HOW DO I COMFORT MY NEWBORNS SEVERE GAS & REFLUX PROBLEM???

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MY SON IS 3 WEEKS OLD AND DO HES ALREADY ON THE SIMILLAC ALIMENTUM AND TAKING AXCID FOR REFLUX. I OCCASONALLY BUT AT LEAST ONCE A DAY GIVE HIM GRIPE WATER FOR THE COLIC. BUT NOTHING IS HELPING AND HES CONSTANTLY TENSING UP AND SQUIRMING IN PAIN NO MATTER HOW MANY TIMES WE BURP OR COMFORT HIM:(

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Biljana - posted on 08/21/2009

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I do feel your pain!!!! My daughter had it really bad for 3 months. You cant help but feel hopeless!!!! She hated everything we put her in, rockers swings etc etc!!! Only wanted to be held upright to sleep. After speaking to people we figured out that she had colic and that laying flat was what caused more pain so we changed alot of things in our house to cater for this. In terms of medication i tried the gripe water and it did nothing, then it was infacol, chammomile tea and finally the brauer stomach relief drops. They were the best. We also changed bottles from avent to Dr Browns and that all seemed to help. We kept her mattress elevated at all times (put a european pillow under the mattres to keep it elevated) tried to keep her tummy as warm as possible, whenever we'd feed her we'd keep her as upright as possible and burp her 2 - 3 times per feed. When the pain got worse sometimes we'd just walk her around thehouse holding her on her belly. She'd also have 2 baths a day as this was calming for her, . After being on breastmilk for 3 months i put her on a formula thats easy to digest but i'm in Australia so i dont know if you'd have it there. I'm not really sure if all this helped or if she just grew out of it but shes much better now. Good luck and keep strong it does get better ;-)

Louise - posted on 08/21/2009

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hi tanya i just had my first baby 8 weeks ago and my son was the same in pain and my husband and i give him infants friends drops before every feed it takes a couple of days but you will notice the difference we did we swear by it. It seems to help him from squirming in pain hope this advice helps :)

Melissa - posted on 08/21/2009

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my son had acid reflux... and all he would do when he was that age was throw up the formula... ask the doctor but ... all i did was thicken up his formula a little bit with rice cereal and he is doing fine now... good luck

Angela - posted on 08/21/2009

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My daughter had the same exact issue so I put her on Enfamil Gentlease. It works much better than Similac. Also It could be the type of bottle nipple you are using. The mylicon gas drops didn't work for my daughter. She still has to be burped often but since puting her on Enfamil and finding the right nipple she does do better. I usually have to burp her after 3 ounces instead of 2. It makes it easier to burp her and I don't have to burp her for so long.

Nichole - posted on 08/21/2009

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See Tanya, I told you mom's here would help you. I hope you got some good advice and I would love to meet the little one soon. :)

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Ashley - posted on 08/21/2009

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Bless your heart! We went through the same thing with our son. I promise you it does pass. The best thing we learned that we could do for our little one was rocking. And letting him lay on your chest. The pressure that puts on his belly seemed to help. Good luck!

Adriana - posted on 08/21/2009

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My 3 month old daughter has severe acid reflux and nothing really works. We tried every formula possible and zantac and prilosec she still spits up alot. We went to see a specialist and he says as long as she gains weight she will be fine. Unfortunatly she will have to out grow it. It is frustrating that nothing can be done I am hoping she out grows it soon. Try thickining formula and sitting baby up for 1/2 hour after feeding. Good luck

Linda - posted on 08/21/2009

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My 2yo daughter and 5 mo son are lactose intolerant, and I nurse. I had to remove all dairy from my diet. Once I did, my children's symptoms disappeared, and we were all a lot happier. I'd tried lactose free formula, but my daughter still had bad reflux on that, and wouldn't take soy formula-it's smelled as bad as it tasted, so I nursed her until she was over 1 year old. Now she drinks calcium fortified juices, rice milk, and eats calcium fortified snacks to make up for the milk she cant drink. Good luck! =)

Marcy - posted on 08/21/2009

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I recommend getting the Happiest Baby on the Block Video. Its amazing on how it works. As for the reflux is there any chance he might have pyloric stenosis? Sometimes that causes babies to have projectile vomiting? Ask you pediatrician if its a possibility. My daughter is 8 months old and is constantly spitting up. Its amazing that she gained any weight at all. But my pedi doesnt seem too concerened and wont check into it until 9 months old. Good luck.

Rebecca - posted on 08/21/2009

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Not sure about that particular formula, but milk protein intolerance is far more likely to cause symptoms than lactose intolerance (which is common in babies), and if your bub is on a dairy-based formula (which most are) then it would be worse than breastmilk. I went dairy-free so my milk was fine after a few weeks, but if you are formula feeding then you'll need a particular prescription formula - you need to avoid cow's milk, and lots of kids will also be soy intolerant so switching to soy isn't a good idea. You need to chat to your paed.

Rebecca - posted on 08/21/2009

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Try going completely dairy-free and chat to your paed about milk-protein intolerance. My girls were like that - especially my second. Milk protein intolerance can have the intestinal symptoms you described, and can either have reflux as a symptom purely of the intolerance, or make existing reflux worse. It is also often diagnosed as "reflux" but is fairly common. Good luck - it is horrible watching your little one in pain.

CRYSTAL - posted on 08/21/2009

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ok there is two things that really worked for me....both my kids were very gassy and couldn't even handle my breast milk because of lactose AND soy issues....

1.) Mylicon drops

2.) remeber those old time ice bags?? get one and fill it with WARM water and place it on his belly and rotate his legs like he is riding a bike...the warmness and the "exercise" helps get the gas moving and out



hope this helps!!!

