Colic?

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Marite13's picture
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Colic?

Man...I'm not sure what is going on with my little man...but I dare say he's on the verge of being a colicky baby! Sad He's usually fine all day- eats, sleeps, poops kind of thing, not much crying- but come dinner time, he starts getting fussy, and it lasts and escalates (to screaming, etc) for several hours. Sad Last night was the worst it's been- he cried from about 5 or 6 until 10! Except for about 20-30 minutes when we went for a walk, and I was wearing him.

I'm already taking him to the chiro, because we've had some pretty bad episodes of spitting up (like so hard it comes out his nose, and so much that I have to change my shirt AND pants). I wear him most days, and certainly keep him close always.

I'm scared that someone is going to suggest that it's what I'm eating, and I'm going to have to try to cut out dairy, soy and gluten... since that seems to be the magic threesome. My SIL and nephew eat that way (permanently) and watching the way they eat and the way they have to schedule their lives around food makes me want to stab my own eye out. But, if I have to, I will certainly do it for my baby!

It's all new to me, this kind of unhappiness, because DD was super content as long as she was near me, and could ALWAYS be pacified with a boob- little Z won't even take the boob when he gets this upset. Sad

Not really looking for advice so much...more like commiseration... anyone else dealing with a colicky baby?

greenmylife's picture
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Im not sure its colic but sounds similar to what Im going through in my I QUIT rant. Always PM fussiness and hard to console. Oh yes, the spitting up and changing clothes is fun, eh? R-L def has lotsa gas too. Sad Sorry for your troubles.....I hope you find the magic answer.

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We must have the same baby! Everynight from 8-10:30 is my time crys the entire time. He always wants to nurse and be attached to me its a battle every night no matter what I do!! And the spitting up more like a milk bath I feel your pain lastnight I was about to put him in the crib and cry it out. My hubby goes to bed at 8 so its just me dealing with the crankiness! I'm not sure if its colic or not?!

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I would think if it was your food intake then he would have issues ALL day, not just in the evening. Colic is defined as 3 or more hours of crying, generally at a specific time of day. I would say that's probably what he has. Have you tried gripe water or gas drops?

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Daniel has his moments, the night before last I gave him a little medicine for gas (Little Tummy's) and it helped him so much. He got a good night's rest and so did I. Smile

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Yes! Abram is fussy from 6pm on, every single night. He finally gives in around 9 and goes to sleep. I offer him the boob, a paci, swaddle...nothing seems to be of comfort. Last night I wore him in the Mei Tei around the neighborhood and he fell asleep but as soon as I stopped moving he was fussy again. I keep hoping it'll get better soon!!

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Ditto here....5/6ish to 9ish is our fussy time here. Screams her head off. Its so hard with trying to do dinner/baths/bed for the other 2! I just try and take deep breaths and remember it won't last forever! My other 2 girls did the same thing. Cannot for the life of me remember how long the phase lasted though. You are not alone!! Hang in there!

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I feel so much better after reading this! I was starting to worry that there was something wrong with Henry, but he is doing almost the exact same thing. I think Henry is gassy though... I can feel all the bubbles in his tummy. And he farts louder and more than DH, which is a TON. I have noticed my own gas issues this past week and realized that I've been living off of beans (not a big meat eater), so I am going to cut those out of my diet and see if it helps. I hope it gets better for everyone soon!

Marite13's picture
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So last night was rough enough for long enough that I actually went out and bought some pacis today. Guess what? Tonight he was FINE. Barely fussed at all!

I would have no problem if this baby wanted to nurse for hours every night- but when he gets super fussy, he doesn't want to nurse. That is the thing that I have a hard time with- the crying that I can't seem to solve in any way. It just makes my heart break for him. Sad

I was thinking of getting some gas drops or gripe water...but, I don't want to ruin the "pristine gut" unless we really, really need to. I'm going to give it some more time.

I'm sorry so many other babies and mammas are having such a hard time- but as Terra said, misery loves company. Wink

knhoward's picture
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Mara is it possible you have overactive letdown and hes having trouble coping with the amount of milk? Like he wants to suck but not eat?

Marite13's picture
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"knhoward" wrote:

Mara is it possible you have overactive letdown and hes having trouble coping with the amount of milk? Like he wants to suck but not eat?

My boobs have already regulated down quite well- they don't even feel full that often any more. First thing in the morning maybe, he splutters because he's getting too much... but in the evening not so much. So I don't think that is the case. And the times when he is refusing the breast, he's not even latching or trying at all.

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Mara-- I did the SAME thing yesterday. Not one of our kidlets has accepted a pacifier (well, the first three didn't, I didn't even attempt with Lexi.) But Seth does the same nursing constantly but then pulling off thing in the evenings....and he is *always* trying to get his hands in his mouth (this kid gets more baths for his stinky hands and blowouts!)

Anywho, I bought two pacifiers yesterday to see what he'd do with them. Last night, he LOVED having it, when he typically goes through his fussy phase. It was a big help, bc he's crabbiness usually coincides with me putting the other 4 to bed-- and Trey has had trouble soothing him. I think he just wanted to suck, but not eat. I'm not overly excited about him taking a paci, but if it helps, I'll go with it.

Hope Z still enjoys it and it solves your evening battles!

lexirunner's picture
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What brand/kind of paci's did you get? I'm willing to give that a try if it could calm Henry down during his fussy times. Like you guys, he doesn't want to nurse, but DH has given him a bottle of pumped milk and he'll calm right down, but never drinks that much. Maybe a paci would help... All I know is that I need a break from the crankiness because it's driving me insane and I feel horrible that I can't calm him down.

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I want to know what type of paci, too. So far, I've tried: Gum Drop, Soother, Playtex (nipple looking one), and Dr. Brown. The only one Abram will take is Dr. Brown but constantly spits it put and gets mad.

Marite13's picture
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We used the paci today for the first time (yesterday he was fine without it), and it worked. I let him suck it long enough to fall asleep and then took it away right away. I'm really not a fan of the whole idea. It seems to me like he's actually tired when he gets so fussy, but for some reason just can't let go. Who knows.

I bought the Soothie. Worked for Z!

I also ran into the natural health store today, and I noticed that they had some Hyland's Colic tabs. I got a bottle of those too. The teething tabs always worked great for DD so...