how long does colic last for

Hayley - posted on 11/18/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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hi im 21 and my baby is 4 weeks old he has such bad colic i have tried everything, i have changed his milk to cow and gate comfort and it seems to off helped a little bit, i don't think he has ever had a decent sleep as his griping pains hurt. any ideals when it will pass ? xx

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i think colic lasts 3 to 4 months they have this device on onestepahead.com that is supossed to keep the colic at bay im not sure if it works but it might be something to look into

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It's not a good idea to have a tiny baby on cow's milk. He needs to be on formula. Try a soy formula. It can make a huge difference.

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Jenny - posted on 12/10/2009

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My son went through the same thing, every time I took him to the Dr. they just told me that he was colicy. I found a book "Colic Solved". Came to find out through the book that he had acid reflux. We returned to the Dr. and showed her the book where it listed all the signs of acid reflux. They put him on Prevacid and 1 week later he was a totally different baby, he was happy and no longer had trouble sleeping or eating. He was on the medication for about 3 months and at that point he no longer needed it.

Colic Solved by Bryan Vartabedian, M.D.

Mariah - posted on 12/04/2009

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I used a product called colic calm. you can do a search in the net and it will come up. I really had a lot of luck with it and it is an all natural product. good luck!

Leisel - posted on 12/04/2009

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My eldest boy had colic, and he was exclusively breastfed/natural-birth blah, blah did everything right! Bottom line some babies just have it!

We had to work hard to get him to take a dummy, as he did not like it, but it helped. A glass of red wine in the evening for me also helped (maternal anxiety?? or a bit of alcohol in his milk???) (OOOH boy I can already hear the comments on this one) I also used Telament Drops (am racking my brains to remember the active ingredient, as I am in South Africa) which appeared to help.

My boy's colic went away at 9 weeks when my husband was on leave for a week, again maybe because I relaxed, or was eating something different, who knows.

Good luck, it is a difficult time and even worse because the literature/ nurses etc do their best to blame you the mother for this problem (notice my many references to maternal anxiety, it appears they even convinced me!), but IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT and IT WILL GO AWAY! Hang in there!

Renae - posted on 12/04/2009

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Colic normally gets better at 12 weeks. If baby was early you have to allow for that (1 week early means it gets better at 13 weeks). Usually, it gets better very suddenly, over a few days they just get better and better and then suddenly its all over.

There are the VERY RARE cases of colic that go on for a long time. My baby didn't get better until 7 months, but we still don't know if it was really colic, all the doctors said something different.

The word "colic" is a medical term that means "pain in the lower abdominal region". It is not a specific illness. The best guess is the babies digetive system is immature and processing milk causes them pain. Unfortunately there is not a lot you can do. But all the old remedies (google it there are heaps) like gripe water (non-alcoholic of course) and lactose free etc etc are all worth a try.

Hayley - posted on 12/03/2009

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huh i dnt feed my baby cows milk it is a formula called cow and gate lol i ain't that stupid to give him cow milk they can't have that till they are one and it has improved a little bit now x

Chantelle - posted on 11/19/2009

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Hi I just read your question and when I answer questions I know I sound like im a little stuck up so for anyone reading this please don't take it that was but as for the answer to your question cows mike is a very bad idea its to hard on the babys tummy and doesn't give the baby everything is need you can try switching to a different kind of formula or even a different brand i don't know what you use but i found enfamil formulas woked great doing that may work but you need to know the difference between fussy and colic cause they can seem like the same things at time now if you try the formula methed and if works that means he was only fussy because colic can not be fixed with formula what colic is, is when the babys stumic is not in the right place its actually off to one side or has a twist in it if you can aford it you can take him to a chiropractor and they can fix it right there on the spot or just trying to sooth the baby and massage his tummy all the time and wait for him to grow out of it my girlfriends baby had real colic not fussyness and he had it till he was 8 months old well i hope this helps and gives you abit more info on what colic really is just hang in there I know its really hard at itmes and don't kill the babyim just kidding

Niki - posted on 11/18/2009

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For my son, it lasted almost 2 months, starting at age 3weeks. What we determined was that he was allergic to his formula & my milk due to a dairy allergy, so we changed him to soy. My husband would take evenings with him as I was nursing my daughter (twins). He discovered if he gave him another 2-3 ounces of formula, he settled down. The amount of fluid a typically baby consumed in a day wasn't enough for him. He was trying to tell us he was still hungry. The nights he got the extra formula, he slept better.

Hayley - posted on 11/18/2009

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i wish i was still producing as i regret not breastfeeding but my milk has been dried up for weeks now.

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How long does colic last? I've heard it goes for months. First things first, diet. The best, healthiest, and easiest thing for him to digest is human milk. At just 4 weeks PP, you most likely are still producing. Just stimulate that production and it'll be the best medicine. Exclusively breastfed babies are far less likely to have colic.

Hayley - posted on 11/18/2009

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hi yes i have done that and the things they have told me to use hasn't helped so have been told that i will have to let it pass on its own x

Caryn - posted on 11/18/2009

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Colic doesn't last for any specific amount of time. Some babies can have it for months on end. It may be a good idea to talk to your child's pediatrician to see if they can recommend you doing anything so the colic doesn't last too long.

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How long does colic last? I've heard it goes for months. First things first, diet. The best, healthiest, and easiest thing for him to digest is human milk. At just 4 weeks PP, you most likely are still producing. Just stimulate that production and it'll be the best medicine. Exclusively breastfed babies are far less likely to have colic.

Caryn - posted on 11/18/2009

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Colic doesn't last for any specific amount of time. Some babies can have it for months on end. It may be a good idea to talk to your child's pediatrician to see if they can recommend you doing anything so the colic doesn't last too long.

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