i have a 15 weeks old son and still have colic, i really dont know what to do? how long does it last
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Carolyn - posted on 04/01/2011
look up the I love u massage, theres a video on youtube i beleive that shows you exactly how to do it. Direction is very important, you go the wrong way, it can cause problems instead of help.
my son suffered terrible terrible gas, and would scream and cry and cry and scream. Once i realized what it was, i was able to track the patterns to know when to start helping him pass it ( bicycling the legs, toes to nose, etc) I also started using Oval drops 3 times a day before nursing. I had a whole new baby and it was smooth sailing.
at around 3 months, i reduced the oval to 2x a day, then after a week or 2, we were only using it before bedtime since this was when it would seem to bother him most, and kept him from waking up at night in pain.
Elizabeth - posted on 04/01/2011
It is my personal opinion that people are just too quick to call it colic. Have you tried baby massage.
Massage can be a lifesaver if you do it properly the baby will release gas while you are doing the massage or even have a bowel movement during or shortly after. P
1. Place your right hand above the belly button and your left hand below the belly button...firmly press and turn your hands clockwise until your right hand reaches the spot where your left hand started.
*repeat about 5 times
- Be sure to use some lotion so you don't tug at his skin.
- you can loosen the diaper so he is still comfy and doesn't pee on you
2. take his feet in your hands and push his knees gently and firmly into his tummy..this will help him release any gas ...if his tummy is hard..he is full of it and definately in pain
*repeat this step about 5 times rocking the knees back into the tummy
you can start again at step 1 then follow to step 2 if it is helping
Renae - posted on 04/01/2011
Louise I think you are talking about reflux :)
Colic normally clears up between 12 and 14 weeks. It typically goes away very quickly within a period of 5-7 days. It is unusual for it to last longer and when it does it is referred to as "transitional colic".
There is no specific diagnostic test for colic but beyond 14 weeks it can be diagnosed through a series of eliminatory tests. "colic" means pain in the lower abdominal region. The most popular theories are that the pain is caused by immaturity of the digestive system (difficulty absorbing large molecules and the digestive tract has not yet grown to full length), gas bubbles or spasms in the digestive tract. You should speak with your doctor and pharmacist. There are many over the counter remedies you can try, but unfortunately they do little for severe cases. Colic in newborns is normally diagnosed on behaviour - the criteria is displaying signs of pain immediately after feeding and consistent crying lasting for more than 2 hours per day. It is usually worse at night, though noone knows why.
Are you sure that its colic? Maybe you could tell us a bit about what your baby is doing? What has your doctor suggested?
Louise - posted on 04/01/2011
If you have used over the counter medication for colic and have had no luck then see your GP who will give you Gaviscon Powder which you add to your sons milk. This will make so much difference and is compeltly safe to use. Colic lasts for the entire time your child is on milk only and gets better when on solids. Go and see the GP as colic is so painful for your little one. He will be so much happier when on the powder I could not believe the difference it made with my daughter.