One Mom’s Story
Users of Colic Calm tell their real-life experiences in dealing with colic and infant reflux.
Too many of us can relate to this scenario. You are a veteran mommy who experienced a peaceful arrival of your first baby. You have that delectable and blissful time raising your firstborn. Then you find out that you are blessed with another arrival! You bring your new bundle of joy home. Everything is going beautifully until you get an inkling that there might be some bumpy roads ahead this time around. Something very different is brewing.
This is exactly what April Salsman experienced with her second baby, David. It all started at two weeks after birth when she decided to transition baby David to formula. He was definitely showing clear signs of digestive distress. He started to get extremely fussy and gassy a lot of the time. Many Colic Calm mommies, daddies, and families can definitely relate to that feeling of helplessness when a little ones in obvious pain. It can become quite an ordeal…even more so if raising more than one child.
April, being a determined mommy, went on a mission to find her answer. She tried many gripe waters in the market with absolutely no success. David continued to cry incessantly during the night, and was unable to be soothed without a great deal of comforting movement and holding. She even used an exercise ball which she fondly called her “Colic Ball” to create the repetitive motion that would temporarily soothe baby David. April knew this was just a temporary solution as she too needed to sleep at night, so she was even more driven to find her answer. Even with her creative efforts, she dreaded the evening ritual. Many parents find that evenings, aka the “witching hours”, are the most challenging time of the day for babies with similar issues.
Then one day at Babies “R” Us, she came across Colic Calm. She appreciated that the product is homeopathic and reasonably priced. She knew she had nothing to lose, as her pediatrician had suggested moving David on to other pharmaceutical options at that point. April, being “natural-minded” and a true believer of homeopathic medicine, was apprehensive about using pharmaceutical drugs at such a young, delicate age. After diligent research she knew she had to give this a try. She knew she made a smart choice.
“Life is a whole lot easier with Colic Calm”, says April.
It changed the quality of their lives, and it’s so good that she is sharing it with her all her mommy friends in her MOP groups. She’s a fan for life!
At the time Lara Burdge gave birth to her first daughter, Gabrielle, she was a 22-year-old single mom. Excited to be a mother, but unsure of what to expect, the first few weeks went really smoothly. At just 3 weeks old she was sleeping from 10 o’clock at night until 5:30 a.m. What more could a mother ask for so early on! That wonderful beginning did not last long, though. Though rather unusual, her colic set in around three months of age, the time when colic typically ends for most babies. She was still sleeping well at night but would wake and start crying suddenly for several hours every day. Until Colic Calm came to the rescue, that is.
Working early hours and experiencing little to no hours of respite with her infant daughter during the day, Lara was physically and emotionally exhausted. One night the fatigue hit her too hard, the colic cry set in, and she knew she needed help. Lara recounted,
Between the exhaustion, my crying daughter, and my dogs barking I felt extremely overwhelmed and knew I had reached a point where I needed someone to come to the house to help stop the stress. I put my daughter in her crib and went outside to call my mom to come home. She arrived within 20 minutes and just knowing someone was on their way helped me feel less stressed. I was able to sit with my daughter and rock her, still crying, until my mother arrived and she suggested it was time to do something about all the crying. We sat for the next few hours researching online and found tons of information about colic and different ways to help relieve the my baby. Somewhere during that search she came across a Colic Calm advertisement and we read up on the website. My mother is a strong believer in homeopathic medicine and ordered me a bottle. It arrived within days and we immediately tried it. My duaghter went from a red-faced, screaming, nothing-you-could-do-to-help cry; to a calm, relieved, soundly sleeping baby. Our lives from that point on improved 100% because I now had something that helped both me and my daughter. Whenever she cried in pain, I was able to give her a dose of Colic Calm and she felt better.”
Lara gave Colic Calm to Gabrielle whenever she showed symptoms of not being able to calm herself. The baby had a pattern that Lara could recognize. “I knew when it was ‘Colic Calm time’”.
Throughout her own childhood, Lara’s mother would always try to treat any ailments with homeopathic products before seeing the doctor. “I prefer homeopathic products over medications but still usually discuss the issues with a doctor. In all honesty, I like to use what works. And Colic Calm works,” Lara said.
