Colic?

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Colic?

For the last 3 days Spencer has screamed the entire day, weather he's being held or not. My DD had colic, but hers was only in the evenings, not all day, and I can't remember at what age it started. Could he have colic? He arches his back and pulls his legs up. He passes a lot of gas too. Or could it be the formula? If I switch brands, do I mix them together, or just switch cold turkey? Anyone have any suggestions for which brands are better? Right now we are using the costco kirkland brand. When we introduced formula to DD ( she was much older, 8 months) we used the goodstart with the probiotics, but that stuff is so expensive I was hoping to get away with something a little cheaper.

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Amanda-
Colic usually rears its ugly head between 3 and 6 weeks. Our oldest started with colic suddenly at 2 weeks and 6 days. I am not sure that is what he has, but we think our oldest did better with the less fussy formula. There are all kinds of theories on this. One of our twins Hayden has some colicky traits but so far has not done the all day crying while not sleeping thing. Our oldest loved to be held and rocked so I got a moby and danced around the house to my favorite tunes. He would also not cry while in the shower... so we took a couple showers a day just to have a reprieve from the crying. We also tried reflux medicine, but that did not seem to help and who knows what the longterm ramifications of starting it are. So... our baby got fat from being overfed, but when they are crying ALL THE TIME, you have to ask yourself now and then, are they hungry because sometimes they are. I hope this is a very short phase for you and not the real thing. If it is, you might need some earplugs and noise reduction head phones. The best thing I ever did for my colicky baby was send him to daycare where they could "pass the baby" all day. I did that at 14 weeks. For my sanity, I should have done it sooner.

Tiffany

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Lauryn had colic, but I don't remember when it started. I think she was almost a month old. Is Spencer having regular bm? Reagan has been crying like that for almost a week but it is because she is constipated. Her poos are so hard. We switched her formula twice in the last few days (cold turkey) and last night she finally had a mushy poo. We used Parent's Choice with the other 3 and that is what Reagan was on when she was able to go. The normal formula runs around $9 for a small can. They do carry a sensitive formula which I believe is around $12 for the small can. This formula is the Wal-Mart brand. Hang in there!!!

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I don't have any experience with this but just wanted to say I hope things improve and you're able I find a solution soon! DD didnt have colic but would get fussy so easily that we spent a lot of time with her comfort nursing or sleeping on me I the first few months.

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Our son had colic. It started very suddenly around 5 weeks (but he was almost 4 weeks early). We tried everything - various reflux meds, total elimination diet (I was breastfeeding), probiotics, formula... nothing made any difference. Things improved around 3 month of age and the colic was totally gone around 4.5 mo. At his worst he also cried all day, not the evenings specifically. It drove me near the point of craziness. Do you have anyone who can watch him for a while to give you a break? I also found going outside helped - he would still scream in his stroller but at least I had a change of scenery from the house. Hang in there...

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So I ended up taking him to the doctor. Dr. diagnosed him with acid reflux. :/ She told me to switch his formula to Goodstart as the protien in it is already partially broken down, where the other formulas aren't and he is having trouble breaking down the protien on his own. Started him on it yesterday and already today is a MUCH better day. He had a big smoochy poop and has been a content little boy all day. Smile And his stuffy nose that he's had for weeks, which I thought was a cold, is a symptom of the acid reflux.

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I'm sorry he has reflux but how awesome that he's already doing so well with the switch in formula brands. I hope he continues to improve. I'd imagine his congestion should clear up with less reflux.

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I wonder if this would work with our Hayden. The proteins are supposed to be partially broken down in the Gentlease he is eating, but maybe Goodstart would be better.

Tiffany

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Carter has reflux as well but never cried i noticed it by smelling the acid on his breath.. I actually have him on Zantac Sad and hes drinking Similac Alimentum which is a hypoallergenic formula and so far so good

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My son started colic at 2 weeks and sometimes was all day/night. He still has it a bit now at 4 1/2 months old but its more teething. He also was on acid reflux meds but we stopped that at 3 1/2 months. It's super rough...and we tried so many things, we got the best result from using Colief though although its a bit pricey. (p.s. we never changed his fomula any)

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I am really glad to hear that switching the formula helped! I was hoping so badly at the time that dieting/hypoallergenic formula or meds would help but no luck :(. I just remember that terrible feeling of helplessness, knowing that something was wrong but not being able to fix it. Ugh. Glad it's over! Hope your little guy continues to do well on the new formula.