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Colic advise(12 Posts)
Okay so I'm desperate! My little boy has had colic since he was 3 days old. He's now 12 weeks and it one more person says 'he will grow out of it' with a smug look on their face, in going to bury them under the patio
We have tried EVERYTHING and Nothing is working! My little chunk is bottle fed and we have always used dr browns bottles as someone suggested these whilst I was pregnant. My son shows very classic colic symptoms, red faced, constant uncontrollable crying, clenched hands, stomach always feels rock hard. He will have colicky fits from around 8am till about 4pm everyday, and I'm exhausted!
We originally tried him on dentinox, then went onto infacol, then onto colief. I then went to the Drs who said he may have silent reflux and gave us gaviscon. Now none of these treatments have helped. We then decided to change his milk and put him on comfort/colic milk and he showed a small improvement. Now since he had his 8 week jabs he is back to how he was before, he seems to be in so much discomfort! He will fall asleep on me, but the moment I put him down he will wake up as his tummy hurts and the whole cycle starts again. I always burp him properly and usually burp him for a good 10-15 mins after a feed, and once he's had a good few burps I like to make sure his tummy is soft, if not I'll keep winding him till its soft, even so 20 minutes later his tummy can be rock hard and he won't have had anything extra to drink in this time.
The only way I can settle him is a loooooong walk in the pram (normally a 2 hour walk and I'll do about 2-3 miles a day) as soon as we get home and we've stopped moving he is wide awake and the whole cycle starts again.
We tried gripe water and that hasn't helped either.
I went to the dr last weekend and she said we have exhausted everything and we have to wait it out. I would have happily strangled her with her stethoscope. Smug cow.
Does anyone have any ideas? I know taking them for a drive helps to get them to sleep but it isn't really a long term solution. I do tummy massages, bike legs. He likes the bath, but I can't keep him in the bath all day. It shows no sign of getting any better. Is there anything else I can do?
Has the GP considered a lactose intolerance or silent reflux? Colicky babies tend to flare up in the evenings rather than mornings.
What is babys poo like? Any unusual rashes or skin complaints? Is baby quite sicky or more windy?
Also have you tried wearing baby in a soft sling, so he's upright and next to you while you're moving around the house? Most colicky babies prefer beings upright and cuddled during a colic episode.
DS1 had colic, comfort milk helped a little but eventually we found that he had a lactose intolerance. Changed him onto a LF formula and he was a different baby overnight.
Have you spoken to your health visitor?
His poos seem fine, soft consistency and usually he's a once a day kind of guy.
I did wonder a lactose intolerance but on an evening he's fine so makes me think it's not that. I also googled it and babies tend to have diareha.
The dr suggested silent reflux and gave m me gaviscon, I went back and said it didn't work and he didn't offer any other suggestions for it.
I have been thinking a sling so think it may be worth a shot.
I know colic is normally an evening thing but everything he does ticks the colic box.
Pntypandypioneer - yeh health visitor suggested everything we've already done. Part of me thinks that they don't believe how bad my son can be. He will scream, and I mean red faced scream for hours! I was winding him earlier and it took me 40 mins to get the wind out of him so he could calm down and stop screaming.
He's my first and I'm no expert when it comes to kids but he's clearly in pain and it breaks my heart to see him like that.
Is he sick much? Guessing not if silent reflux suspected.
Any eczema-like rashes?
You could try him for a few days on formula for cows' milk protein allergy [cmpa] like nutramigen or aptamil pepti. Might be cmpa, I had a screamy non-sleeper and it turned out to be this.
You can but those formulas OTC but you sometimes have to order the day before.
Chamomilla granules by weleda helped us massively - can get in boots or buy the proper chamomilla from Neal's yard. Also maybe see a cranial osteo? I know it is pure hell but fwiw it does pass
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Op I feel your pain our dd2 was the same - she was prem though and also suffered reflux which was treated with gaviscon. For the colic episodes we found the only thing that worked was colica colic powder, you dissolve the sachets into babies mouth, we found best using our fingers or she'd be sick. It was almost instant. Even now though she gets trouble with wind and so is still on antic colic bottles for her morning and evening bottle along with gaviscon and she is fully weaned and 15 months. I will say though it doesn't feel like it at the time and like you I could have punched the next person in the throat for saying 'they will grow out of it' but they really do dd just seemed to suddenly stop one day and it was over! But it was the most stressful few months ever!! Definitely try colica, hope it works for you x
It's horrible. DD was like this but later in the day. I never knew why, really, though I tried so many different things. It started to get better at anout 13 weeks.
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