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Coping with a Colic Baby

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So grab a cup of coffee and settle in as we start the conversation today with a topic and question:

Dealing with a colic baby can be quite difficult. But there are ways to make it a little easier. For instance, Jean Stringham of Sturdy Memorial Hospital said that can often relieve colic.

What are some difficulties involved with colic, and how do you cope with them?

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Brian March 16, 2011 at 09:06 PM
There is a reason my Meaghan is an only child. These were three of the most demanding, depressing, confusing months for both my wife and I. Midnight rides up and down 495 for hours until the motion in the car put her to sleep. Only to wake up when the car stopped. People would come by to "see the baby" and only stay for 10 min. Three months to the day, Meaghan slept through the night. Oy
christine mello March 16, 2011 at 10:39 PM
We too suffered the colic stage for 3.5 months and I agree w/ Brian.. They were trying times!!! What I found worked for us was running the vacuum cleaner.. Yes thats right!! And the older, the noisier the better!!! It was like instant shut off and calm for the baby...also lying the baby on his back and bringing his knees to his chest helps too..as well as the homeopathic product called 'Colic Calm' u can find at CVS... And take a break!!! If someone can switch off w/ u do it!!!! And good luck!!! This too shall pass!!!
Tom Golota March 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM
Although we we fortunate enough to not experience a colic baby, we did have a non-sleeper. My son did not sleep though the night until he was 18 months old. Our life saver was the Baby Einstein Series of videos (VHS and DVD). They play classical music while brightly colored toys move on the screen. It was kind of mesmerizing and I think they put me to sleep just as much as my son. They also have CDs of just the music. No guarantee they would work for a colic baby but they did work for us.
Aimee March 17, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Both my boys were colic. 1 started crying at 2 weeks old the other started at 1 week. We too had the vaccum running, driving all around town at all hours of the day/night, running the vent above the stove, putting the baby in his carseat on top of the washer & dryer. These techniques did help for about 10 min. then the crying would begin again. The only time my boys weren't crying was when they were sleeping. I brought them to a homeopathic MD, chiropractior, put them on prescription formula, and went to the colic clinic in Providence RI. I do recommend a book " Why is my baby crying?" by Dr. Lester. I think it's a good read for any new parent! Dr. Lester founded the Colic Clinic at the Infant Development Center at Women and Infant's Hospital in Providence, RI, and is the foremost colic researcher in the country.
Kelly A. Mello (Editor) March 18, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Why is it that colic wasn't prominent so many years ago? Does anyone out there know?
Aimee March 18, 2011 at 12:12 PM
I think it was... just maybe no one really labeled it 'colic'. My sister was colic 36 years ago and my neighbor's 1st born was colic 18 years ago. Parents just thought they had a cranky baby.... it's so tough for a parent but somehow you get through it.
joann March 18, 2011 at 07:55 PM
I'm 45 and was a colicky baby. Way back then the doctors prescribed some sort of drop; I have no idea what it was. My son, now 20 was also colicky. Out of desperation I took a neighbors advice and put a tiny bit of cereal in the bottle. Worked like a charm. In retrospect, I think it was a gas issue.

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