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Colic anyone?

  I haven't posted on this board this time around, but I thought maybe some of you may be able to relate to what I am going through. My dd is a month old today and has colic. She cannot be put down at all during the day unless she is sleeping (no swing, no bouncy, no play mat), and every evening between about 6pm and sometimes until close to 11, she screams. Nothing comforts her. Swaddle, white noise, nursing, pacifier...nothing. Well sometimes the sound of the vacuum does the trick, but it's not a guarantee. I've tried driving her around, which has worked, but as soon as we get home, the screaming starts again.

  Last night I had a meltdown, wondering how I can possibly handle 2 more months of this. My DS had it as well and it resolved itself around 12 weeks. So I know there is a light at the end of the tunnel. The only good thing with him was that I could put him down during the day for a break without him having a meltdown.  

   This is really starting to wear me out. 

 Anyone else in a similar situation? Any tips or tricks?

Thanks so much!  

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    I'm right there with you. DS screams from 4 pm to 11 pm. They said it was reflux but Zantac, gas drops, etc hasn't done a thing. The only thing that makes him stop screaming at night is me walking around the house and singing. At least I'm losing weight! I'm calling the pediatrician tomorrow.

    Sometimes I have to put him in his crib and go into the other room to catch my breath and cry a little myself.It's so painful to know he's uncomfortable and I can't do a thing.

    This too shall pass!

     

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    I read something a while back that giving a baby probiotics stopped colic in something like 80% of the test group. I'll try to find the info...
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    This is how my second DD was. It is insanely hard when you have another child to attend to! I wore DD2 in a moby a lot, that seemed to help and it kept my hands free to play with DD1. I'm sorry you're going through this, but you're right, its not forever. I sometimes repeated that to myself over and over while I cried right along with DD.
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    I dealt with this too.  After doing a lot of research, I came across this website which seemed to sum up everything I found regarding "alternative" treatments:  https://www.healthychild.com/digestive-problems/treating-reflux-and-colic-in-babies/

    I started DD on probiotics immediately.  (I use Nature's Way Primadolphilus Reuteri which I found at Whole Foods.)  It is important for the probiotic to have L. Reuteri in it and it also needs to be refrigerated, so I don't recommend purchasing this product online.  I noticed an almost immediate difference in her screaming.  It didn't go away completely, but it subsided a lot.  I was at my parent's house when I started this and they said that I found a "miracle drug."  Oh, since the probiotic is a powder, I just mix it with a little breast milk and give it to her in the syringe that came with the gripe water.  Very easy.

    Next up was the chiropractor.  My chiro specializes in infants and children, so I took DD in ASAP.  The chiro adjusted her neck and low back.  (The adjustments on infants are very gentle and not at all like adult adjustments.)  When the chiro was examining her low back, she asked if she had trouble moving her bowels, which DD did.  She would literally work for 2-3 hours to poop and would cry and scream the entire time.  The chiro said she had some low back issues and adjusted her.  DD pooped before we left the office (and didn't scream.)

    The chiro also gave me a homeopathic to take to help DD.  (Since I BF, the benefits would get to DD via BM.)  DD had awful skin issues (looked almost like a chemical burn) and this was resolved within 3 days of me starting the homeopathic.

    After all this, DD now actually naps during the day!  Prior to the treatments, she would take 2 or 3 five minute naps during the day and sleep maybe for 20 minute stretches at night.  Now she takes 2 or 3 two or three hour naps during the day and has slept for 7 hour stretches at night.  I am so thankful for the probiotics and the chiropractor.

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    My little guy has colic going on too.. 6 to 9 pm usually.. and then sometimes 2 to 4 am he gets very fussy.  I feel like we've tried everything.. I have noticed over the past 24 hrs when we give him the gripe water directly in his mouth it really seems to help quickly.

