Okay, anyone have the unpublished secret to cure gas for infants? It turned into colic for my first and is keeping my newborn up all night now!

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Melanie - posted on 02/05/2009

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Peppermint water. Take 4 of the christmas red and white peppermint candies dissolve in 8ounces boiling water. Put a little in a bottle and add cold water about 1/4 peppermint to 3/4 water. Store the rest in the fridge for later use. Peppermint is a natural tummy soother and they just need a little bit. It is what i used for my son was he had it and it worked great. Hope this helps.

Elizabeth - posted on 01/20/2009

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Prop your baby up in a boppy to sleep - that worked like a charm for my little guy.  Also - if you use Avent bottles, make sure you're using them correctly with the right nipple size...  Otherwise you're pumping even more gas into baby's little tummy.

Patricia - posted on 01/31/2009

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have you tried giving your baby grip water your baby will not like the taste but it worked wonders for my little one he was burping and farting all over the place. lol

Mhodny - posted on 01/20/2009

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I know it sounds crazy but...my son had RIDICULOUS gas problems when he was really little and one day my dad heard him crying and decided to try to help him with it. He laid him on his back, and raised one of his legs so it lifted the baby's butt up, instantly gas was released. No lie, whenever Caden was having touble with gas pain, we would do this to him and the gas would just come out....it worked wonders and made him a much happier kid!

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I did a few things for my son: (1) Didn't give him pears because he didn't like it, it didn't agree with him, and the diapers weren't pretty or he didn't go for a long long time and cried (I STILL can't give him pears, and he's not allergic to them) (2) Switched his formula to Similac Soy (rather than the regular kind with milk). (3) Made sure I burped him for a longggg time. (4) Used Avent bottles and nipples. Once I heard him sucking too much to get more, I switched to the next size nipple. (5) Gave him 1 part Gerber apple juice mixed with 3 parts room temp water as a "snack" bottle. (6) I never got into heating water for bottles or anything like that. I used room temp bottle water mixed with his formula or apple juice. (Later I started using unbottled water to keep his teeth healthy once they started coming in.) (7) Only use Mylicon drops if needed because your baby body really needs to 'learn' how to deal with these things. But if it's bad.. by all means, call your doctor and keep asking around. These things worked for me.

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Sara - posted on 02/28/2016

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To soothe my colicky baby who was very gassy since his first month, I have used babies magic tea that worked instantly.

Mariella - posted on 02/04/2009

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The secret is Infacol and you can buy it from pharmacy without prescription. You give it to your baby when u start afternoon feeds and he will be ok. Mine used to cry a lot but when I started on this infacol he was not in pain any more

Jennifer - posted on 02/04/2009

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we used the Karo syrup too (I was surprised to see that someone else had heard of that...!) and GripeWater... you can get it at a lot of pharmacies.

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Infacol worked for me as well as infant massage-the I L U method.  Basically you are applying pressure at spots where the gas is and the I Love You method allows you to help move the gas. Good luck, my son was colicky til he was almost 5 months old.  He is now 5 and a half months old and just started sleeping 5-6 hour periods.

Deanna - posted on 02/03/2009

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Gripe water worked wonders for me. It's should be available at a natural/organic food store.

Goldie - posted on 02/03/2009

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two full droppers of gas drops helped us...I hope it gets better. Ours was from 7p to 2 am. I hope this helps us, I promise there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Belinda - posted on 02/03/2009

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hello, i have a 6 week old son who screams for 7 - 12 hrs a day, and being a new mother i was having issues dealing with that, like you i tried gripe water, infacol, zantac, water and brown sugar and nothing worked, i went to the hospital as i knew there was something wrong with my son before they told me he had reflux they said they could't find anything wrong with him and put it down to uncontrolable crying, i was so angry and then they told me that my son has reflux, he is on medication for that, but he also has colic and heartburn which the dr's won't treat, i couldn't let my son suffer so i gave him Gaviscon liquid for the heart burn as the Zantac won't work for 5 - 10 days Gaviscon is instant and for the colic i am using Donnalix 4 times a day, with a combination of these 3 my son slept 5 hrs last night and he seems to be more settled within himself which means i get sleep and that is something that i haven't had lot of, if you haven't tried any of these, it might be worth a shot, good luck and i hope you get some reflief soon. Take care

