help with COLIC !!!!

Nicola - posted on 09/16/2010 ( 64 moms have responded )

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my little boy is 8 days old and HAS TERRIBLE COLIC i have tried infocol dentnox changed his bottles to the expensive ones with valves nothing seems to work and its HORRIBLE seeing him in so much pain .. there is milk u can get to help ease it aptimel comfort ? but im not sure about changign his milk ! ?? help plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz !! any advice on how to comfort him or ease the pain weather i should change it ? would b usfull !

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Jennifer - posted on 09/18/2010

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Heidi Olson, new recommendations regarding soy formula is to only use it when all other options are explored first. soy turns to estrogen when it is digested and it is not good for boys, or girls to be on soy formula. kids can have soy products when they are older, but when the majority of their nutrition comes from soy formula, it isn't good for their bodies to have those extra hormones.

goats milk based formula is recommended before trying soy. there are also milk banks where you can purchase pasturized human milk (can be very expensive), or a milk share program where one specific mother DONATES her milk to your family...
http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/

Amie - posted on 09/17/2010

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im sorry to hear that my daughter had terrible colic also, she is 5 months old now and i was always told it goes away and 3 months and it actually did so theres hope just hang in there. I tried gripe water and also infacol but what i found the most helpful was Infants Friend. you can get it from the chemist for about $10. It can be put into your babys bottle fr each feed. I also found a nice warm bath in the evening and gentle massage helped after the bath and holding her face down in my arms rocking her gently helped to take pressure off the little belly. I definately recommend it. Good luck and just stay patient. Your little bubs is in pain and needs to b comforted and your are the best comfort. Hold him up against ur chest ur body skin to skin if u like as ur body heat will act like a hot water bottle- its like when u get period pain for example and the hot water bottle or heat packs help, same as for ur little man- i found it helped alot also i used to hav her under my tops with her head out the top of course lol good luck hun, i hope this helped xox

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what bottles are you using? have you tried dr browns and tommee tippee? what brand of formula are you using? chances are that your brand offers a formula that helps reduce colic. it's ok to change formula but it's usually a good idea to stick with the same brand if possible. also try colic calm drops http://www.coliccalm.com/?gclid=CJuWiM6b... and try the colic cradle here is an article on how to do it:
Some babies develop colic as early as the 2nd to 4th week after birth. A crying, irritable infant may be one sign. Because colic usually cramps the intestine, babies with colic usually tense their muscles and draw up their legs. Some babies react any time of night or day, and others only after feeding.

Doctors are not sure what causes colic. It may be caused by an immature digestive system or allergic reaction to food. Breast-fed babies often react to foods the mother has eaten. Vegetables in the cabbage family, milk, onion, and chocolate are a few foods which may cause discomfort.

You can try several things to lessen colic cramps and pain. If you are nursing, change your diet. Eliminate one food at a time for several days. If colic lessens, you will know that this food may have affected the baby. Many mothers find that drinking less cow's milk helps. If you stop drinking milk, be sure to get calcium from other foods such as cheese and yogurt. For bottle-fed babies, check the nipple size; sucking too hard or gulping formula may cause the baby to swallow air. Try to hold baby in an upright position while feeding to allow air to escape. You may try laying your baby on his stomach across your knees, supporting his head and rubbing his back to lessen his discomfort.

Most important, comfort your crying baby, even though you may feel stressed out yourself! A baby left to cry gulps more air and becomes more tense. Walking with the infant, letting him suck on a pacifier, finger or breast, or playing soothing music may ease baby's pain. The �colic cradle� puts pressure on the baby's stomach and helps relieve pain. Place the baby face-down on your forearm, with his head at your elbow and tummy on the inside of your wrist. Support him with your arm and hand. This position also frees your other arm so you can steady the baby and take care of other things at the same time. Some babies seem to calm down when riding in a car, or when wrapped snugly in a blanket. Time spent comforting your baby is good for his emotional growth. For severe cases, your doctor may suggest medication. Colic is usually outgrown by 3 to 6 months of age.

hope this helps!

