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KatieBMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 10-Dec-12 10:37:15

We've been asked by Infacol, the UK's leading infant colic remedy, to find out what Mumsnetters know about infant colic. Here's what they say: "Infant colic is a common condition affecting around 1 in 5 infants in the first month of life. It is often associated with crying fits, which can last up to three hours at a time and be distressing to both child and parents."

Do you or have you ever had a baby who has suffered from infant colic? How did you know what the condition was? What symptoms did your little one have and how old were they?
Please share anything in particular that helped to comfort your baby. What could have helped you during this period? What effect, if any, did colic have on you or your partner?

If your child doesn't or didn't suffer from colic, what do you know about the condition? Do you know what the symptoms are and would you know what to do if you thought your DC did have colic?

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FrillyMilly Mon 10-Dec-12 18:25:13

My DD had colic from a couple of days old until around 12 weeks. Every evening she would cry and cry and pull up her legs. We used infacol and comfort milk when I stopped breastfeeding. We would spend hours pacing up and down with rocking her until we bought a swing. A dose of infacol and in to the swing really helped to soothe her.

Lucyhas Mon 10-Dec-12 19:00:33

Pops had colic from about 3 or 4 weeks old. Every evening she would just cry and cry. I remember for a week she stayed awake crying until 2am, and even when she did sleep would wake up in the middle of the night and cry for another 2 or 3 hours. We bought a swing (fisher price ocean - amazing) and took her to the drs for some infacol. It didn't work though. It turned out she had silent reflux and I had to Breastfeed her in strange upright positions and keep her upright for about 30minutes after a feed. I bought a sling (connecta) and then everything was right with the world.....

imdreamingofaskyebluechristmas Mon 10-Dec-12 19:03:46

My DD had colic every day at 6pm without fail. I tried rubbing her tummy, "bicycling" her legs, but nothing helped. We did try Infacol and the HV said it needed to build up to work.

We also tried gripe water.

She grew out of it after a couple of months but it was horrible while it lasted. I remember holding my baby and crying because she was screaming and I couldn't do anything to stop it.

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Mon 10-Dec-12 19:09:14

Do you or have you ever had a baby who has suffered from infant colic?

Yes, DS1

How did you know what the condition was?

Midwife diagnosed it.

What symptoms did your little one have and how old were they?

8 weeks - 12 weeks old approx. Crying regularly early evening and on/off during the night or a couple hours after a feed. Pulling legs up to chest. Generally unsettled and grumpy/tired.

Please share anything in particular that helped to comfort your baby. What could have helped you during this period? What effect, if any, did colic have on you or your partner?

Lots of skin on skin contact, letting DS1 nap on me when possible during the day on my chest. Letting DS1 comfort suck even after a breastfeed as this seemed to sooth him/help him fall asleep. Infacol helped, it didn't get rid of colic but it seemed to ease it. Eventually a NHS midwife specialising in baby massage came to visit to show me and DH how to massage DS1 to relieve and comfort him - the best techniques we found were the massaging the tummy round and round and then gently pushing knees up to tummy - which resulted in an amazing amount of wind!

More support from my son's helath visitor would have been gratefully received especially as I was a first time mum and inexperienced and more/quality sleep could have helped us emotionally. The effect: we were pretty much on edge until the colic passed, mainly through lack of sleep and feeling helpless whilst our baby suffered with the bouts of colic.

If your child doesn't or didn't suffer from colic, what do you know about the condition? Do you know what the symptoms are and would you know what todo if you thought your DC did have colic?

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disparatefishwife Mon 10-Dec-12 19:39:01

My first baby had colic, and we tried everything including infacol. We even tried some weird remedy containing charcoal which gave her black drool and was very scary when we first saw it! The best remedies were white noise really loud and cuddling her while swaying quite briskly along with the white noise. The racket was awful but my girl loved it!

