Gas/ Colic

Jessica - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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I would really love if any one has any suggestions for a gasy baby. My daughter has just recently in the evenings become extremely gasy causing intense screaming periods. The only thing that seems to calm her is breastfeeding, or walking around with her outstreched on my arm belly down. Gripe water has been helping but she has a hard time taking it from the medicine dropper... she seems to swallow huge air bubble with every drop... which does not help the situation. I am breastfeeding as well as suplementing with formula... Im wondering if I should switch formulas even though the issues have just started. If thats an idea, do i just switch it from one to the other??

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Stephanie - posted on 08/13/2009

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I had alot of trouble with colic and gas with my son.So I did alittle research and tried alot of things.I have a few suggestions.Check out this site that may help you....http://www.nbci.ca/index.php?option=com_... It is for different options to try while breastfeeding.Which is great for your baby and is a natural antacid.

And I dont know if you have ever heard of the happiest baby on the block or not but it is a wonderful dvd that may work for you too.



For gas I also tried sitting him on my lap with his legs over the side and sort of make a circle with his head while supporting his head,slowly.Also the same way on my lap and rock him back and forth like he is in a rocking chair[mine loved this best]...A warm bath can help and a massage afterwards on his belly and feet with a little grapeseed oil works too.I hope this helps you and your daughter.Goodluck

Sabrina Graves - posted on 08/12/2009

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If you want to switch try the formula that is for gassy or colic babies. I think Similac makes it. If you decide not to switch, give her some gas drops and then take her legs and push them to her stomach. My little girl has the same problem and when me and my husband exercise her legs the gas does not go away, but it helps with her stomach.

Kelli - posted on 08/12/2009

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My daughter is 3 months old, and your situation sounds EXACTLY like what I went through for about 5 weeks. I breast fed her until 8 weeks, and she was gassy and fussy and I tried everything. Gas drops, tummy rubs, baths, bicycling her legs, gripe water...etc. Finally she had an ultrasound that our pediatrician ordered because they thought she might be a rare baby that gets reflux even though she was breastfed. Well her ultrasound was fine, but the ultrasound tech happened to say to me "have you ever thought about stopping breastfeeding, maybe her tummy just can't handle it?" By all means, breastfeedings is 100% the best thing for your baby, but I listened to the lady and gave it a shot. We went home and put her on Similac Alimentum for colicky babies..within 24 hours we had a whole new child. I would never tell a woman what to do, breastfeeding is best, but if you get to your whits end...maybe try it?

Allison - posted on 08/10/2009

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My daughter had terrible gas and we went for weeks until we found something that worked. We started with Mylicon at every feeding which helped and she is still on it. Actually it is expensive so she is on the Walgreens generic. The Target and CVS generic did not work for her. Then we switched to Enfamil Gentlease which is mentioned above. That helped a ton, but we eventually had to put her on Enfamil soy That did the trick. She still gets gas drops as well. Another thing our doctor told us to do was use Dr. Browns bottles. This really helped! I would recommend trying a new bottle and Dr. Browns is the best!

Callesta - posted on 08/10/2009

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I found that Mylicon drops and gripe water work as far as switching the formulas ive tried to do that and it made it worse for her

Angela. - posted on 08/09/2009

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i put the gripe water in my daughters bottle. put her over ur sholder as it puts pressure on her belly nd helps a bit wen walking around and i was told about dr browns bottles as they are made for colic. good luck

Tamara - posted on 08/08/2009

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thats the same with my son, he has a lot of wind and gas. i found using "infants friend" which is similar to gripe water, it helps with teething, colic and restlessness. its about $10 a bottle and only some chemists carry it, i just put it on my sons dummy and he sucks it and goes to sleep.

Holly - posted on 08/08/2009

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only your doctor can decide if she is lactose-intolerant but colic is very normal for babys and alot of times doctors wont do anything they will just tell you to let the babys body learn how to adjust on its own!!

Holly - posted on 08/08/2009

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my daughter has been having late night extrem screaming sessions since the day she was born, the formula wont matter beacause most all formulas have the same ingredints and CRYING makes the gas work, what i do is give her mylocon and often times if you push there legs up towards their chest it helps relieve the has i also give her her pacifier for confort to help stop the crying so she wont add more gas!!

Jeni - posted on 08/03/2009

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If it is to do with lactose then you should try colief . . my daughter has really bad wind, we tryed gripe water but made her worse and a couple of other colic drops but didnt work. we just have to comfort her and do the leg movements cus nothing else works. good luck and stay strong

Christina - posted on 08/01/2009

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My twins have to take Mylicon at almost every feeding. If they don't, they are screaming with severe gas pains. Within minutes of taking the mylicon, they are back to their happy selves. Also, we recently switched from Similac to Enfamil...this also helped, but only slightly.

Brittney - posted on 08/01/2009

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Try laying her on her tummy on your legs rotating patting her bottom and back. That will help with the gas. I also had to switch my daughter over to similac sensitive formula for fussiness and gas. That seemed to help a ton! :) Good luck

Codi - posted on 08/01/2009

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I just had our 2 month follow up because my daughter screams bloody murder when we are trying to feed her, the Dr. told me to give her 1/2 teaspoon of Maalox in the morning. (Ask your doctor before you try this). He said that some babies develop acid reflux at this age and the Maalox is supposed to help. We are on day 4 of the Maalox and some feedings are good and some aren't. Hope this helps. Please let me know.

