Help with My Colicky Baby

Updated on January 27, 2016
A.R. asks from Austin, TX
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This is our second son and he is giving us a run for our money. He doesn't sleep well...harldy at all when he does...and cries all the time. Every night he cries for at least 3 hours, mostly we get him to stop after 5 hours. We've tried everything to console him. He won't nurse or take a pacifier. I am starting back to work in 2 weeks from maternity leave and not only am I totally exhausted, but I haven't enjoyed spending time with my newborn. I also feel like I'm ignoring my 20 month old, giving all my attention to the new one. *They* say this is colic and that it will end, but I'm having such negative feelings and am just looking for a little support.

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J.B.

answers from Houston on

My daughters are 17 months apart and my 2nd was "colicky" - or had reflux which I was told by my pedi is the likely the same thing. We tried the prescriptions for reflux and I wasn't convinced that they worked, so I just started making it a point to keep her as upright as possible after every feeding. It was exhausting at times and I even resorted to one of those wedge pillows that you strap them to to keep her at the correct angle when I needed to get things done. Between that and some white noise she seemed to get some relief. I felt exactly the same way - like I was not getting to spend enough time w/my toddler and between my exhaustion, guilt and desperation I was so overhwhelmed and felt so alone - even though I had my husband there. I hope you can find a solution in one or several of the responses. It is helpful to know others have been there. Please feel free to email me if you'd like. [email protected]____.com

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J.T.

answers from College Station on

My first son had colic. It is terrible. Every night at 6pm, he would start and not usually end until 8 or 9. We would walk him, rock him, give him mylacon. Nothing helped. It lasted about 3 months.

Hang in there! Maybe being in the Nanny for an evening or an afternoon so you can catch a break.

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S.

answers from Houston on

I know it sounds crazy, but try running the blow dryer-thats the only thing that would get my son to stop when he was colicky-good luck!!

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N.C.

answers from Austin on

Get some Gripe Water - it's a miracle worker. It's mostly made of fennel seed and breaks the big gas bubbles into smaller ones. It's saved our lives with our son - it works on him within 10 minutes and he's as calm as can be. You can get it at HEB (right next to the Mylecon) or Walgreens. CVS doesn't seem to carry it.

If that doesn't work, there may be something else going on and he might need to see a doctor.

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L.F.

answers from Houston on

My son sounds like your son! My doctor told me to try GRIPE WATER, you can get it at some stores. I have seen it at Kroger's, on the baby isle. Its all natural and omg, does it work! I went through 6 months of a colicky baby and was about to pull my hair out! When I got it (at the time I couldnt find it in the stores and got it online) I gave it to my son. I swear to you, ten minutes later, he burpt and that was it! He was a happy camper! You should try it! Its like $5 a bottle, so you realy dont have anything to loose.

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J.H.

answers from Houston on

I had a really similar experience with my second son. He cried constantly. After a few doctors visits and considering that it might just be colic, it turned out that he had reflux. I didn't realize it because he never spit up, but once we did an x-ray we realized it would come up and go back down. We put him on Prevacid and after a few weeks he got much better. He still gave me a run for my money, but the constant pain and crying ended.

He is 14 months old now and off the prevacid. It definitely took me longer to bond with my second because all of the crying. Once we got the reflux under control it got a lot better.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I remember that time was so difficult! Good luck!

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C.K.

answers from San Antonio on

My daughter had terrible colic for the first 3-4 months of her life. I breastfed and cut out ALL dairy from my diet. If your son is on formula you may want to consider switching to soy formula. We also used Mylacon or Gripe Water drops as soon and she started her nightly crying jag. Hang in there, but the no dairy diet was the trick!

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J.S.

answers from Houston on

I would definitely have him checked for reflux- all three of my kids have had reflux and one of mine had reflux and colic- so I feel your pain completely. Does he arch his back like he is uncomfortable? Does he spit up a lot? (two of mine did and one of them didn't). Talk to your pediatrian. Prevacid has seemed to help all of my kids- my 5 month old is on it right now and seems to be doing better (my 5 month old usually gets pretty fussy at around 6:00 pm every night and again we spoke to our doctor and now he is on Prevacid). Also Gripe water has helped my 5 month old before we put him on prevacid. Good luck and hang in there- it will get better!