Jayne266 Mon 10-Dec-12 19:50:29

My baby had colic when he was about 3 weeks old, I was already aware that this could happen but didn't know how he would react boy did he react. He spent a full night only sleeping when held for a hour at a time and if put down started screaming. As a new mum I questioned myself and my ability to be able to look after him. ( as I didn't realise it was colic until after I thought it was just a bad day) My husband was amazing he seemed so calm and together where as I was screaming inside and crying on the outside.
Another mum suggested colic and we went out and bought 4 bottles of infacol at once. Ever since then we have not looked back infacol is a part of our feeding regime and is a simple add to our basket when we get the shop.

We have been lucky to never have another episode like that again since on the infacol.

littlemonkeychops Mon 10-Dec-12 19:54:08

DD didn't sufer from bad colic but i did use Infacol when she had trapped wind for a few weeks.

I'm not entirely sure what the definition of colic is, lots of crying and discomfort and trapped wind and pain but not sure what actually causes it

I have been very fortunate as my DS, now 18 months, never had colic.

What I know of it? He'll on earth and lots of crying. Reading some of the above replies, and seeing friends suffer with a baby who has colic, I seriously don't know how I would have coped!

sleepdodger Mon 10-Dec-12 20:40:34

Ds had collic it was awful and soul destroying
I struggle to believe if it was an adult condition the 'it'll get better attitude' would prevail!
We tried infacol which made us feel as though we were trying to help him but in reality had no effect
Colief was expensive and tricky to give when bf
Cranial osteopathy wa expensive but I would have tried anything. 4 x £40 sessions was all I could afford and it helped calm and soothe rather than cure, but always a calmer baby after.

Other things which helped...
Swing chair
Keeping them upright
Going out in car round and round and round for hours (fuel cost us alot!!!)
A friend to take them for 30 mins so you didn't explode wink

If ds had been born 6months later I would have bought one of those fisher price chairs which allegedly is like being in the car
Also sleep curve mattress

As you can tell, colic was bad for us, I'd have thrown money (I didn't necessarily have) at the situation to try to make it better for him and us

.... And after all this turns out it was silent reflux which they didn't diagnose because they were so busy assuming I was a neurotic mother and it was 'just' colic he'd soon grown out of angry

mummyofcutetwo Mon 10-Dec-12 21:05:35

Both my sons suffered from colic.

DS1 had it from a couple of weeks old to about 3 months old. He had it from 11am until late afternoon/early evening - you could set your clock by him. The only thing that seemed to work was detecting our car carrying Daddy home about a mile away! I'd send my husband texts through the day saying how bad the colic was and that the poor little thing was screaming and somehow was always all smiles when Daddy came home!

At weekends, my husband's remedy was to pick him up and dance to jamiroqai. It did the trick. My solution was Infacol, and when DS2 showed all the signs of colic at a couple of weeks I went straight out to buy a bottle. With DS2 I only felt I could stop giving him the Infacol when he was weaning. We got through so many bottles of the stuff as I felt as if I was almost constantly feeding him and gave him some before every feed.

ln1981 Mon 10-Dec-12 21:18:11

both dd and ds2 had colic (dd also had reflux). nothing worked for dd-we tried everything! from around 5pm until well after 11pm, me and dp would take it in turns to sit with her, she would feed on and off, vomit frequently then all of a suden she would just drop of to sleep! it was horrendous, i really dont know how I kept my sanity. thankfully it all calmed down the instant we started weaning her.
with ds2 i was prepared though! we gave him colysinth(sp?) granules, and i was shown how to massage him in order to release the wind. both certainly helped him greatly.

stickylittlefingers Mon 10-Dec-12 21:23:15

DD2 had colic from 3 to 6 months. It was very miserable for her, and the rest of us. We tried infacol and other remedies, but the best thing seemed to be cuddles with Daddy (he had his ipod on) while I went and put DD1 to bed - so we could spend time elsewhere. It did just magically stop. It would be nice to know how to totally stop it.

longlady16 Mon 10-Dec-12 21:40:25

I had a caesarean birth and my son had colic from day 1. It was do upsetting as we didn't know anything about the condition. We used in facial religiously which eased it, we also used dr brown anti colic bottles. The combination if the two things seemed to help

eteo Mon 10-Dec-12 21:53:05

My son suffered alot. So every feed, i will give him infacol in his milk. We had tried lot of other brand but they dont work on him. Later, we gave him massage and it work a treat!
My daughter, she dont suffered at all as she always burp by herself.

