C.M. asks from Oak Park, IL on March 20, 2007
Gripe Water - Oak Park, IL
My daughter just had baby 3 wks ago and he is now colicky. She went on the internet and saw a thing about gripe water that helps babies w/ colic. Has anyone heard of this and had any experience with it good or bad please let me know A.S.A.P.
It really stresses her out to see her baby in pain from so much gas.
L.B. answers from Milwaukee on March 21, 2007
I had the same situation and finally found that switching my baby's formaula helped so much. We actually ended up on the hypoallerginic formula and will never switch back to the regular stuff!!! Good luck - I know how rough it can be!!!!
T.F. answers from Chicago on March 21, 2007
We tried Gripe Water but it didn't do much.
There is a reason her baby has colic...tell her to try cutting dairy out of her diet (if she's Breastfeeding) and to stop vaccinating the baby if she's started. If her baby received the Hep B vaccine it could be a bad reaction to it. Who knows what's causing the colic, but these may help.
Also...taking my newborn/infant to the chiropractor when she was colicky worked wonders.
L.G. answers from Chicago on March 21, 2007
I tried gripe water because a friend of mine swore by it but my little one did not like the taste. I breast fed and supplemented each feeding with formula (similac) so the first thing I did was switch the formula to Nestle good start (with comfort proteins)and I used Mylicon gas drops. You can get the Mylicon gas drops at Walgreens.
This seemed to help.
Good luck in finding the right thing for her little one.
C.S. answers from Chicago on March 20, 2007
It does help babies with Colic. Another great thing that works is a cd called "For crying out loud" it's got all that background noise tracks.. and if you can find one that soothes them, you just stick with it!
You can also try a chiropractor. They are great for things like that. Make sure it's one that specializes in peds though. We have one in plainfield..
N.O. answers from Chicago on March 20, 2007
I personally haven't used it, but did see it at Babies R Us the other day.
Also, are you nursing? What you're eating could be making the baby uncomfortable. If you are, try and pay attention to what you eat/her symptoms. I din't use formula but do know some formulas won't agree with your baby as well.
Hang in there!
L.A. answers from Chicago on March 21, 2007
I used Gripe water with my daughter, it worked. Also try mylicon...sometimes I did both.
M.R. answers from Chicago on March 20, 2007
Buy and read the book "The Happiest Baby on the Block" by Dr. Karp. It was recommended to me through a request I made on here about two weeks ago and it has made all the difference in the world, especially when it comes to sleeping at night.
Colic might be a result of gas, but you should also know that it could happen for many other reasons. Figuring out a combination of 'soothing techniques' that works for the baby is a lifesaver for your sanity. The book suggests using the 5 S's: swaddling (nice and tight so the limbs can't flail), side lying, shhhing (seriously, just try saying SSSSHHHH near her ear!), swinging, and sucking (pacifier), all things that mimic the experiences in the womb that a baby may find soothing.
You might be just as surprised as I was to find that within SECONDS of using one or a combination of these simple techniques, my 5 weeks old baby calms down and stops fussing/crying.
K.G. answers from Chicago on March 20, 2007
I have a VERY colicky baby - we are in week 10 and I'm praying everyday that she soon becomes happier... I've bought every kind of gripe water you can get... I also have the happiest baby on the block book, CD and DVD... the swaddling helps a little, but the CD did not help at all unfortunately. You may have better luck though because some parents swear by it. The first time I gave Alison gripe water it seemed to be a miracle cure... at the time one good day was enough to elate me. Now it does not really help, except with hiccups, they immediately disappear and I don't know how, but it is great! For gas try bicycling her legs, sometimes that helps also. Good luck!
N.D. answers from Chicago on March 20, 2007
Gripe water is used a lot in India and europe for decades. I used it on my daughter during her colicky days. It's very mild and even adults take it occasionally (including myself) when we feel our stomachs are upset.
You can find it at The Vitamin Shoppe or babies r us. It can safely be given with gas drops.
Other methods of calming her baby: swaddling, singing, taking a walk, putting him in a baby carrier, putting him atop a running dryer (or running a vaccuum cleaner) where the white noise is soothing. Also, a long car ride helps when all else seem to fail. There are great websites like www.babycenter.com that give great tips on how to soothe a colicky baby. Good luck with her and her son, and assure her that this will pass.
C.C. answers from Chicago on March 21, 2007
My daughter too turned colicky at around 2 weeks. It was awful and I tried everything. We tried gripe water, but it was too hard to get an entire dose in her and she hated the taste. We used the generic Mylicon infant gas drops from Target and she was a new baby after one day on it. I gave it to her after every feeding (she was breastfed only).
Good luck! They do outgrow the colic. Once day you will all the sudden realize that the crying has stopped and you barely even remember it.