Julia - posted on 01/31/2009

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Both my kids had "Gas". My daughter was finally diagnosed with acid reflux at 11 weeks. Medicine worked wonders for her. Since I knew what to look for the second time around my son was diagnosed at 3 weeks, but I had to insist his medicine be changed four times until they finally got it right to relieve his pain. My suggestion is to insist the doctor investigate this more. And if the meds aren't working it could be the wrong kind or wrong dose. Also most babies outgrow acid reflux. Mine did by 6 months.

Christine - posted on 01/31/2009

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Here in australia, we have a natural remedy mixture available at the chemist ( drug store) its called Infants friend, i highly recomend it as it is all natural made from peppermint oil and other natural ingredients, able to give it to your baby once it is 4 weeks old, and i gave it before sleep time to help with the wind pain as he slept, worked for me!!!! hope you can find some.

Kylie - posted on 01/31/2009

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ok i have tried this with my three when they were only weeks old.....dissolve about 5-6 crown mints into boiling water wait till it cools down to room temp or you can refridgerate it in summer you can either give her/him a teaspoon of it when ever they need it or you can put it into a bottle with a tit give it a try it always worked for me!



good luck kylie

Marie - posted on 01/30/2009

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my youngest had that problem we gave her one of two things



1 jello water buy suger free jello and just mix some of the powder in a wamr bottle of water and it settles there tummy and they rest wonderfully. or



2 take a piece of peppermint candy the hard old fashioned kind and put it in a bottle of warm water shake it till it is all disovled then give it to her peperming is good for settling anyones tummy and works wonders on all kids my four year old still drinks it when she is sick. and she likes the taste.

Jill - posted on 01/30/2009

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My son had acid reflux and I used to give him a bottle of fennel tea about 1 hr before he went to bed then his night bottle as I laid him down. The tea seemed to have settled his stomach for the night. A girlfriend of mine recommended it to me since it worked for her son and daughter as well

Melissa - posted on 01/30/2009

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Grip Water. I swear by it. Mine have never had colic, but they have had some serious upset tummies. It is herbal and no artificial junk in it.

Jackie - posted on 01/30/2009

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Simethicone drops....generic and much cheaper than mylecon (and work just as good).  Also, lay her/him on her/his back and move his legs up/down/back and forth as if he were riding a bike.  This gets the gas moving and hopefully will come out. I wouldn't go changing formulas just yet. You don't want to change formulas all the time trying to figure out one problem. If he doesn't spit up alot or cry ALL the time, then the formula is probably ok.

Jennifer - posted on 01/28/2009

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Kolik brand Gripewater (Walmart only) - Alcohol Free made my son silent in seconds when given just a dose.  My daughter was never colicy so it was hard for me to recognize with my son at the beginning, but it has ALWAYS worked.

User - posted on 01/28/2009

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In 2007 Nesle came up with a new formula called natural cultures. It contains probiotic and did wonders for my son. He not only had gas pains, but could clear the room with the smell and after about three days that problem disappeared.

Anna - posted on 01/21/2009

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OMG!!!! my son was suffering only the last two days... brought me to tears.... he is only 17days old... i used Brauer colic relief. (Australian) a friend recommended it to me and i was soo desparate to ease his pain i used it... the health centre nurse didnt seem tooo concerned that i used it on a bub so young.... it WORKED... that is all i care about.

Becky - posted on 01/20/2009

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Quoting Karla:

Okay, anyone have the unpublished secret to cure gas for infants? It turned into colic for my first and is keeping my newborn up all night now!




Have you tried Mylecon? It worked wonders for us. It's expensive but worth every penny!

