Cereal and baby food causing gas???

Jeanine - posted on 03/25/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I exclusively breastfeed my son and started cereal and baby food 2 weeks ago, he loves all cereals and so far loves every fruit and vegetable (even green beans), but he ends up being so gassy at night that he wakes up several times during the night "tooting" and won't go back to sleep unless I nurse him. I give him mylicon drops with every feeding and before he goes to bed, tried the bicycle with his legs, tried tummy massage, etc. and nothing works. Can anyone give me some suggestions on what to do to get him to sleep through the night without the gas. I know he can sleep through the night he just did a 8 hr night. Thanks Ladies.

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Athena - posted on 03/26/2010

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I have breastfed all 4 of my kids, but my third child, Ilyana, had troubles with baby cereal. We eventually discovered that the Gerber baby cereal has soy lechithin in it, which she was intolerant to. We eventually discovered that she is also very allergic to dairy. Since she was exclusively breastfed, it wasn't apparent until solids were introduced. Try switching to a different brand. I've found that Heinz does not add soy to their cereals. Kids who have an allergy to dairy, sometimes also cannot tolerate soy products. Keep a food diary as you switch up foods and add more. It really helps when you're trying to figure out if food is the source of your baby's troubles. Good Luck!

Bonnie - posted on 03/26/2010

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My second child had that problem bad, he would wake up and scream and then pass gas and go back to sleep. My pedatrician said to try 1-2oz of diluted apple juice. The water and the juice seem to neutralize alittle. Hopefull it gets better.

Lillitu - posted on 03/26/2010

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the remedy is called cocyntal. it's made by boiron, the homeo people that make the little blue tubes of single remedies, if you are familiar with them.

it comes in a box of plastic ampules, and you squirt the liquid (a tiny amount) into the baby's mouth- quite easy. it doesn't taste bad-more like lightly sweet water, if anything. and since homeopathy can be used with other meds with no counterindications, it doesn't hurt to give it a try!

if you don;t have a place that sells homeo remedies near you, i'm sure that you can find it online.

Jeanine - posted on 03/25/2010

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he is 6 1/2 mths, and the doctor told us to just use mylicon which is not homeopathic, it's just simethicone drops. we tried cereal at 4 mths and stopped because he was miserable all day, now just at night. i'm going to try gripe water and see how that works since that travels thru the digestive tract where mylicon stays in the stomach. which homeopathic remedy do you use?

Lillitu - posted on 03/25/2010

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questions:

1. how old is your son? even though he may like the food, it may be his dogestive system is too young to handle it. have you talked to a doctor about it?

2. is mylicon a homeopathic? if it is, you should administer it 15 mins before or after feedings, as too close to any food undermines it working. i use another homeopathic gas remedy myself...

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OMG! Jeanine! My daughter was born 9/11/08......YAY! September 11th ROCKS! Sounds like you're doin just fine! Gripe water should help or there's other products like Gas-X for babies as well!!

Jeanine - posted on 03/25/2010

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he was born 9/11/09 so 6 1/2 months. we are going thru the fruits and veggies every one for 3-4 days before a new one. no rice cereal because that made him miserable and we're following the gerber menu which switches up his fruits and veggies with cereal 2 times a day. he is a very happy baby all day long but when it comes to night time, the gas just wakes him up. maybe we'll try the gripe water before bed.

Dianne - posted on 03/25/2010

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Bravo for exclusively breastfeeding. It takes tenacity to stick with it.



As for your bub's gas, could his gut be getting too much of a variety of foods? If you started solids 2 weeks ago, he should only be on one or 2 types of food. One of them being rice cereal. Gas producing foods are wheat, beans, and dairy. Perhaps you could narrow the foods down to rice cereal, apple sauce, and/or a veg like squash.

Also you could look at your diet and see if you have started a new food or herb that he may be getting through your milk. Finally, he will be more prone to gas during this phase of introducing new foods. If you don't see a decrease in gas, you might consider gripe water, and talking to your health care provider.

I know how difficult it is to have a grumpy baby. It took me a while to figure out that my son was allergic to dairy, including the dairy that I was eating.

Hope this gives you some ideas to work with. I'll be thinking of you both.:)

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