colic

Kaylie - posted on 09/15/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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how long does the colic last? any suggestions on how to relax a colic baby?

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Shannon - posted on 09/15/2009

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My first child had colic, I know it can be stressful at times. I'm not positive on how long it can last, sorry. However, with my daughter, she was having problems with her formula, wasn't until she was almost 4 mos. old before the doctors figured anything out. Many times I couldn't get her to stop screaming and would have to walk away, even mom's need a time out once in awhile! She also had a vibrating bassinet and vibrating boucy set, believe when the batteries went dead, I knew it! Those 2 things were the main key to quiet her down. The vaccum cleaner worked well too. Just plug it in and let it run! I'd leave it sit in the room with her and let it run, something about it quieted her almost instantly. Heard that suggestion from many moms with a colic child, don't know y it works, it just does! Hope this helps you and hang in there, the colic will go away, if u get to stressed, it is okay to just let them cry, that was orders given by my doctor. Good luck!

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Randi - posted on 09/20/2009

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My baby girl had colic for 5 & 1/2 months. She is now 9 months and you would have never guessed that she had colic. She is such a happy little baby now. We gave her gas drops and it seemed to help her a little. Her doctor told me that when I felt like I was going to loss it to go in and lay her down in her crib and leave the room and count to 10 then return. That seemed to help me a little because my husband was on nights and wasn't there to help me. I battled the colic all by myself. It gets easier I think, my sister-n-law used gripe water and doctor browns bottles and she said they help my nephew. Just have patients and everything will work out. I wish you the best of luck.

Trace - posted on 09/20/2009

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My baby is 3 months old and he just had colic don't worry it only last a couple of days. have you heard of grip water? will thats is the best it reallt works. My baby would cry all the time but once i gave him the grip water he stop cry and sleepy. also try warm a wash cloth in the micowave dry not wet and put it on her tummy and swaddle her realy good that works good too. will i hope this helps you good luck!

Ellie - posted on 09/19/2009

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RELAX.! My daughter had horrible colic and at times I wanted to kill myself. Right at the 3 month mark she snapped out of it like night and day. I never thought it would happen but now she is the happiest baby ever!

Tanya - posted on 09/19/2009

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My 2nd daughter had colic till she was about 6 to 7 months old they say it gets less and less and I believe it for some but my daughter was a little different she would be full blown crying all day and night.. she never slept and it took a big toll on me I wish I knew something really to do but I don't... I tryed it all baby massage, warm baths, changeing diet - everything and nothing helped us.. I believe if you try to stay calm helps the most because when I was stressing out trying to find a "cure" I was at wits end but when I tryed to stay calm and sit with her and and keep telling her "it's ok, it'll be ok" seemed to keep me from going crazy (even when I was crying when doing this).. You will get through this and you will look at your smiling baby one day and not believe what you went through but glad they are a perfect child, no different then any other child out there, and people will think your crazy when you tell them the silliest, happiest, most smiley child you have was such a cranky baby.. : )

Kimberly - posted on 09/19/2009

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Awh, I remember those days. Just try and stay calm, I know how stressful it can be. My daughter had it really bad, and I was breast feeding too. I had to change my diet around, and thankfully I had a neighbor come over and show me some ways to help my baby cope with it and get the gas out of her tummy. My suggestion, since it worked for my little one, would be to lay your baby down on your lap, shake the leg that is under the baby's tummy while patting thier lower back. Also, on the baby's back, lay them on the floor, and gently press thier legs into their tummy, this will help with tryign to get the gas out and relieve some of the pain in their stomache. I'm not sure how long colic lasts, but I would definitly look into changing the baby's formula, or if your breastfeeding, your diet, that can help. A lot of our food and produce these days have chemicals and man altering produce, so watching what you eat is really importaint.

