My son has colic? Any tips out there on what to do for it?

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Brenda - posted on 05/06/2009

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I wish someone had said the words "it might be colic and there's nothing you can do" when my oldest was little. My mother in law insisted he didn't and basically made me feel as though I was doing something wrong because he cried so much.



Specifically, to say a baby has colic they would need to cry for four hours or more at a time without stopping. Colic is a blanket term that covers a lot of stuff. Some people believe that babies sometimes cry for extended periods of time because of gas, sensitivity to light, and stuff like that. An immature digestive tract is something that may cause colic symptoms, or an immature nervous system is thought to also be a possible cause. This means that literally, the baby cries because it is experiencing pain somewhere in the body and has no way to relate what is causing that pain or where it is.



If colic is being caused by something like gas, some gas relief medicines might help. If it does not, it may simply be the only thing you can do is comfort him through the crying periods and attempt distractions. Like I said, if it is as some believe now due to immaturity in the digestive tract or the nervous system, all you can really do is offer comfort until it fades on its own. Sometimes, taking them outside and walking helps. With my son, I'd lay him on the bed and let him watch the ceiling fan and sometimes that would really calm him down. It was just a matter of distraction from whatever was causing him discomfort though, and that's really all you can do sometimes. And if it doesn't work, know that it is a phase, and that it will fade. Colicky babies also usually benefit very well from being worn in slings and other carries that keep them close to their moms, especially where they can feel/hear the heartbeat. This is a natural way to soothe a fussy baby.



That all said, talk to your pediatrician and make certain there's nothing wrong as well. As long as the baby is healthy, growing, and not showing any anomolies in development, he will be fine.

Kirsty - posted on 05/05/2009

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My little girl has it. I use anti colic drops (can only use from 1 month) I try to make sure she is upright when I am feeding her (using anti colic bottles), I burp her over my shoulder and I swearl her bottles to mix them rather than shaking them to reduce the air bubbles in the bottle.

Kelly - posted on 05/05/2009

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With my daughter it turned out to be gas that was making her scream all the time. MYLICON worked wonders on keeping us both sane. Buy the Target brand instead of the name brand stuff though. Works just as well and is about a quarter the price.

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Brittany - posted on 05/06/2009

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my second child ( a daughter ) had colic. I swear it seemed like she cried 99.9% of the day. The thing that helped her the most to get one of those things that you can carry them on the front of you. I would strap her on and carry her around while I did everything. And one day she just up and stopped it all. Then she just started getting into stuff! LOL! But she also liked to be wrapped up tightly in a blanked and put in her baby swing, she just wanted motion all the time. So that is my answer motion. It can be a pain, but it's a great way to get them to stop crying, and a great way to lose any baby weight that you might have as well. And just remember it won't last forever:)

Di - posted on 05/06/2009

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i was breast feeding and was told not to drink any orange juice because it makes it worse

Stacy - posted on 05/06/2009

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Colic is over diagnosed today to parents, who have fussy babies, Colic actually shows as an oversencitivity to various things... gas, constipation, noise, position.



Try Black licorice extract or the dinner candies (licorice flavor) in water... this is like your home made (natural) Gripe water.

Samantha - posted on 05/06/2009

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both mine had colic omg worst days of my life lol, gripe water b4 each feed or infacol before each feed takes effect after wk or so, lil better n e way use untill around 6 months x

Mel - posted on 05/05/2009

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My son is 8 weeks and he has been hard work from the start. He got diarrhea on day 2 and has had it ever since. He is incredibly gassy and does about 15 poos a day, plus cause of the wind everytime he farted he'd poo as well. He was also really tight in his tummy and pulling his legs up. They told he he was just a colicky baby, but there had to be a reason he was so unhappy.



My 1st child was lactose intolernt. I breastfeed, so i stopped eating and drinking dairy and switched to soy. His tummy pains stopped within a week. Chocolate can cause babies to be gassy, and I ate lots of it. I cut it out and his wind calmed a little bit. I also got him a hammock bed, but he didnt really like that.



My 2nd child had reflux, so my final option was that he had silent refdlux. I give him Karicare food thickener before each feed, and it has worked wonders. He had his 1st day sleep last week. He is calmer and happier and easier to settle. It has also stopped his diarrhea.

Mikka - posted on 05/05/2009

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I used Gripe Water by litte tummys. You can purchase it Wal-mart or any pharmacy. It's an over the counter medicine. It seemed to calm my daughter.

Emily - posted on 05/05/2009

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i used colief drops for my son, u put so many drops in the bottle to work tru it for a few hours and then it was drank, it worked a dream

Samar - posted on 05/05/2009

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when my baby used to have colic, gas, i used to give her meds, some were good and some were not, it used to go, i dont know if it was from the meds or what. But then i was given an advice from my mom and it worked as magic. simply rub and massage your baby's tummy with warm olive oil and then wrap the area with a wide cloth or cover your baby with her/his blanket very well. a simple tip, give it a try.

Ora - posted on 05/05/2009

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my son had colic, too, and i cried as much as he did. the ONLY thing that would work for him was a bath. my husband would take a very warm bath, but our son on his legs, then put a wash rag over his belly and poor warm water over his belly. it worked like a heating pad and would relax his tummy enough to let the gas pass. watch out, though. he would relax so much that sometimes he would poop on my husband in the tub!!

