11.04.2008

Any suggestions?

So, I think our little man has colic. He cried almost non-stop yesterday. He'd scream and I 'd finally get him to sleep, which only lasted 10-15 minutes at a time before we began again. His whole little body stiffens out, which I have been noticing more and more in the last week, and he just cries. When he's fed, changed, bathed....
I was researching it online, and they were saying that babies can be sensitive to their environment, which would make sense that Archer could be over-stimulated with having 3 other very energetic kids running around. Besides that, it's hard to keep him asleep because they kids are so noisy. Typical noise, it's not like they run around screaming at the top of their lungs or anything. Yesterday was the worst so far, but it's been getting worse each day. This morning has been a fussy one so far, and Jason is gone until Friday. I decided to be pro-active and passed on having meeting here, as I'd have to get the house set up by myself which is so not happening with a screaming baby.
I wish I knew if it was something I was eating, I'd gladly give it up, but I can't seem to find a pattern. I hardly had any dairy yesterday, just one piece of string cheese at supper. I have a call in to the chiropractor, so I'm hoping they'll be able to adjust him and see if that helps. I also plan to pick up some gripe water, as the gas drops don't seem to have much affect. He is gassy, all the time.
Any advice to make him more comfortable would be really appreciated....


So, he's 7 weeks today, and we weighed him last night. 12 pounds even.

11 comments:

Heather said...

Hmmm...not sure what to tell you....my mom sent me to Gma's for a week...but that didn't stop me from being colicky! Our doc told us there's really not much you can do aside from keeping them moving...bouncing, rocking, etc...and eventually they'll grow out of it...not sure how helpful that was for us or you, but that's what they told us anyway! Good luck and hope the chiro can help...

Elissa & Logan said...

WOW 12 lbs! He's sure agrowin!
I sure don't have much experience with babies, but I know that when Coy gets really fussy in the evenings, we have to walk around with im over our shoulder, constantlyl patting his back, for like the whole evening. I sure hope that you find something that helps! By the way...he's pretty darn cute...specially when he smiles :)

Tim and Melissa said...

I haven't heard very good things about gripe water...just FYI. Go to Kohl's and buy a noise machine to plug in where Archer is sleeping. (Homedics makes one) That silly machine has done wonders for our kids. Good luck with the chiro, hope it helps! Does it help if you hang onto his feet and do 'bicycle kicks' gently with his legs? That's supposed to help relieve gas...

Lindsay said...

what about that tummy soother stuff from walgreens? that seemed to work for cole when he was fussy (i think you were the one who suggested it...). and yeah, a noise machine might help- we got a cd's of lullabies and ocean waves for cole, one of them always seemed to help a little. of course, now that we're back home, he doesn't need them, but the ocean sounds helped me block out noises that drove me nuts! good luck... :)

DSBRansom said...

Have you tried swaddling him? Wrap him up tight like a little burrito! :) Does he like a swing? I usually swaddle babies & keep em moving between holding when possible (all the time isn't practical or good) and rotating between swing, bouncy seat & always the crib for napping. I don't know that you can cure colic but I'd suggest having a schedule & sticking to it (so you have some sanity) & then also have a plan of what you're going to do when you can't handle the crying any more.

Diane T. said...

Sleep when you can... colic is tough but fortunately it ends. Hopefully sooner that later. I learned to sleep sitting up in a rocking chair with Autumn. It was amazing. Before that everything had to be perfect before I could sleep. When you get that tired it is amazing where you can sleep. Try and get someone to come help in the day so you can get a nap. And don't set any big goals for yourself until you get through this. You are in a survival mode.

Ben, Kara, Taylor and Hailey said...

Wow, you got some good suggestions. Hailey is an angel baby so I can't give you pointers there. But, Taylor went through a couple months when she'd get really cranky in the evenings. We had to keep moving, bouncing, or nursing to make her stop crying. It had a lot to do with gas with her though and the little tummy drops worked. Good luck! I've never heard of getting a baby adjusted at the chiro but it sounds like I'm the only one who hasn't :)

Janelle said...

Hi Amber. I found your blog a while ago when I was blog hopping. We used to live in MN, but moved to CO just over a year ago.

My daughter was really colicy when she was tiny and she did have a milk protein sensitivity (still does). I found out that it takes up to 2 weeks to get the milk protein out of your system. It took about a week before she was feeling better, but we did see some gradual improvement in that week. Does he have mucousy diarrhea? That's a big indication of milk protein issues.

One thing that really helped during that colic time was to bounce her on my exercise ball. Relaxed her every time. Once we figured out the milk thing, we didn't need to do that anymore.

Anyway, I feel for you and for Archer. It isn't fun. You have an adorable family! :)

The J's said...

Hi, I found you thru Diane T's blog. I had one with horrible collic. (my 11th) NOTHING helped. nearly 4 months. The only time she didn't cry was when she was eating or sleeping. The only thing that kept me sane was that she slept all night from a week old. I had the older siblings/friends/family to trade off holding as much as possible, used the swing, bouncer...That didn't necessarily help the crying, but something else to fill in. After she outgrew the collic, she still was very easily over stimulated, & it took her nearly 7 years to finally not become "un-glued" & "out of control" when she was too tired, or something set her off. She is the one now who doesn't tolerate milk very well, so I found the milk protein comments interesting. One thing that bothered two of my other nursing babies was the caffeine that I consumed. Had to cut that out totally. The others it didn't bother. I know some that have had very good luck with the gripe water & also the swaddling.
Good luck, and know that others have been there too! He WILL out grow it if nothing else. It's just surviving until then!!

DCIT said...

Hi..I don't know if you remember me but my daughter is 8 weeks and she gets very stiff and crying non stop if she is overstimulated and needs to sleep. At first I thought it was gas but as soon as we would swaddled her and calmed her down and then laid her down she was fine. If she wasn't swaddled she would wake herself up right away and it would start all over. How much does your little guy sleep during the day? Well don't know if this will help at all but it was my experience. Good luck

Jacinda said...

Hi..I don't know if you remember me but my daughter is 8 weeks and she gets very stiff and crying non stop if she is overstimulated and needs to sleep. At first I thought it was gas but as soon as we would swaddled her and calmed her down and then laid her down she was fine. If she wasn't swaddled she would wake herself up right away and it would start all over. Also I keep a loud fan going so other noises won't wake her. How much does your little guy sleep during the day? Well don't know if this will help at all but it was my experience. Good luck

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