Post # 1
I am PRAYING some momma bees can help me here. It seems that our Liv has colic. Last night she screamed from 7 to 9:45pm inconsolably. She does this like 3-4 times a week for at least 2 hours and almost always at the same time. Nothing can console her (the sound of running water helps a little) and it stops just as suddenly as it starts. Anyone have any tips on what to do? I’m callig her pediatrician today but I want some real mom advice. it breaks my heart while it’s happening and it’s killing me.
Post # 3
Have you tried the happiest baby on the block routine of swaddle, shush, jiggle and suck?
Post # 4
Could you try to get a nap in before the screaming fit? So put her to sleepy time around 645? Our little girl got gassy/burpy for a bit but I think it was just a normal part of development because its gone now. I mean she still has some terrific farts but not like before.
Post # 5
First, I would get her assessed as you already have planned, before diagnosing colic.
You can do the Check your Symptoms in this topic if you want
If she is diagnosed with colic, here is some information
Post # 6
That must be so difficult to deal with, KellyV. Poor little Liv and poor momma who has deal with that! I definitely second the Happiest Baby on the Block technique; watch the dvd, if you have access to it, or you can even search on YouTube for how-to videos, if you’re really in a pinch. We used this all the time, and it really helped.
We used to have a “witching hour” every single day, and now that I can look back on it, I’m 90% it was a result of Addie being overtired. It was usually around dinner time, when everyone was busy trying to get some food, and Addie was awake for longer than she should be.
Ummmmm, I’ve also heard of gripe water helping, if the issue is gas. I hope your pediatrician has more recommendations for you, and I really hope things start to improve for you and your little girl.
Post # 7
She HATES to be swaddled (well she likes her legs, not her arms) and refuses a paci, so the happiest baby is useless for me. I tried the shush and that does nothing for her, but the bouncing does. She I’ll sometimes take a 30 second break to nurse but she’s clearly not hungry so that doesn’t last. Gripe water helps occasionally, but not 90% of the time. I’ve tried having her nap, and when she does, she starts in when she wakes up (om the nights it happens.). It also coincides with her “witching hour” as she gets fussy at that time regardless. It’d just so frustrating :o(
Post # 8
I third Happiest Baby on the Block’s 5-S technique. Whenever DS was inconsolable in the middle of the night, that was a life-saver. During the day, usually going outside in the sun or holding him in front of a pedestal fan blowing on high speed helped snap him out of it long enough to calm down some or fall asleep. My heart goes out to you in dealing with a colicky baby. DS’s first ear infection gave me a picture of what a a colicky baby might be like and man is that tough.
Post # 9
They act like they hate the swaddle but it’s just a temporary act. A lot of times once you do the whole routine, even if she temporarily screams louder while you swaddle, it goes away once you’re doing everything. My little girl also doesn’t really like her pacifier (except in the car, she’ll take it then for some reason) so I stick a clean knuckle or finger in her mouth.
Also agree with Pelikila, sometimes taking her outside or walking around or showing her herself in the mirror or trying to play games, even if she was screaming, something eventually served enough of a distraction.
Post # 10
I definately believe in Happiest Baby on the block. Watch the DVD (I checked it out from the library) he shows that most babies don’t like swaddling when you do it but it ultimately mellows them out. My boy has had his inconsolable times and this actually would work.
Have you looked at your diet? There may be something you are eatting (milk, soy, corn, wheat) that is affecting her.
We found that showers and going outside would occasionally work. We also just let him cry either holding him or on his own (we needed a break). We used the swing alot.
Good Luck. Mine cried for 12 hours straight for 2 weeks (slept for approximately 12 and then screamed for 12 it was great fun). There is a reason that babies and puppies are so cute (so you won’t kill them).
Post # 11
My oldest had an hour from 7pm-8m every night were she screamed. It wasn’t really colic, just her crabby time, which I guess is pretty normal in the evening for a lot of babies to have. We would try everything. Usually going outside and walking while holding her helped the most.
Post # 12
Sorry hands free now. It sucks and it’s emotionally draining, we never had that long of spells but even short spells suck. So for the emotional part of it try not to take it personally, I would think to myself something like baby tears cure cancer or something ridiculous so I could try to get past the miserableness of baby tears and how you just want them to stop. When we would get her calm, my husband and I would then have a glass of wine and talk about how perfect she was (despite the tear fest) and how we created the most perfect little being and then just relax with one another for a bit because those tears really take a toll on nerves so make sure to relax afterwards.
Post # 13
We had a couple times that I can remeber that DS was just miserable like that!.. It’s been 7 years so I’m sure there were more but thank God for time & memory lapse. lol
For you enduring the crying, just remember that that’s her only source of really vocalizing… she’s going to cry and that’s okay.. crying will not hurt her and it’s just her voicing her issue.
I never knew/heard of the happiest baby thing BUT do know that change of scenerio can work great!.. go outside, or for a walk, even a different room can sometimes help.
If it is colic don’t try and feed her… overfeeding on an already upset tummy will only make it worse so don’t try and nurse unless you know she’s hungry.
I know that alot of babies can get really fussy in the evening b/c they are over stimulated by this time and it’s more that than anything else. Easy fix is adjust daytime naps so that she takes a later, longer nap so that in the evening she’s not over tired and now fighting sleep.
And just remember that this too shall pass… Goodluck ((hugs))
Post # 14
ugh, i totally feel for you!! My baby had bouts of fussiness that peaked around 6-8 weeks. I would put her in her sling and bounce on the excercise ball for awhile (or rather, for hours and days on end). And we would swaddle her and put her in her vibrating chair and next to the dishwasher in the kitchen while it was being run. If your baby likes the sound of running water, then maybe give that a try? I know that even 5 minutes of crying can feel like an hour! As long as her ped says that she is otherwise healthy, just know that every other mom out there has felt your pain! It will get better, I promise.
Post # 15
For us, the most helpful part of the HBOTB was turning her on her side and jiggling. Swaddling was good, but didn’t not work on it’s own, and hushing was the same way (I used the clock radio turned up really loud on white noise because I would get out of breath from hushing that long). Addie never really took to a pacifier, but sometimes chewed/sucked/licked a lovey, and that would help.
Some people say car rides help (although that might difficult in your location). but you can try putting her in her car seat and putting it on top of a loud, rumbly washing machine or drier. Sometimes walks outside in the baby carrier worked for us, as did running up and down the stairs (I onloy recommend this as a last resort, though!).
I think troubled gave you good advice on how to deal with this emotionally. Try to just take it one day, one hour, one minute at a time. If you need to, walk away for a few minutes and take care of yourself. You will get through this; it will eventually get better.
Post # 16
If it’s really colic, some things that helped my little sisters were switching formula brands to an easier to digest brand, and another trick for burbing them to really get the gas out. We would lay them across our laps on their tummies, and play “baby bongos”– just giving them some light back thumpings. They really loved it & laughed, and it was more effective than regular burpings. They had neck control at that point– not sure that it would work so well before neck control though.
That helped prevent the episodes, but when they were screaming, it was just a matter of waiting it out. And they did eventually get over it when they were a year old or so– it won’t last forever.