    We went to a wedding reception Saturday night..of course we were worried DS would get fussy.. and he did.  Should have known better, but we were very uncomfortable with the idea of having anyone watch him because he gets worse with anyone but myself or DH. I wanted to leave before we even got our dinner..he cried a lot and I felt so bad.  My H just wasn't getting it and was glad to be with our friends..on the way home he finally said that we should have just stayed home. Never doing that again...

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    Thanks everyone for your help. It helps to know that I am not alone in this :) 

     

    Oh and marlynandchris, I'm sending you a PM.  

      

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    My LO was also very colicky.  I tried everything...literally everything...went out and bought anything and everything someone suggested could work.  Someone suggested taking him to see an osteopathic doctor which I did (it was pretty costly since it is not covered by ins) and that didn't work.  Then someone suggested BioGaia (probiotics for babies).  I talked it over with my LO's pedi and she did NOT recommend it but after reading so much about it and doing my research, I decided to go ahead and try it.  I am sooo glad I did b/c it has turned my LO into a different baby.  He is happy and plays in his bassinet and laughs and smiles.  It did take over a week to take affect.  I was worried that since his pedi did not recommend it that if he did get sick, I would feel really guilty.  But we took him to a GI specialist and the GI dr actually recommended it and said to continue using it and that it is good for him.  The probiotics was the answer for us.  LO still doesn't nap much but I think that's just his personality.  He is definitely sleeping better at night and no more waking up at 4am grunting and in pain to pass gas.  He is just a happier baby.  Good luck!
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    I read something a while back that giving a baby probiotics stopped colic in something like 80% of the test group. I'll try to find the info...
    DD#2 has been on a probotic calle BioPaia I think is what it is called for almost a month and it is night and day difference. Don't get me wrong though she still has her meltdown from about 8:30 or 9 till around 10 but that is much better than all day everyday. DD#1 had colic and did the same thing and we didn't have the probotic. I wish we knew about it then. But I would ask your pedi about it and see what they say. I am sorry you are going through this I know it is tough.
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    imagePoseyMamma:
    imagebackinpgh:
    I read something a while back that giving a baby probiotics stopped colic in something like 80% of the test group. I'll try to find the info...
    DD#2 has been on a probotic calle BioPaia I think is what it is called for almost a month and it is night and day difference. Don't get me wrong though she still has her meltdown from about 8:30 or 9 till around 10 but that is much better than all day everyday. DD#1 had colic and did the same thing and we didn't have the probotic. I wish we knew about it then. But I would ask your pedi about it and see what they say. I am sorry you are going through this I know it is tough.
    BioGaia That is what it is called. Sorry.
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    My LO was also very colicky.  I tried everything...literally everything...went out and bought anything and everything someone suggested could work.  Someone suggested taking him to see an osteopathic doctor which I did (it was pretty costly since it is not covered by ins) and that didn't work.  Then someone suggested BioGaia (probiotics for babies).  I talked it over with my LO's pedi and she did NOT recommend it but after reading so much about it and doing my research, I decided to go ahead and try it.  I am sooo glad I did b/c it has turned my LO into a different baby.  He is happy and plays in his bassinet and laughs and smiles.  It did take over a week to take affect.  I was worried that since his pedi did not recommend it that if he did get sick, I would feel really guilty.  But we took him to a GI specialist and the GI dr actually recommended it and said to continue using it and that it is good for him.  The probiotics was the answer for us.  LO still doesn't nap much but I think that's just his personality.  He is definitely sleeping better at night and no more waking up at 4am grunting and in pain to pass gas.  He is just a happier baby.  Good luck!

    I'm curious what your pedi said about why they didn't recommend it? My LO doesn't have issues with colic (at least not yet), but I noticed such a difference in my own health/digestion when I started taking probiotics that I wanted to start him on them as well. My pedi said the research was inconclusive but that it couldn't hurt... curious about what yours said. 

