Help A Colicky Baby

My Experience With A Colicky Baby

When my son was a month old, he started getting unbelievably fussy. We couldn't figure out why. I knew it was strange that my baby got super cranky all of a sudden, but I just kept dealing with it day by day. He would cry for five hours straight and nothing I did would suppress the crying. I just assumed that that's what babies did.

It wasn't until a scheduled appointment that we had, the Dr. automatically knew that's what he had. It was because of the way he stretched that she knew. If a baby is colicky, they're stretch and kind of arch backwards while fussing.

She then informed me of other formulas that we could try. We switched formulas, but that didn't help too much.

We ended up trying two medicines that you can get over the counter for colic. The first one, Mother's Bliss Gripe Water, didn't seem to help much; maybe just a little. The second one, Colic Calm, seemed to help, though. Colic Calm was a little bit more expensive, and I wasn't sure if I wanted to even try it, but it was either that, or keep dealing with sleepless nights.

Symptoms That Your Baby Might Have Colic

1. Inconsolable Crying, Usually In The Afternoons Or Evenings, Lasting For Hours At A Time: I will never forget the crying that my son did when he was colicky. He had been completely tolerable for the first month. Then almost out of nowhere, every day, usually in the evenings, he would cry for five hours at a time. I tried everything I could think of, but nothing worked.

2. Really Gassy: Babies with colic are usually very gassy.

3. Enlarged Stomach: If your baby has colic, then you might notice that his belly looks bigger or more round like a ball.

4. Crying When Expelling Gas: Colicky babies tend to cry whenever they expel gas. This is one of the reasons why people believe that babies are in pain when experiencing colic.

5. Baby Stretches Backwards As If In Pain: While fussing, your baby may push his hands against you, causing him to push himself back as far as possible to stretch his stomach.

How To Calm Your Colicky Baby

1. If Breastfeeding, Try Changing Some Eating Habits: There is still uncertainty over what foods may be triggers for colic. Dairy is a big one, so try cutting out as much dairy as possible for a few days or a week to see if that helps. Also, caffeine and alcohol are thought to be triggers. Having wheat and spiced foods are also thought to cause it.

2. If Bottle Feeding, Try Changing Formulas: Try a formula containing whey hydrolysate. I ended up changing from Gerber Good Start to Gerber Good Start Protect. Whey hydrolysate concentrate is the first ingredient listed on the package!

3. Don't Overfeed Your Baby: It's already tough for a baby's stomach to digest the food and protein that it's ingesting. Don't add more if it's not time to feed.

4. Rock Your Baby: The Dr showed me a way to rock my son, which worked immediately when she did it. I was in awe. I had tried rocking him in the rocking chair, which didn't help much. What she did, was wrap him up in a blanket, hold him firmly against you (so it's your stomach against his), and use just your arms to rock him at a bit of a moderate speed. Of course, always support the head, and don't rock him too fast. She said that having the warmth and comfort of belly against belly is comforting; and rocking in a slightly faster motion helped take his mind off of the pain he was probably feeling.

5. Swaddling: Swaddling a baby really helps make them feel more calm and comfortable, as it reminds them of the womb. I swaddled my baby before rocking him. It really helped.

6. Over The Counter Medicines: I'm a fan of natural, herbal medicines for my baby. As stated earlier, I tried both Mother's Bliss Gripe Water and Colic Calm. Both of these are stated as being safe and natural medicines.

7. Take A Break! It is very important for you to get a break when you're feeling overwhelmed. Ask a friend or family to take over for a little bit so you can go for a walk, take a drive, or take a shower. Not only is it good for your health, but it will help lower the stress surrounding the baby.

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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

Colic can be the demise of parents. It's so hard on the mother especially. Good hub!

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