How do I know if my baby is not tolerating his formula?

Malea - posted on 04/17/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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My baby boy Leland was born March 26th. i have been breastfeeding with supplementation, but due to circumstances, unfortunately need to get him on 100% formula ASAP. It seems to me his belly is bothering him, he is passing a lot of gas. He also eats, burps, then gets the hiccups EVERY TIME in that order. When I lay him on his belly over my lap, he passes gas and seems to get comfortale and falls asleep. He also has very runny stools. He seems to cry out in pain, all of a sudden, and hike up his legs. I am just concerned on how it would be determined for certain there is a problem, and what formula options are most common. My daughter never had these problems, but this baby keeps me up around the clock. I just gave him some Mylicon gas drops for the first time this evening, will see if this works. I am just concerned because I can barely afford formula, and I know any special formulas would be prohibitively expensive, plus I obviously want to make him more comfortable. My mother's intuition is telling me his tummy hurts and he is in pain, I just have to do something! Anyone with any info, experiences, or advice, I appreciate it...

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Triona - posted on 04/23/2010

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My son is 100% bottle fed from birth and he gets bad gas during and after a feed, I can hear it gurgling and growning in his tummy. I use Infacol before every feed which I think is the same as your Mylicon and that helps a lot. He farts a lot which helps him. I have used the same formula the whole time but the formula manufacturer also does a formula specially for colic and constipated babies at the same price as the formula I buy, you should look into what different types of forumla your maker offers. When my son puts his legs up I usually pump them for him like he's cycling in the air to help ease his tummy pain and help pass wind or a poo while rubbing his tummy too. My son had bad colic and a bad tummy from about two weeks and he's only really getting over it now at 5 weeks.



At the end of the day you just have to hold them and ride it out, it is horrid when his little face is all screwed up in pain but there not really much you can do unfortunatly.



Hope your little man feels better soon

Brigette - posted on 05/03/2010

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I agree with Jen, I breastfeed but am unable to produce enough for all of my sons needs. We supplement with the Parent's Choice formula from Wal-Mart. They come in all versions of the brand name formula, but a huge can is like $10.50 here when a small can of Similac or Enfamil is close to $15. My son has gas no matter what I eat or don't eat. We massage his belly and give him gas drops. Most of the time he does just fine. He did go about a week without a dirty diaper, but in the 11th hour before the doctor wanted to admit him, he let it go. If you are worried about it, ask a doctor. My older children have all been on some level of specialty formulas for different stages of intolerance or unable to break down the proteins. I side w/ everyone else that WIC is a god send with that. If you need a specialty formula, you just bring in the prescription and they will help you. If you do not qualify for WIC, they may know of other area agencies that can help as well.

Shipra - posted on 11/07/2013

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My daughter is 6 months & 3 wks and has not gained any weight since last 2 months. Her diaper are usually dry. My milk supply has been really low. Yesterday I introduced formula to her but that resulted in loose stools. She cries inconsolably when fed solids or even when I try giving her bottle. I m really scared. Can't figure out what to do? Plz suggest

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Maree - posted on 04/29/2010

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Hi, I use infacol for my little ones gas problems. I find that it really helps her burp after a bottle which in turn causes less tummy pain. Also my 7 week old is my second out of four children who I have had to put on soy formula. I only find it to be a couple of dollars more then the normal formulas. Once I changed her to soy I found that she settled so much better and she has been alot more content. Sometimes it is worth just trying another brand of formula if you dont want to try soy. Because all formula's are made slightly differently and some are heavier then others and certain babies find the heavier ones hard to digest. It can be just trail and error to find out the best result for your baby. But you if think your baby is not happy then follow your instinct. I wish you all the best.

Kristine - posted on 10/28/2013

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My daughter was very colici baby.I tried a lot of formulas.And only formula wich helped was SMA Lacto free formula.Lacto is the most comon problem in babys.I would recomend Lacto free formula.all gass problems will be gone.i'm breastfeeding my son now and when I drink milk he is gassy ,but when I drink milk wich is Lacto free he seems to be fine again.

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Olivia - posted on 03/08/2014

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I use Dr Brown bottle , change to Novalac Reflux and Novalac Colic for my twins. You can google colic and silent reflux symptom .some colic ingredient making silent reflux worse.. I'm also giving Probiotix Reuteri Drops. I stop gripe water and Dentinox! Is help great for both my son .

http://www.biogaia.com/product/probiotix...