Jessica - posted on 09/16/2010

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hey both my kids were like that my lil girl is now 7 months what i did was change it to good start soy plus works great and try not to give the baby a warm bottle i =gave it to them alil cold and them every half hour i would burp them that should do the trick i hope it work

Krystal - posted on 09/16/2010

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Try peppermint water. Take starlight peppermint mints and melt them down in a pan with water. Put some in a bottle and let it cool once it is cool enough for him to drink give it to him. That is how I got both my girls through colic was by giving that to them when they did their scream for hours on end with no break in between.

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Kylie - posted on 12/04/2010

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A natural remedy that actually works is MAGNESIUM COMPOUND TABLETS made by Blackmoores.... Blackmooores have naturapaths that you can call. But my son was 17 days old and had it, it is absolutely terrible. I ground 1/4 tablets into a fine powder and either put it in his bottle or for breastfeeding mix with milk and use a dropper prior to feeding, every second feed. This eliminated the spasms in their tummy. It will also help them with burping, and will not effect them at all with their bowels at all. It is magic, and best of all natural and actually works! But call the naturopath they have, it is a toll free number from memory. Best of luck

Amber - posted on 09/23/2010

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when my little boy was newbron I had the same problem, He had Colic bad. The thing that worked best for him was using the vibrating boncer seat or rocking chair. I am not sure what the vibration does for them but it helped with my son's Colic. Also if you lay them down on there back and rub their tummy in a circle motion it helps them relax a little better.

I hope I was of some help. Good Luck!

Katie - posted on 09/23/2010

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I did clear karo syrup it helps also a little pressure when he cries I used to push my daughter to my stomach it helps but mostly I change to whole milk when she was 6 months old and never had a problem after that.

Rashell - posted on 09/22/2010

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my daughter is on nutramigen with lipil for colic that seeam to help a little bit with my daughter who is now 4 months old but all my daughter does is cry non stop all day long and all night long so if it is just crying a few hours a day for you son i would try changing the fourmula and puting him on bio gaya drops its 5 drops once a day

Isha - posted on 09/22/2010

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it's a home remedy and it helped my daughter a lot, mix li'l Asafoetida in very li'l amount of warm water and rub it over the naval of the kid he'll get instant relief.

Jessica - posted on 09/21/2010

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have you tried gripe water? the brand that makes 'little tummies gripe water' is the best one I found with my little girl when she was that tiny and it worked great all the way up til we got her off the bottle/boob and on to sippy cups! hope that helps you some have not read the other replies to see if someone else suggested it too or not :)

Natalie - posted on 09/21/2010

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my son has colic and reflux right now and I have been using Gripe Water it's all organic and sold over the counter at walgreens...it has help greatly even with him having reflux!

Jennifer - posted on 09/21/2010

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valerie, thats great that you are all okay...i didn't say it would without a doubt cause botulism, i said it caries the RISK of botulism. the fact that your doctor recommended it would make me seriously concerned considering one can die from botulism.

Tasha - posted on 09/21/2010

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Talk to you DR. My son had colic because he could not digest his fomula, and he had acid reflux.

Emma - posted on 09/21/2010

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most babies grow out of it very quickly as my daughter only had it for a few weeks. dont worrie about it too much and just comfort him if nothing else helps it :) xx

Emma - posted on 09/21/2010

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my little girl had that for a few weeks from about 6pm she would start to cry cry and cry!! i tried everything dentnox infocol and all that but in the end a soothing cuddle or walking about holding her so she could look over my shoulder seemed to soother her more!! if theres nothing you can do to stop it then maybe just try to comfort him :) xxx

Neha Arora - posted on 09/21/2010

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Hi
Have some tried and tested home remedies that might help you..Mix asafoetida with little warm water(can be mixed and stored) and massage his tummy 4-5 times a day with it..I even used to boil carom seeds in water till the water became half in quantity,cooled it down and give in small quantities..
My padae gave me colicate...It did help..
I hope you get over it quick...