Jinglebones - posted on 05/05/2009

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Hi again - hope things are better but I just want to reiterate that the term colic is used to describe babies who cry for extended periods of time over time and they still do not know what causes it - it can be aggravated or associated with a number of factors. I suggest you go to www.medicinenet.com or www.fussybaby.com for some guidance on things to do. You might try charting the crying episodes, i.e. noting what time of day, what it coincides with i.e. feeding, etc. I feel for you - my first hardly ever cried but my second seemed to never stop. Looking back I can identify triggers more clearly, but at the time I was just so preoccupied with getting through each episode. As for some of the suggestions - gripe water helped once, then not again. Sugar is absolutely the worse thing you can give a gassy baby. This may sound funny, but the best thing might be getting someone else to walk the floor while you go for a walk. I am not sure where people are getting there info - colic is not a condition of the central nervous system - they really do not know what causes it - it is just a term used to describe a certain kind of behaviour in some infants. Good luck

Abby - posted on 05/02/2009

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it is said that sucking can help, my son spent 9 weeks(it started at bout 5 days old) and 6hours every night sucking on my finger until he learnt to suck his thumb. so maybe a dummy could help. but it's a hard time but it does end, and it's hard work but the first night ur little one doesnt scream is the best night ever.

Cristina - posted on 05/02/2009

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The only thing that worked for us was walking around outside in the cool evening air

Linda - posted on 05/02/2009

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Go to a cranial osteopath. I was recommended as my son had colic as well as acid reflux. He missed a few early milestones as he couldn't lie on his tummy but a few visits to an osteopath and he was sorted. I also used the same osteopath for my second child. She has since treated me, my husband and most of my family for various things. They are not cheap, but definitely worth it. Hope that helps. Or if not, use grandparents!!

Amy - posted on 05/02/2009

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are you sure its colic I was told that my first one had it and given medication I kept pushing and it turned out to be really bad ear infections

Sandra - posted on 05/02/2009

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Quoting Liz:

Colic is a condition of the central nervous system of the baby. Our 17 year old daughter was my only colicky baby thank the good Lord! These colicky babies have a hard time processing the stress of the day so at night when it is time to quiet down and go to bed they can't. All they can do is cry is because that is how they get rid of stress. Colic lasts about 3 months until the nervous system matures and grows a little bit more. You will survive it even though you think you won't!

What these colicky babies need is white noise. Noise like the snow on a TV or a vacuum cleaner. Static on the radio. That type of noise. They make those baby chairs now you can put baby in and turn them on and the chair vibrates like they are in the car. Those help as well. What I did was to make a tape recording using a continuous play tape recorder of my vacuum cleaner. Any type of white noise will do though. For some reason it soothes the babies and they actually fall asleep!

Good luck!


I agree with Liz with white noise. My son is now 25 months and he still like the white noise during the day sleep. Because we are on a busy street.



I also would turn the dyer on and place baby in infant car seat  near dryer.



While doing laundry it works great. Never leave baby along in infant car seat please. Or you can place play pen in laundry room also if you have the room.



Hope this helps.

DeAnna - posted on 05/02/2009

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I don't know if this has been mentioned but GRIPE water! It was a miracle for my daughter.. It is all natural it has ginger, and fennel seed, and other ingredients that calm the tummy and helps tremendously... there is also something called mylicon drops for gas which my doctor said was safe to use daily... usually colic is most related to tummy issues but sometimes noises or movement helps vaccums, walking them around even just in your house in the stroller.. I hope these tips helps they really worked for me!

Liz - posted on 05/02/2009

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Colic is a condition of the central nervous system of the baby. Our 17 year old daughter was my only colicky baby thank the good Lord! These colicky babies have a hard time processing the stress of the day so at night when it is time to quiet down and go to bed they can't. All they can do is cry is because that is how they get rid of stress. Colic lasts about 3 months until the nervous system matures and grows a little bit more. You will survive it even though you think you won't!

What these colicky babies need is white noise. Noise like the snow on a TV or a vacuum cleaner. Static on the radio. That type of noise. They make those baby chairs now you can put baby in and turn them on and the chair vibrates like they are in the car. Those help as well. What I did was to make a tape recording using a continuous play tape recorder of my vacuum cleaner. Any type of white noise will do though. For some reason it soothes the babies and they actually fall asleep!

Good luck!

Jinglebones - posted on 05/02/2009

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Do you mean gas - are you breast or formula feeding. No offense to others but colic is just a name they give to babies who tend to cry a lot and the crying could be for a number of reasons. If you suspect that gas is the problem you could help him work it out by laying him on his back, massaging tummy, flexing legs in and out; or try burping him more often - sometimes it helps to burp after they have fed for a few minutes, then resume feeding. If you are breastfeeding, try watching which foods you eat that make it worse - for me it was dairy for my little guy. If formula feeding, maybe switch types, try a soy based formula if you think dairy is an issue. For us, jiggling helped our little guy but he had good head control from the day he was born so make sure his head is supported. Also, placing him in the football hold (hand under tummy) and dancing him about helped. It got better after he turned 3 months old, but you should look at underlying causes, i.e. acid reflux. Again, no offense to other responders but babies cry for a reason and if it is gas, sugar will just make it worse.

Elizabeth - posted on 05/02/2009

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I TOOK MY SON AND THEY GAVE HIM WATER WITH SUGAR AND IT HELPED A LOT. I GOT SAMPLES FROM MY PEDIATRICIAN..OR JUST ADD A LITTLE SUGAR TO THE BABY WATER AND FEED LESS THAN AN OUNCE... I HOPE THIS HELPS..

Tiffany - posted on 05/02/2009

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I don't know any tips from experience, but a lady told me that if you melt dinner mints in water and feed the baby the water it helps. Like I said though, I never tried.

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