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H.H.

answers from Houston on

You have to read Happiest Baby on the Block. His 5 Ss are sure to help you. Number one for us was swaddling. None of my babies were colicky, but 3 very close friends had colicky babies, and I told them about thsi book and loaned them my DVD. It worked nearly immediately for them. Look up Dr. Karp and Happiest Baby on the Block. His website might help too, but get the book (or the DVD! You can watch him in action!). It has helped so many "colic families"!

**I just read some other responses. PLease please please don't do Babywise. It's cited many places for getting your baby on a schedule but that's not what you need. Your baby boy needs some help before he can be "on a schedule". If the doctor has ruled out reflux and agrees that this is colic, Dr. Karp's Happiest Baby on the Block will surely help. The 5 Ss are: swaddle, swing, suck (as in nursing or paci), side (holding this way, not sleeping), and ssshhhhhing. Those aren't the actual order. He also explains the "cuddle cure" with the 5 Ss, and how babies have a missing 4th Trimester, where they are still getting used to life outside the womb, yet they still need the womb experience. YOu create the womb experience by using the 5Ss. Doesn't that sound so much more what babies need than putting babies on an enforced schedule???

Good luck, hon. THis isn't easy, I"m sure, and with work looming in the background it's even harder. Buy Dr. Karp's book today (I found it at Half Price Books recently for $7, but the have it at Barnes and Noble and Borders) and you'll likely see a difference tonight or tomorrow. It's about understanding what baby needs, and once you've got that, baby is likely to sleep more and not need to cry.

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K.P.

answers from Houston on

I went through the same thing. I talked with a girl that had triplets and she used a book called, On becoming baby wise. It helps put the baby on a schedule. It's a pain waking up early and it requires waking a sleeping baby- but it worked for me. The first day K. went down and slept through all her naps except the last one. She cried a little too long, so I put her in her swing with a Kenny G. cd and she soon fell asleep. (The book is a little more rigid and says they have to be in their crib)- but you can adjust it to your liking. It was a lifesaver!! My husband was traveling 3-4 days at a time and I could hardly get a shower.

an after-thought: Have you considered reflux? K. didn't spit up much but they gave her medication for it, and that seemed to help too.
Hope others have helpful advice for you. I know this is a difficult time. I will keep you in my prayers.

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R.K.

answers from Austin on

A.,
When my oldest was about 9 weeks old - one day she just refused to nurse all day and by that afternoon I was frantic. I called her pediatrician and he said "I think it's reflux." We started her on medication and then had an upper GI and low and behold the little thing had terrible reflux! She had always been a little cranky and there were times we couldn't put her down. I thought it was gas and the poor thing had several doses of Mylicon.

Anyway, fast forward four years and her little sister came along. Easy as pie. But I noticed she didn't like to feed for quite as long as her sister. At nine months she was barely interested in anything but yogurt, bananas, apples, and pears and so I asked the doctor for recommendations. I described the way she still spit up after nursing and he looked at me and said "Didn't her sister have reflux?" Well, she was tested and she also had it !! I felt pretty stupid. Anyway, our pediatrician says that lots of babies that are described as "colicky" really have reflux. Apparently the sphincter muscle between the esophagus and stomach are weak in infants. Anyway, it's worth checking out. Good Luck !

P.S. after going on medication they were both SO different that I wished I had known sooner.

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A.M.

answers from El Paso on

Oh poor little guy! I wish I had something great to help, but instead just sending a little prayer your way... It is so hard not to be able to soothe them when they are so upset!!!

