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Please help- first baby and panicking

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lou19 Wed 08-Dec-10 17:57:43

Sorry if this is the wrong place to post this, my baby is fifteen days old and has been crying non-stop for the last four days, we THINK it's colics but since yesterday her pooh has been a dark green, too. I was going to take her to the GP today but she slept fine last night and seemed better today so I didn't, however the crying has now started again and when I changed her just now I noticed her belly button was also oozing some yellow stuff..could the two be related?I just want to make the pain go away

Giddyup Wed 08-Dec-10 18:28:10

bumping for you, as everything so scary with yourfirst. maybe ring NHS direct?

CurlyhairedAssassin Wed 08-Dec-10 18:36:02

Poor you! So many worries with a new baby.....

I'm sure there'll be others on in a minute to tell you that usually, dark green poos can be a sign of wind and colic unfortunately. My DS2 had the most awful colic ever, and yes, I recall it didn't start straight away so we were lulled into a false sense of security. At around 2 weeks old, he suddenly turned into the child from hell and cried enormous amounts. All due to colic.

But non-stop (if it IS literally non-stop) crying I would think is not normal.

DS2 also had a bit of an oozy belly button. In fact it didn't heal over properly when it dropped off and had to be cauterized in the end. Get your midwife to take a look at it if she's coming - if not, probably worth taking her to the Health visitor or GP to check the belly button is ok. I doubt there is a connectgion with the crying (there wasn't with my DS2) but it's always worth getting a medical bod to have a look and reassure you. They are used to new mothers asking them all sorts of questions so don't worry that you will be a nuisance.

There are plenty of things you can do to ease the pain of colic for her a bit if it DOES turn out to be colic. But you will need lots of help and sympathy if it IS that, and it's bad. It's a horrible time, if your baby has colic.

Hope you get to the bottom of it.

sparkle101 Wed 08-Dec-10 21:16:34

Have you met your HV yet? They can have a look at the belly button and let you know.

If it is colic you can use infacol (smells lovely!)which you give before a feed and can help with wind and colic.

My baby (also first) cried constantly for 6 days - I was a wreck and took her straight to a and e. They diagnosed reflux. What I am realising though is health people will do anything for babies as they are so small and defenceless so don't worry about worrying them unnecessarily. Thats what they are there for! I've taken dirty nappies to my doctor more than once as I was concerned about the new "textures".

Babies don't come with a manual. (Unfortunately).

CurlyhairedAssassin Wed 08-Dec-10 21:51:15

lou19, I just wanted to add that I remember DS2 crying with obviious pain and him looking deep into my eyes with such a penetrating, pleading look as if to say "PLEASE, PLEASE, do something to help me!" Was really, really a horrendous time. But I got through and here we are, 4 years later - he now lights up the room with his sunny smile and fabulously entertaining charisma - he is the light of my life!

As long as you've had your baby checked out for medical reasons for the crying, then you just have to grin and bear it for a few months. Well, actually, you dont' have to grin. Just bear it. smile

bubbleymummy Thu 09-Dec-10 00:19:00

Are you bf or ff? If bf there are some things you can cut out of your diet to help.

Atomant Thu 09-Dec-10 07:06:57

Ring your HV see if they can pop round or if you could take DD in to see her. Might put your mind at rest.
Congratulations on your new baby!

lou19 Thu 09-Dec-10 20:21:14

Thank you ladies for all your lovely and useful replies. bubbleymummy, I am breast feeding at the moment, trying to eat healthy but fairly plain food- no spices etc. what should I cut out? baby has slept well last couple of nights though still crying for 2-3 hours in the evening. who knows, it's all new!!!!

jinglesticks Fri 10-Dec-10 13:44:22

My dd sometimes had dark green, squirty poo, which seemed to distress her a lot. I read somewhere it could be a fore-milk imbalance or lactose intolerance and was worried. Asked Hv and they said it was normal and to carry on so we did and it all sorted itself out. So sounds normal to me - but everything is so worrying isn't it?

I'd ask HV about belly button though - could be infected

Bicnod Fri 10-Dec-10 13:49:18

I was under the impression that green poo was a sign of either over or underfeeding.

When your DD is crying in the evening have you tried feeding her? Sorry, don't mean to sound patronizing as I'm sure you probably have but DS would cry and cry in the evenings and I assumed he wasn't hungry as he'd recently been fed, then someone told me about cluster feeding, I stuck him on the boob for basically 3 hours in a row and he was a much happier baby.

Also recommend infacol - we tried it for a few weeks, thought it wasn't doing anything so stopped giving it and immediately noticed the difference so I think it does help.

Bicnod Fri 10-Dec-10 13:49:48

Congratulations by the way smile

toddlerama Fri 10-Dec-10 13:53:11

If you're BF, try removing dairy from your diet. I've heard it works wonders as some infants struggle with it.

NewbeeMummy Fri 10-Dec-10 13:56:45

I hope it gets better for you DD had the most horrible dark green poos at about that age for about a week, Dr said it was nothing to worry about.

I also found that if I ate cauliflower, dd would always have an upset stomach.

jinglesticks Fri 10-Dec-10 15:13:20

Oh I've just remembered what I did that helped! HV said it could be that dd was getting too much foremilk because of not feeding on one breast for long enough to reach the hindmilk, because she was having lots of little feeds (espesh on the evening) and I was swapping breast for each feed. So I stuck to the same breast for about 2 hours before swapping to make sure she got to the hindmilk and this really helped her.

I do think their insides just take a while to adjust to things though and to some extent you have to ride it out.

TurkeyMartini Fri 10-Dec-10 15:17:09

yy, stick to one boob at a time for a while like jingle says.


dikkertjedap Fri 10-Dec-10 15:41:30

I might be wrong, but I thought that colic only started from about 8 weeks onwards ...

CurlyhairedAssassin Fri 10-Dec-10 16:25:25

I wouldn't agree with you on that one, dikkertjedap. Not at all my experience.

alfabetty Fri 10-Dec-10 16:31:38

My DD's colic kicked in at 3 weeks. It was almost over by 8 weeks! Felt like an eternity at the time, but it does pass.

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