GetKnitted Mon 10-Dec-12 22:36:27

I thought colic was a myth until ds2 had it really bad for months. We used infacol and gripe water and took to putting a towel under his cot mattress to make an incline. In the end the only way he would sleep was on his front (hope the back to sleep police are not here).

It passed, and I am not convinced that any of the medication did anything, though gripe water does produce splendid burps smile

GoodKingWenSOLOslas Mon 10-Dec-12 22:47:22

My Ds suffered dreadful colic, writhing and screaming with a hard tummy. I did try Infacol and gripe water, but they didn't seem to work for him so I decided to make up some Camomile tea for him. I made up a strong pint at a time and refrigerated it and took a small amount from the jug each time, topping it up with freshly boiled water to dilute and warm it and it worked! it was such a relief to find something that worked for him. His colic and tummy aches lasted a good long few months.

Ds having colic was a difficult thing to deal with as it was just me and him, so I got no relief at all. The HV was good, but not good enough.

Ds was a tummy sleeper and that was the only way he'd sleep (it's a family trait!). He enjoyed laying over my arm and found that comforting with the colic, but it didn't cure him of it.

I was very relieved that Dd didn't have colic, but as she screamed almost solidly for 6 months, I guess she could've had it without me knowing. She wouldn't take anything other than the breast, so I didn't get to try the Camomile tea on her.

If I'd had a nanny, that would've helped enormously!

Cambam2010 Tue 11-Dec-12 13:01:59

My DS was one of those babies that was never happy unless he was constantly held or being breast fed. The older generation grandparents didn't really get the idea of attachment parenting and therefore said "he's got colic", "he's a colicy baby". As a first time mum I listened to their advice and treated him with Infacol and other prescription treatments. On hindsight, I don't believe he had colic. He didn't cry for hours on end. He just cried when he was put down. He was just one of those babies that wanted to be carried and held and fed. It didn't do him any harm though.

People are too quick to say a baby has colic just because he/she is crying. I believe that a truely colicy baby is unconsolable.

Babycarmen Tue 11-Dec-12 13:21:46

DD2 had bad colic and would scream and scream, it was horrible to watch her go through. We used infacol and gripe water which did help a little, we also swaddled her.

janglebells2013 Tue 11-Dec-12 13:59:45

my dd had colic for first few months and it was awful. she screamed and screamed and it did cause a lot of tension between dh and i. he got frustrated with the crying and didn't have the patience for her. he found it very difficult because there was no clear reason for the crying.

i did know about colic because i was a 'crying baby' myself and had heard all about it from my mum, i was terrified dd would end up like this. dd was nothing like i was... she would cry a couple of hours at the most. i cried continually. things that help are movement, music, comfort (being held) and being in an upright position in our case. i think some crying can be related to tensions experienced in the womb (for example the stress of the mother etc) or the stress of being born into the world. well we got the infacol, gripe water, all that. nothing really seemed to work, but finally she got diagnosed with silent reflux and ranitidine made things a lot better, so im not sure if this was the problem right from the start.

PostBellumBugsy Tue 11-Dec-12 15:03:08

Even though my DCs are 13 & 10 there colic is etched into my memory so firmly, I expect I'll remember it on my death bed!
Eldest DS was the worst, he screamed from 6pm until midnight every single night for the first 4.5 months of his life. I tried everything: infacol, drinking gallons of chamomile tea, gripe water, stopped eating any spicy food or cruciferous vegetable in case my milk was affecting him, had tests for reflux, went to baby aromatherapy, tried homeopathic remedies & even cranial osteopathy. NOTHING worked. The only thing that helped was to have him up over our shoulder & walk. We literally wore holes in the carpet walking every single night for 6 hours a night. It was beyond awful.