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C.W.

answers from Waco on

Hi A.,
so sorry you have had to go thru this- Have you shared this with your pedi- surely they can give you something that will relieve the pain and discomfort for this little one. It is not normal for him to cry for that long of time- there is something on the market that will give him relief and help you too. If you and your dr. are sure it is nothing except colic- then I would ask for something to help him.
good luck and blessings

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R.B.

answers from Austin on

Hi A.,

I'm so sorry you and your little guy are going through this right now. I have a daughter who was 23 months old when our son was born. I found it very hard to spend time with her when our son was crying all the time. The pedi told me it was probably colic and I knew he had reflux. His Colicky period would start around 4pm and last til about 7pm as he got older it got earlier in the day and shortened to about 2 hour to 90 minutes. I was like you and not enjoying my newborn, I was exhausted, and a friend of mine said her little one had the same thing and she got some gripe water called "Baby's Bliss" I was skeptical but I tried it and one dose of it and it he was cooing and smiling and out of agony. I don't know if you believe in those type of things but it made my little guy so much happier and Mommy was too. I know that HEB sells Baby's Bliss it's over in the baby section by the diapers/lotions/baby wash items. He will outgrow the colic my son was finally rid of it by 4 1/2 months. Also, remember if you are stressed and tense baby can definitely pick up on that. I hope this helps! I don't know you but here's a *Hug* because sometimes we all just need a hug. :) I've been there and it will get better! :)

R.W.

answers from San Antonio on

Try using gas relief drops. It worked well with our son.

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S.M.

answers from San Antonio on

Hello, i know what you are going through! I thought that me, my husband and my live in MIL were all going to die! of course that was 23 yrs ago! My son is 23 now. he had terrible colick. and he would be the perfect baby until "Bedtime" then he would wear all three of us out! so My old and wise Portuguese grandmother gave me the perfect cure for colick and it works like magic!It is a natural herb and completely safe and will work from the very first time that you use it. Here's what you do...Go to the grocery store and in the spice isle, buy a bottle of "Fennel seeds". Boil 1 teaspoon in a little water( maybe a cup) let it steep for a few minutes to make a tea. Strain the seeds, cool enough for baby to drink. put just a little sugar so the baby will want to drink it, and give it any time they have colick, or a little before they get it, if you know that they always get it around a certain time. The sweet natural licorice flavor works to settle their tummys everytime! TrUST ME! You'll be glad you did! Blessings!

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J.W.

answers from Austin on

*Hugs*

I am so sorry...I have three boys and all of them had their fussy periods. It can be a real struggle. If your little guy isn't napping very well, his tiredness is fueling his crankiness. So, focus on improving his naps/night time sleep. Swaddle him, put on a fan and some white noise. Also, you may try buying an Amby hammock (www.ambybaby.com). My little one is 6 months old and has been in his amby hammock since he was 3 wks old. He was/still is a restless sleeper but if he is stirring we just gently sway his hammock and goes back to sleep. He would be an absolute grump if his naps were short...he needs his sleep.

The most important thing to remember is that this is a phase and it too shall pass. Make sure you and your husband are taking turns helping your little one during this time. It is really easy to get just as cranky as a colicky baby.

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J.V.

answers from Austin on

Has the doctor made sure it is not Acid Reflux??

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N.R.

answers from Houston on

try small amounts of camomile tea... i didn't have a colicky baby but a friend of mine did and that is what she used...said it soothed him almost right away! good luck!

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C.C.

answers from Austin on

gripe water as well as baby jarodophilus worked for us. I was also nursing and had to switch to a very bland diet. No greens of any kind. Also no beans of any kind. Anything slightly gas producing was out. But it worked.

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C.M.

answers from Austin on

My first boy had colic. It sucked. Things that worked: Sitting in the bathroom with the shower running, the "miracle blanket"(look it up), sitting in a chair with him and imagining I was on a beach, a prescription from the pediatrician. I think the RX was the best thing. I thought there was something wrong with me and him. I highly recommend the blanket. Good luck! I know it doesn't help, but it will get better and it's not your fault!!

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B.P.

answers from Houston on

My daughter started crying constantly at 4 weeks old. The 1st dr told ud it was colic and it will go away. We went and had a 2nd opinion and it turned out it was reflux. She started prevacid and once we got the correct dosage it got tons better. Also, we would run the vacuum daily to calm her down. She would fall asleep within minutes of starting the vacuum.

