Any tips for babies with bad colic?

Kirstie - posted on 03/17/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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My little boy is nearly 7 weeks and he suffers with bad colic. Any suggestions on what I can do to help him? Ive tried dentanox drops, gripe water, infacol and nothing has worked so far. Its awful seeing him when he is in pain and so upset.

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Katarina - posted on 03/17/2010

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Another thing that works well is leg exercises. Bend his knee and opposite elbow towards one another and repeat on the other side. You'll soon find that he'll start releases a lot of gas. Warm bath to.

Katarina - posted on 03/17/2010

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Oval is fantastic for gassy babies. I also swear by an infant swing. My Son had terrible colic from about 6 weeks-4 months and the only thing that would sometimes work was a swing. I used to cry with my son because I felt so helpless, but it does pass. Try the football hold, works well to. Or try holding his back against you body and his head resting on you arm. The other arm should be between in legs and holding his tummy. My Son loved both those positions. Singing sometimes works to, maybe find a song he really likes. Good luck and Congratulation on your new bundle of joy!

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Stefany - posted on 10/24/2013

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Have you tried Mylicon? My baby has bad colic too, and we have been going crazy! I have changed his milk from similac to enfamil gentlease, and he slept great last night and has been ok so far the whole day.

Rebekah - posted on 03/29/2010

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My daughter had it and she only slept for 10 minutes at a time and never stopped crying, I had to wrap a blanket and lay her on her stomach on it. I know they tell you not to put them to bed on their belly's but I watched her the whole time. I also put her stomach over my knee and hold her head and rock her. It was worth the 10 mins of peace,.

Samantha - posted on 03/29/2010

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My daughter had colic pretty badly for about the first 6 months of her life, all she ever did was scream and cry. It made me insane. We tried the drops & they made her throw up violently so I never tried gripe water or anything like that. What worked for us (the ONLY thing that worked) was putting her in a vibrating infant chair & using our feet to rock it pretty aggressively. For her it was all about the motion, the stronger the motion the more relief she felt. I can remember having her in the infant car seat and swinging it all around just to calm her down. Our doctor told us to just remember that she was okay, there was nothing physically wrong with her & sometimes there's nothing you can do except be there & be calm to try to comfort them. Good luck!!

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the best thing is nutramigin formula, its for colic. ours had it bad and within 2 weeks she was alot better when we put her on that formula. that gripe water and stuff it helps some babies but did nothing for ours. nothing worked for our daughter until the nutramigin. we put ours on soy and it backed her up bad. she couldnt have soy.

Chelsea - posted on 03/29/2010

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If you are using formula,try switching to soy. If you are breastfeeding try eliminating milk from your diet for a week and see if that makes a difference. My doctor said alot of times colic is a milk allergy.

Chandra - posted on 03/29/2010

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when my daughter had colic i used gripe water they sell it at kroger and maybe some other stores too. But it helps that and another thing i just cant think of it right now.

Leslie - posted on 03/18/2010

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We used Enfamil Gentleze and gripe water. Some people say gripe water works, some say it doesn't. It did work for us, so I recommend at least trying it. Also, leg exercises can help. You move his legs like he's riding a bicycle. Good luck, I hope you find some advice from one of us that works for you! Trust me, it'll pass...even when it feels like it won't!

Summer - posted on 03/18/2010

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Both of my girls had horrible colic, so I switched their formula from cows milk to soy. It worked like a charm, I kept them on it until they were 1yr old then started giving them regular milk. I had no problems, they both drink milk all the time and it was no problem switching them over.

Christina - posted on 03/18/2010

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My Daughter had bad colic also, i used infacol at first but that was no good so i tried Dentinox which seemed to help a little. Then someone told me about Dr.Browns Bottles!!! They are amazing!! The combination of these and dentinox cleared it up in a month or two, everyday getting a little better!!1 I would definitely start with these bottles if i have another child!! I also used to rais the mattress of her crib up with rolled up sheets as it seemed to wake her back up screaming if she was laid flat!! This seemed to help a little too, she had more that a couple of minutes sleep with it anyway!!!

Bridgett - posted on 03/18/2010

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no meds ever really helped for me...so one day i just sat in a chair and put my baby sitting on my lap with her back against my stomach and started rocking back and forth and in no time she was passing gas and from then on thats what i would do and it always worked

Kirstie - posted on 03/18/2010

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Thank you everyone for your help and advice. I will give the all a go and let you know how I get on and what has helped. Fingers crossed he will benefit from them all. I'm pleased I'm not the only one who has experienced this, I was beginning to think it was something I was or wasn't doing. Thanks again everyone your help is much appreciated

Natasha - posted on 03/17/2010

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when he is in a real lot of pain giving him a warm bath really helps. Also baby massage is great as you rub the tummy in a clock wise way and this encourages the air out of the stomach. It also helps to calm your baby down. Leg exercises are great too make his legs pedal like he is riding a bike. I hope your little man is better soon. remember it is only a stage and you will get through it! I know it doesn't seem like that but stay strong.

Danielle - posted on 03/17/2010

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I would have him seen maybe. My son was like that and we found out he had acid reflux and was allergic to milk and soy. So I had to stop breastfeeding and my sons doctor sent us to a GI specialist where they tested his poop to see if there was blood in it (we cant see the blood) and it came back showing blood. So we went through 2 different formulas before we could find one that worked for him and that showed no blood in his poop. It was a long couple weeks and sad weeks for me to see him soo upset. Nothing I did helped him. But after we found this formula everything was back to normal and he was fine. He did spit up a little from the acid reflux but after a few months that was under control. Now hes almost 15 months allergy free. Good Luck it can be very stressful. But I do recommended seeing a specialist so many babies have allergies now.

Anne - posted on 03/17/2010

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We tried allsorts and nothing had much success. My baby finally grew out of it at 3 months. One thing you could try though is peddling his legs like he is riding a bike and then alternating with raising his knees up to his chest and straightening them over and over. It helps to relieve tummy pain and gas. Good luck - it's truly horrible I know.

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that stuff really doesnt work as far as gripe water and such. we tried everything. we had a little screamer bc of colic. no one believed how bad it was until theyd hear her. but the best thing is nutramigin baby formula. its for colic and within a few days we noticed a big difference. try the nutramigin formula. plus its easy to digest. regular formula has iron which tears up a babys belly and the colic formula has little iron in it.

Brandy - posted on 03/17/2010

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make sure you are combining gas drops with the gripe water, it helps but unfortunately not quite a miracle worker

Marqita - posted on 03/17/2010

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IF YOU ARE GIVING HIM FORMULA TRY CHANGING TO ENFAMIL GENTLEASE.. THTZ WHT I DID WHEN MY SON WAS SUFFERING FROM COLIC... U CAN ALSO GIVE HIM SOY FORMULA WHICH SHOULD ELIMINATE IT COMPLETELY. JUST CUZ YU GIVE HIM SOY NOW DOESNT MEAN THT YOU HAVE TO GIVE HIM SOY MILK WHEN HES OLDER. GOOD LUCK. TELL ME HOW IT GOES!

Nikki - posted on 03/17/2010

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my daughter is half asian and in their culture my mother in law came to the rescue took off her clothes, just had her in diapers and took a thin sheet, wrapped it tightly around her belly and making a knot and then she tossed her over her shoulders, like her belly on her shoulders and then she walked around the room a lot rubbing her back in circular motion at the same time, let me tell you my poor baby felt so much better because she started farting loudly..the blanket cant be that bif but just big enough to tie it around the baby and tight but not TOO tight, make it as tight as you can enough that he can breath comfortably, i hope this works for him. :)

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