Valerie - posted on 09/21/2010

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Jennifer~ I used kyro syrup for my 2 children, my sister for her 6, my mother for her 6 and my grandmother for her 4. We all turned out fine. My docter also told me to use it. A half a teaspoon with 6 onzes of warm water and it worked!

Jennifer - posted on 09/21/2010

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valerie, karo syrup isn't recommended for babies under 12 months old...karo syrup is similar to honey in that it caries the risk of botulism

Valerie - posted on 09/21/2010

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My son was colicy and It was so miserable!! Try kyro syrup and warm water, warm baths, lay on your back and put a heating pad on your belly cover it with a blanket and then lay the baby onto of it. Dont do this for long or have it to hot cuz you dont want to burn him. Also we switched to a soy formula and that helped him! They also have drops you can get at the docter so def call your doc and ask them about it!

Michelle - posted on 09/20/2010

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Fennel tea worked great for my daughter. If you are breastfeeding, you can drink it, so you don't have to be nervous about giving it directly to your baby. But whole fennel, crush it a little and steep it in boiled water for 15 minutes. Drink 3 times a day. Works pretty much that day.

Janna - posted on 09/20/2010

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i worked in a home that helped mothers with dealing with sever colic and one thing they did that might help you is they had special pillows to go under the matress so they baby was slightly raised at the head, i would suggest getting advice before you do this and buying a proper cushion / pillow to go under there, but it seems to help. http://arpillow.com.au/ this is the first website i found with the kind of thing im talking about.

Jessica - posted on 09/20/2010

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When my niece was early infancy she had so much trouble with colic. Doctors, antibiotics, formula changing, breastfeeding and on and on! It took time and lots of patience... Good Luck and God Bless

Kristina - posted on 09/20/2010

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So my son had really bad colic as well, we got Biogia Drops from the pharmacy...it's over the counter but the pharmacy keeps them because it needs to be refrigerated...it's not a medication, it's a probiotic. Helped SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOo much...we even keep it in stock for tummy aches and such and he's almost a yr old now. It's kind of expensive, almost $40 for a small vial but soooo worth it.

Dianne - posted on 09/19/2010

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my baby girl had really bad colic there was no comforting her. we tried teh bottle changes and gas drops and colic formula. i took into the kids hospital one nigth cause it was so bad and they suggested soy formula we tried it and noticed a difference she been on it since then and no more colic episodes. we also found that sleeping on the tummy helped as well

Alicia - posted on 09/19/2010

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i feel for u girl...when my son was that age he had colic and acid reflux.we did everything gave him meds and changed to the expensive bottles the doctor changed his milk 8 different times before we found one he could take and it was the similac alimentuim...its 26.00 a can..so yes expensive but it worked another thing we tried was goat milk and he did wonderful on it...

Hayley - posted on 09/19/2010

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I did a number of things to try and ease my little boys discomfort.
Bought anti colic bottles
Infacol
Made him fennel tea etc etc.
I'm not sure if any of it really helped or it just made me feel better because I felt like I was doing something...who knows.
One other thing I did that would stop the screaming eventually was put him in one of those baby carriers that you strapped to the front of yourself. It kept him close to me and because of the upright position it would encourage any extra wind up too. Good luck.....grit your teeth it doesn't last long :)

Kerry - posted on 09/18/2010

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is it definately colic? it could also be reflux which can be really upsetting for the baby, does he sick up when he has a feed? try not lying baby flat on his back there is a foam type of pillow (cant remember the proper name) that u strap baby to so they are sleepind tilted up, this stops the acid rising in the babys throat which can cause the crying! swaddle the baby and hold him on your shoulder when burping but dont jiggle him just rub his back! try doing everything with baby in the sit up position even bathing, u can get the little seat for new borns! hope this helps and baby feels better soon as u will then feel better about things!! xx

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My daughter had terrible colic too. We used gripe water, that seemed to work for her. I know the bottle says 1 month +. But most doctors feel its safe for children under a month, they may lower the dosage to make it appropriate. I'd talk to your doctor about it, I'd also talk to your doctor to rule out any other health problems (reflux, etc) that may be happening for your son..

