what is the best thing to do/use to soothe a colicky baby?

Heather - posted on 11/28/2009 ( 155 moms have responded )

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Our son is 1 week and 3 days old and gets very fussy at night till about 5 am, it seems to be gas becasue he tucks his legs to his chest etc. any ideas on how to soothe him?

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Marcia - posted on 11/28/2009

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Get one of those big exercise balls. Swaddle your baby in a blanket, hold to your chest and sit on the ball. The bouncing up and down with soothe your baby and help burp up any gas. The bouncing is also good from their lymph drainage. If that does not help try some alcohol free Gripe water ( my son hated that) If your child has colic past 3 months of age go see a pediatrician as he may have acid reflux. My son had that and the ball helped with the reflux and the colic. It has helped my friends babies as well. Good luck :)

Sarah - posted on 12/05/2009

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If he is bottle fed you could try Dr Browns Bottles which are suppose to help with colic. Also you can buy from Boots remedies that are suitable from birth like infacol. Hope this helps

Kelly - posted on 12/02/2009

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My son was the same way, try to nurse for about 5- 10 minutes than burp him and then cont. and slowly increase the amount of time between burping, also wrap him up tight in a blanket

(kind of in a ball),he may just need a little cuddling, Don't let anyone tell you that you need to do a bottle or formula, also do a food dairy of want you are eating, it might be something that you are eating that is making him gassy. I hope this helps.

Courtney - posted on 12/01/2009

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Just thought of something else...if you are breastfeeding, try cutting out dairy. I know, it sounds really restrictive, but if you try it for a couple weeks and it reduces his gas pains, then you know it's worth it. I had to do that with my daughter until she was about 8 weeks and then I slowly added some dairy back into my diet. So worth it!!

Amanda - posted on 12/01/2009

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Try a sling. It was the only thing that would calm my little girl. I found one at Target called the Jelly bean and she would sleep in it for hours. I would wear her around the house and do laundry, clean, etc. I would shop wearing her. It was great, we still use the sling now to carry her because it frees up my hands for other things. Good luck and if it's really colic it will go away on it's own around 8-12 weeks.

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If you dont want to bounce your baby at 3 a.m. , just make sure you burp him really well even if it takes 5 min. My son , now 5 months had this exact problem.I cut out wheat and dairy (lost all baby weight :), and tried to get the gas out. He is still VERY, gassy but not in pain. We just roll with it, yes it is a pain in my neck, but its only a phase and before you know it he will be on to the next. Good luck. I think the dairy was a good thing to quit, and the swadling, pressure onthe tummy helps too. YOur biceps will be AWESOME!

Stacie - posted on 12/05/2009

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ok we are each unique so try em all til ya find what helps. suggestions colic carry- baby chest down on forearm, head in hand, feet hanging on each side and walk around.; burp- each ounce(i had to with mine she had both colic and reflux, it worked);vaccuum; music you can sing to; dryer dribble-baby in infant seatand set next to a running dryer.; music you can sing to;if breast feeding- log what you eat and when baby acts up, cow milk in mommies diet can be bad, dairy; other foods maybe caffeine, chocolate, bananas, oranges, strawberries, spiced foods. trying these things b4 putting anything into there bodies is adviseable. if you need to tho please all natural, herbs, etc. one more thing- laying my baby on her g-mas fat belly and big boobs always seemed to do the trick. oh yeah and music you can sing to. :~)

Shelly - posted on 12/05/2009

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That is right, my oldest son had it so bad we taped it on a recorder and put it in his crib 17 years ago. My youngest son did not like th recorder he wanted the real thing. I wore out two vacs. lol

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Obviously, check with your ped before you try anything. Same problem with my son, now 18-months-old. Deciding with my ped. that he may have food allergies, etc., I changed my diet when I was nursing, eliminating foods which cause gas and reflux and then we put him on a soy-based formula. The soy-based formula helped. To soothe him we used hot water bottle (warm water only), bounced him gently, raised his legs up to his chest repeatedly when he was on his back, and walked around with him all day long! When he was older, we found out he does in fact have acid reflux and he is allergic to dairy, wheat and eggs. Don't worry, this will get easier!

