My 9 1/2 month old is having gas issues

Michel - posted on 02/05/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )

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She will usually get up anywhere from 2 to 6 times a night. She was never colicy but sometimes the gas is painful or just uncomfortable enough to wake her. Usually feeding helps but neither of us are getting much sleep. The doc recommended ovol drops but the last few days since we started using them she seems even gasier than before. Any suggestions?

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Sheri - posted on 02/27/2009

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Two things we did w/ my (colicky) son helped a little. Even though we were nursing, we sometimes would supplement with some soy-based formula when he had the painful gas and it seemed to alleviate it a little. Also, have you done the little leg excersizes to push the gas out? My husband and I still laugh about this but it really worked... I hope I can explain it adequately... sit on the couch with baby in your lap, on her back, legs toward you. hold both baby's ankles and slowly do the bicycle movement (but with both legs at the same time), lifting the booty up slightly and squishing the tummy just a bit during each rotation. (Rotation, from your perspective, should be over-toward-baby-then-under-toward-you.) When we did this, little poots would come out each rotation!!! It definitely relieved him for a little while.

Melissa - posted on 02/27/2009

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Michel, I'm not sure if you have solved this issue yet, but I went through something similar with my little guy. We were giving him probiotic drops (which I think are the same as the ovol drops??). Anyway it recommends giving them 5 drops a day. But a friend of ours had done that and actually her little girl had worse gas pains. She talked to her pharmacist who recommended that she should have started off more slowly, so 1 drop one day, then 2 drops a day for 2 days, etc, etc, until you build up to 5 days. So that is what we did. I think around day 3 so at 2 drops a day we started noticing an improvement and by the time we were at 5 drops he was fine.

Crystal - posted on 02/05/2009

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It could be gassy issues from foods though, when you're laying down your digestive system goes slower, whereas when you are up and moving around it goes faster and would make her pass gas easier. Maybe try not giving her food at night just nursing and see if it works?

Michel - posted on 02/05/2009

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I'm breastfeeding.  Both the doc and I agree that it really isn't likely foods she or I are eating.  It's really only a night time issues because it wakes her up so often.  She is gassy during the day but it passes without pain.  It's likely a very active digestive system.

Crystal - posted on 02/05/2009

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Are you nursing? Are you eating anything new? How about feeding her something new that might be upsetting her?

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