Jennifer - posted on 01/20/2009

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My mother taught me a 'gas-finding' trick, lay your child on your lap or against your chest/shoulder, then gently rub your fingers up your child's back and sides.  A baby that doesn't have any gas issues will just calmly sit / lay there.  A baby that has a gas pocket will squirm when you gently slide your fingers across that area.  You can continue to reposition your baby lifting arms, turning head, sitting upright, etc, and gently rub your fingers / or now the base of your hand upwards in that area.  This will help baby release the bubble and you'll have an idea of where that bubble is.  My son inparticular would have these pockets under his shoulder and under the side that was 'up' while breast feeding.  Crazy sounding I know, but it worked for my mother on my kids.  I was astonished and insisted she teache me EXACTLY what she was doing.  It's helped a few of my friends as well...if the crying is about gas, anyway.  God will guide you!

Kathy - posted on 01/20/2009

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Mine had colic and I found out she was allergic to dairy and I was breast feeding and downing the milk because it was supposed to be good for her. I quit dairy, and it lessoned but didnt' go away till I stopped breast feeding and she was about 5 months old

Cindy - posted on 01/20/2009

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With mine and my grandson I use a pepermint in warm water until it dissolves then give it to him. I hope this works for you.

Rebecca - posted on 01/20/2009

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My son had gas pains in the evening for 18 months and I used to get up with him up to 10 times a night with his screaming in pain. I tried mylicon and that took a little bit of the edge off but not enough for him to sleep. I used to do the exercises with him to try and help him get the gas out. I asked the Dr all the time and he just blew it off.

It turns out he has silent reflux.

If you can get some baby zantac I would give it a try.

I have also heard a heated rice bag (like the ones you would use for a sore shoulder etc) with baby laying on their stomach can help.

If anyone who has an older baby on Stage 3 foods with bad gas, the only Stage 3 baby food I have found in the US that doesn't contain garlic, onion or paprika is Beech Nut. Removing the other brands from your babies diet can make a huge difference to their comfort level.

Holly - posted on 01/20/2009

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Two moms that I know found that there child just wasn't getting enough to eat. So they added formula or baby cereal to there diet.

Cindy - posted on 01/18/2009

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I used Mylicon for both my boys...I put it in my older son's formula and for the baby I gave it to him orally....it helps a lot with easing the discomfort and would reduce the big gas bubbles and make them smaller and not as painful for the baby..it could also be the foods that you are eating (if u're breastfeeding)...as soon as I ate Broccoli my baby would get very gassy....hope this helps...

Annie - posted on 01/17/2009

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OLD GRANDMA TRICK .....WHILE BABY IS LAYING ON BACK ON A SAFE SURFACE HOLD LEGS AT ANKLE IMITATE A BICYCLE ..PUSH GENTLY INTO THE STOMACH......IT RELEASES THE GAS .....I THOUGHT MY GRANDMA WAS NUTS BUT IT WORKS..MY NOW 25 YEAR OLD WAS THE SAME WAY....HOPE IT HELPS

Shannen - posted on 01/17/2009

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Try infant massage. I learned a few techniques specifically for gas problems. One was to put your baby on it's back and "bicycle" their legs. Hope it helps!

Tracey - posted on 01/17/2009

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there is an all natural product that you can buy from the health food store called cocyntal.... My son had colic also and these drops helped SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!

Karla - posted on 01/17/2009

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Thanks everyone! I appreciate all the feedback. Here's what I've found:

- I've used Mylicon with both my girls, and continue to for Maya. But if it's helping, it's not helping enough!

- I tried several different formula's for my first daughter. Lactose-free formula may have worked, or maybe her colic went away on it's own around 5 months.

- Added a small bit of prune juice to my daughter's bottle helped her gas/consipation issues. We had to do this regularly to keep things moving.

- Neither girls have reflux...thank goodness. I still have inserts in the cosleeper and crib to have their heads slightly elevated for easier breathing though.

- Massaging doesn't help enough so far.

- Gripe Water does wonders for her hiccups, hasn't stopped the gas though.

- I'm nursing and using a bottle/formula, so I have to look into my own diet still.

- I have to try some of the other suggestions you all have offered.

Thanks again!

Michelle - posted on 01/11/2009

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Hey there, as others have posted Infant Mylicon is LIQUID GOLD. It worked wonders on my son. Good luck

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Hello. My daughter was a month early, and she had the same problem. Dr gave her meds, different people told me try different things, including changing formula, etc. The thing I found with my daughter is to lay her down, and gently rub her belly. This always helped, and to this day, she is now 4, still helps her. She will even ask me to rub her belly. So maybe try that. Hope that helps. Good luck.

