Monday, November 16, 2009

Clinically Proven to Reduce Colic


I have the perfect picture to go with this post, but it's on Joel's computer not mine so maybe I'll add it later. But just imagine a baby arched almost in half backwards, her face is bright red and her mouth is wide open becuase she's screaming. So in our search to restore peace to our home Joel and I have explored many different products that all claim to be proven to reduce colic in anywhere from 70-90% of babies. We started out with bottles: Playtex offers two type of bottles that they claim significantly reduce symptoms of colic. First, we tried VentAir, we already had these bottles from my sister-in-law so we thought we would give them a try. Unfortunately we could rarely get her to eat from them. We tried Colic Tablets, which we had heard many testimonials about their effectiveness. They seemed to make her symptoms worse! Later we found that this was actually because she is violently allergic to all forms of dairy and it's products, and colic tablets are in a lactose base. Then we tried Mylicon. She actually quite liked the mylicon, but she vomited so frequently that it seemed rare that it stayed in her system long enough to help. Then we tried Gripe Water (also known as Colic Water). This made her vomit profusely! But it did help diminish her gas. Then we tried Playtex Drop-Ins (another bottle). Then we moved on to medications: Tagament and Prevacid. And finally it was getting rid of breast milk altogether and going exclusively to Neocate, an infant formula that is classified as medical food because she was even allergic to hypo-allergenic formula. Anyways, the whole point of this is that after dealing with colic for four months Emmalee is finally starting to to get better! I'm not sure what combination helped, or it was just timing, but I am happy to say that my little girl cries a little less, and laughs a little more each day. She is truely the greatest joy of my life! And I thought I would share to newish pictures!



5 comments:

Leserlee said...

Oh geez. You are amazing for making it through all of that, without throwing her out the window. I am so sorry you had to go through that as a first time parent, but then again if I'd had to go through that, I'd rather it be the first one than the second. I hope things continue to get better.

Kathleen said...

What a cutie!! I am glad she is doing better. Maybe you don't need me to come after all.

Lian said...

That really sounds like a lot to handle. Glad to hear the colic days are ending. She is such a cutie pie with those chubby cheeks. Anyway, with your colic experience, hope you can stop by my website and add to my list of colic remedies:
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tiff said...

Emmalee is adorable! I am so glad that she is starting to laugh more and cry less. I hope things continue to get better for you :)

Kari and Steve said...

Oh my goodness Arielle, I am so amazed by you, I would have never been able to make it through. I am glad things are starting to get better for you and more importantly for your little girl. I can't imagine how awful she must have been feeling too. Love you!