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I need some advice, I am at my wits end today. it is now 5 pm and my son has been crying since 7 am. I have a headache down through my arms. I feel as if im going to explode. The dogs getting into everything. He is 7 weeks old and hes been colicy since he was born. HE is on similac formula but he spits up frequently and crys. I am lactose intolerant. Did anyone have similar symptoms with there children? was it lactose intolerance? if the milk is bothering him, than i can fix that. the colic is just wearing me out too much, and ive tried the gripe water and it doesnt work. %Thanks. Kyra
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replied February 23rd, 2009
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when my son was born he was the same way.
he would cry non stop. and i ended up bringing him to emergency because i thought he was crying from constipation or something.
when we got there we told the nurse what was wrong, and she suggested a lactose free formula. we use Emfamil Lactose Free A+.

The second we switched formulas my boyfriend and i noticed a difference.
we also gave him gripe water, a little in a nipple so he could get it all-only like half a tea spoon. but i even noticed it was not doing that much, he liked the taste of it only and cried more when it was gone.
we gave him something else called...Coil, and the same thing, he liked the taste.

he still cried alot, but not as much as before, it was at least bearable.
the formula you are using might be too strong for his tummy which might be giving him pain.
and if none of that works, i know its hard but you just have to bear with it.

my son cried alot till he was about 3 months old, it was tough and stressful, but my sister inlaw and mother inlaw and my mom helped me alot and so did my boyfriend.
if you have a few people who are supportive and can help you through this, its the best thing. that way your not over tired, frustrated and drained of all energy.

i know its tough, but it will get better.
also when my son was born i had a few nurses who called to see how things were going and asked if i had any questions, and they had told me that putting a baby in a car seat then putting him on the dryer is supposed to mimic the motion of a car ride and helps put them to sleep, i never tried it though, maybe i should have, also a vaccum, the sound helps them sleep. its actually quite loud in the womb and that sound of the vaccum might mimic what they were hearing and comfort them.

it was tough to get through, but the support i had was a huge help. you could call a nurse hotline too if you wanted to see what they can suggest for you too, but thats all i can remember right now.

my sons 5 months, and is completely different from how he was when he was first brought home. our whole family always compliments on what a good boy he is, how hes so quite and i giggle when i think back to when he was first born! he now only cries when hes hungry or tired.

hope that was helpful, hang in there hun!
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replied February 23rd, 2009
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thanks proud mommy. Ive had a number of friends and family tell me to try and switch him to a lactose free formula. i think im going to try that. he cried a total of 12 hours today, which was a bit much because i only slept for 3. egh. i love the learning experiences hes going through but the sleep deprived part of me is hoping that he will calm down a bit over the next months.

I have tried the dryer and everything else i could think of, i know he wasnt constipated because he had a couple dirty diapers today and he is urinating good. My friends mom gave me some formula today and i think im going to try it, just to see if it helps. nothing else seems to.

thanks for the reply and i do have a lot of help i just gets stressful when all of us are worn out completely.
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replied February 23rd, 2009
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i know what you mean.
losing sleep and hearing a baby crying non stop can be really stressful and frustrating.
hopefully switching the formula's will help

things will better, just hang in Smile
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replied February 24th, 2009
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you could also try a reflux formula, like Karicare AR, i used that on my son who would cry all day every day, and was constantly throwing up, i instantly noticed a difference. The other thing i know that works is gaviscon for infants, and that works brilliantly too.
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replied February 25th, 2009
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we tried soy today and all went well! no spitting up all day!!
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replied February 25th, 2009
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i tried soy, but my son refused to drink it! it does sond like it might be lactose problems instead of reflux though. Have you taken your son to see a dietician or pediatrician? that could help heaps too
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replied February 25th, 2009
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hes going to the prediatrician on monday. tomorrows paternity test day.
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replied February 25th, 2009
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ah, good luck with both!
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replied February 25th, 2009
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thanks
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replied February 25th, 2009
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thats great, happy to hear things are going better with him.
my mom had told me that when i was a baby i was lactose intolorant, but grew out of it as i got older.
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replied February 25th, 2009
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thats good to know. i was the opposite i didnt get it until i was 17.../ but when i was pregnant i could drink it, go figure
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replied February 25th, 2009
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lol thats funny.
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replied February 26th, 2009
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yeah i know.. thats what the dr. said. too bad it didnt last, and im back to soy milk =(
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replied May 27th, 2009
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So how are things now with your lil one? My youngest had reflux and stayed in the hospital for a month. I can say those were some trying times. I enjoy reading your responses. Very mature and well thought out.
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replied May 27th, 2009
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things are going well, the soy milk worked great and he is doing great on it. The doctor told me to start him on solids so hes gotten some sweet potatoes, but since the milk changed hes a fairly happy child unless he is hungry, wet, dirty, or what i believe to be allergies like the ones i have start to flare.
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replied May 28th, 2009
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Great news. A few more months things should start calming down a little. I guess depending where you live. Let me know if I can help you with any questions. My daughter Dallas is 19 and she still has problems. She is pregnant 32 weeks and I really can relate to looking at situations on both sides of the fence.
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