help with colic?
congrats on your lil boy! i'm not sure if you breastfeed or bottle feed, but i bottle feed & i use the dr. brown bottles. they aren't cheap, but i love them!! my daughter does not get colic often, but when she does i use mylicon drops! they work wonders!!! hope this helps!
Bonny - posted on 02/20/2009
i had twins almost 30 years ago and one had colic so bad. his great grandmother would cook off a gallon of catnip tea a week and i would heat a little up in bottle and give to him and it really helped. i also have a 5 year old and he had colic and dr. gave him some drops that helped. i would rock and rock and pat and rub his belly to help the pains pass. good luck
Krystal - posted on 02/20/2009
Colic is the worst I am so sorry, know they will grow out of it. For now some things that worked for my son was car rides, swaddling him - really snug he didn't like it at first but in a min or two he would calm down, I did this when I knew he was tired. He also did better sleeping on his tummy, I know a BIG no no but I would sleep next to him to make sure he was ok because I was really tired too! The outside air seemed to calm him, even if it was dark we would go outside. It's alot of trial and error and sometihng that works one day may not work the next. Remember its ok to take a break and go go for a walk or even in another room for a minute.
Keri - posted on 02/20/2009
My daughter had acid reflux (which caused her to be colicy) and I tried many different kinds of gripe water. Then my mom found this gipe water online and it was AMAZING! Within 24 hours she wasn't fussy, stopped having hickups, wasn't spitting up as bad and was a new baby!!!! I swear by this stuff. You can get it at www.colicease.com (make sure you spell it right because otherwise you will go to the wrong site). They send it quickly. It has very different types of ingredients and it is VERY different from most gripe water! It is actually used with chemo patients to help with their upset stomachs. It is all natural and has no alcohol. It is something I keep on hand even for plain old upset stomachs.
Denise - posted on 02/20/2009
Oh that's so hard! My daughter was born screaming and kept on until four months. It wasn't the three hours a day like they say, it was when she was awake, and she slept only in small spurts. We tried Mylicon drops but I don't think they helped. I don;t think gas was her problem and acid reflux seemed unlikely too. She sounded like she was in pain but the doctor couldn't find a cause. We just kept rocking and moving and feeding her (nursing) on demand. All I can say is to hang in there! I remember that sometimes it felt like it would never end. My husband and I occasionally got frustrated with eachother because we felt so helpless. When I got pregnant with my son my biggest fear was that I wouldn't be able to handle it if he was colic-y too, but we were blessed with a sweet-tempered boy. Please remember it does end and the wait will be worth it. My daughter was a new baby by four months and she is a bright, funny and sweet six year old now. Hang in there, you'll make it!
Amanda - posted on 02/20/2009
My daughter had colic from around 3 weeks till around 4-5 months. We went to the herbal store and bought gripe water. We put it in her bottles when she would eat. That seemed to help. We also used a stretchy thermal blanket and would swaddle her real tight in it and that would seem to calm her down. She also like to sleep in her vibrating bouncy seat and as much as they say not to she liked to sleep in her swing. I think it is due to their head being elevated makes them more comfortable. As another mom said on here tho...try fresh air and get away from time to time. If you have to let him sit and cry for 5 minutes then go outside and take a breather. It won't hurt him to cry for a few. It will give you time to calm down. That is what I had to do. I stayed home with my daughter and by time my husband got home in the evenings she was perfect for him. This will pass tho. I tell everyone that my daughter is so well behaved now cause she cried for 4 months straight....they can only cry but so long. And if you can deal with colic...you can deal with the rest! Good luck!
Shannon - posted on 02/20/2009
My son was colic and movement and gas drops was the key eventually he let out a burp that shook his whole body and wasn't that cranky anymore. Just try to stay relaxed to babies sense that. Even though it can be very frustrating take a break if needed. It will get better.
Amie - posted on 02/20/2009
I feel your pain Sarah. My daughter was colic untill she was almost 5 months. The only thing I found that helped her was oval drops with every meal, fresh air. (even if it's cold out, wrap him up, keep him warm, but let him breath in fresh air). My daugher would settle right down if we took her out side. Also try holding him face down in your arms. Try rubbing his lower back in a downward motion. I hope this helps. And everyone is right, remember this will not last forever. I know it feels like it, but it won't.
