Apparently your new born baby won’t get colic if you’re breastfeeding but trapped wind... wow! I can tell the difference with his cry. You can hear the pain in it. Paddy is fantastic getting the wind away as he is a little more, heavy handed than I am, shall we say. (I aren’t in any way implying we are beating the wind out of him, just Thomas is Paddy’s 3rd child and my 1st)
You can use infacol (http://www.infacol.co.uk/?gclid=CMyG_rqCvLkCFYPHtAodXz4AIw) from 1 week to 4 weeks then use Gripe Water. He associates his feed with the infacol, when I put the droplet into his mouth so it does calm him down and gets him ready for his feed. I however have a gulper and I think that’s where the trapped wind comes from. When it is gone, he is such a good, calm baby. He is content after a big trump/poo!
I am not sure anyone really knows the difference between Colic and severe trapped wind but either way it is awful.
Thomas is getting better at it now though, he is 4 weeks old tomorrow so we are having more sleep on a night time. I say we, I am having more sleep.
The things we do to help the trapped wind out of his system are;
· Rub clockwise on his tummy with the palm of your hand
· Hold him in-front of you and make him do a little jump, don’t shake just move up and down.
· Lay him flat and pump his legs in and out and turn them as if he is riding a bicycle
· Pat the wind out of him but from his bum, almost to send the bubbles upwards
· Put him over your knee/shoulder but his belly has to be on your knee and pat/rub his back
If all fails, you can speak to your GP and use Gripe water but you have to lower the dosage.