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Colic help please?

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Rose138 Thu 09-Nov-17 08:32:09

Hi everyone,

Our baby is 5 weeks old. From birth we realised he took a long time to wind and was therefore very uncomfortable. Our first child would bring it up instantly so we were really lucky and so this is all very new to us.

Our baby is perfectly happy all day but at approximately 3-4 o'clock in the afternoon the crying starts, he's difficult (almost impossible) to settle and he brings up his knees to his tummy-but no temperature and he feeds as normal. At this time we give him infacol and this really works for him-thankfully! I've read though that it can be used after every feed. Should I give to him during the day even when he is perfectly fine but to avoid it being so bad for him come 3-4 o'clock? I just don't want to feel I'm giving him too much of it.

Also I have 'diagnosed' this as colic-am I correct? Do I need to take him to the doctor?

Thank you all so much in advance smile

INeedNewShoes Thu 09-Nov-17 09:04:42

A couple of things I did with my baby whose mood also went downhill from 4pm...

I offered feeds gradually more frequently as the day wore on on the advice of my GP and my auntie who's a midwife.

We devised a game of lying baby on her back and pushing both knees towards her chest (which we call jumping) followed by backwards pedaling her legs firmly towards her chest. This helps release any trapped wind downwards that you didn't manage to get out upwards after the feeds.

It is very very common for babies to be grisly late afternoon and evening. Take heart that it is just a phase and will get better within weeks.

pastabest Thu 09-Nov-17 09:09:02

Infacol should be given before every feed.

I also found after 4 weeks that a spoon of gripe water when she did the colic crying also worked wonders about 8 out of 10 times.

Keeping the baby upright for at least 30 mins after every feed. I found a sling helped with this during the day.

Marcine Thu 09-Nov-17 09:14:23

Colic just means crying so it isn't a diagnosis as such. Could be caused by wind, overstimulation/tiredness towards the end of the day or wanting to feed more frequently (cluster feeding).

Rose138 Thu 09-Nov-17 15:34:33

Thank you all so much for your really helpful advice that I can now try. Also comforting to know our baby is not the only one and that this is a stage that should pass. Thank you all!

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