Heidi - posted on 09/17/2010

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To the lady saying not to feed your baby soy milk...my question is this, “What awful side effects are there going to be later in my 1 and 2 year old boys lives from me giving them soy milk now in life?" You are right about babies being made to drink milk, the milk from their mothers. Not the milk from a goat or a cow, but human milk. Just like every other mammal only drinks milk from its own kind, so should a baby. When a baby isn’t able to have its mother’s milk and is getting a dairy based formula instead, well then of corse it is going to have problems with dairy. The baby’s digestive system is not designed to digest the dairy because the baby is not supposed to be intaking the dairy. It is unnatural.

Jennifer - posted on 09/17/2010

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i suggest nuk bottles, gripe water or mylicon (doc recommended), and switching to enfamil fussiness and gas. that's what i did and now the only time she cries like that is when she's sleepy.

Deana - posted on 09/17/2010

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they put my daughter on a formula for colic.. she's been on it 2 days and i can already tell a difference

Jade - posted on 09/17/2010

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My daughter was colic for about two months and what I did was switch her formula to soy milk and that helped. Then, I don't know you were taught how to do it in the hospital but you can swaddle him, that is something that comfort's babies and works very well. If you don't know how to do it you can look it up online and it helps so much. When you swaddle him you have too swaddle him very tight, not lose. Hope that it helps.

Allyson - posted on 09/17/2010

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get some gripe water....you can go to walgreens or cvs and get it...it helps its 100%natural and its for all ages....and when i used it she would stop crying in like 10 minutes and she would be good for a few hours.

Robin - posted on 09/17/2010

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i used similac sensitive and it really helped..also dr brown's bottles worked wonders

User - posted on 09/17/2010

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PLease dont give your little boy soy it has aweful effects on then especailly when they are older. if your baby has problems with formula its probibly not cause hes allergic to milk....umm babys are made to drink milk :) but is because cows are way bigger then people and the protiens are too big for some to breakdown and digest easily....you can give him goats milk it is easy to digest and i kno there are easydigest formulas if you are nervous about goats milk....but the really best thing would be to breast feed him even for a month.
I think the best thing is massage and exercising them. My daughter has bad colic too but colic is usually from stress (which is usually from mothers worry - i kno the days i was upset and hormonal she would just cry too much) and if you kinda stretch her arms and help him do like up and dow touching toes motions with his arms and cross them infront of him, and then bend and straight his legs as many times as he is comfy for each move....then give a gentle relaxing loosning massage adn a warm bath,......my daughter had colic since we came home from the hospital....and i have given her gripe water the whole time i just started on half the dose.... and from 3wks -1mo old she was sleeping (after crying and bawling in the evening) started 5-6hrs at night because of massage ( i do it in the morning and bath her too) and then by 6wks was 6-7hrs now she is 10 wks and sleep s 7-9hrs a night....maybe once every two weeks if i was low on milk when she went to bed...will she wake up in the night/moring hrs.
I can not sing enough praises about massage and exercise for babys.....my husbands relatives told me about it and showed me how.....its amazing.

Other colic helps....swaddling tightly. rocking quickly back and forth (head to toe for baby) or buoncing vigourously... also raising them up on a wedge of some kind while they sleep.

Rhiannon - posted on 09/17/2010

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My daughter has acid reflex and had colic and what seemed to help her was putting her over my shoulde with her tummy on my shoulder....she would stop crying immediatly. Another thing was giving her a couple drops of baby liquid tylenol. or putting a warm rag over her tummy. Hope that helps some.

Sabrina - posted on 09/17/2010

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when my daughter had gas she didnt really have colic but she did get gassy..i gave her oval (amazing stuff) and i held her with her head on my hand and her body on my arm her legs would go around my elbow and i would rub her back from top to bottom and it seem to work :)

Zoe - posted on 09/17/2010

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my little girl had right up until bout 6mnth old i changed to aptamil comfort and swear by it xx

Michelle - posted on 09/17/2010

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Hold him on his tummy and rub his back, that seems to works for my baby. Also try Ovol drops.....i have also tried gripe water that didn't seem to work too well, but every baby is different. Also what formula are you useing? The Gentlease formula from enfamil is seeming to work a little for us. Also i agree with the bath try giving him one at night before his last feeding to calm him down. But it is trial and error and what works for one baby may not work for another. Hang in there!