When Lara gave birth to her second daughter Isabelle six years later, she started to give her Colic Calm at just two weeks, when she noticed tummy upset symptoms like gas and reflux. She gives Isabelle Colic Calm before her bedtime feeding and during the day if she is fussy.
I expected Isabelle to be a great sleeper like her older sister. I learned quickly that all children are different! She likes to sleep during the day and is up about every 45 minutes with either gas or because she’s hungry. She is a fast eater and takes in a lot of air when breastfeeding. I didn’t know about infant “wind” which is the air babies fill their bellies with when eating. I learned this prevents them from filling up on food and therefore wake up more frequently hungry. Because Colic Calm works so well when I give it to her during the day she can relax and likes to sleep a lot! She did not need Colic Calm yesterday until around 8:30pm. I gave her a dose before she fed and she slept for 4 ½ uninterrupted hours and then woke with a dirty diaper. The best thing about Colic Calm compared to other “gripe waters” is that as baby’s gas and other symptoms are being relieved, it is not painful to them. Both daughters have experienced stomach pain from gripe water that was designed to relieve stomach pain.”
Lara now gives a bottle of Colic Calm to anyone she knows who is having a baby.
As new parents we kept thinking, ‘What the heck did we get ourselves into!?’ – that is, until we discovered Colic Calm.
At 3:30 a.m., Brittany White wandered in to her local drugstore, bleary eyed and desperate to find a gripe water to help her seven-week-old daughter, Kailyn, stop crying all through the night.
I was a complete mess. I took about three different products to the check out (not Colic Calm) and asked the cashier which was better. As we were comparing them, the lady behind us said, ‘Hey, you should try Colic Calm!’ She explained how well it worked for her and her friend so I put the other products back and bought the Colic Calm,” Brittany recounted. “I remember saying I would try one of the others because the Colic Calm was pricey. She told me it was well worth the price…and it definitely was!”
After about a day of using it, Brittany noticed how much better Kailyn felt after having a dose. She gave it to her baby after feedings or when she became fussy during the day, and also every single night before bed.
“Prior to Colic Calm my husband and I dreaded night time. As new parents we kept thinking, ‘What the heck did we get ourselves into!?’ We would even try mentally preparing ourselves by accepting that Kailyn was going to cry all night, but we still had several nights that we let the situation get the best of us,” Brittany said. “It was hard because we didn’t know what was wrong and as new parents you think you’re going to be able to do everything right the first time.
Brittany felt like she was failing as a mother, and wanted to make things better for her baby. “I think I even cried several times in disappointment in myself for not being a good mom.”
“Some nights we would get so frustrated and be so exhausted that my husband and I would fight and criticize one another for not knowing how to make Kailyn stop crying. We tried everything…swaddling, shushing, singing, swings,” she added. She had never treated anything with homeopathic products, not even for herself.
I remember the night I first gave her the Colic Calm. After about 15-20 of the very first dose, her full blown scream turn into a mild whine. My husband rocked her for a while and I ended up giving her a second dose an hour later, then she fell fast asleep. An hour after that I was rocking her and once again found myself crying…except this time they were tears of joy! I had finally done something right. I had finally figured out why my baby was crying, and I fixed it! That was my first ‘I feel like I’m a good mom’ moment!”
Kailyn is now 14 months old, and still takes Colic Calm as needed. Brittany has even given it to her newborn daughter, Kendall because she gets bothersome-sorry for the delay hiccups and air in her tummy. “It really helps soothe her, too.”
Melinda Peterson-Ortiz one-month-old daughter Madeline would scream so much it seemed as if something was hurting her. She cried all day, and was not able to sit for more than a minute. Almost nothing would calm her.
“I was getting very stressed, which led me to having little to no patience with my almost two-year-old older daughter, and husband,” Melinda said. “I was too embarrassed to go outside the house with her always crying, which kept us in the house and just made everyone miserable since our lifestyle before was always out and about.”
When she asked her daughter’s pediatrician, he said it was just something she would have to deal with.
“There was no way I was going to sit around waiting for Madeline to grow out of it when it sounded like she was in pain,” Melinda said.
