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January 2nd, 2014, 07:57 AM
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Ok, so I guess it's time to finally give in and admit that our little one has colic. Needless to say it has been a very difficult few weeks. She was totally fine the first week but then all of a sudden she started being extremely fussy each night and it lasts from about 5pm to about 1am. UGH!! I LOVE her but it is so incredibly difficult. She gets extremely fussy when I am feeding her and rips and roars at my nipples, OUCH!! She just completely spazzes out. She has also gotten so upset twice that she threw up her entire feeding. It is very disheartening, but hopefully she'll get over it soon.

We go to the doctor tomorrow for her one month appointment so we'll see what he says.

Anyone else having issues like this?
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January 2nd, 2014, 08:59 AM
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I was just going to post something about colic.

I fear that Laila is heading down that road, too. :'( The past couple nights have been awful. Inconsolable crying for hours from around 8-9pm until midnight. DS1 had it and it was the worst. 3 hours a night for 3 months straight. Nothing we did helped. During that time he would want to eat constantly and that's what Laila is doing, too. She screams like she's in pain, pulls my hair, pulls at her face, and like you said, completely spazzes out. If this lasts 3 months I can pretty much kiss my sanity goodbye. :/ Is it bad that I'm already wanting to go back to work?
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January 2nd, 2014, 09:14 AM
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Glad to hear I'm not the only one. I was determined that she wasn't going to be a colicky baby too!! I hate to even mention it to family because they all have advice as to what works and nothing does!
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January 2nd, 2014, 09:20 AM
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Honestly nothing helped with DS1 except time. We would pass that boy around to give everyone a break and by everyone I mean me, my ex, my aunt, and sometimes my mom. We walked him, rocked him, fed him, swaddled him, shushed him, sang to him....nothing worked. Once his 3 hour spell was up he would finally sleep. That coupled with lack of sleep is not fun. I cried a lot with DS1 and I shed a few tears the past couple nights with Laila, too. Let's hope if it is colic that it's short lived.
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January 2nd, 2014, 09:29 AM
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Yes, I've shed quite a few tears especially trying to breast feed. I know it's not personal but it is hard:/
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January 2nd, 2014, 09:34 AM
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So sorry! So far Bella doesn't have it. My ds had it terrible and nothing helped. It was warm out when I had him and going outside would quiet him for a minute. Sadly his colic lasted until he was a toddler, but it did get better around 5 months. I did alot of walking and bouncing and shushing. Hope you guys babies get over the colic quickly.

Do you think your LO has reflux ? That was part of my sons problem .
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January 2nd, 2014, 09:48 AM
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(((((Mgail & Kara))))) Just starting week two and hope against colic! I'm so sorry.
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January 2nd, 2014, 10:01 AM
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(((Hugs))) for me the tears are a combo of not knowing how to comfort my baby, not knowing what's wrong, exhaustion, frustration, and being at my wit's end after a couple hours of it.

I don't think Laila has reflux because the only time she spits up is when she eats too fast or too much or gets too upset. She does get gassy so that's part of her problem.
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January 2nd, 2014, 10:05 AM
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I remember all of that. Feeling bad about not being able to comfort and sooth and the sheer exhaustion from it all. ((Hugs))
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January 2nd, 2014, 10:48 AM
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I'm so sorry ladies! When we were in the NICU, one of the nurses was telling us that they no longer recognize colic as a gastro problem - it's now called a period of Purple Crying. The Period of PURPLE Crying | PURPLECrying.info Hope you ladies can find a way to get some relief! Hugs!
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January 2nd, 2014, 12:46 PM
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Have you ladies tried removing dairy from your diet? Sometimes the fussing at the boob and screaming at the boob is discomfort from dairy. Lucas has a milk protein allergy and the tale tale signs were vomiting after eating and screaming for hours.
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January 2nd, 2014, 12:48 PM
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I just wanted to pop in here if you don't mind My nephew is now 15 mo old, but when he was an infant he had bouts of inconsolable screaming/crying, etc. My sister was a young FTM and took him to the ER and they found that he was getting himself so worked up that his intestines were literally twisting in his stomach so they tranferred him to a better equipped hospital. Of course she thought the worst, but it turns out he was colicky.

He was like this for a few months and my sister was pretty close to losing her sanity. She did find that sound from running the fan over the kitchen stove, the sound of the vaccuum, and the white noise sounds on her Mamaroo seemed to help. That and CONSTANT movement and shushing in his ear. She swears she lost all her baby weight so fast because she never stopped moving with him.