Good luck! My daughter had colic, she used to cry for hours at night. It stopped abruptly at 3 months. Just try to stay sane until then. You'll find that one day they are screaming their heads off and then suddenly the next day it's gone, like it never happened. I also tried all kinds of drops and meds, but nothing helped. We just held her and rocked her until she stopped and fell asleep. My husband and I took turns and if it gets too much, just put him down for a few minutes to gather yourself again.
Goldie - posted on 02/20/2009
We used gas drops in my daughters bottle two full droppers with each bottle. It seemed to help. She also had a milk protein allergy so changing to soy formula helped.. we had to stop nursing...I was so sad. I hope it gets better.
Marta - posted on 02/20/2009
If you are using gas drops please do use them ahead ( before his feedings) it is imortant to use them preventatively before the onset of colic cause once they have the attack crying itself elevates the problems as they ingest a lot of air and feel worse. I read many warnings against gripe water as it is not sugar or alcohol free.
Your baby is still very young and I would be very careful just to be safe.
Many baby gas remedies contain fennel seed extract in them and I know that making a very diluted and mild fennel seed tea is fine ( I have tried it with great results). I t can be purchased at natural supplement stores in regular teabags and steeped for about 5 min minutes. Just boil the water, put the bag in for a bit a then dilute it to weaken it more.
Cool of of and serve as a drink in baby bottle.
Amber - posted on 02/20/2009
Are you sure that it is colic???
My family doc doesn't really believe in colic. 9 out of 10 times the actual problem is acid reflux. What are your babies symptoms???
My son would cry the most awful cry and pull his legs up a lot and was really squirmy. He was completely inconsolable. It was much worse at night because as I found out the body's acid peaks between 1 and 4am. After the doctor prescribed liquid acid reflux medication all was well. We also elevated his bed a bit.
I hope things get better for you both.
Danielle - posted on 02/20/2009
hi i have a 1 year old who had a bad case of colic i used to use infocol with his bottle i used to give it to him b4 hand and afterwards with seem to help him i also gave him a dummy with he used up until he was 9 nd half months now he doent used it no more i would recommend this it got rid of it also try puttin ur son into his carseat if u have one coz it help with the colic as well hope u get sorted with it soon xx
Timmi - posted on 02/20/2009
We first switched my diet ( was nursing her) to eliminate dairy, that helped a bit. Then I would use gas drops, that helped a bit, then she either started to outgrow it or she really loved this lullaby cd that I used one night when nothing was working. I also heard that if you boil an onion and let them drink the juice that comes from it works, I don't know if that would work, has anyone else heard of that.
Krissy - posted on 02/20/2009
My son also had colic. I'm so sorry for you! We tried BioGaia probiotic drops and the colic was gone within a week and a half. This was recommended to us by our peds doc. What a life saver. You can order it from your local pharmacy without a prescription. Run don't walk to your pharmacy. I promise this will help!!!!
Linda - posted on 02/20/2009
Sarah my daughter was collic forever I was trying everything but what seemed to help was the vibating chair she would even sleep in it. Oval drops helped but give it to him before he eats and ruffly the time he starts his colic moments. I tried to give her the drops before she would start to cry because crying lets them swallow air and the whole situation would last longer. I feel for you,my daughter was collic as well and I felt so helpless, Try your best and remeber they are not babies forever!
I tried the gas drops that my doctor said would help but they really didnt calm my daughter too much. I noticed however I had a vibrating baby seat & that would help my daughter calm down and even put her to sleep! Yes, sleep! I know this is a tough road but I PROMISE it will get better. Take it a day at a time and take a break when you need one. Ask for help. My husband worked nights and I did most of it on my own. I DO NOT recommend this! If you have family & friends this is when you need them. Try to get out even just to the store to clear your head! I want you to know my daughter is now 10, a fussy eater but a JOY to have! Good luck!!!
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