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L.P.

answers from Austin on

is your baby on Tri Vi Sol vitamins I hear babies can have a reaction to that. I also hear that a lil bit of crushed calcium on the tongue can help as well and just food for thought the child may not like the detergent he is laying on at night

Take care and best wishes
shaklee.net/healthydesire

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A.G.

answers from Houston on

Did the doctor say it was colic. When I was getting ready to go back to work my son would cry for 5 hours straight at night. I took him to the doctor. He was having muscle spasms and that was why he was crying.

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L.P.

answers from Sherman on

Have you tried making him onion tea? I remember when my brother was a baby and had colic my mom made him some and it settled him down. give the baby 1 or 2 tsp of chamomile tea in their bottle during each feeding. How to make Onion Tea 1Peel only the outermost layer of onion; leave the cleanest colored skin still on. You get more health benefits this way.
Step2Boil about two cups of water then lower the heat to very low.
Step3Cut the onion in two or four pieces and add to boiling pot. Simmer on low for about 10 minutes. Let it sit for another 5 minutes after boiling.
Step4You may add 1 tsp. sugar to the onion right before it finishes boiling for flavor!

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P.H.

answers from Austin on

I know how hard (and disappointing!) these first weeks have been for you. The thing about parenting I've only learned recently is how to be nurturing and accepting of my kids' emotions, all of them, even the "negative" ones. They need to be allowed to get it all out in a safe way and know that mom is there for them. From what I know about colic, this is all you can do for your baby. You can't console or stop his crying, but you can make him feel safe and comfortable. This may need to include putting him down in a swing or bed for a few minutes at a time so you can take some deep breaths or have a much needed cuddle with your toddler. Taking care of yourself is not selfish! It is a must so you can be a strong mother to your babies. The other thing that will get you through this difficult time is that one day it will just disappear, as if he was a totally new baby! Look forward to this day when you and your son can begin the next phase of your relationship. You will surely bond with him even stronger and appreciate him for every new bit of his personality as it comes out. In his quiet times notice your favorite things about him and really meditate on that to get you through the fussing.

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J.S.

answers from Houston on

You may want to think about getting him checked for reflux. Some babies have silent reflux and the only signs they have is the extreme irritability otherwise known as colic. You may need to feed him every 2-3 hours (this also includes night time feedings, although he may go longer than 2-3 hours) and in small amounts. Carry him in a sling when he is fussy during the day. At night you can swaddle him and put him in a carseat to keep his head elevated.

Good Luck to you and your little ones.

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J.H.

answers from Houston on

My son was colic and it is hard esp. because there isn't much you can do. I would make sure he is eating enough since you say he won't nurse. Two things you can try to help ease his "pain" are Mylicon drops and Gripe Water. The good news is that it will stop after about 3 months so you should almost be there. Hang in there....it will get better!

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C.M.

answers from Houston on

Get the DVD "The Happiest Baby on the Block". It is a life saver! It teaches you the secret of the "5 S's" and how to calm your baby. I wish I had it 15 years agao with my first baby, she was colicky. My second, who is 9 months now was not really colicky but he was fussy and cried some and the DVD helped us tremendously.
I would also recommend getting a "SwaddleMe" blancket. Swaddle is one of technics used to calm babies. It works!
Also, you could try Gripe water. It helps to sooth babies' tummies and gets rid of hicups.
Hope that helps. Just hang in there, If anything your baby will outgrow it eventually. I wish you lots of luck and baby cuddles!

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K.A.

answers from Austin on

I am soo sooo sorry! This sounds horrible.I would go back to the Dr. and demand that they look in to this more. It could be reflux or something else, but I am afraid that Doctors are so busy that they just shoo out mom's with out really taking their concerns seriously. We had a little boy in our class when I worked as a nursery worker, and he would scream and scream all day long. When he became a toddler the discovered he had sensory integration disorder. I would just suggest he have another look.

