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Colic

What can I do to get rid of it or ease it so he isn't cranky all the time. He will be 2 months next week.

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Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 6:40 PM on Dec. 8, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Not much. If you're formula feeding you can try switching. You can try Mylicon drops or cycling the baby's legs but overall, there isn't too much. My son had it for eight months, mostly evenings and crying for five and six hours. Nearly drove me mad. Good luck.
    jeanclaudia

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 6:42 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • all I can say is that he will get over it. Just hang in there!!! Mine is 14 years old now but I remember those days like they were yesterday! Just try and have somebody give you a break sometimes!
    chefjen

    Answer by chefjen at 6:51 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Keep him warm enough, for one thing. Babies NEED a layer of fine wool for an undershirt, or if you don't have one, then a WOOL vest (synthetic just does not insulate, it only makes things clammy) - like a long-length tank top with wide-ish straps will help keep him warm.

    Being chilled causes tension & cramping, being warm allows the relaxation for easy digestion. And a baby is SO tiny that they lose their body heat very quickly.

    A big thing is a woolen soaker (diaper cover) to prevent the chilling of all those organs in the abdomen - again cramping the digestion.

    Also a hat if where you live the baby is in drafts or in temps below 72 deg F; and wool bootees for warmth - you've heard about how the sole of the foot is connected to inner organs, so keep it warm !

    And keep him quiet - our society bustles and jars infants much too young. These startles & shocks reverberate in the baby's being long after the moment.
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:02 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Imagine for yourself a very sensitive experience - perhaps a finger bashed by a car door. How much more touchy were you about it getting bumped, or even cranky just from the tension.

    Think of colic as tension. Babies are impacted by EVERYTHING - TV & other electronic noise, & electric visuals. ... chill, harsh or loud voices, loud or startling noises ... being bustled into the car or surrounded by lively people at home.

    He has only been here 8 weeks. Often our society expects the mother to relax her careful protectiveness after 6 weeks, and the baby is exposed to physical and neurological stresses he is just too young to handle.

    In addition to warmth and REAL quiet, you can offer him tiny spoonfuls of weak fennel tea (boil the water, pour into a mug over 2 - 3 fennel seeds. It's sweet on its own so no sweetening is needed)

    Oh, and make sure everything he eats is warm - a little more than body temp.

    Good Luck !!
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 7:11 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Wear him, swaddle him, lightly massage his tummy, eat a really mild diet, we also gave our daughter an ounce of weak chamomile tea every night.
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:12 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • and nurse frequently; it is for comfort as much as nutrition
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:12 PM on Dec. 8, 2009

  • Take a small candy cane, break it in half and put one of the halves of a bottle of warm water. Shake it up until the candy cane dissolves. Just four ounces of this mixture took care of my son's colic real quick. the peppermint relieves the pressure.
    AuntieM

    Answer by AuntieM at 12:44 AM on Dec. 9, 2009

  • NICE ADVICE, rkoloms!

    You make an extremely important point about carrying the baby - both for the comfort of being within mother's presence, and for the comfort of warmth and movement.

    And you are right, a school of pediatricians points to excessive uncontrolled flailing of arms & legs as a source of colic (and of later brain/body connection problems). They advise swaddling until the baby is sitting up and in better control of his limbs.


    (Note, we swaddle more and more loosely as the baby gains control - allowing the arms more play, for instance; and being looser while awake, but more snug while sleeping.)
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 1:22 PM on Dec. 9, 2009

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