Torri - posted on 12/04/2009

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My son was like this too-what a challenge! We would take turns getting up at night kept lights off when feeding him at night, played soft music, talked to him calmly, gave warm bath, warm compress for his tummy. Tried to be aware when I was getting flustered too so I could take a break. He grew out of it and we got through it but it was tough. It was hardest seeing him in pain and not being able to really help it. I feel your pain. Hang in there!

Joy - posted on 12/04/2009

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at 3 weeks old my daughter started screaming, from about 5:30pm to 11pm. It was every night, same time. After numerous visits to the Dr. to rule everything out, it was just colic. Tried all formulas, breastmilk, gas remedies, etc. As my dr. said, it's a lot harder on the parents than the child. Lots of patience is required and just know that it will pass within a few months. I had to hold my daughter wrapped snug in a blanket, sit at the edge of my bed and bounce her. Only thing that worked!! and it wasn't easy to do after a C-Section. It's horrible to go thru, but it does pass. Now at 5 she is healthy, smart and sleeps 12 hrs. a night, EVERY night!! Hang in there..

Kathleen - posted on 12/04/2009

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One more thing....it turns out my son had severe reflux disease that we were not able to find out until he was about 4..it seems he developed a tolerance because of the all day colic to the pain....listen for complaints of stomach aches as the child ages!!!!

Kathleen - posted on 12/04/2009

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My son was colicky all day ....first, my pediatrician changed his formual to ENFAMIL. He also prescribed Zantac liquidwhich enabled him to eat a little more....two thing worked for me in soothing my son...first was car rides during extreme fits and the second was swaddling very tight and rubbing the feet everynight...dont know why the foot thing helped, but it did. only problem now is he is 8 and stil loves foot rubs!!!!! his feet arent so cute anymore :)

Beth - posted on 12/03/2009

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Mt daughter, who just turned 15 yrs. old today, she suffered terrible colic. It's odd but the only thing that calmed her down wa the noise of the vacuum cleaner. Believe me my older children where sick of carrying it for me up and down stairs when I needed it. Good Luck to you..

Sreekala - posted on 12/03/2009

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Do have him checked by pediatrician.It may be more than gas. My daughter started being fussy at around 1 week and she would fall asleep around 5 am. We thought its gas and used mylicon,gripewater etc but nothing worked. Around 3 weeks it was hard to see her in pain and crying so much so we took her to dr and she had acid reflux. Started her on Zantac and the change was amazing. Finally my baby was able to sleep in the night. Also I had to keep her upright after every feed for 30 minutes,Have her head elevated in the crib with a pillow under the mattress.Dr said her stomach is producing too much acid and in the night it all comes up and hurts the baby. I gave her zantac till she was about 10 months old when she started most of adult food. Then the reflux reduced by itself..Keeping fingers crossed for you....

Ashley - posted on 12/03/2009

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My daughter suffered from being colic. She would be crying for about 3-4 hours a night starting around 8 pm. The only thing that seemed to sooth her was walking around underneath the florescent light in the kitchen. I would also lay her down on the otoman part of a rocker set and rock her back and forth which seemed to help her. I tried the mylacon drops in her formula when I fed her bottles. That really helped out alot because it removed the bubbles.

Maggie - posted on 12/03/2009

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get a sling or other carrier (I had a Moby wrap) that lets baby be right against your body. dim the lights, play soft music and walk around. He's tucking his legs to his chest because that's a familiar position (that's how he was in your belly). He's probably wanting the security of being wrapped up. The wrap will help with that, too. He'll be close to you, he can hear your heartbeat and it feels safe. Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 12/03/2009

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My son suffered with colic and he was really bad with it I changed his bottles to dr brown ones and put him on cow and gate comfort milk and with in a week he was a different baby i kept him on the bottles until he was 6 months old and i never looked back I hope this helps Sarah x

Sarah - posted on 12/03/2009

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Gripe Water was the ONLY thing that helped my son. You can give it to them multiple times a day, there is no medicine in it. All natural herbs... I got it at Rite Aid and Target. Hope your lil one is feeling better!

AILEEN - posted on 12/03/2009

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Try a warm wash rag on his tummy or if you have an electric heating pad, turn it on the low setting and either wrap the heating pad or your son in a light blanket and place that on his belly to soothe the gas bubbles. There are some over the counter things for colicky babies but because of his age, I'd check with your pediatrician first.