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J.P.

answers from San Antonio on

Hello Alicia…My daughter (first and only thus far) is 3 ½ months and she gave me a run for my money with colic…I thought I was losing my mind…constant crying, heart-wrenching crying…nothing was soothing her…At first I would run the shower; the sound of the water was somewhat calming to her, but it wasn’t until I was introduced to gripe water that our lives changed…we both finally got some sleep…it’s all natural and it is a miracle if you ask me…it’s sold in the baby section at HEB, Walgreen’s & CVS…I also brewed chamomile tea and would put 1 oz., along with 3 oz. of distilled water; this too worked… I’m sure there are many other solutions, these just happened to work for us…

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S.O.

answers from San Antonio on

Man, when my second child was born, I had the same issues you do. He cried all the time, I was sleep deprived, going out of my mind, and not liking my son at all. Then add the guilty feelings that go along with that and you are a basket case! I was told that when he turned 3 months good days would start to out number bad days and by 4 months you would be having mostly good days. Boy, it happened just like that. I finally gave up breastfeeding to give myself a break from him - and that helped me a lot. My MIL also stepped in and took him 1 day a week. He did the same for her and helped to understand that it had nothing to do with me. It also gave me a break. Sometimes, I had to just put him in his crib and let him cry while I played with my daughter. He even cried when we took walks outside in the stroller. I bought us headphones that we could share and we listened to music on our walk while he cried. Neighbors just stared. When you feel overwhelmed, put him safely in a crib or anywhere safe and leave him alone until you can catch your breath and calm down. Ask someone for help. You'll have better feelings toward him once you go back to work as you won't be with him all of the time. It will pass. Breathe!

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H.P.

answers from Corpus Christi on

My daughter was the same way. About the only time she was happy was when she was in the swing. Once I put her or Soy formula it toned down quite a bit. She was still happiest in her swing. I tried the vaccuum thing before I bought my dyson and burt up a few belts. Unfortunately the doctor is mostly right, colic will everntually go away, but you may want to have your new one checked for acid reflux or gurd.

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S.S.

answers from Houston on

My second son had collic soooo bad. I was a young mother and very stressed. He is now 16 so we made it thru. I have never heard of all these remedys -I wish I would have. Im justing writing to say stick in there.

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A.P.

answers from San Antonio on

Hi A.,
I know this is a very difficult time. My second son, who is now 2 yrs old, was an extremely fussy baby. He cried 24/7, wouldn't sleep, hated his swing, carseat, pretty much anything we tried. He was diagnosed with reflux at 4 weeks old. It didn't get better until we found the right dose of medication at about 8 weeks old. I would get him checked out for reflux. My son never spit up, so we had to go on other symptoms. My pedi told me that colic is usually centered around certain times of the day and not all day. We were seeing a specialist to manage his reflux. I felt the same way in that I wasn't able to enjoy my newborn... It was very hard. Good luck..

J.M.

answers from Austin on

Hi A.,

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www.natren.com is the company website if that link does not work.
That is the link to get the baby products, we have suggested 1 week old babies that has this problem, it straightened they body up right away.

The babys body is hurting that is why the crying. Nutrition is the only way to correct this.

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Hope this helps

Blessings
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K.G.

answers from Houston on

Step back and take a look at your diet maybe your eating something that is bothering him like milk.

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E.S.

answers from Houston on

Greetings A.. My name is E. and I've just become a member. If I recall, correctly, while my (two) were colicky. I am Hispanic, and I know of many Home Remedies. Not to say that this will always work, but it has for several generations in my family! "What we do is/buy/get- what you call Manzanilla- you can purchase it from any local grocery store. It is packed fresh, like greenery/and packaged in herbs dry. Either way. What you do is just get a small amount and boil in a pot. Strain it and the water/juices left is what you put in your baby's bottle. Let cool, but not cold. Add, just a dash of sugar so it won't be so bitter. It's like giving them water. After, make sure they burp...they may even burp several times. This is where you can tell, if too much air is being inhaled w/reg., feeding bottles. If they soon poop after wards. That's even awesome. Keep, doing this after, acouple of hours, after reg/feedings. When they get hungry again.(This takes place of the water feeding)- for the colic. Please let me know if this helped!