A close friend saw how Melinda and her family were struggling, and suggested she try Colic Calm.
“When I found Colic Calm, I felt like I had exhausted all other avenues. I thought that if it didn’t help, it wouldn’t be something that would hurt my baby, so I was willing to give it a try. I remember the first night giving it to her…I was a little hesitant but after hours of crying I decided to try. There was instant relief in Madeline.”
“It’s been a month since I have been giving Madeline Colic Calm, and not only is she a happier baby but our whole family is. Now that Madeline doesn’t cry as much I’m okay to leave the house, and I’m a better mom and wife from it. Her crying less allows me to give equal attention to my older daughter, and do other things around the house,” she added.
When Kaci Vowell’s newborn son Jakson Sky was just one month old, she noticed he started having ongoing digestive upset after returning home from a stay in the NICU. She thought his tummy troubles were being caused by the formula he was on, so she switched brands but didn’t see a change.
“After researching and talking to a few people, I figured out it was gas pain, so I was advised by a nurse practitioner to try gripe water and gas drops”, Kaci said. “Neither worked very much but they seemed to help a little so I tried them for about a week. It never seemed to really get better, so I became very frustrated that I could not do anything for my son, especially at night when he would wake up crying. I could just tell it was from pain so I started crying too. I felt so lost.”
Until grandma came to the rescue.
“My mom sent me a text message one day with a link to Tummy Calm. I checked it out just to see what it was about and after reading other people’s experiences, I decided it was worth a shot. After 24 hours, I could already see a difference!”
Kaci had tried everything else that had been recommended and felt out of options. Though she had never tried homeopathic products before, she was hopeful Tummy Calm would help her son. “It did, thank God.”
When Ashley Russell’s first-born daughter Abigail was just about four weeks old, she began experiencing a lot of gas issues. Since Ashley was taking medication for postpartum complications, and she was breastfeeding, there were multiple factors causing her newborn’s digestive upset.
“She was not the happy little girl she had been, and I could tell she was in pain,” Ashley said. “I was using infant gas drops but she was not getting any relief. She was unable to sleep and was extremely fussy. I called her doctor’s office to see if there was anything further I could do for her and they recommended Colic Calm and also the use of a probiotic.”
Though Ashley had used homeopathic remedies for herself before, she had not used them with her daughter. After giving Abigail her first dose of Colic Calm she noticed a marked improvement within about 30 minutes. “She seemed to loved the taste and was finally able to calm down enough to sleep. She had been awake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m,” she added.
Ashley was surprised but pleased after the first dose of Colic Calm, Abigail slept the best she ever had in her few short weeks.
“Since using the product and having such great results I have been letting all my friends with children know how awesome this product really is. She is five weeks now and still using Colic Calm. We give it to her before a feeding and again before bedtime. We plan to keep it on hand.”
Before first-time mom Karina Luna discovered Colic Calm®, her newborn baby Jaxon would suddenly wake up screaming. She and her husband couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him. Nothing would calm him down, so they would do what many parents do… wait it out and hope it would soon stop.
“I wanted an all-natural product without alcohol that was fast acting,” she said. “I was desperately searching Google for a colic remedy.”
After six weeks of waiting it out, Karina herself was so sleep deprived that she would cry with Jaxon because all she wanted to do was take away his pain but couldn’t. “That is until I found Colic Calm. I couldn’t believe it. It had worked instantly.” The first night she gave six-week-old Jaxon Colic Calm was the first time that both she and baby had a good night sleep. “The next morning he woke up in a great mood,” she recounted. “I finally have my happy baby. I have been using it ever since at the first sign of him being uncomfortable.”
When Nina Scott welcomed her fifth child into her family, she and her husband were faced with something they had never experienced with any of their other babies. Their son, Nathan Scott, was a “fussy baby” from the moment he was brought home from the hospital. It was about a week after bringing him home that Nina realized just how different her fifth baby was. Nathan would cry on end for 18-plus hours every single day. He wasn’t sleeping, and neither was anyone else in the family.
“As a mother of five children, I’ve never in my life heard a baby cry so long. It’s been hard at times to enjoy our little one and that’s heartbreaking for me, his mommy, to say,” said Nina.
