Tracy - posted on 07/22/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
I posted this to the June 2011 Babies group in regards to my 5-week-old son, and thought I'd post it here as well, in case some of you have experienced a similar problem. I didn't have this issue with my May, 2009 baby and I'm at a loss as to how to help my newborn.
My little guy has significant digestive problems, specifically with his bowel movements - He went for over 24 hours with no BM or pee when he was just a day old, and has struggled ever since. He is extremely uncomfortable, and it's obvious he's in quite a bit of pain. Here is what I have done/tried so far:
I spoke to our public health nurse who suggested a few nursing changes - lean back when I feed him, in case my flow is too quick for him, and try burping him before he eats as well as after. Those didn't help.
She also suggested Gripe Water or Ovol. We tried Gripe Water for a week with no success, and now are using the Ovol, which has made him feel slightly better, though not a lot.
I took him to the doctor as well, who said it is a normal part of newborn development - he basically needs to figure out how his systems work, and this might take up to three months. She said I could try using a rectal thermometre, as that might cause the muscles to relax and allow him to have a BM, but it didn't work.
Does anyone have any other suggestions for things that might help? It breaks my heart to see him in such pain, and I just want it to go away. I can't imagine him suffering like this for another two months!
I'm sorry for the long post, I just wanted to be clear about what we've tried.
Thanks in advance for any help!