Cheryl - posted on 09/19/2009

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Nobody really knows what colic is... only the resulting behaviors :-( I recommend trying to find a "craniosacral" therapist in your area who works with babies and knows "visceral" techniques. This is an extremely gentle therapy that is roughly similar to a massage without pressure. We have 5 valves in our intestinal system and they can get constricted by tension in the surrounding tissues, such that they block flow. These therapists can relieve the tension and therefor relieve the pain or reflux or whatever. Try looking up "Upledger" or "John Barnes" (the two main instructors in this field) and search their site for trained practioners in your area. For in-the-moment relief, Shannon is right in saying vibration works wonders, and often baby massage works well too. There is a specific massage sequence called the "I Love U" massage for the baby's abdomen. It should be on the web somewhere as well. Good luck!

Lisa - posted on 09/18/2009

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My oldest who is now 9 had it. The screeches of horror, heart renching. One thing that worked really well was my husband would take her for a drive for a half hour or so. I could catch up on some sleep and she would come back a little bit rested. It gave both me and my daughter a much needed break. With both of us being calmed down a little bit it seemed to make the rest of the night or day more easy. For us it lasted about 3 or 4 months but got less and less horrible as time progressed.

Meagan - posted on 09/17/2009

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usually for 3 months...I would say just try to relax if you can, because the baby senses when you are nervous or stressed, which makes it worse. Try gas drops, and baby massaging. The baby swings with music are really nice too. And I definitely agree with the others; walk away when everything you tried has not worked. Sometimes, they're just going to cry and there's nothing you can do. Also, try stretching the baby's legs. Pull them up to their chest and then flex them straight outwards, and do bicycle movements. Colic is mostly because of gas and upset stomach.

Lacy - posted on 09/17/2009

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Hi!!! My daughter was colicky for 3 months!!! When you are feeding him, try to stop a few times during the feeding to burp him. Also, I would take my daughter in the shower with me. It REALLY helped!!! The whole time she was in there with me she was very good, and would just lie there and look at me. (If you are going to do this, invest in a shower seat!!) This is helpful when the baby has been crying and you are at your wits end! Also, try holding your baby tummy down on your arm and pat their bum, it worked for me. Another thing that I did, was drank 'Lunar Eclipse Nursing Tea' - it helps milk flow and reduces colic. You can also try 'Hylaand's Colic Tablets' - all natural tablets you dissolve in water, and give the baby. Good luck!!! Eventually it will get better!!

Shannon - posted on 09/17/2009

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Be happy he is quiet during the day! My daughter screamed constantly, if she wasn't sleeping she crying. Her colic was so bad there were times you couldn't even hold her, she would tense her body stiff as a board. When he is screaming and you have tried everything, just walk away, it's the best for you and him. I had my daughter down like clock work when she was about 2 months old, I knew when her fussy time was. Best advice I have is the vibrating seat or bassinet, something along those lines. Laugh if you want....... Haven loved sitting in her vibrating bouncy seat and watching "A Bug's Life!" From a month on she'd watch that movie, it was a hair saver! Just gotta find what works for him. I would definetly try the vibrating seat, ect. Hope this helps, and remember, just walk away, let him cry, it's not going to hurt him and there's really nothing more you can do. If you are stressed and tense, he will be to, can't calm and baby if you're not calm yourself!

Kaylie - posted on 09/17/2009

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wow yea i heard about the vaccum havent tryed it yet cause 2yr old daughter is afraid of it. but i discouverd that runing that tap water on full blast calms him.

if this last untill hes 6months im gonna go bald. hes only a mth 1/2 old. it seems hes good during the day and it starts about supper between 4-5 pm. im breast feeing and sometimes he will take it but others i end up pumping and bottle feeding. same thing? is it also related to colic?

Jodi - posted on 09/15/2009

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My daughter was colicky for 8 weeks, she'd be awake and crying four 4 to 5 hours at a crack and only sleep for maybe an hour at a time, if that. I had an exercise ball and would sit on it with her and bounce the hell out of us! I also used static noise which calmed her instantly. I have read colic peaks around 3 months and is usually gone by 6 months. Hang in there, it sucks, you're not going to go crazy and your baby is fine, you're not doing anything wrong! Just love her and you will both get through it! And don't be scared to put her in her crib or on the floor, walk away and shut the door if you feel you're about to lose control. A break will do you both some good. Good luck!!!

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