Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Cryin Update

Last night she cried from 5:30 to 10:30 ... today she did better so far. I am trying chewing 2 papaya enzyme extract pills with each meal. Feeding her more upright. And swaddled her to see if that helps. Have taken milk, caffeine, tomato sauce, and broccolli out of diet. Any other ideas???


Linda Stewart said...

I don't know if you remember, but Ava was just the same as a newborn. The CONSTANT crying spells started when she was a few weeks old. She would start crying every day at about 5 or 6 p.m. until almost midnight and there wasn't anything we could do to console her. I took her to the doctor several times and he said that she was healthy and that this is quite common.
I did ALOT of reading about this "common" evening crying, actually it was screaming, and found good news. One of my books had a whole chapter about colic and it said that it usually stops at about 4 months. A few days before she turned 4 months, we had a night where she didn't cry at all, the next night she was screaming again and so on.
Anyways, the day after Ava turned 4 months, 6 p.m. came and there was no crying. I just stood there holding my breath and still no crying. The colic was over! Sure, she still cried occasionally after that, but it was never the all night crying and screaming marathons from before where I was ready to pull out my hair! I still have that book and pages from the colic chapter are dog eared and you can actually still see where my tears fell on the pages as I desperately read it over and over again looking for answers.
Sorry about my rambling, but I can remember it like it was yesterday and I truly feel for you. Remember, the crying spells WILL stop. Billy and I will be praying for you. Take care.

Bethany said...

Awwww, I am sorry. I know that must be rough especially as you keep getting less and less sleep. Does she have reflux at all. Adelee had that and I really didn't want to give her medicine but when I finally did it stopped, her cry was so sad you could tell she was in pain. It was over by about 4 months too and she didn't need the med anymore. My mom gave me great advice with Seth to just stop pause and watch him as he cried to try to see what it was....was he rooting (wants more food), was he pulling his legs up (gas burp more). etc etc.

My kids all needed Aaron to fall asleep. He would walk around bouncing them and patting their little butts so firmly holding them really tight and they would scream for 5 minutes and all of the sudden conk out.

I know each kid is different. It is so hard in the beginning. I will be praying for you.

Paul, Jess & Elise said...

Had the same problems with Elise...did what you did and cut out almost everything. Helped a little. The thing that helped most was giving her some gas drops (like Mylicon...if I spelled that right) before she ate...EVERY time. Then also heating up one of those bean bags...the kind you stick in the microwave...then laying her down on her tummy with it. Between everything together it did help. Also...a little time moving her legs back and forth (like kicking) a few times a day...helped loosen some of the gases. Anyways...just a few more ideas there....every baby is different in what works. Good Luck!