Severly gassy baby

Krystal - posted on 01/04/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 month old son and he is so gassy that he arches his back and screams in pain. I try to comfort him, I have given him Oval, I watch what I eat as I am breast feeding and still gassy. Sometimes it is so bad he will cry so hard nothing comes out!!! Any suggestions on what to do?

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Geanine - posted on 11/06/2011

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I dont think anyone can relate or understand what a `severely`gassy baby is unless they have one. I have never heard an infant cry so hard or loud until my daughter came into the world. Its like Im pinching her over and over. There`s no consoling them, you just hope to god they get a small break so they can drift off from exhaustion of crying-and this usually happens as Im tears with my daughter-its absolutely heartbreaking. There has been times the gas has been so bad Ive thought it was something out-almost hopping in the car heading to the ER. Shes 10 weeks old now-and still suffering, but luckily-not quite as much. If someone suggests something simple as gripe water, than Im sorry...but you`ve never really had what we would call a gassy baby, cause trust me-that wont work. Our baby is so gassy, that shes been to the doctor 6 times now in 10 weeks. And has been on 4 diff formulas. Been on zantac for what they thought was reflux...her pains have been so bad, so sever.
One thing we done was switched to dr brown bottles. And we use gas drops, ovol in EVERY bottle..altho now that shes old enough to swallow on her own without sucking, she takes the gas drops right after her bottle on her own. They do help break her wind a little easier. But certainly doesnt solve her issue with gas.
The main thing we`ve discovered is the formula nutramigen. After doing so much of my own research-I began to realize she had a milk intolerance. The dr and pedi didnt suspect that was the problem because babies with an intolerance or allergy normally show more severe signs.......and a lot that our daughter had could be considered normal newborn stuff....like a rash on her chest, baby acne, reoccuring diaper rash, gas, loose stools. It actually wasnt until I read someone had a baby with a milk allergy and the only symptom was a reoccuring diaper rash...which is right around the rectum itself......finally, the docs agreed with me and we switched formulas again-nOW iM one of those moms who can say her baby is almost a new baby! We get smiles and longer hours of happiness and peace....we still have days where crying can last up to an hour straight-its harsh, loud, and THERES BEEN TIMES I THOUGHT, `this has to be more than gas`..but it always passes. Theres days now with zero gas pain.
I really think I would suggest looking into the milk intake...it could be as simple as the babies body cant digest it very easy..........nutramigen as saved us.

Emma - posted on 01/07/2010

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Jack had the same problem at around the same time. We gave him mylacon before everyfeeding and i had to lay further back so he didnt gulp ( i had fast flowing milk), i also pinched my nipple a little so that the flow slowed down a litle.

Shannon - posted on 01/09/2010

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We use mylican drops (I think that's how you spell it). They work great, and are made for infants. You can give them at every feeding or all by itself. I checked with our dr. first and she said it's perfectly safe. If you find that he spits it up though (my baby girl doesn't but my sister's kids did). Just give it to him 20mins before or after a feeding to make sure he's getting the dose needed. I really dont know what I would have done without these drops. you can even buy them at the grocery store.
Good luck, and I hope that helps!

Carol - posted on 01/07/2010

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For my very gassy baby, I would lay him on his back and take his feet and knees and push them up towards his belly, pushing firm but gentle, the gas I heard coming out was like music to my ears, an old recommendation from my grandmother.

Donna - posted on 01/06/2010

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I used Gripe water with my son when he would do that. I used the regular one with the alcohol since my pharamcist told me that it is the better of the two. It had dill in it which settles the stomach but it comes with the alcohol. There is another brand of gripe water that is alcohol free but doesn't have the dill.
I hope your son gets better really soon. It is sooo hard on them when they are in that kind of pain. I hope this helps at all.
Donna

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Susan - posted on 01/07/2010

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Maybe consider it's an acid reflux problem? My youngest daughter had a terrible time with AR and I thought it was more gass related because there was hardly any spit-up. Turns out the acid was only going so far up her esophogus (sp?).

