

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I have a ten year old that went though this before I learned some good old time remedies. My 18 month old has no problems. Anytime he is not having regular bowel movements or is fussy, I make a cup of chamomile tea, use 2 to 4 ounces of tea and the remainder of filtered water in an 8 ounce bottle with formula powder. This should help calm her little tummy down whether it is constipation or gas. You can also gently massage her small stomach with olive oil. Always rub in the direction of the large intestine which is clockwise when facing your child. Go from just below her rib cage in a circle, along the diaper (just below her belly button), and back up to the rib cage. Best of luck and God's Blessing! H S W Massage at yahoo dot com If this comes through, please contact me with any questions.

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My firstborn (I have 6 children) had terrible collic. I was dismissed by the pediatritian, basically told I didn't know what I was talking about. He would cry all the time unless he was nursing or sleeping. He finally outgrew it at about 7 mo. old. Years later, I took him to a chiropracter for the first time. He did a preliminary x-ray and discovered that my son had spinabifida oculta. It's a very mild form of spinabifida and couldn't have been diagnosed without an x-ray. But that explained the collic and some of the other problems he had. Don't ignore your maternal instincts. Listen to your baby, she is crying for a reason.

Isobel - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hi, my little one is almost 19 months but we went through 17 weeks of collic when he was first born. He has never shown any signs of constipation - I was unaware this was a symptom. He was completly breastfeed and I was constantly told breastfeed dont get collic. One fantastic health worker was my rock through it and she advised a dummy, gently holding it in place till he took it and it seemed to help with calm him. I was worried about giving the dummy from stories I had heard but as she said, lets help him now and later we will address any habit it may form. As it was when the collic stopped he refused the dummy. The best treatment was Gripe water (Im in the UK and it has a fantastic reputation) I would take a small bottle containing a mix of gripe and cooled boiled water everywhere and would give him a few swigs before I fed and then at the end and then a half hour of active burping. I dont feel we ever beat collic but we did help to reduce the sysmptons !! Someone said to me at the time " We can put a man on the moon but we still dont know how to help a little baby with collic"

Maria - posted on 10/09/2009

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My oldest was extremely colicky at infant, so I couldn't feed him regular formula and I couldn't produce enough breastmilk. So his pediatrician recommended Isomil, a soy-based formula that's easily digestible and easy on his digestive system. It worked so well, we used the same for our youngest son as well.

Heather - posted on 10/09/2009

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I went through and am still going through it now. My son is 7 months old and he does not have grey poop but he is constipated and he screams too sometimes when he is trying to go. My doctor told me I can give him some prune juice in his bottle. Equal parts water and equal parts prune juice. I usually do 2-3 ozs water and 2-3 ozs prune juice. Shake it up and he drinks the entire thing and it really does help. If your daughter is under 3 months I would not do this. Instead try mixing 2T of Dark Karo Syrup in her bottle that works too. We had to do that as well. Hang in there and good luck!

Ilaria - posted on 10/09/2009

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Hi. When my daughter was a couple of months old she used to have colics and gas and constipation. For the worst days, I just used, I very tiny and very flexible probe (I could find at the drugstore). Alternatively, you could youse a termometer. That helps contractions of the rectum and releases gas.

Also, when I had to give her antibiotics for a sore throath she developed serious colics, I used ton giver warm (and mild-as strong has opposite effects) camomille.

Warm calming fluids work wonders for my litttle one.

Good luck. I hope this helps.

Brenda - posted on 10/08/2009

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for contapation you can give her prune juice mixed with apple juice. It worked for my kids.Also oatmeal has been known to help.

Kay - posted on 10/08/2009

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Quoting Lacey:

Try a chiropractor for the colic! My son was colicy the first few weeks after birth, then I took him in and haven't had much trouble since. Now every time he starts to get colic, I take him back. The chiropractor is a miracle worker.



Im am 100% with Lacey...miracle is an understatement, I do suggest a pediatric chiro though...you WILL be amazed

Alysia - posted on 10/08/2009

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Try the Simulac Lactose free formula I used it and it worked wonders 




Quoting Heather:

colicky and no success!

her grey poop scares me and the doc says its constipation and it will go away but she screams every time she has a bowle movement! shes on gentlease formula by enfamil but it still doesnt seem to help the colicky aspect. please help me!


 



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I was a breast feeder and was told that not enough lactose is passed through you into your breast milk to cause a problem. However my hubby is very lactose intolerant so when she was a week half old I stopped eating milk products and she got happy. She is now 2 and has outgrown the problem

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my daughter went thru this and I changed her formula to lactose free even if the Dr. did not agree and it solved all the problems. As to the gripe water, please note that while it is natural (just like Humphrey's are for teething) it can cause adverse reactions and intoxication so I stayed away from that. I also gave her a teaspoon of Mineral Oil at night and still do, till this day, which helps soften the stool to prevent the constipation. You may also want to keep in mind that it may be acid reflux even if the baby doesn't spit up. This was the case with my daughter and the Dr. did not prescribe the Xantax until she was 4 months old and I was so sleep deprived I couldn't even think!! hope this helps and best of luck.

Mandy - posted on 10/08/2009

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I totally agree with you I did the same for my daughter, The chiropractr worked miracles. I also worked for him so I knew how much chiropractic helps.

Mandy - posted on 10/08/2009

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My daughter had the same syptoms her dr put her on Enfamil nutramigen. I also took her to a chiropractor while she was on the table and he was working with her the gas was just floating out I was amazed at how well the chiropractor worked. Also if they are colicky it starts in the evening around the same time everyday and they will scream for 2-3 hours with nothing to help them.

