Gassy 3 week old

Brandy - posted on 02/06/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My little boy is gassy really often. I don't remember my daughter being so gassy. He gets cramps and cannot sleep or get comfortable until it passes. I have Colic drops but is there any more natural way I can relieve his cramps or help him to be less gassy?



P.S. He is exclusively breastfed and I have been eating a very mild diet.

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Brandy - posted on 02/06/2010

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I do swaddle him and I don't think it's that he is startling himself awake because it happens when he is already wide awake and goes on for hours sometimes. I do breastfeed exclusively and hardly have any dairy in my diet. Thanks for the heads up about Mylicon.

Brandis - posted on 02/06/2010

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You could try gripe water, which is natural but also doesn't work for all babies. Do you swaddle him? Sometimes babies seem gassy but are actually just starling themselves awake- the signs are similar. Swaddling can work wonders at getting infants to sleep longer and better. I had swaddleme swaddlers, but you can use any old blanket (look up directions on youtube if you don't know how to do it).

Also, do you BF or FF? If you BF, try going off dairy for a while (yourself). Many babies who have gas issues respond well to mom going off of dairy, although occasionally mom also needs to go off soy and/or wheat also. If you FF try lactose free or Soy.

Mylicon is not natural and I wouldn't recommend using it regularly unless baby is really uncomfortable. Also beware if your doctor suggests reglan as an option- it can cause serious side effects in infants raging from headaches and sluggishness to neurological problems.

Brandy - posted on 02/06/2010

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Thanks. I will look into those kinds of drops. I also have been massaging his tummy and bicycling his legs but sometimes it can take hours for the gas to work through and it always seems to happen in the middle of the night when he is super tired so he is even more upset. It would be nice if I could prevent it from happening in the first place. Thanks again.

Jennifer - posted on 02/06/2010

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My son had a very painful, gassy spell last week... I would give him Mylicon after I fed him (he is also exclusively breastfed), but when the cramps came I would rub his tummy in a heart-shaped motion and do bicycle kicks with his legs, pumping them gently towards his stomach. This seemed to help us get through the episode more quickly. Hope your little guys feels better!

Michelle - posted on 02/06/2010

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Poor little guy.. My youngest had a problem with that. I used the malicon gas drops for babies & also I would rub his tummy & crunch his legs up. Just tryed to move his belly to get the gas to move.

Ashley - posted on 02/06/2010

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My pediatrician gave me some infant gas relief drops for my daughter who was and still is incredibly gassy... Its Simethicone/Antiflatulent... They worked wonderfully on my newborn! Hope that helps...

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