Tonya - posted on 12/03/2009

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when i was a baby my mom said that from birth to 8 months old i had colic and nearly drove her crazy. When i asked what did she do to make me feel better she said she held me on her hip and ran the vacuum or she would take me for a ride in the car. Either way she said it helped to soothe me instantly. However the car rides would put me to sleep.

Bridget - posted on 12/02/2009

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My sister used Gripewater on my niece. You can find it in your healthfood store or order it online. Also sometimes things depend on if your breastfeeding or bottlefeeding. If you're breastfeeding could be something you're eating or if it's formula may not be the right formula for baby. My sister just had her second baby and she is a week and two days old. She ate beans and my niece was up all night. Also you could try laying your baby on their belly over your thigh, sometimes that relieves the pressure. Good Luck!

Liz - posted on 12/02/2009

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Try Mylicon. It's over the counter at any Walgreens, CVS etc... My Pediatrician said that you can use it just before meal time and it will help clam the stomach. It is not addictive and it really worked for my girls! Check it out with your own Pediatrician!!!

Angie - posted on 12/02/2009

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Infants Friend, u can buy it from the pharmacy and it can be given to new born babies. if it dribbles onto their skin wipes it off straight away though as it will leave a rash for a couple of hours. other than that is was a life saver for me

Krystal - posted on 12/02/2009

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my dghtr had colic as a baby.it seemed like nothing helped. the only thing that comforted us was knowing that it doesnt last long. hang in there!:)

Sharli - posted on 12/02/2009

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Bless you! I had 2 colicky babies but had no relief for them in the 80's. These days there are a couple of things on the market. One is called Gripe Water and the other, I believe is by Mylicon. It's just tummy relief for babies. My daughter had good luck with both of these products for her tummy troubled baby. Good luck and remember, "This too shall pass".

Karen - posted on 12/02/2009

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The best thing that I found out 21 years ago with my son was Peppermint water.... I didn't think that it would work but it did.... he was the worse with the colic... I don't think I got much sleep back then with him....

KARINA - posted on 12/02/2009

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they have these drops that i use to buy for my daughters they have it at target its in a lil greenish bluish box . its specially for colic. its in the baby isle. itsvery good

Christine - posted on 12/02/2009

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If you are not breast feeding, it may be your formula and or bottle. My son was VERY colicky, I had to do some unusual things for him. I could not breast feed after four weeks the formula was the main problem, I had to go through a few before I found somthing that worked.

Sarah - posted on 12/02/2009

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The best advice that I have for you is to get Mylicon (gas drops for infants) and put the drops into the bottle (I always used Dr. Brown's bottles) along with the formula or breast milk. It always soothed my kids when I would place them tummy down across my legs (put a cozy blanket over your legs for padding), pat there little butt and rock my legs back and forth. The pressure on there tummy from my legs always seemed to do the trick. It's worth it to try anything...good luck!

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Gripe water is great for gas and colic. And it's natural so you don't have to worry about putting drugs into your newborn.

Sheila - posted on 12/02/2009

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I know it is old skool but I used a teaspoon of light Karo syrup in the bottle of water for my daughter. A teaspoon in two ounces of water is a reasonable amount. Corn syrup is sweet like sugar, and when it gets into the intestine it stimulates it to move the stool along and also helps move the gas down and out to be released. It also draws a little more fluid into the intestine, thus making the stools less hard. You don't want to overdo it though, because too much can cause diarrhea and change the balance of salt in the body very easily

Kelly - posted on 12/02/2009

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Hi,My daughter suffers from bad colic and reflux, I found a belly massage and leg cycling to be a great help, then placed in to a nice warm bath. I you need more info then just ask. Good luck

Andrea - posted on 12/02/2009

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Have you ever tried a peppermint stick. Get a peppermint stick and let your baby lick off of it. That is why you get peppermint after u go to a resturant to settle your stomach. Try this this might help.