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My pediatrician told me babies do not need any food other than breast milk or formula for the first six months. Giving your baby anything else can lead to food allergies. When they are 4 months old, a tiny amount of rice cereal can be given once or twice a day if the baby shows signs of being ready--but you have to watch for any signs of allergies. My son has had acid reflux from Day1, and the infant form of Zantac was helpful in maintaining his weight because it helped him eat. He also had colicky symptoms that would start in the afternoon and last until he would fall asleep. I didn't know what to do--I'd put him in his baby carrier or take him outside b/c both were calming. Then a friend who is a child psychologist recommended The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Karp. This book has changed my life! I learned so much--for example, I realized that I was doing a lot of things right, but even though my son is five months old, he still needs to be swaddled several times a day so he can calm down and eat and/or sleep. I would recommend the book to anyone who has a 'colicky' baby.

Sheila - posted on 10/08/2009

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Honey if youare scared and you are not satisfied with your doctor's advice, you should trust your instincts and find a doc that you trust. Grey poop is not usually the result of constipation. Doctors seem to dismiss moms as inexperienced or overly protective, and therefore may miss some genuine medical issues. Good luck.

Janice - posted on 10/08/2009

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My grandbaby has had problems with constipation since we started food. We have found feeding her pears loosen the bowels really good or pear juice diluted. Hope this helps. We also used the gripe water and had lots of luck with that. My grandaughter was colicky and had acid reflux. They can give you medication for acid reflux. If you don't want to go with medication. My girlfriend swears by using probiotics.

Shanna - posted on 10/08/2009

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As far as the constipation, we have fought that battle with both our boys. Being the second time around we're a little wiser. We switched bottles to "Dr. Browns", which eliminates the air taken in while feeding, and that has made a HUGE Difference!!! This time around, I've only had to use a small amount of 100% pear juice, to help my little guy out, and that has only been in 1 or 2 bottles!
Switching the bottles may help with the colic too! Not sure, but they make a huge difference with constipation and acid reflux!!

Tammy - posted on 10/08/2009

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All of my boys could not do cow milk based formula at first or would get colic. I switched them to a soy based formula and then gradually added a milk based formula when they were about 6 months old. I used the ow iron ones. You should see results within 48 - 72 hours. They were like new babies. Though one of them could not even do soy at first and I had to use the predigested stuff for about a month. Good luck.

Brandy - posted on 10/07/2009

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Quoting Heather:

where do you get gripe water?



You can get it at walmart or any grocery store or drug store. Usually either in the baby section or where the tums and rolaids are. It usually comes in a box and the bottle is inside of it. I recommend the alcohol free version. It works just as well there is just no alcohol in it.

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My lil gal is now 18 months but we had colic and bad... We used Gripe Water ( you can get it at Walgreens) untill she was 9months old:(- but she also cut teeth at 2months old, so she was 2x as bad. Also when she was 4months we were told told try mixing the ceral in a bottle and that was ok. But we were also told to mix YO BABY yogert in her bottle and man that helped a bunch!!! Now Constipation we also had and I was told to give her a bottle of water she would not take it with out some thing in it so we did juice:) Good luck

Lacey - posted on 10/07/2009

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Try a chiropractor for the colic! My son was colicy the first few weeks after birth, then I took him in and haven't had much trouble since. Now every time he starts to get colic, I take him back. The chiropractor is a miracle worker.

Heather - posted on 10/07/2009

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my son has colic, the doctor said that its acid reflex. they put him on medicine and they told me to put a table spoon of ceral to every 4 oz of formula. also my doctor said that my son can have a oz of pasturized juice for every month old he is. he's 4 months so he can have up to 4 oz of juice today. the ceral binds him up a little. if your not happy with your doctors answers you have every right to get a second opinion....

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My daughters were alergic to iron which caused the constipation and gas that led to screaming. I switched to low iron enfamil and bam it all went away.

Krystle - posted on 10/07/2009

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The doctor told me to put a teaspoon to a tablespoon of dark Karo Syrup in my sons bottle twice a day for constipation. He would turn bright red and cry when he was having a bowel movement. We changed his formula to soy and he was having a hard time adjusting to it. So far so good! I am putting less and less in the bottles now.

Cindy - posted on 10/07/2009

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I used the Gripe Water and made extra efforts to burp. We would burp him sitting up and then we would put him on his belly across our lap and burp him again. Also wait at least a half hour before laying her down after a bottle and burping. We would hold him over our shoulder during that time and sometimes rock him to sleep. I also switched him to a soy enfamil for a while and it seemed to help a little. I hope this helps.

Brandy - posted on 10/07/2009

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Quoting Laura :

Have you ever heard of Gripe Water? Its a natural medication that is used with fussy babies. I use it when my son is just screaming and I've done every thing that I could think to help him. And when I use it he goes to sleep in a couple of minutes. Its expensive ($10) but it lasts for a long time! Try it. I love the stuff!



I agree. Gripe water worked awesome for my daughter's tummy aches when she was that little and it's completely safe to use.

Sarah - posted on 10/07/2009

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They told me my son had colic, but turned out it was reflux, I changed his milk to SMA, they have a similar one to what you have, but I can't remember it's name, I think it was SMA staydown?? He was feeding every 2 hours, and was only happy when he was drinking his milk. In between that he was screaming. Don't know if this helps!

Laura - posted on 10/07/2009

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Have you ever heard of Gripe Water? Its a natural medication that is used with fussy babies. I use it when my son is just screaming and I've done every thing that I could think to help him. And when I use it he goes to sleep in a couple of minutes. Its expensive ($10) but it lasts for a long time! Try it. I love the stuff!

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