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    Default I suspect my 3 week old has colic or silent reflux????

    I'm so exhausted and drained!! I have a 3 week old exclusively breastfed baby girl who I suspect has colic or silent reflux. She is very very very unsettled constantly pulling her legs up, crying high pitched, and blue around the mouth. Honestly if she has her eyes open and isn't feeding she is crying. The only way to keep her quite is to pat her back over your shoulder or on your chest. No matter what i try and how many burps I get she doesn't stop crying, the only way to stop it is to feed her or put her to sleep. the only way to get her to sleep is to either pat her back or bum or rock her up or down on my chest and this can sometimes take hours!! And then after I have finally got her to sleep I try and put her down but she wakes up after about 5 mins. So I tend to just let her sleep on my chest for hours, I know this isn't helping in trying to get her to sleep on her own but after it taking hours to calm her down and get her to sleep I just want her to sleep to give me a break. She barely sleeps longer then an hour through the night, let's just say I am exhausted!!

    Now this is my third daughter my first baby was a dream perfect baby that never cried. My second was identical to what I am experiencing with this baby and let's just say the first 12 weeks of my seconds Childs life was hell. I tried talking her to gps and child health and everyone told me she was just a sooky baby. At 12 weeks she stopped crying and started vomiting and developed reflux until she was 12 months old but she was finally happy, I put her on a reflux formula and all was good in comparison. So I suspect my second bub had silent reflux for the first 12 weeks. 

    I am off to the doctors in the morning to hopefully she what they say. I'm curious if anyone else out there had more then one child with reflux, I so thought that surely I was just unlucky with the second child I didn't imagine I would have two babies with the same thing, Is it genetic? Or just a common problem in babies? Anyone else had a baby like this? If so what helped your baby? I'm sleeping her on her stomach tonight to see if that is more comfortable for her but I am petrified of all the SIDS warnings!!

    I so just want to fix her so she isn't in pain anymore. I hate that I dred her waking up as I know there will be hours of crying and stress. I know she will get over this as my second did at exactly 12 weeks but I just can't Bare the thought of another possible 9 weeks or more of this. : (

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    The pulling the legs up and blue around the lips to me sounds more like colic, reflux bubs tend to arch their backs.

    The sleep, however, sounds like my ds who had reflux. Also the lack of happy awake time. Did you get your other dd put on medication?

    My ds needed to be medicated, but being upright helped a lot. Do you have a hug a bub or sling or something to put her in to keep her settled in the day? You can also prop up the bassinet or cot so she is sleeping on an angle.

    Also your diet may be affecting it through your breast milk. The aba have a really good reflux flier that outlines the main culprits- for my ds its was dairy

    mmm. Trying to cast my mind back for 2 sleep deprived years.
    I'll come back if i remember anything else. Oh and yep, it is genetic.

    My biggest advice though is ask for help, and don't take no for an answer from your gp if you really think she has reflux. I left it so long we ended up at sleep school as the poor guy didn't know how to get himself to sleep

    hope this helps a bit. Good luck tomorrow

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    Oh. The vibrating rocking chair! That was our saviour- he would have a good nap in that, and i'd have a little nap next to him or just de stress. Hiring a capsule could be a good idea, i always wished we had one as ds would be out like a light in the car. Sometimes we'd just go for a drive with him in the evening when it all got too much. We'd get him out of the car and he'd wake but be much easier to resettled as he'd gotten out of the worked up overtired state reflux bubs tend to get themselves into

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    I bought one of those vibrating swing chair things for DS2. It really helped, because I couldn't hold him 24 hours a day - soemthing like this.

    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/FISHER-PRICE-...#ht_1676wt_907

    It doesn't obviously help with the pain - but it deffo helps with the comfort. Good luck - hope its easily sorted.

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    My little boy was the same have you thought of chiro? It's all very gentle & worked wonders for us

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    Another fan of the vibrating chair. That and a dummy in the mouth at the same time was the only way we could settle our DD in the first 3-12 weeks!

    I also suggest investing in a set of rechargable batteries if you dont already have some

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    DD2 was like that. i got a referral for pead. she was put on prescription formula to help with the colic and zantac for the silent reflux.

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    another chiro fan here, look for an infant one that doesn't do 'bone cracking' for want of a better description! Worked wonders with dd2, a different baby within 24 hours! You can also try a warm bath to relieve the colic, deep enough to cover her tummy. Hth

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsTiggyWinkle View Post
    another chiro fan here, look for an infant one that doesn't do 'bone cracking' for want of a better description! Worked wonders with dd2, a different baby within 24 hours! You can also try a warm bath to relieve the colic, deep enough to cover her tummy. Hth

    How many times would you recommend doing Chiro and how does it help??

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    My second bub had TERRIBLE colic for the first 6 months of her life. Nothing worked, took her to a chiro and she got worse (although, they said she had a very rare reaction, I know lots of other Mums who swear by a chiro for help) Changed everything in my diet, took her too loads of different drs and paeds who pretty much said, you had an easy baby no 1 and this one is just a bit more difficult- she is still thriving, there is nothing wrong with her!! Drove me crazy. Ended up taking her to a homeopath/naturopath at the Gold Coast who my husband and I had seen in the past. Never even thought before that she might be able to help. She put her on some homeopathic drops (after doing some tests on her) - she said she had terrible colic and digestion problems. She said it's not a quick fix but after about a month she said you will look back and have a different baby. Well, I didn't hold out much hope, I was so tired and so sick of a screaming, no sleeping unhappy when awake ALL the time baby. But after 3 weeks, I was gob smacked. She truely was a different baby. Improved out of sight. Slept through the night (eventually), happy when awake, I could put her down and didn't have to carry her everywhere. Amazing. I don't a lot of people are against natural alternatives, but this woman changed my life. I wish I had seen her sooner. Hope this helps


 

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