So again, tomorrow is the day! Oskar’s tongue tie appointment.. hopefully they don’t cancel on me again 😉 but anyway, I just wanted to write a post about colic and see if anyone else’s baby suffers from colic and what their techniques are etc.
Colic is basically muscle spasms and excess acid created when air bubbles form in a baby’s tummy. When the air bubbles get trapped in a baby’s stomach, the stomach think it is full of food, so acids are produced which would normally break down the food particles. These acids are not needed and can cause irritation. At the same time, because the stomach is full of air bubbles its muscles are unable to relax causing cramps and spasms.
Oskar suffers quite a bit with colic and I feel so bad leaving him to just ‘cry it out’ so I guess thats partially the reason I’m quick to pick him up as soon as he cries, I mean, I wouldn’t want to be just left to cry when I need someone – at 21. Let alone practically a month old (omg..1 month tomorrow!) So Oskar was waking up quite a lot in the night which is not like him at all he is usually a pretty good sleeper, waking up every 5 hours so thats basically only once in the night and around 11am – 1am was his worst time for colic he just screams and nothing I do seems to help!
We tried infacol, which if you’ve never heard of it its just like an orange flavour syrup (best way I can explain) and it has a little doppler thing which you squeeze to get the syrup into the syringe and basically squirt into his mouth. It is meant to help to relieve the gas in his stomach. But this didn’t seem to be working, we tried it for a week and a half or so, maybe a little longer but doesn’t seem to be helping him at all. So after a bad night last night (we didn’t sleep much!!) I’ve bought him some gripe water.
I basically have to give him 5ml of gripe water on a spoon or syringe during or after each feed, so we shall see how it goes! It smells so bad though, I feel sorry for him haha!
Gripe water can’t be used on babies under 1 month old, I know Oskar isn’t quite 1 month yet but 1 day isn’t going to make much difference haha! then babies from 6-12 months can have 10ml. You can buy gripe water at most chemists or drug stores!
This is the one we got: