I wear her almost all the time. I eliminated dairy when she was born and have kept careful food diaries and cannot find a link between what I'm eating & these episodes. I've tried Gripe Water and "Rescue Remedy." We've been to a Cranial Sacral therapist and a chiropractor is next on the list. I know she'll eventually outgrow this, but it's breaking my heart and feels like it will last forever.
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The one thing that helped us (and believe me, we tried EVERYTHING!) was to nurse her on one breast for 3 hour periods. It really seemed to help her gas. Like yours, my dd did not fuss only in the evenings, it was at any time of the day or night.
If it gives you any consolation, my dd is now 7 months old and is a very happy baby. The excessive crying started to dwindle at around 3 months and was completely gone by about 5 months. Just keep holding her and doing what you can. Even while she's crying she'll know you're there and that you love her.
I just want to echo what Island Mommy wrote. We know how you feel! I was just about at my wits end and oh so tired...but nursing lots also helped us and it seemed to be the only fail-safe to stopping my baby crying.
My little girl has also appeared to grow out of it now at 7 months and is a much more content baby.
My only advice is to keep doing whatever works and remember that it won't last forever. There will be a day in the near furture when all this will seem llike a distant memory. Sorry I can't offer more practical solutions.
Hang in there!
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SHHHHing (aka loud white noise)
Sucking (on a thumb, pacifier, or breast)
He puts these steps together in a way that really works to calm unhappy babies down! I highly recommend it. It's not a miracle cure, but it's pretty darned good.
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Jane - I bought Dr. Karp's book when my dd was 3 weeks old - it has been a life saver! If anyone else is reading this thread for colic-soothing ideas, I strongy recommend his "Happiest Baby on the Block" book. Bouncing on the exercise ball in the dark closet with dd swadled and the hair dryer running is not a ton of fun - but at least she's not screaming. I had a hard time with swaddling so I purchased a "miracle blanket" which made it easy.
I've heard chiro can do wonders with colicky infants. My ds was just getting out of the colic stage when I heard about it, so never tried it. I wish I had.
You can also just record your vacuum cleaner and play it over and over, instead of running the vacuum cleaner.
Our DD cried a LOT from 3 weeks on and didn't nap for about 4 months other than dozing for 5-10 minutes at the breast. I mean NO nap! We started taking her to a chiro and it made a huge difference. Her behavior changed during the day after a few weeks and then the night time got much better. It will probably take more than one adjustment so try to find a chrio that will work on a payment plan with you. The guy I have is a homebirth dad and anti-vaccine - he's great. We took a couple of months off this summer but have started going again - dd is almost 15 months and he is doing the Webster technique on me from now until delivery