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help - think we have colic problem...

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oliv Mon 06-Jun-05 21:28:56

anyone have any tips? my lovely, lovely three week old ds (first baby) won't stop crying. we only have a matter of minutes in the day at the moment when he's awake and isn't screaming. I can never get him to do any big satisfying belches and it definitely seems to be a wind problem. he just won't bring any up, the most we get are a few weedy burps if we're lucky, and certainly not after every feed. poo v liquid and he's quite farty (he'll love me for this when he's older ...). it's really distressing for all of us. he won't let me put him down at all unless he's really fast asleep. we're trying infacol but no improvements yet. any ideas?

oliv Mon 06-Jun-05 21:30:10

should add, am breastfeeding

helsi Mon 06-Jun-05 21:30:34

I think its called dentinox. we tried infacol and it was rubbish. the dentinox worked a treat and was cheaper than infacol. I also liked the idea that I could add the recommended dose to the bottle prior to feeding.

helsi Mon 06-Jun-05 21:31:19

oh sorry - just read that you are breastfeeding - but it doesn't matter as the adding it to the bottle was just another way of administering it.

starlover Mon 06-Jun-05 21:32:02

no ideas about the colic really... how do you wind him? have you tried laying him along your arm and patting his back?

also, I am a great believer in osteopathy... you could try that, I know people who have had babies with colic and it has worked wonders!

are you breastfeeding? If so then poo will be very liquid.. that's completely normal! i think the farts are too, especially if he isn't bringing up much wind!

starlover Mon 06-Jun-05 21:32:39

oh, there's also something called colief which is apaprently quite good for wind

GeorginaA Mon 06-Jun-05 21:34:00

oliv - been there, done that We had huge threads here on Mumsnet with a group of us at the time all going through the same and I compiled a page on my website with all the things that were tried with varying degrees of success! It's here: Colic Resources

Everything is there with appropriate links, but one of the biggest helps for us was Cranial Osteopathy. Didn't "cure" it as such, but helped other methods of soothing to be more effective, iyswim. Do keep posting for support/rants/questions - have to say it was one of the things that kept me sane!!

beansprout Mon 06-Jun-05 21:34:03

This can be so hard, I'm sorry to hear you have this.
We used to find that putting ds on his back and cycling his legs helped, as did laying him on our laps and gently moving our legs (to massage his tummy). Dp used to take ds out for a walk and the cold air helped (he was born in October) but just being outside might help. Also, there are other things in the shops to help with colic which might be worth a try.

Best of luck, it WILL pass

helsi Mon 06-Jun-05 21:34:15

unless you can get colief on prescription it is expensive. It was £10 a bottle when I looked at it. I agree it does come recommended though but quite a rigid administering process I believe.

beansprout Mon 06-Jun-05 21:34:47

Another vote here for cranial osteopathy!

oliv Mon 06-Jun-05 21:35:36

have tried all sorts of techniques - on shoulder, on tummy on my arm, on my knee, sat up supported under arms - nothing works

oliv Mon 06-Jun-05 21:36:10

does the osteopathy thing really work?

helsi Mon 06-Jun-05 21:37:32

only 9 weeks of it to go oliv!!! I would defo try dentinox. It really worked for us and we had it baaaaadddd. Its reasonably priced and at least you have had a go.

beansprout Mon 06-Jun-05 21:38:24

Worked for us and has worked for many others. A few sessions is best. Osteopath just holds the baby and places their hands on them, there is no manipulation. Ds screamed (and I mean screamed!) the whole way through the treatment but we had our first good night afterwards!

starlover Mon 06-Jun-05 21:41:09

oliv... osteopathy is FANTASTIC!

you could try cranial, or just "regular" which i think is also a good thing.

When I took DS the first thing she said was "does he always turn his head one way"... which he did! (to the left), she said the muscles were very tight, and she also massaged his diaphragm which was very tight and got rid of his hiccups!

if you think about it, being born is quite a trauma really, and babies DO get squished a lot, and can get things pulled out of place a bit.
It is definitely worth it.

I know someone whose little boy had the most dreadful colic... just screamed all the time. Had a few sessions with an osteopath and i swear it was like a different child... calm, placid... it was amazing!

GeorginaA Mon 06-Jun-05 21:45:23

oliv: the biggest thing I learned that helped ds2 was it was VITAL to break the cycle of crying. With more crying he gulped in more wind which created more discomfort which meant more crying. It felt never ending. There's more detail on that link but things like:

using a dummy
white noise
tiger in the tree hold (a way of holding them putting slight pressure on their tummies)
different burping methods
lovies with my smell on them
cranial osteopathy (apparently the back of ds2's skull was slightly compressed and his ribs were quite tight which must have caused him considerable discomfort lying flat)
car rides
motion in the pram
homeopathic granules
propping the cot so it wasn't completely flat

And most importantly, buying a calendar so you can tick off the days to when they grow out of it ;)

helsi Mon 06-Jun-05 21:46:45

with dentinox dd didn't have it for 12 weeks. it had gone after 6.

tiktok Mon 06-Jun-05 21:57:58

The other thing to think about is just that this is normal in a baby who wants to stay close to mum and cries if he isn't....weedy belching and farting is normal. If your baby is fine as long as he is in your arms or feeding, then it isn't colic......if he still cries a lot despite free access to breast and holding, then it may be.

oliv Mon 06-Jun-05 22:18:14

i literally can't put him down, he cries when i do but also when i'm holding him. just carries on and on ... quite tough on the ears and on the spirit. he wakes up crying and carries on for hours, only really stops to feed. seems so uncomfortable and unhappy, it's awful.

Orinoco Mon 06-Jun-05 22:27:07

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hewlettsdaughter Mon 06-Jun-05 22:44:43

oliv, sorry you're going through this. I used to find this position helped my dd. Georgina's page is useful too - I would have added a link to it if she hadn't!

hewlettsdaughter Mon 06-Jun-05 22:45:48

Oh, just read thread properly and 'tiger in the tree' hold has already been mentioned. Well, now you have a picture!

joash Mon 06-Jun-05 22:46:30

infacol - fab stuff!!!!!!

starshaker Mon 06-Jun-05 22:54:47

i have a selection as alana suffers from colic i use colocynth (great) infacol (not bad dont want to use too much as been told it can cause constapation) and detinox (works great but she hates the taste)

starshaker Mon 06-Jun-05 22:56:03

have u tried lying him on his tummy

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