Posted by: Jerry | 2009/02/03


Colic meds - worried

Dear Prof Weinberg

My wife and I are at our wits'  end. We have a colicky baby (3 months old) and we have tried everything. I am now very worried about the amount of medication we are giving. Buscopan, a local pharmacy'  s secret colic mixture, Spasmopep, Gripe Water etc etc. All of which only brings mild and temporary relief. We have been giving Reuteri drops for 2 months now.

Countless people have now told us to try Soy formula (she is currently on S26) or to give her 2 teaspoons of Celerac baby porridge before she goes to sleep in the evening. Now all guides and books advise against giving solids prior to 6 months. But surely it cannot be as harmfull as all the anti-spasmodics etc we are giving her at the moment. Should we follow this advice or not?

I fear that we are loosing quality time with our baby as we are constantly trying to ease cramps. Not sleeping for 3 months is now starting to take its toll on our jobs, marriage and life in general.

I feel guilty for complaining - our baby is perfectly normal in every other sense and she is positively beautifull. I constantly remind myself that there are parents with babies born with congenital heart disease, Downs Syndrome etc etc and they cope somehow.

This is a very real issue for us nontheless. Please provide us with some advice.

Expert's Reply



What a wonderful letter.I fully agree with you. Your baby is on far too much in the way of colic medicines,several of which contain belladonna and other ingredients which may occasionally cause adverse side effects.What is needed here is a proper diagnosis as your baby's co-called colic is much more severe than usual and very unresponsive to the usual medicines.I suspect that she is allergic to cow's milk. As a first step try her on NAN HA which is usually only for mildly milk allergic babies. If she does not respond let me know and I will suggest the next step.We try not to use soya as a cow's milk alternative in babies younger than 6 months. If she is indeed an allergic little baby then she should not have solids until the age of 6 months-and then certainly not Cerelac which contains milk.When you write in again please just give me a short summary of her problem as I do not have your post No. to identify your question.

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Posted by: mom | 2009/02/06

We had the same problem. Mine is 1 year old. This is true, you get so much advice from everyone, and nothing seems to work. My advice would be to take your baby to a paediatrician, that can actually see your baby and witness the problems. We never had the privilage of taking our baby and i did not know about health 24' s advice collumm, which gives realy good advice. We also used all the kinds of meds you could think of, later i stopped put him on Nan Palgoric (orange tin) and he was little better, the milk was soft on his stomach. Recently we had him with a Paediatrician and Specialist, turns out he has an infection in his lungs caused by cold weather or something and reflux. So he has to drink Infasoy until June.

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Posted by: Julie | 2009/02/05

You should really try take your baby to the chiropracter, i took my baby who was 7 weeks old and had colic and after just 2 visits she was a different child, you know its not going to harm her, might just work!

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Posted by: Maria | 2009/02/03

Jerry, also try the parenting forum.

I don' t think baby' s digestive system can handle solids at such a young age. What does your real life paed say?

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