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Created On 1/11/05 9:04 PM by KEEP ON SMILING


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I would like to thank the "one" who started this site! Great work. I would like to have some advice from others what to do with my baby who is very colicy! The pediatrician says, nothing to do, anyone out there who has/had a colicy baby.


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My baby is a patient at a gastro-enterologist because she was born with an esophageal condition that required surgery right after birth. Believe it or not, on this doctor's list of pediatric diagnoses (as I noted on the receipts when I made payment for office visits) there is 'Colic' amongst many other non-too-pleasant sounding diagnoses that a G.I. deals with. Doctors today already agree (maybe not the pediatricians yet) that babies do NOT cry for no reason at all and something IS bothering them when they cry. The most common diagnosis is usually 'reflux' and the babies are put on reflux meds which relieves them tremendously! I've shared this with quite a few mothers already and there are quite a number of happier babies out there B'H...If your pediatrician doesn't want to be more sympathetic, try a pediatric G.I. specialist. Good luck. Sarah S.
 
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Thank you for your kind words Sarah, I did see a Peds GI, and she diagnosed reflux, prescribed meds. but I haven't seen a difference yet.


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Try changing medicines. Not all are effective for everybody. With my baby, we need to change every few months because they stop working after a lengthy period of time that the patient takes them....Good luck.
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Would you share with me the meds you have tried and have worked?


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1/13/05 5:30 PM
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Try something called gripe water. It's natural and it has helped babies with stomach problems.
 
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1/14/05 12:57 PM
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hi,
First of all, I want to sympathize with you. One of my children was what you would call Colic and after she bh became better I was able to get back to "normal". First of all, you must let go of other things. I learned the hard way that nothing will happen if you use paper goods or other conviences. I learned to always have in the freezer frozen pizza, fish sticks, french fries, etc. for those days that you are just not managing. And most important is to sleep when baby sleeps even if there are other things to be done. Only after I was sick in bed for a week and couldn't move for exhaustion and anemia (from lack of sleep) did I learn to slow down.
Now in regard to the medical. My daughter had reflux and was on zantac as well as mylanta. they didnt help that much. Ginger drops from health food store did help a little to sooth her stomach. Another pointer that helped me was that if you hold the baby upright for 10 full minutes after the feeding the baby will be happier, but you have to keep them in that position for the full 10 minutes. After going back to the pediatrician saying that she still cries non-stop the pediatrician realized that the reflux was indeed a little better but her throat was raw and burned from all the acid so she recommended Gaviscon (over the counter) that is very thick and will sooth her throat and all the way down to her stomach and allow it to heal. This really helped a lot.
However, after 7 months of this I decided to try a ciropractor and in just a few sessions, she was off all meds and was basically fine.

Just another pointer, we did discover once she started eating food that she did have some food intolorances which caused her to have stomach upset and acid so maybe that is something to look into.

Good luck and hoped this helped you
 
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Is gripe water from England? I have heard of it and I asked my pediatrician regarding using it and he said that it contains alcohol and he doesn't feel it is appropriate to give alcohol to babies, and he claims that its the alcohol that soothes him (and not the peds recommendation) but if I would like to give my baby alcohol I would rather give him Scotch (the real thing!)


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1/16/05 11:26 PM
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My friend who is a PA used it on her baby, and another friend's dr. recommended it. It has helped both of their babies. I never heard of alcohol in it but I'm not a doctor. Sorry I can't help more than that.
 
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hi, i sympathise with all of you. my first baby didnt stop screaming for three and a half months, and then boruch Hashem it stopped from one day to the other. i tried everything on the market, including gripe water. it worked for a few days but not for long. if I remember correctly, gripe water is completely natural with no alcohol. you have to know though that once you open the bottle it has to be used up very fast. good luck and dont exasperate for later the screaming babies turn out the cutest


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fyi-zantac comes in a liquid/pediatric form. HOWEVER the dosage must be changed each time the baby gains a certain amount of weight!!! if this still does not help, then stronger things shouldt be used, especailly if the reflux is causing lung problems.
 
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Thanks for all the advice. My baby is now 11 months old, he is BH a little better. I switched his formula to Nutgramigen and he is on Prevacid (compound, at a special pharmacy).


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Hello Y'All, Especially 'Keep on Smiling'!!
I haven't checked in here for a while now and it tickled me pink to read your last post after mine -- mine was dated 1/12/05 and yours was dated 1/13/05. Well, guess what? I gave birth on 1/13/05 to another adorable screamer B'H! He is now 8.5 months old and a very challenging little guy indeed. His birth was a horror; he came out dark gray and it took a while until he was resucitated; he's been keeping us on our toes ever since. Severe milk intolerance. By the time he was six weeks old he was on his sixth formula; he was having horrible diarrheas from all protein based formulas, including soy (12 - 15 bowel movements within every 24 hrs.) He has been on Alimentum since. He also suffers from reflux and he is on Zantac 3X daily. He also developed chronic ear infections at six weeks of age and they are relentless!! He is IY"H having tubes surgically placed on Thursday, Tzom Gedaliah, B'shah Tovah.
Our 2.5 year old 'yenta' has been having lots of pneumonias and bronchitis and wheezing episodes lately; in fact, I posted on the 'Pediatrics' forum, inquiring whether anybody has any experience with aspiration pneumonia, which is what we are strongly suspecting. We are in the middle of doing swallow studies on her, which have so far proved inconclusive, and we are planning to take her for a full G.I. workup as soon as our little baby eases up with his issues IY"H. Wow! Never a dull moment! The cherry on top? Our oldest child got married 4 weeks ago! What a whirlwind life - I think ours is a Grade 6 hurricane in comparison to Katrina (sorry victims - I just couldn't resist!). Best wishes for a K'siva V'chasima Tovah to all of Klall Yisroel and may all Yiddishe kinderlach be zocheh to a refuah shleymah and may we merit the coming of Moshiach speedily in our days, Amen.
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