8 week old twin boys help

Samantha - posted on 10/06/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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my boys r both realy gasy the are 8 weeks old and the doctors said it should die down after 6 weeks old but it hasnt i have tried gas drops and extra burping and legs to belly and everything else i could think of.. i am wondering if any of u moms have any ideas on what i can do for them.. they r in constant pain it seems like right after they eat raher then any other time of the day...

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Liz - posted on 10/08/2010

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I would suggest speaking to their dr about it. If you are formula feeding they do have formulas out there to help with fussiness and gas, and may help your boys. With my b/g twins they spit up a lot and their dr said it would get better. It never did so I changed formula to Enfamil AR and it worked wonders for them. They are two now, and I also have a son who will be three months on the 12th, who we are having issues that we're trying to work out in terms of his formula.

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Samantha - posted on 10/13/2010

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thanx everyone for the support and i am not brestfeeding couldn't produce enough milk for them.. but anyways the doctors switched their formula to similac alimentum and they also put xavier on zantac cuz they think he has indigestion problems cuz he is more fussy then jeremiah.. but idk hopefully something works for them.. its rough hearing them scream in pain and not beable to help them...

Lily - posted on 10/09/2010

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Are you nursing? I nursed and found that if I ate certain things my babies got gas; tomatoes, peppers, orange juice, milk, they were lactose intolerant. If you're using formula, you might consider trying another kind. Hope that helps.

Wendy - posted on 10/07/2010

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This is really hard. I went through it with my twins. It is not only distressing, it's exhausting. Begin by seeing if you can get some support after meal times so that you are not the only one doing the comforting. I found the doctors not much help. For some reason they seem to hate the idea that your children might have colic. It can last longer than 6 weeks. For us it came on at about 2 months and lasted about 3 months. It was really hard. We also used different positions to comfort them and move the gas. I now know a lot more and would try different things. If you are breastfeeding make sure you don't have a foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. Some nursing regimens promote that. Other possibilities include lactose or other food intolerance--which could be coming from formula if you are using that, or through your breastmilk if nursing. If you are nursing, you may need to eliminate the most common allergens from your diet and see what happens. What i'm going to say now may be controversial, but i want to bring it up as i wish someone had told me. Some babies who show high sensitivity to food are giving us the earliest signs that they are going to have ongoing special needs (aspergers, autism, ADHD) If they show no other signs of sensitivity, then it's probably just old fashioned colic or food intolerances. If however, you see other signs of sensitivity: light, noise, clothing, ongoing food issues, then i urge you to find out more about those conditions asap. I did such a number on myself before we finally got a diagnosis 9 years later. It was such a relief to find out my boys had different needs and it wasn't my fault, and i could get support. And then we could respond more appropriately and help them thrive and excel. In any case, i send you heartfelt empathy and a wish that you and your boys find relief soon.

Rachel - posted on 10/06/2010

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When I was in the hospital with our twins, right after they were born... they were really really gasy as well. I was freaking out, because we tried everything we knew. Then this sweet old nurse came in and told us she knew a trick. She simply tapped their bellies with two fingers, and if it sounded hollow then there was a lot of gas. Once it stopped sounding hollow (maybe a minute later) their gas pain was relieved and they stopping fussin.
And every single time after that, when the boys get gasy, we would just tap their bellies and it would soon pass.

Good luck!

Jamie - posted on 10/06/2010

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I think the first thing I would do is speak with your doctor about it. I don't know if you're nursing or formula feeding but there can be factors in both that can be causing your babies to have gas and/or a tummy ache after eating. My twins had to go on a sensitive stomach formula when they were babies because everything else gave them such horrible gas. Their little tummy's just couldn't handle the regular stuff.

That being said one sure fire way we helped our kiddos with gas pain when they were babies was to walk with them facing away from us, so that our forearm was across their belly putting gentle pressure on it. The pressure helped get rid of the gas bubbles, and they enjoyed walking around looking at the world.

Good luck! Its not easy when you have kiddos who are in pain or not feeling well!!

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