Moms' Opinion: How To Soothe Your Baby's Colicky Discomfort
Most babies experience colic at some stage in the first few months, but for some this discomfort continues; causing particular issues at night.
So what are the best ways to soothe trapped wind, and make your little one more comfortable? One of our moms asked for advice, and the community have offered some great responses.
"Hi Moms. My little boy is six months. From birth he has had colic. It has improved but since starting solids in the past two weeks he is constantly whingeing during the night, banging his arms and kicking his legs with pain (cramps). It seems that he just needs to pass wind but he can't. When you change him for his feed he will pass wind but just can’t seem to when he's in his cot.
I have tried 'cycling a bike' with his legs but this doesn't do anything for him. Any other ideas to help him pass wind? Thanks."
Louise: A bath in evening followed by a light massage of his abdomen helped my little one. Hope it passes soon.
Aoife: I was going to say the exact same thing. I used to use the sponge to do circular motions with the warm water on her tummy and back.
Elizabeth: Try baby massage on the tummy, only thing that worked for my son
Natalie: Try Infacol: I found it brilliant with my little fella.
Mary: Colief drops are fantastic: I tried everything with my fella and this was the only thing that worked... follow instructions carefully!
Marie: Infacol is great: Give before feeds maybe five to ten minutes. Or the Woodwarts gripe water you get up the north. Give it during the feed and it will settle all problems, and make them sleep.
Edel: Probiotics should help.
Emma: Colief drops are great. And start keeping a food diary: Something he is having to eat now could be causing this as well. Rub his tummy and bicycle legs will work with a warm bath. My little lad had colic and it did pass once he was established on solids.
Fiona: I also recommend probiotics. I found the Biocare one very good.
Amy: I was recommended Dentinox colic drops which really helped, but she was still fairly uncomfortable, so I gave her some gripe water. It wouldn't be as good as the one from years ago but it helped give her a big clear out and she had four really big full nappies and she has been a different baby since. The wind comes up a lot easier because she's not windy and constipated! I give her a bit of tummy time about 20 minutes after feeding and that helps raise anything else.
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Karen: Try get him allergy tested via GP and try a session of craniosacral osteopathy.
Niamh Found CranioSacral Osteopathy amazing for our daughter: three sessions and she was like a different child!
Toni Reflexology works great for this.
Carol: Acupuncture: I had two babies with colic and brought both of them for acupuncture, they were like new babies after a few treatments.
Orla: Try cutting out lactose for a few weeks, you should see an improvement after three weeks , our little one used to wake 10 times a night, after a horrible dose of three antibiotics and terrible diarrhoea we took her off lactose for almost seven months, she was a different child, slept 13 hours by night, she went back on it on the second attempt around 17 months and has no issues since
Aisling: Reflux is generally fuelled by something e.g. dairy intolerance. Weaning for CMPI (cow's milk protein intolerance) can be very tricky as there is hidden milk as an ingredient in so many foods. You should find out the various different names that milk products are called and be sure that none of the foods you are feeding him contain dairy or hidden dairy. If that doesn't work I’d suggest seeing your GP or a dietician.
Fiona: I could have written the same post about my wee girl. Up until 2 weeks ago she wasn’t sleeping at night: Every night she was waking after 2-3 hours screaming like she was in pain. At the peak of it, her tummy would be swollen and you could hear gurgling in it. She’d pass a little wind, fall asleep for a while, then would wake and it would start again. I stripped dairy from her solid diet completely and she’s like a different child. I’d try not give him any dairy like yoghurts, cheese, butter and see how it goes.
Roisin: Discovered for a different reason but a little bit of baking soda in the bath makes them pass gas!
Kimberley: Get a bottle of bubbles and get him to blow them it will get him to relax and take his mind off it then he should go
Karen: We went for craniosacral therapy, and a probiotic. Worked for us and that was at two weeks old.
Lesley: Bath, osteopath and massage all made a huge difference here. Also one of those mini hot water bottle handwarmer things...essentially a regular size hot water bottle for a baby...obviously not too hot on the tummy helps a lot!
Please note: All responses are from our members, and should not be used over medical advice. If you’re in any doubt, consult your local health practitioner or GP for specific advice on your child.