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what can i do about colic

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Asked by indianlove at 8:12 PM on Apr. 21, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Try gripe water...

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:14 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • try gas drops, swaddling, and holding..... if it doesnt work pay pass the baby when one or the other parent gets fed up ;]

    and if you're home all day and hubby is working offer the boob or a pacifier. it might not be the most PC advice but if your sanity was on the line like mine was it was a necessity.

    i also would put him in the vibrating chair and turn on the tv and go to another room and take a 5 min break until i calmed down.

    Answer by aliciatron at 8:15 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • None of the drops or other remedies worked for our colicky one... Motion, motion, motion. She was asleep or pacified in the moving car (damn stoplights!), moving stroller, swing, or being bounced by her dad or swayed by her mom. Rocking wasn't the right motion for her, probably because mom and dad could do it in a comfortable chair... General rule of thumb, anything that makes you uncomfortable makes her comfortable... anything you can't possibly sustain for a long period of time is what they want... lol... which is why it's so hard. Carry baby around in a sling if s/he likes it (mine hated it), try holding baby across your arm on his or her tummy (so arms hang down like a monkey), and, for your sanity, get some help so you can have even a short break. If you can't have an official break from the crying during a long bout of it, put baby in a swing or crib and step outside for 5 minutes. Call doc if you have any signs of PPD

    Answer by EmilySusan at 8:23 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • First, mark her 16th week birthday on your calendar. Things will be MUCH better by then. Seeing that day getting closer gives you some hope that you will survive.
    Next, every time you find something that works, write it down. When you need something, start at the top of that list and work down until something works... nothing will work every time.
    Always remember that it is OK to put him in his crib and walk away for a short break. If you know he's clean, fed, etc... it is far better to let him scream in his crib than to get so frustrated that you hurt him. Colic babies are much more likely to be abused.
    Watch your own emotional state closely too. Moms of colic babies are much more likely to develop PPD.

    What worked best for us:
    Stroller rides over bumpy roads
    Gripe water
    White noise in her room (the CD "For Crying Out Loud" was great)

    What didn't work for us:
    Car rides

    Answer by kaycee14 at 8:56 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • i had the biggest problem with gas colic with my daughter. nothing was working. one day on some random tv show (it was like roseanne or something) and they laid the baby down on her back, and slowly brought her knees up to her chest and let them spread out like a frog. hold them there for a little while and slowly let them go. and repeat. if she will let you massage her tummy before feedings and very lightyly after feedings. both the knees up and massaging her tummy move the air bubbles around and allows her to burp/fart to relieve the pressure.

    Answer by F43L34 at 9:52 PM on Apr. 21, 2009

  • im with the first mom gripe water worked wonders on children and also try anise im the middle east and anise is very good for babies and grown up for gas.

    Answer by simsim0425 at 2:26 AM on Apr. 22, 2009

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