Jenny - posted on 08/21/2009

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try giving him colief drops in his milk. my little boy had reflux and this was the only thing that helped. it is expensive but works and well worth it, just read the intructions a couple of times!!

Natalie - posted on 08/21/2009

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Try laying him on his back and getting his legs and moving them up and down like he is riding a bike - it works for my little girl, gets her bowels moving and the wind comes right out(it does take about 10min of bike riding though).. good luck

Maci - posted on 08/20/2009

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I suggest taking him to a stomach doctor. My daughter was the same way, so I took her to a stomach specialist. He gave her zantac in liquid form and its helped ALOT! I also read that the colic calm that you can order off the internet works, but I didn't try it :) Good luck

Carrie-anne - posted on 08/20/2009

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hey my son is 5 months old nd he haqs reflux aswell i giv ehim a sachet of gaviscon in each bottle n thats stop the sick cumin up and it makes him more comportable in himself i also used a vibratin bouncy chair which also helped along with wen i waz putiin him 2 bed i waz raising his head a lil bit nd that seemed 2 help alot

Shannon - posted on 08/19/2009

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Try Isomil by Simillac? Lily was getting ill on anything but that :/ We also layed her on her tummy over our knees alot it was the only she would really burp.

Katie - posted on 08/19/2009

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i also saw that it might be due to a lactose problem.. my baby had the same problem.. she spiut up almost ALL of what she consumed... i ended up putting her on similac SENSITIVE RS (for less frequent spitup).. definatly get a smaller can and try it out and see how his little tummy does with it... it worked in an INSTANT with my daughter.. it is milk-based lactose free with iron! do that! seriously i can bet you will see really good results! when i first had her on similac (like breastmilk) she had alot of gas and had a hard time pooping... so definatley give it a try! and let me know how it goes!! and make sure its the one for (less frequent spitup) only!

Katie - posted on 08/19/2009

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if he has reflux then people usually get a special support cusion that will prop them just enough to help with the pain and make it go down.. go to his pediatrician.. if it is not getting any better then he might need to be seen.. it could be something more.. dont risk the chance and wait it out... if he is in alot of pain then try to get some medicine so he doesnt have to suffer and you to!

Karrie - posted on 08/19/2009

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and if ur baby is constipated at all u know what works... karo syrup (light corn syrup) u just put a little tiny bit in the bottle and it helpe them poop with out making it like diarreah. that could help ur baby too.

Karrie - posted on 08/19/2009

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i give my 2 month old infant gas relief. u can find it any where. its safe to use. just ask the doc how much for his weight. ive been using it on her pretty much since day one cause she has the same problem she always tenses up and squirms. hope this stuff helps u as much as it has helped me

Sarah - posted on 08/19/2009

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one word for you honey MYLICON ... it works wonders and its safe.... you can give it to your child as much as 12 times daily ... i was short on cash one month and baught the off brand, but it doesnt work very well.... but really MYLICON is the only thing that helped with my sons gas... and my DR recomended diluting his formula for my sons reflux... start diluting by half...1 scoop to 4 oz and gradually add more.... we are up to 3scoops per 8 ounces now and its a good mix for my son... just talk to you dr... sometimes a little bit of pedialite helps too... :) hope this helps

Sumi - posted on 08/19/2009

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My daughter had reflux really bad along with a LOT of spit up. We tried Zantac, which wasn't enough and ended up putting her on Prevacid. That helped as well as adding rice cereal to her formula. The Prevacid stopped the acid production but not the spit up. The rice cereal thickened the formula so that it stayed down better. (My twins were preemies and my milk never really came in. What breast milk she did get right back up.) We did try her on Enfamil A.R., which is their anti-reflux formula, but the catch is that it is stomach acid that activates the rice starch so by putting her on Prevacid and thus reducing her stomach acid, the A.R. didn't have a chance of working.

I used swings for my babies. (My son also had reflux but not as bad as my daughter.) It was great for me to be able to put them in their swings because 1) they stayed upright and that helped with the reflux and spit up and 2) it allowed me to tend to the second baby.

I will say that it does get better once they start solids and take fewer bottles. I know, not helpful right now, but know that it does improve as your baby grows and develops.

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try Mylicon for the gas it works pretty well you can get it at any store. My 8 week old daughter has acid reflux and we switched to enfamil ar and so far she is doing much better, she is a little colicky but so far everything we do usually doesnt help unless we swaddle her pretty tightly and lay her on her stomach.

Katrina - posted on 08/19/2009

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I have a 9 month old with GERD. We liked Zantac for him. A vibrating bouncy chair usually worked well for my other baby with his gas and colic spells.

Candice - posted on 08/19/2009

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what worked for my daughter was the sound of the stove exhaust fan or the runnning shower, and a LOT of bouncing. she would fall asleep sitting on my knee bouncing. i spent alot of time in the bathroom bouncing her with the shower running. it was a weird few months.



don't lose hope though. it's very stressful, i know from experience, but my daughter is now a happy independent little monkey. it gets better.

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I WANTED TO GET HIM ON PRILOSEC...DRS WERENT KEEN ON IT. HE IS POSSIBLE LACTOSE AND WAS DOING WORSE ON MY BREAST MILK. HE WAS REALLY SICK FROM NURSING:( THANKS FOR YOUR HELP GOOD LUCK

Shenna - posted on 08/19/2009

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my boy is 5 mths old and has always had really bad acid reflux.we had to put him on losec(american name prilosec) it stops the stomach from producing acid so he still spits up but its not painful.also is there a reason you put him on formula?just cuz breastmilk is easier to digest therefore its out quiker so it has less time to push up the acid in his stomach.

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