Stacey - posted on 07/29/2009

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My son has had NOTHING but stomach / cramping / gas issues since we got him home. We give him Mylicon and now he is on Enfamil AR formula. It's specifically for babies with these issues. It's the consistancy of creamed soup but he does much better on it than the other formulas we have tried....we also started burping him after every ounce as well as using the evenflo colic nipples....also laying him on his side against our stomachs helps too...good luck !

Darci - posted on 07/28/2009

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My daughter is exclusively breastfed and is pretty gassy too, and I'm sure it's because of the foods I eat. Pediatric chiropractic care has seemed to help, but I have also invested in a "Sleepy Wrap"... and I mostly just wear her when she's fussy and go about my normal tasks of taking care of 2 toddlers (my other 2 children - 3 1/2 years old and 2 1/3 years old). The "Sleepy Wrap" seems to calm her down (and put her to sleep), and the gas disappears.

Rachel - posted on 07/28/2009

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gentlease lipil its for fussiness and gas my daughter was real colicy and had tons of gas i was breastfeeding/formula and this helped out alot! peperment water (not alot) would always calm her down along with the finger dance that i would do on her belly

Sandy - posted on 07/20/2009

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My son is 8 weeks now and from 2 weeks also started screaming due to gas. Took him to a chiropractor and it's literally done wonders. I am exclusively breast feeding and he was taking in air whilst feeding, since the chiropractor he hardly takes in any air. I also use Magnesium Phosphate which is natural and a muscle relaxant so it relaxes the muscles and allows the gas to come up. Hope this helps you....

Lou - posted on 07/17/2009

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Hi Logan my boy was very much like u explained - we bought some Colief from Internet and altho its a bt of hassle doing the drops etc it really works!! Logan was loads better after a couple of days!!! Good luck x

Jessica - posted on 07/17/2009

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I had the same problem and I just added the gripe water to my daughters bottle because she wouldn't take it from the syringe. I had to try three different formulas before I found one that she tolerated (gerber good start gentle plus). Hang in there I know how frustrating and heartbreaking it can be when your baby is screaming and you can't make it all better.

Jessica - posted on 07/17/2009

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Quoting Joeli:

Hi, I just read about the Lactose Intolerant, my nurse said if my baby was that then she would be having foamy poohs, so if your baby has foamy poohs you could be correct. You said that breastfeeding relieves the wind, but normally feeding wouldnt relieve it as they have a pain in the stomach so eating more doesnt really make sense?? Are you positive that it is wind?



its not that shes actually eating but the position and the suckling helps to calm her down some...

Courtney - posted on 07/16/2009

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My daughter was fussy because of gas for several weeks. I wasn't able to breastfeed, and she was originally on Gentlease but her pediatrician did a test on a stool sample and found out that she wasn't breaking down the proteins properly and this caused extreme pain/fussiness about an hour after she ate. Dr recommended Alimentum (Similac) and after 2 weeks, she's a completely different baby. We also tried Mylicon and Gripe Water but the formula has seemed to do the trick. It's expensive but my dr office has TONS of samples. Good luck! I know it's hard to see your baby hurt!

Simoné - posted on 07/16/2009

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try probiotics supplement ( good bacteria) in the formula - it helps. or lactase enzyme supplement to help break down lactose in the milk. (colix drops). i give my son gripe water with a syringe - works better for me. but good luck.

Joeli - posted on 07/15/2009

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Hi, I just read about the Lactose Intolerant, my nurse said if my baby was that then she would be having foamy poohs, so if your baby has foamy poohs you could be correct. You said that breastfeeding relieves the wind, but normally feeding wouldnt relieve it as they have a pain in the stomach so eating more doesnt really make sense?? Are you positive that it is wind?

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If it was intolerance I believe you would have other issues such as rash and I believe the baby would be not keeping anything down. - BUT, it is something to ask/consider with the doctor. Not sure about that one, haven't had to deal with it. Sorry!

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Mylicon is only for gas issues. I have heard that Gripe water works on numerous things. The only other thing is that they say after having a bottle to keep them upright for 30 minutes if possible to hopefully have the gas move as much as possible. Unfortunately I think you may have a fussy baby for 2 nights. She's not constipated, right??? (Constipation in babies is actual HARD stool, formed like marbles; not just not going for several days which is normal in babies at this age) - You could also talk to the pediatrician about possibly giving her like 10cc/mL of water? Ours said sometimes Q-tipping the butt gently may be enough to relieve pressure and poop of course. Ask about that if you call the doctor. Just make sure you vaseline it first! GOOD LUCK! Hope it resolves sooner than later!

Jessica - posted on 07/15/2009

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mylicon?? Is this like gripe water? I have definalty tried the rubbing of the tummy, peddeling the legs, pushing on the legs, bouncing, warm cloths on the tummy (shes not the fondest of bathing especially when she is already worked up)



What about lactose intolerance... I read somewhere that it is heridtary and my husband is lactose... Im seeing the doctor on friday but that means two more nights of her being very unhappy and its upsetting for me not to be able to fix it!!! Is there anything out there that might help her to acutaly get the gas OUT and not just soothe the tummy??? I can acutally feel her tummy gurgling and bubbling... its horrible :(

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Rub her tummy in a clockwise motion, trying 'pedaling' her legs, like she is on a bike, warm bath.... some moms like mylicon. If she is tolerating the formula, I wouldn't switch. Most babies start getting more 'active' between 2-4 months where they are a lot more able to get the gas out themselves. If you switch, you may have more problems including poop issues since baby is adjusted to the one you have her on currently! Good Luck!

Keela - posted on 07/15/2009

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I sometimes supplement with formula and the doctor recommended Nutramigen Lipil by enfamil. It is for colic related issues . She has tolerated it much better.

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