Crystal - posted on 01/10/2009

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Gripe water, you can get it at your local natural foods store, or even a drugstore. It works wonders & is all natural.

Penny - posted on 01/10/2009

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When my sons would get really bad gas we would do the leg exercises and do a little diluted apple juice into their bottle.



Another trick that worked on our oldest, was to lay them on their belly, place one thumb on each side of the spine near their butt and then with a little pressure run your thumbs up their spine. We would do this a couple times and it really seemed to help him, he would almost always get the gas out and go right to sleep. I don't know why this worked or why we even tried it but it did.

Amanda - posted on 01/10/2009

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I don't know if you have tried any of the Hiland's products, but they really worked for us. They are all natural, so no chemicals or anything to worry about giving to your baby. The teething tablets are a God send, but they also have Collic formula as well as all organic, natural cough and cold, etc. Pretty much anything you would need. Target sells some of the products, but any whole foods or health food store should have them.

Cindy - posted on 01/10/2009

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hey, my son had a lot of gas and i walked him around in a sling which you can get from the womens and childrens hospital, thats if your in adelaide otherwise i think there is heaps of other places you can get them. mine is called a bubzilla. they really work and are proven to reduce collic.

Lisa - posted on 01/10/2009

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are you sure it is gas? Is the baby fussy more than just at night? My friend has a 3 month old who was fussy and she thought it was gas but decided to take him to the doctor and it turned out it was acid reflux. alot of babies have that and people think its gas. you will notice it a lot after they eat or when they are laying flat they cry a lot. Mylicon never did the trick for him. I hope this helps. oh and they have a medicine for it too.

Kim - posted on 01/10/2009

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One other suggestion - we put a phone book (or towels) under the crib mattress to slightly raise the mattress up on one side.

Kim - posted on 01/10/2009

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We used to carry my daughter around upside down on our arm, like your hand would cradle the baby's head and we hung her feet, one on each side of the arm. We also did a lot of leg exercises - pushing them up slowly towards the belly and straightening them out again. The ultimate cure was having an upper GI... she had a problem where the flap wouldn't close like it was supposed to causing stomach acid to rise in the esophagus (sp?). Putting cereal in her bottle helped too.

Michelle - posted on 01/10/2009

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Chiropractor worked for us!!!! I didn't believe that theory at first but it helped ALOT!!! Good luck

Ashley - posted on 01/10/2009

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I used Colic Calm, an all natural gripe water.  Also, rubbing their tummy in a "U" formation can help to move the gas along.

Cindy - posted on 01/10/2009

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If you're breastfeeding, remove dairy from your diet for about a week.  It takes that long to get it out of your system.



You could also try holding your baby across your forearm, on their belly with their head at the crook of your arm and their belly on the palm of your hand.  The pressure on their belly is comforting, and they're still close to you and being carried (also good things to help with colic).



All three of mine have had some problem with me drinking milk, but eliminating it helped.  My older two drink cows milk fine now, and my youngest is still nursing (6 months old).

User - posted on 01/10/2009

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When I removed cow milk from my diet (breast fed baby) the gas completely went away...and it was really bad. :( We tried all sorts of the leg-pumping and burping techniques. But, she turned out to be allergic to milk. Watch what you are eating if the baby is breast-fed, and see what has an affect.

For occasional gas, fennel tea worked wonders for us.

Terri - posted on 01/10/2009

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Don't know how to cure it. If you are breast feeding, some foods might be affecting the baby. But.. I do swear by Mylicon. A friend told me about it when in dire need. I carry it with me everywhere. Also, lay the baby on his/her back and pump their legs like riding a bicycle. It helps pass the gas.

Heather - posted on 01/10/2009

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My pediatrician recommended Mylicon drops since it is safe to use at every feeding. It works wonders for my daughter. If you are breastfeeding I would also pay attention to what you eat and that should help too!

Ana - posted on 01/10/2009

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Did you tried Nurse Harvey's Mixture? It' excellent, fast relieves baby's wind, gripe pains and tummy upsets!

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