Maddison - posted on 09/17/2010

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Gripe Water, Ovol (like gripe water but its colic drops you can get it anywhere), take a class on infant massage it does wonders and it gets you out of the house to meet new moms, warm baths but for colic there really is much you can do it usually only last 3 months soo good luck!

Lindsay - posted on 09/17/2010

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Change the formula!!!! My son was the same way, He was Colicy for 2 months and I changed his formula to Enfamil Nutrigimin. His screaming and crying went away within the 1st bottle feeding. That formula is more expensive than the others but it works great! At 6 months I changed my sons formula to Similac Isomil Soy. It worked really well to and was a lot cheaper than the other.

Melissa - posted on 09/16/2010

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If you are bottle feeding then I would recommend a formula from enfamil called nutramegin (sp?)... I BF but a couple of friends had terrible colic with their LOs and that formula worked like a champ for them. It is fairly expensive like $25 for a small can but if it helps maybe mix it with another formula so it last longer... also Enfamil gentlease is suppose to be a good one! good luck!

Emma - posted on 09/16/2010

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i dont know where you are from but i am from the uk and my eldest daughter suffered terrible with colic she would scream nearly all night, tried everything but we changed the milk and used some drops called colief so not quite sure which was the effective one but i do think it was the colief! very expensive £ 10 in uk money but so worth it! hope this helps!

Misty - posted on 09/16/2010

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Are you breastfeeding? Something that you are eating/drinking could be upsetting his stomach if you are. If not..then maybe try changing his formula...?
Both of my kids have an allergy to cows milk and soy so I had to put them on Nutramigen, but you could always try the soy formula. I also went to ColicCalm.com and ordered some of that and it seemed to help with my daughter's discomfort.

Amy - posted on 09/16/2010

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From what I read when I was looking into issues with my son there can be two main causes of it. The first is digestion issues and the second is...not sure how to categorize it, but something Chiropractics can fix.

We had our son looked into with the Chiropractor and to test they check the baby's temp behind both ears, if they are off be so much they can make an adjustment and it'll fix it.

For my son he couldn't digest Dairy, dairy is one of the main things many babies have issues digesting.

Catherine - posted on 09/16/2010

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I'm so sorry! My son had colic and it was terrible. I do recommend bringing him to the doctor to rule out any medical issues. It turns out that my son had reflux, and once we successfully treated that, most of the colic-like symptoms disappeared. It could also be an intolerance to something in the formula, so discussing that with the doctor would be a good idea also. The other more unusual thing to try is that it could have to do with his clothing. Some babies are very sensitive to wearing anything but 100% cotton, so I would just check his clothes and give that a try. I would definitely consult a doctor before trying any at-home remedies, as depending on what the issue is, some of them may make things worse rather than better. I wish you the best! I hope this passes soon.

Katie - posted on 09/16/2010

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What seemed to help for me is to put a folded up blanket underneath one side of their crib so they aren't laying flat on their back. It gives them a little relief from the pain. Also, if you put him in a swing/bouncer padd it with a ton of blankets. I bought some mylocin (spelling?) for my daughter and put it in her bottle for every feeding. It seemed to work. Hope your little guy feels better!

Nicole - posted on 09/16/2010

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All I got to say is give it some time. With my first son came home my husband and I swore up and down that he had colic. He was up half the night and screaming eventhough he was fed, changed and we knew he didn't need anything. Remember...He is only 8 days old. After a few months my son calmed down and the colic was gone. If you are worried about, then talke to his doctor and see what he recomends. Good luck hun!!!

Dani - posted on 09/16/2010

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well its better than normal tea as no caffeine in it and the fennel settles bad bellies... hope it helps x

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