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Colic?

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 

First baby. When I say first baby, I mean, altogether. Not just my first baby. LOL

I'm totally oblivious to everything.

How do I know if he's just needy or if he's colic? Where's the line drawn up at?

post #2 of 19

I think with colic the baby's cry will be more of a higher pitch because they're feeling pain.

post #3 of 19

Have you read or seen The Happiest Baby on the Block?  You can get the DVD from most libraries.  Colic is one of these things that doesn't exist in other cultures- it's a western "invention" if you will.  The idea behind this statement is that what we think of as "colic" often has a solution that our culture has forgotten or does not generally support.  For example, co-sleeping, breastfeeding on demand, swaddling, babywearing, etc.  There are many things to try to help soothe a crying baby that are foreign to many people- not just FTM's.

 

Now, beyond these things some babies are crying b/c they are in pain.  When no tricks work and all physical and emotional needs appear to have been taken care of, it's time to consider food allergy (causing gas, acid reflux, etc.) or other sources of pain that cannot be easily seen.  My first line of defense against food allergy is infant probiotics.  If you're interested in learning more about that, just let me know.

post #4 of 19

could i ask some ?s about probiotics on this thread???  might help the OP too (sorry about my formatting- typing while pumping)

 

i just started Dylan on probiotics last night.  dr. udo brand.  is there a good time of day to give them or does it not matter?  and do you have to dose daily?  seems to me if you start populating those good bacteria that daily wouldn't be necessary....  i'm excited to see results tho- he already is less gassy as in not gassy at all!  woohooo!  hopefully it helps him knock out this cold too.

post #5 of 19
So what does everyone think of stuff like Colic Calm? Jasper certainly does not have "colic", but he does have painful gas sometimes. His tummy gets hard and he is super gassy and will struggle and cry for a while. I have given him Colic Calm a few times, and it does seem to help a bit. Of course, I'm also doing all kinds of other stuff anytime he is fussy. Wearing him in a carrier seems to help the most! But it makes dh feel better that we can "do something" by giving him the drops.
post #6 of 19

try the probiotics Amanda!  No more gas here!

post #7 of 19
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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post

could i ask some ?s about probiotics on this thread???  might help the OP too (sorry about my formatting- typing while pumping)

 

i just started Dylan on probiotics last night.  dr. udo brand.  is there a good time of day to give them or does it not matter?  and do you have to dose daily?  seems to me if you start populating those good bacteria that daily wouldn't be necessary....  i'm excited to see results tho- he already is less gassy as in not gassy at all!  woohooo!  hopefully it helps him knock out this cold too.


I'm interested, too. Might be better than what I'm doing now.
post #8 of 19

we should stop posting at the exact same time Amanda winky.gif  LOL

post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post

could i ask some ?s about probiotics on this thread???  might help the OP too (sorry about my formatting- typing while pumping)

 

i just started Dylan on probiotics last night.  dr. udo brand.  is there a good time of day to give them or does it not matter?  and do you have to dose daily?  seems to me if you start populating those good bacteria that daily wouldn't be necessary....  i'm excited to see results tho- he already is less gassy as in not gassy at all!  woohooo!  hopefully it helps him knock out this cold too.

Dr. Udo brand is not human strain and it contains dairy or soy, I can't remember which, so it's actually not the best brand out there, though certainly one of the easiest to acquire.  If you're dealing with a food allergy those probiotics can end up exacerbating the issue in the end.  Plus you have to give so much of it and dissolve it in milk.  I highly, highly recommend getting Pharmax brand Neonate HLC probiotics.  I order them online from Professional Supplement Center (free shipping and they come quickly).  You can feed baby off the tip of your finger- so easy.  And yes, I would recommend daily doses and beyond that, splitting the dose into thirds and dosing three times a day.
 

 

post #10 of 19

Yeah all the brands at my health food store had dairy or soy eyesroll.gif  I don't anticipate an allergy issue, but I'll keep an eye out for symptoms.  I could even order the brand you suggested and return this to our store (they have a great return policy, thankfully!)  

post #11 of 19
Thread Starter 

Jaimee- I just ordered some of those neonate probiotics. I found them on a different website, with a coupon, for $13 (AND free shipping). =D Thanks for the advice. A parent can only give so much love and nurturing before the crying gets to them...

 

www.pureformulas.com has them listed for $16, enter coupon code BF20 at checkout for 20% off.

post #12 of 19

Awesome Nicole!  Thanks for sharing the link!  Avery has already barfed twice in his short life so I'll be ordering soon!

 

Looks like that site only has free shipping without refrigeration.  I am wondering if they therefore do not include an ice pack and how quickly it gets to you... do you know?  With Professional Supplement center the free shipping is still fast and does include the ice pack.


Edited by Jaimee - 12/4/11 at 11:42am
post #13 of 19
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Originally Posted by TalkToMeNow View Post

So what does everyone think of stuff like Colic Calm? Jasper certainly does not have "colic", but he does have painful gas sometimes. His tummy gets hard and he is super gassy and will struggle and cry for a while. I have given him Colic Calm a few times, and it does seem to help a bit. Of course, I'm also doing all kinds of other stuff anytime he is fussy. Wearing him in a carrier seems to help the most! But it makes dh feel better that we can "do something" by giving him the drops.



I give my daughter "Colic Ease"  and it seems to work most of the time...at least temporarily.  It really calms her down when she is having a hard time with gas.  I used it with my other DD too and it's made with all natural ingredients like dill and cardamom.  Wearing her in the carrier helps me too and it seems to help her sleep better at night.

 

post #14 of 19

When I took Jasper to his one month check-up yesterday, our pediatrician gave me a sample of BioGaia Probiotic Drops to try and recommended using them. It's five drops, once a day. Anyone have any experience with this brand? Are they okay? I've started giving them to him but want to know if there is a reason I should use a different type or brand. Thanks!

post #15 of 19

Amanda, I don't know anything about that brand in particular, but you could probably google them to find out what is in them.  Basically I recommend using human strain, non-dairy, non-soy probiotics that are easy to administer.

post #16 of 19

I ordered the HLC Neonate, and picked up some gripe water yesterday.  Poor guy doesn't poo for nearly 24 hours and then has huge explosive poos.  It's awful!  He's super cranky and uncomfortable in the early morning hours (like 4-6am).  The gripe water seems to be helping, but I'm excited for the probiotics to arrive!

post #17 of 19

I bought the probiotics tonight because he has vomited a ton three times. *sigh*

post #18 of 19

After my glowing recommendation, I really hope the probiotics work for all of your babies!  Sheepish.gif

post #19 of 19
Thread Starter 

Probiotics+Gripe Water for Colic= Angel sent from heaven.