Kenda - posted on 12/02/2009

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We tried mylicon, we tried prescriptions from the pediatrician and every over the counter medication you can think of for gas and colic...you name it we tried it and the herbal worked the best. Always check with your pediatrician of course I am sure as a mom you have already done that and you should consult with him/her about the camimile tea but my daughter's dr said it was fine as long as it was not done full strength. Making sure your baby burps is very important and you may want to break more often during feedings to burp if necessary and see if that will help as well, my niece has had to do that with my great niece to prevent gas and spitting up.

Ivy - posted on 12/02/2009

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My husband and I would hold our baby with our arm against her tummy and walk around with her. We also used infacol and raised her moses basket mattress to an angle so her head was higher than her tummy, but not too high that she would fall out. My husband would also burp her on his knee so her tummy was against his knee and her legs dangled between his. Once we started doing those things it really helped. Then when she went back to breast feeding we didn't have issues with gas except rarely and she learned to burp herself. As your baby gets older, you can give him tummy time and that will help bring up any trapped gas.

Dania - posted on 12/02/2009

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yr baby is too young to be having colics usually they start at 2 months. Is he breast or bottle fed? In both cases make sure he's not eating too fast gulping down his milk thats the main reason babies have colics or regurgitate. If its not the case ask your doctor if it could be the milk(or if its something you ate if you're breastfeeding). Good luck :)

Courtney - posted on 12/01/2009

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Try placing a warm washcloth on his tummy. Also, keep him upright in a baby carrier or sling and walk around with him. That way you can still get things done and he can get some relief and a little nap. My daughter was the same way until she could burp on her own. Trust me, it seems like it will take forever until that point, but it goes fast!

Erin - posted on 12/01/2009

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my son had colic as a baby. it always made it easier when i would lay him across my arm on his belly with a warm towel pressed against it. also mylicon helps alot!! just think of anything that would help you if you are having severe gas pains and it should help him too. after all colic is severe infant gas pains.... hope this helps!!

Wendy - posted on 12/01/2009

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I would try the Infant Gas Drops, if it is gas they should soothe him a little bit. I'd also check with the pediatrician just to make sure it is onlhy gas.

Kenda - posted on 12/01/2009

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As you can see from the pic of her playing in the rain (10 years later) the tea didn't hurt her at all, lol ;)

Kenda - posted on 12/01/2009

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It doesn't need to be full strength of course but mix it about half regular water and half of the tea with the formula and warm it slightly.

Kenda - posted on 12/01/2009

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We used camamile tea in the formula (powder) in the evenings...it seemed to really soothe her and it is natural and will not hurt them. My daughter was a preemie as well so it will not hurt him :)

User - posted on 12/01/2009

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I know this may sound crazy but it actually works. a lil piece of a peppermint in water or the gas drops from walgreens lol

Donna - posted on 12/01/2009

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I don't know if my reply posted, but try Dr. Brown bottles. Also, go to your pharmacist and ask them to order a bottle of peppermint oil extract. Then place two little drops in the formula and shake up. This really works.

Donna - posted on 12/01/2009

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I don't know if anyone else said this but try changing over to Dr. Brown's bottles. Those are wonderful for colicky babies.

Donna - posted on 12/01/2009

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I don't know if anyone else said this but try changing over to Dr. Brown's bottles. Those are wonderful for colicky babies.

Donna - posted on 12/01/2009

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I don't know if anyone else said this but try changing over to Dr. Brown's bottles. Those are wonderful for colicky babies.

Betsy - posted on 12/01/2009

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Besides infant drops, since he is pulling his legs up, try holding him around the belly, or lying over your knees. The pressure on the belly can help ease the pain of the gas. Burping while he lies on your legs rubbing his back, belly down can also help move the gas. Pulling the legs up shows it is upper intestinal pain, which kicking their legs out usually is lower and/or constipation. Sometimes white noise helps too, like the vacuum running or a white noise machine.

Bev - posted on 12/01/2009

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I'm not sure if you are nursing or not but my son had that problem as well, while I was nursing. I tryed all the "really good" formulas on the market and they didn't help. As soon as I switched to the Presidents Choice brand (not Iron Fortified) he was cured. I asked my Ped. and she said that it was as good as any name brand out there. I passed this on to some of my friends with baby boys and withing a bottle or 2 they baby was cured as well. Good Luck

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