During this time, her pediatrician recommended putting him on Nutramigen Formula instead of nursing him. She didn't want to stop BFing but she was desperate. The switch wasn't a "cure" but definitely helped lessen the intensity. She said it was pretty expensive but she was able to submit her receipts to her insurance company and get reimbursed for it with a Dr's prescription for medical necessity.

I hope this helps a bit and best of luck with your LO!
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January 2nd, 2014, 02:23 PM
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I don't think Laila has an issue with dairy because she doesn't spit up very often at all and it's clearly because she's eaten too much or too fast. Actually the only time she's somewhat calm during her fussy time is when she's eating. Aside from the few hours at night she's pretty calm the rest of the day. She wants to be held all the time and gets fussy if she's put down but will calm down as soon as she's picked up.

The vacuum and white noise is a good idea. Laila does seem to like the sound of the vacuum but I haven't tried running it while she's fussy. I'll have to try that during her next fussy episode.
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January 2nd, 2014, 02:42 PM
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My DS didn't have the typical or every symptom for lactose intolerance but once he was on soy formula, he got so much better. No gas, no fussiness, no nothing. He was such a happy baby.

Your babe may not have an allergy to dairy but it's something to think about trying to eliminate from your diet just to kind of see if it may be causing a problem. If not, at least you can rule that out as being the possible culprit.
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January 2nd, 2014, 04:41 PM
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Do you think your LO has reflux ? That was part of my sons problem .
Yes, I definitely think it's a reflux issue as well and we'll see what the doctor says tomorrow about that. At first I thought it was only at night, but during the day she has issues with spitting up and sometimes chokes and gags when she eats. She is also pretty gassy too.

I'm thinking I might try to quit dairy for a few days and see if it helps. I am a huge dairy eater so it'll be difficult, but at this point I'll try just about anything.
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January 2nd, 2014, 06:39 PM
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My son also had a milk intolerance,which he outgrew by the time he was one. That eventually led me to quit BF around 8 months or so He also couldn't tolerate soy, so I felt as if I was cutting out too many things and I missed cheese terribly,lol. hopefully you can figure it out. Its no fun when our babies don't feel well and we can't "fix" it.
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January 2nd, 2014, 06:52 PM
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Just so you know.. I was told that the dairy can stay in your system for 2-3 weeks so you have to cut it out for at least that long. I started dairy free over Christmas. What?! I can't have rolls? Or chocolate?! Gasp! Did you know butter is dairy?! But actually it's not been that bad! The coffee creamer was hard but I'm using a coconut milk flavored creamer from Earth Fare that's pretty good. I've also dropped weight a bit sooner than usual because I've cut out the dairy. Either way, good luck! I can't imagine colic symptoms. It's hard enough just having an infant! I'm praying for you both!
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January 2nd, 2014, 08:15 PM
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Lurking from May DDC. I also agree with trying different elimination diets BUT don't be too hard on yourself if it doesn't work. My DD screamed inconsolably for between 6-8 hours every day (in 3-4 hour spurts) until she was 9 months old. We tested her and me for everything under the sun and saw every specialist we could get a referral to. We literally couldn't put her down and she just stayed attached to my boob the entire time. At nine months old she just woke up one day and was a totally different baby. Shes 6 1/2 now and has been the calmest child ever since that day.

Im not trying to tell you a horror story...just pointing out that sometimes babies just want to be grouchy and miserable and theres nothing you can do about it for a time. Ignore all the "this is what you do with a colicky baby" advice you might get from helpful great aunts and such(lol). The best advice I ever got was to do whatever it took to keep my daughter calm and don't worry at all about the future. "You'll spoiling baby",etc. It all works out in the end.
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January 2nd, 2014, 10:23 PM
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^^^^My oldest boy was like that. Nothing wrong with him. No food allergies or aversions, he was just colicky. The link that Shannon posted about purple crying hit the nail on the head. I suspect this little girl is the same. Some babies are just really fussy/colicky and there is nothing causing it. Nothing helps but time and patience.

My younger son did have issues with dairy and reflux and he was the calmest of my 4 babies. He would spit up excessively but wasn't colicky.
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January 3rd, 2014, 12:04 AM
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Going dairy-free isn't as difficult as it sounds. There are lots of yummy alternatives. I love me some almond milk. And there's dairy-free cheese. I'm not a big fan of the daiya brand, but my HEB has the Go Veggie brand and it's delicious. Plus there's soy ice cream, earth balance "butter", nutritional yeast to add cheesey flavoring, tofu homemade "cheese", etc. I was eating a mostly vegan diet a few months ago. (Which I stopped due to pure laziness, and I need to pick back up now). But Pinterest is awesome for finding dairy-free recipes and whatnot.
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