Joanna Marie - posted on 01/26/2013

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my daughter is on formula and she pukes and has gas they keep switching her milk but notthin helps so if hes not pukin or spitin up i would keep him on it but for the gas i give my daughter gas drops its called mommys blist gripe water it works wounders walmart sales it walgreens and rid aid too.. see if that helps befor u take him off of breastfeeding

Jenn - posted on 04/29/2010

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If WIC is available that is a great option. However if not i swear by the walmart brand of formula. A large can is the same price a small can of similac and it was way less foamy. it didnt smell as bad and you could mix it with room temp water and it mixed well without the chunks. I am exclusively breastfeeding still but will use it when he is ready. I also have to use the milicon drops and dr says to use before feeding not after like the bottle says. that way if he still has some bubbles left over from last feeding they will help him eat more comfortably. hope this helps. good luck

Jacqueline - posted on 04/26/2010

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I understand how you feel! My children were not breastfed, but with my daughter she had VERY bad gas, curled up in a ball screaming cant pass type of gas, ALL NIGHT. Her formula was not changed until she was about 3mos old. I do not know what type of formula you currently use but both of my children are on Similac Sensitive, the milk proteins are broken down a little more. My son was put right on the formula in the hospital, he was born March 14th. My son also hiccups like you are talking about, and he spits up constantly. My doctor was not concerned with the spit up unless he wasnt gaining weight.

Another good indication would be if either you or the baby's father has a sensitivity to milk in your family, my mother had to be on soy formula when she was a baby. Sometimes when they get older the sensitivity goes away, but my daughter still cant drink whole milk, she's 19mos.

If you are having trouble affording the formula (I know where I live it's expensive!), definitly contact your local WIC office and see what help they can offer. I dont know for sure if it's the same everywhere, but my son gets 9 of the small cans of formula a month. With my daughter this was more than enough, I turned in about 2 cases of formula back to WIC once she stopped drinking it. But with my son I have to buy extra cans. WIC has been very helpful to me.

Ok, sorry I have blabbed so much!!! I hope some of this helps!! =o)

Misty - posted on 04/25/2010

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My son is the same way he gets hiccups with almost every feeding. His stools are loose too....but I'm not complaining because with my girls when they were on formula they pooped maybe every couple days and when they did it was balls. But I wouldn't be to concerned unless he is spitting up what seems to be more than what he is taking in or doesn't seem to be gaining weight....but if you are still worried it never hurts to go to the doc.

Whitney - posted on 04/24/2010

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This is something I dealt with in both my children. I have a 8 week old little girl and she started having stomach issues around 3-4 weeks of age. One thing we found is that arching their back, crying when doing so, and having a hard belly is definitely a sign of pain. She would also randomly cry out and sometimes swallow then. I ended up taking her to the doctor and she has acid reflux which she was immediately put on medicine and she was then put on a special formula called Alimentum. Some babies have problems breaking down milk protein and can have a sensitivity to that and this formula does not contain cow's milk at all. I recommend talking with your pediatrician and explain to them everything going on. They put my daughter on a double dose of the gas drops before every feeding, changed to Alimentum, and put her on Zantac. By the end of the week she was not in pain like she was before and doesn't have to sleep in a carseat like she was doing before. My son had a similar thing but more severe. It took us 5 months to get things taken care of and he was a different child once the doctor figured out his problem. With him, he would spit up all the time and it was noticeably acid reflux but with my daughter she wouldn't even spit up and she still had it.

Just a note....I am not saying that your child has this problem but I do think it is something to talk with your doctor about. I know helping your child be comfortable will allow you to not be as stressed.

Diane - posted on 04/23/2010

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your baby might have trouble with the formula but also consider the bottles that you are using. I for the last 2 babies have used soy formula and platex bottles that you can squeese most of the air out of the bottles before feeding and important is to burp well. Most babies have digestive difficulties for a few weeks because that is one of the last systems that gets developed. WIC is a good program its women infants and children a federal program they help until your kids are 5 yr old. Hope this helps

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Hi Malea,

I'm not sure if I'll be very helpful as I breastfed 100% w/ my first and have been bfing w/ my new baby. The hiccups are normal. My baby gets them almost every time he nurses. Runny, mustard colored stools are normal when you're bfing also. Some things to consider are: Does he only act like he's in pain after he bottle feeds? If he cries in pain after you breastfeed also, the problem isn't with his formula. Is he spitting up a lot? My first is allergic to milk and would projectile vomit if I gave him regular formula.



I'm sure that others who formula feed can offer more advice. I'm sure you know this, but you might want to look into WIC if you need to bottle feed and formula is cost prohibitive...WIC also offers assistance to breastfeeding moms.

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