Your New Friend,
And Mama Source,
Ms. EFSilguero

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L.I.

answers from Austin on

Oh you so have my sympathy! I know how hard it is, I've been there too! My son was very colicky from the day we took him home. Every second feed he would projectile vomit, he barely slept, he screamed incessantly. I was so exhausted I should not have been allowed to drive, I walked into walls!

We tried my diet (I breastfed), we tried the GP who gave us the same 'advice' it seems you have been given, we tried gripe water, we tried homeopathic remedies, nothing worked!

Then we randomly, for another issue with him, (he had a small haemotoma on his head from the difficult birth) went to a cranial osteopath. This man cured my son's colic in 3 weeks! It was simply magic, we were so grateful.

Cranial osteopathy works especially well on infants. It is the most gentle form of treatment available for them, and it WORKS! You need to make some phone calls, find a CRANIAL osteopath who treats newborns. Trust me, it will work.

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E.2.

answers from Providence on

Both of kids were colicky and after getting a hard time with my first baby, I found a colic relieving formula babies magic tea. The second time I directly used this tea for my little one and same good result came.

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J.D.

answers from San Angelo on

Hi A., My mother inlaw said my husband had colic when he was a baby. She said that the only way he would really sleep is if they went for car rides. You might try that with your son. The drive does something to soothe some of them. The colic will end, so don't worry. And try having your husband spend time with your newborn, while you spend some time with your older one, and switch. While you spend time with your newborn have your husband spend time with your older one. Try not to stress too much, it will all turn out better soon.

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S.C.

answers from Austin on

My baby did that for a year! All the while, the drs. telling me he had colic and would outgrow it. My son turned out to have reflux (GERD) - but it was only going to the base of his throat so he rarely threw up, so they had outruled it. In desperation, I took my son to a family Dr. and that is who diagnosed him, his Pedi & others missed it. Insist on an upper GI test. My baby also had an allergy to milk protein, not lactose and all his troubles were complicated when the experts also missed that!
Some tips to help your baby:
Sit him upright - our baby loved to sleep in his car seat, because it held him in an upright position. We would place him in it inside his crib.
Hold him upright and bounce...get a mini tramp and turn it into a workout!
Walk around with him all balled up in a baby sling. He will stop crying!
Mine also would stop crying (basically be distracted from his pain) when we went outside (loved walks) and when he was in water.
and know this, if it hurts to eat for too long, your child will stop eating. My son refused solid foods until he was 3, once he figured out that it hurt to eat. We had to see a child psychologist! Camp out at the Drs. office if you have to! Change to another practice. Forget asking for another Doc in the same practice. Getting your baby diagnosed and treated is the only thing that will help him. Mine is 11 now and still takes daily meds for severe reflux. But is thriving with treatment!
I understand how draining it is to care for them in that condition. But you are your baby's only advocate and he is trying to communicate that something isn't right to you in the only way he can. I know if someone else besides me had had to deal with my kid, they probably would've hurt him...maybe if your infant is comfortable in the tub, your 20 mo. old could join in. I would also take care to teach your older son to have care and compassion for his brother and join in trying to do anything and everything to make baby comfortable. Perhaps try seeing a gastroenterologist as well. Don't give up. It took us 5 drs. to find the pedi of our dreams. Keep fighting for your kid.

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Totally understand what you are going through. My little boy was 7 weeks early and had severe colic until he was 6 months old. I bought every item anyone reccomended and read every book I could get my hands on. The two things that worked the best for my son were the miracle blanket (to swaddle) and a sling. The first day I got the sling he slept in it for 4 hours straight and my husband asked me to know NEVER take it off!!! I did everything with him in the sling, eat, clean, shop, cook, play with my older daughter etc... It saved my sanity. I even remember one really bad night swaddling him, having him in the sling while I had the hair dryer on and my husband vaccumed hoping that the white noise and swaddling and movement would do the trick. There were lots of prayers said during that time and times when I thought that it was me and not him, but I promise that a year from now you will look back on this realize just how strong you are and amazed at how much he has changed. Hang in there and know that this to shall pass.

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