Nathan’s pediatrician couldn’t provide much help. He just confirmed what they had suspected. Nathan had colic. The doctor said he would eventually grow out of it. But until that time came, what to do?
“The word ‘eventually’ resonated with me. We couldn’t wait for eventually. The crying was getting worse. It soon became shrill screaming. I could tell it wasn’t just gas or stomach pain because he wasn’t tightening his stomach or tensing in his legs. The medicine he had was not providing relief,” Nina said.
“After about four weeks of this situation, everyone at my church came to know about his colic. A friend put me in touch with her friend on Facebook, who said Colic Calm had been her miracle.”
After reading the recommendation, and trying just about everything else to soothe their new baby, Nina’s husband ran out to buy their first bottle.
“He was four weeks old, so we were reluctant but desperate for our baby to get relief,” she said.
Initially Nathan was getting Colic Calm every day and night, but because it stimulates the body’s self-healing properties, he now only needs it at night after three weeks of use, Nina reports.
“We just needed him to have relief and Colic Calm has helped provide it. Thank you for your amazing product!”
Two weeks after first-time mom Tricia Laboeuf brought home her daughter Jemma, a new reality set in. Of course the newly expanded family would have to adjust to feeding, diapering, swaddling, and cuddling, but they didn’t expect to endure 10 weeks of seemingly endless crying. At first, they were unsure what was wrong; maybe she was hungry, wet, or uncomfortable in some way? As the days progressed her crying increased more and more. Jemma had colic.
During those first couple of months, Tricia’s police officer husband was working odd hours, sometimes first, second or even third shift. Tricia was left to care for Baby Jemma by herself. All day. Her crying would start bright and early around 8 a.m., with a brief pause during a morning nap, and then it was back to pacing the floors. Doing the dishes, mopping the floors, laundry – all Tricia’s house chores were done with Jemma in her arms (or a carrier) bouncing away.
Jemma’s crying would persist for hours at a time–up to 6 or 7 sometimes. Alone and exhausted, Tricia would watch the clock waiting for her husband to return just to pass her back and forth for the remainder of the night. The days he had to work late usually resulted in the both of them crying together.
After several attempts at finding a solution to end her baby’s discomfort including peppermint tea, Mylicon gas drops, various tummy remedies, lavender and more, they finally found what they affectionately call, their bottle of GOLD.
When given directly before each feeding, Colic Calm created a magical baby who, instead of crying, laughed, played and giggled like a happy content child. It took about five to seven days to fully take affect, but according to Tricia was worth the wait. Today the colic-surviving mama swears by Colic Calm and recommends it to any friends who are suffering like they did.
Flash forward to today, three years after life with colic. Tricia and her husband are expecting baby number two in March, and plan to use Colic Calm again if needed. (WE HOPE NOT!!)
Autumn is the 2nd of 3 children to Dani Sellers and has suffered from colic and reflux from the time she was about a month old. Dani was researching treatments for her little one and was uncomfortable with the lack of scientific data to back up the effectiveness or safety of prescription reflux medications for infants and children. She started searching for an alternative way to treat Autumn’s symptoms that posed less risk and that is when she discovered Colic Calm.
“We knew right away that Autumn had colic and reflux”, Dani told us. “She would cry and spit-up all the time and it was very difficult to soothe her. I had to change her bibs and clothes non-stop and always carried extra whenever we left the house.” Dani said, “We noticed an immediate reduction in her crying and spitting up as soon as we began using Colic Calm. It was AMAZING and a lifesaver!”
Dani told us, “Once we had to travel to see family and were worried about being able to bring it on the plane so we shipped it to their house ahead of time. When it had not shown up by the time we arrived, Autumn was miserable. I found a holistic store and bought a different type of gripe water and it did not do a thing to help. When the Colic Calm finally arrived a couple days before we left it had an almost immediate effect on her. Although I already believed in the product, that day just solidified my confidence and love for Colic Calm.”
“Because of Colic Calm, Dani told us, I was able to enjoy my daughter in ways that I was struggling with prior to using it. I have been an advocate ever since and have given out the website address more times than I can count. I will stand by this product until the end of time.”