Thanks. I just started with the topical GSE yesterday. I know I should change my diet, but with the holidays it's been practically impossible! Honestly, I don't even know what I would eat if I had to cut out all carbs.... it would be one of the hardest things I've ever done. but it may come to that if I don't notice improvement in a few days.
Anyone else dealing with "colic"? - Page 2
I know how hard it is to change your diet, esp. at the holidays. This is always when I "regress". It was totally worth it for me, though. When I had to do it, I mostly ate lean meats (chicken and turkey plus some deli roast beef) and vegetables. Cutting stuff up to have on hand helped a lit, as did making a minestrone-type soup without pasta or barley. I switched from milk in my coffee to unsweetened soy milk, with stevia instead of sugar. Drinking lots of water also helped. As a bonus, I lost 10 pounds in a month!
If that seems like too much, just eliminate sugar, processed foods and baked goods like breads. Stick to quinoa, steel-cut oats, etc. for grains. That might be enough to help your body heal.
Anyone else still struggling?
Kitty- any better for you?
I feel like I'm hitting rock bottom. I take her to the ped tomorrow. I'm thinking either silent reflux or I have to go to total elimination. I have cut out dairy and eggs so far. If her eyes are open she is crying. There is no sign of any interaction or cooing yet at all, she is miserable. I haven't been able to stop crying today and I just feel crappy about everything.
And I'm starving.
This may or may not be your case. My child had colic as a baby, which was 4-5 hours of constant crying/screaming w/ no relief (in addition to general fussiness throughout the day). No one knows what causes it, though theories include an immature neurological system. My child also had reflux, so that was probably part of it. Since breastfeeding and changes in my diet didn't soothe him, we tried multiple medications, formula preparations, swaddling techniques, and bottles. It's a pure hell type of experience to go through, especially since your child can appear as if he/she is suffering, though docs/books/discussion boards have no good advice. We tried so many things to no avail, and I was so sleep deprived that I started hallucinating. It's something they eventually grow out of, thank God.
Have you tried elevating her head during the night, in addition to changes in your diet? And tight swaddling? It can help a bit. My son had to sleep in his swing at night, though now there are crib wedges on the market. Also, medication for reflux can really help. Good luck w/ the doc tomorrow.
It isn't colic. It's fussy evenings. They are very normal. It has nothing to do with the contents of your milk or gas. Some babies just do this. It goes away on its own after a few months.
From 7pm until around 10 or 11, I can do nothing but nurse Charlie. It was the same with my son. Just plunk down in a chair and nurse/rock the baby until she falls asleep. You can't stop them from having fussy evenings, you just have to go with it.
I also agree colic really does exist. Also you're baby may be very spirited. MY DD is very spirited. If she wanted x,y,z and i gave her a,b,c instead we would have hours of screaming. I gave her the boob every 45 mins the first 2 months!
it was soooooo hard I never knew being a mom could be soooo rough. try and enlist as much help as possible! every night try and take a nice warm bath with the baby, it will help you relax and bond. music can help you too.
Is the baby sleeping enough during the day? that was one of our biggest struggles! She NEVER wanted to nap and she would be so over tired by the end of the day we went through complete hell.