DD was relatively bad, but she only screamed inconsolably for 3 to 4 hours every night, so it felt like a walk in the park!!!! Again tried all the remedies & even attempted a treatment for oral thrush to see if it might be that - but once again nothing worked. This time I had a rocker chair though - to save the new carpet we'd had to put down, so up over the shoulder and on the rocker did the trick with her - still 3+ hours rocking manically every night though.

It is a really awful way to start life with a baby & I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.

StellaNova Tue 11-Dec-12 15:14:06

PostBellumBugsy Your experience sounds almost exactly like mine, except mine were both boys. The walking, the walking....

The reason I am not having any more children is basically that I know that I couldn't cope with another baby with colic.

SantaFlashesHisBoobsALot Tue 11-Dec-12 16:02:09

I was told DS had colic in the early days.

Its only as I've done my breastfeeding training that I have learnt that there is nearly always a reason for it. I was upset by that at first, but it explained why nothing like Infacol, Colief or grip water worked (especially not gripe water; how the hell can they even justify that still being on the market?!). Sometimes its a simple thing like positioning and attachment when breastfeeding, or the flow of the teat if bottle feeding. Sometimes its a food allergy or intolerance. Sometimes its misdiagnosed silent reflux.

Whatever the reason its horrible. I wish that I had known more then, however, so I could have tried to reduce what was going on if nothing else.

My brother had 'colic' too. He is six years younger than me, and I remember the screaming even now.

MistyB Tue 11-Dec-12 17:04:14

All three of my babies had colic. Two are wheat and dairy intolerant and one is dairy intolerant. I tried everything! Cranial Osteopathy helped, as did white noise and constant movement though I think they are just pain distraction. I wish I'd trusted my instincts more and pushed harder as if I'd known earlier, the first few months wouldn't have been so hard. I still feel emotionally drained by the memory of the baby years.

Everyone's experience is different but I would love to know what percentage of uncomfortabke babies are intolerant to some food or other.

If I knew then, what I knew now, I would have excluded my sickness triggers from my diet when they were in the womb (I knew dairy and sugar made me feel bad) and while I was feeding. I would have used Kinesiology to foods and creams on them (DS2 reacts to petroleum which is in Kamilosan (sp) and seeing what it does to his skin, who knows what it was doing to his gut as I used it after every feed) and I would have consulted a nutritionist to help balance their gut bacteria earlier, though perhaps none of that would have been necessary if I had excluded the problem foods.

icclebabyjesusheave Tue 11-Dec-12 18:52:54

Both of my DCs had colic - DS worse than DD. Nothing worked other then them growing out of it. I think all of the things you buy are to do with parents feeling that they HAVE to try and do something and they will try anything that says it may work. Nothing does and its a bit of a con.

My advice to any parent who has a child with colic, is to get used to walking up and down a lot holding a baby AND buy some earplugs as its a hell of a lot less stressful if you can't hear the screaming so much. Don't bother buying Infacol, Colief, Gripe Water or any of the other stuff that I spent a fortune on with DS as they don't work. I didn't bother with any of that with DD and she grew out of it in just the same way.

missorinoco Tue 11-Dec-12 19:23:04

Memories of colic. Shudder. Second the ear plugs. You can still hear your screaming baby but it's not as loud.

I didn't find Infacol helpful, I mainly knocked it over it the dark repeatedly. DC1 associated it with a feed though, as has always been amazing about taking medicine froma syringe since. Worth a try if your baby has colic.

My regret is not trying cranial osteopathy, I wonder if it would have helped.

As well as ear plugs, my other tip is a fabric sling to put your baby in whilst you pace around. Alternatively, build up a bicep whilst you hold the child on your shoulder and pace arpund the room.

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