gassy baby

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My 4 week old baby boy is extreemly gassy, not to the point where he is screaming over the gas pains just always farting and pushing to pass gas. He is Breastfed, never has had a bottle or pacifier. He does get fussy when gassy in the evening but the rest of the day he is ok to push and grunt all day long. I have tried to move him around more frequently and have tried to feed him longer on each breast or go longer befor switching breasts to try to give him more of the hind milk rather than the fore milk, and so he doesn't gulp while feeding. I guess I'm just wondering if this is normal all the grunting and pushing and the constant gassiness or if there is something I can do about it? My MIL and mom have been telling me to get him gripe water or to give him some water and don't think at this age that is appropriate and since I haven't used a bottle to feed him yet i am reluctant to try these. Anybody have other ideas?

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Casey - posted on 01/21/2010

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My daughter is 5 months and has colic. I use colic calm drops for her. If you dont think he has colic and it is just bad gas you could try the mylicon infant gas drops or the gripe water. You can give it to him through a dropper so wouldnt have to use a bottle. When my daughter started ahving the extreme gas my doc suggested cutting dairy from my diet and keeping her propped up for 45 minutes after she eats to help prevent gas. I know that colic generally starts a few weeks after delivery. This could be signs. The colic calm drops I give my daughter are all natural and have done wonders for her gas pains, reflux and constipation. She is still breast feed and when dont give her the drops she becomes extremely uncomfortable and fussy. i hope some of this helps and good luck!

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Thanks everyone for the good advice I have been giving him the drops befor bed and they seem to be working. He doesn't wake up with gas as much any more I have also cut out dairy which has helped as well! Hopefullly in 3-4 months the gassiness won't be as bad!

Lolita - posted on 01/22/2010

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My baby boy was very gasssy the first few months and still is. There's nothing wrong with trying some gripe water. You can also try Milicon drops or Hyland's teething tablets (the tablets will dissolve in his mouth) if you don't want to give him water. His doctor has told me that the grunting is normal. You may also realize that as he gets older he may not have stool movements as regular, but when he does, watch out! Just keep track of what you eat like gassy produce, caffeine, and the such. Good luck, you're not alone...

Linda - posted on 01/22/2010

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My son is six months old and farts like a man. I recently cut out dairy and have noticed a huge improvement. He has always been gassy which we thought was acid reflux (i think it was both) HUGE improvement! Good Luck!

Janet - posted on 01/22/2010

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My baby girl got really gassy too at about 3-4 weeks old.... I did a lot of research and avoided the super gassy foods myself (broccoli was a big one for her, still is at 6 months) and nursed from one breast for 3 hours then would switch to the other side for a 3 hour interval no matter how many times she would nurse on that one breast. I found that after about a week of doing this it worked wonders! My big clue was the colour of her pooh. I know that sounds gross but it was much more mustardy colour with sticking to one side for a 3 hour interval and that was a clue that she was getting more hindmilk and the less gassy foremilk. I also started swaddling her again at 5 weeks and she slept wonders and it helped with her gas...not totaly sure why, maybe the pressure?!? Hope this helps.

Amanda - posted on 01/22/2010

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The package says they are safe enough to use at each feeding, but I usually only have to give 1 dose. They work pretty quickly for her.

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How often do you guys use the drops? I bought some and used them last night and he was still pretty gassy through out the night....just grunting and pushing and passing gas not crying but i was hopping they would work so he could have a good sleep. They do say you have to use them a few times for the full effect of the medication.

Amanda - posted on 01/21/2010

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My daughter is 9 weeks old, and I also found that when I eat dairy she is more gassy. She also reacts to beans and other commonly gas-producing foods. But, sometimes she is gassy for no reason. we just started using Mylicon drops when she is really gassy and uncomfortable and other remedies, such as rubbing her tummy and burping her, don't work. The drops work wonderfully and she is so much more comfortable. They've helped with her sleeping a lot since she isn't waking up out of discomfort.

Hannah - posted on 01/21/2010

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Yes, Casey has it right. My son was horribly gassy in the evenings, and it turned out that he is allergic to cow's milk protein. This means that since I am nursing, I cannot eat any dairy- cheese, milk, yogurt- anything containing cow's milk. Once I cut that out, as well as a few of the common gas-producers (bell peppers, garlic, cabbage), he was MUCH happier. You can give him Simethlicon drops- Mylecon and Little Tummy Gas Relief are just 2 of the brands. You don't have to mix it with anything since the dose is only 0.3 ML- I just drop it in the back of his mouth. The Little Tummy brand is better if you use it undiluted, as it is yummy Berry flavored, and the Mylecon is not. Good luck!

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