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    imagejsong:
    My LO was also very colicky.  I tried everything...literally everything...went out and bought anything and everything someone suggested could work.  Someone suggested taking him to see an osteopathic doctor which I did (it was pretty costly since it is not covered by ins) and that didn't work.  Then someone suggested BioGaia (probiotics for babies).  I talked it over with my LO's pedi and she did NOT recommend it but after reading so much about it and doing my research, I decided to go ahead and try it.  I am sooo glad I did b/c it has turned my LO into a different baby.  He is happy and plays in his bassinet and laughs and smiles.  It did take over a week to take affect.  I was worried that since his pedi did not recommend it that if he did get sick, I would feel really guilty.  But we took him to a GI specialist and the GI dr actually recommended it and said to continue using it and that it is good for him.  The probiotics was the answer for us.  LO still doesn't nap much but I think that's just his personality.  He is definitely sleeping better at night and no more waking up at 4am grunting and in pain to pass gas.  He is just a happier baby.  Good luck!

    I'm curious what your pedi said about why they didn't recommend it? My LO doesn't have issues with colic (at least not yet), but I noticed such a difference in my own health/digestion when I started taking probiotics that I wanted to start him on them as well. My pedi said the research was inconclusive but that it couldn't hurt... curious about what yours said. 

    His pedi didn't recommend it b/c too much bacteria can cause an infection in infants.  The specific brand I asked her about was BioGaia and it is not approved in the US but in Europe so, she did not feel comfortable recommending it.  This specific pedi (not his primary but the one who responded to my question) did not recommend gripe water either.  She said that he'll grow out of it and just to deal with it.  We no longer go to see this specific pedi.  I was relieved that the GI specialist actually recommends it and gave me the okay to continue using it b/c it has really helped my LO and he is no longer in pain.  

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    When our LO was colic, I did some research and found that a lot of Drs are now saying that colic can now most of the time be explained by the formula that you might be using.  For us this seems to be true.  Our LO cannot digest the proteins that are in milk based formula.  Per our Dr, we changed him to Similac Soy and he is doing great on it.  He is not gassy or fussy other than just the simple tired or hungry.  You might try talking to the Dr about changing from cow milk based formula so a soy.  If your LO ends up being allergic to soy then the next step is the Similac allimentum (but that is $25 for a small can!)  Also you can try some Gripe Water.  Its expensive but does help some with hiccups, gas and colic.

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    Forgot to add....if you are breastfeeding, then you might need to stop eating dairy and anything that is acidic or spicy!...you have to stay on a very bland diet sometimes.
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    colic is so hard. have you talked to your pedi?  my pedi suggested probiotics and they worked wonders for my lo. the good thing is colic won't last forever, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. in the meantime, don't feel bad if you need to put you lo in a safe place (like the crib) and let him be for a few minutes while you collect yourself.  hang in there. it gets better....i promise!
    old bumpie, new name ds1 3/2009 ds2 6/2011
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    imagelauros7776:
    colic is so hard. have you talked to your pedi?  my pedi suggested probiotics and they worked wonders for my lo. the good thing is colic won't last forever, so there is a light at the end of the tunnel. in the meantime, don't feel bad if you need to put you lo in a safe place (like the crib) and let him be for a few minutes while you collect yourself.  hang in there. it gets better....i promise!

    eta:  my lo was also on bio gaia. we call it a miracle in a little bottle.

    old bumpie, new name ds1 3/2009 ds2 6/2011
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    I wouldnt wish this upon anyone, but am so glad to see that there are other people.  I could have written this post word for word, except its my son.  My daughter wasnt like this at all.  They think he has reflux but the zantac isnt doing much so I'm not sure...we've tried everything.  Days are bad, nights are worse.  He cannot be put down for anything awake.  It's terrible!  Keep telling myself its almost over, hopefully only a few more weeks...
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    You poor thing--that is the worst!!!!! It was the same thing for my second child--terrible. The only thing that worked for us was Colic Calm--I would give her a dose of that, put her in her swing, and wah-la--she would doze. It's FDA approved, and all natural, so I felt good about giving it to my LO. Here's the site if you want more info:

    https://www.coliccalm.com/index.html

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