Krystal - posted on 01/06/2010

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Thanks everyone. I have tried a lot of the suggestions but I am now cutting out dairy as I do eat/drink a lot of dairy and giving him warm baths every night!!! We will see

Dana - posted on 01/06/2010

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My daughter also had the same problem. She also had a rash all over her face that turned out to be from a milk allergy. I researched a bit online and read that milk allergies in breastmilk can cause colicky behavior. She arched her back too which our pediatrician said was from reflux. He had told me when they are crying if they arch their back-its usually reflux and if they pull up their legs to semi curl up-its usually colic/gas. I cut milk out of my diet and she is on liquid Zantac also.

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It sounds silly Im sure but one thing with my youngest worked the football carry. Have your child stratle your inside forearm with his face planted in your palm. rock him in your arm. in a swishing motion.

Karen - posted on 01/06/2010

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one of my boys did the EXACT same thing. my pediatrician said not to use gripe water. we used Mylicon drops. the tricky part is that the drops need to be where the gas is- if you give them after a meal, the drops are chasing the gas and usually never catch up. we would give him the drops either right before or half way through a feeding and it helped A LOT. most likely your son has reflux like our son did. most babies do because their digestive systems are immature. most babies outgrow the symptoms, but you've got to make them comfortable until then. what also helped was talking to the doctor and getting him on baby zantac when he was 11 months old. all the gassiness stopped then. he took the zantac until he was around 18 months old, when he had out-grown the dose and wasn't showing any more symptoms.

Janie - posted on 01/06/2010

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Gripe water is invaluable with this ... also, do you do a lot of dairy yourself? ... often that translates to breast milk in a gassy way ... I know it did for me ... also for me it was onion dip ... omg my poor little girl was in agony from that coming through my breastmilk!

Michelle - posted on 01/06/2010

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Try not to eat too many veggies at once like broccoli and leafy greens. Those types of foods are the worst for them. You can also try Mylicon drops, they seemed to work well for my daughter. Also, you can do infant massage. Lay your baby on his back and do what I call the I love you massage. Start on the right side of his belly and make an I straight up (towards his right nipple). Then, pick up your hand and starting on the right again, go up and across like an sideways L. Then, starting again on his right side make an upside down U, like you are drawing a rainbow on his belly. Remember to always start on the right and work to the left, his, not yours. This is because that is the way your intestines flow. If you do it backwards it may make him worse. But, it really works well. In fact, it works on adults as well. Repeat it several times a day. Be gentle, but apply a small amount of pressure. I really hope this helps you...and him, poor baby.

Anastasia - posted on 01/06/2010

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sounds like colic to me. my one son had colic so this is something ive delt with alot of the time. i used infant gas drops. that helped. also a baby swing helps and car rides help.

Julie - posted on 01/06/2010

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Quoting carla:

My baby is 6 weeks old- it seems that anything healthy gives her painful gas. So my baby is uncomfortable and I cant lose the last of my weight



What do you mean?  Anything healthy you are eating, like are you breastfeeding?  Dairy can give babies gas because they are lactose intolerant, even though it's healthy.  And at 6 weeks old, I wouldn't worry too much about losing the last of your baby weight, it will take some time.  Concentrate more on keeping your baby healthy and less gassy, than on losing you're weight.

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My baby is 6 weeks old- it seems that anything healthy gives her painful gas. So my baby is uncomfortable and I cant lose the last of my weight

Karla - posted on 01/06/2010

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I had the exact same problem with my boy Rorry.. turns out that he was lactose intolerant.. he did everything that you are describing. We tried lactose free formula and three days later he was the happiest baby ever. No more pain, no more screaming, no more arching the back. It was the best thing ever. I have twins.. so it was difficult. I was the only one that could get him to settle.. so the other one was either with his daddy or his gramma.. The formula that i used is called Similac Sensitive... give that a try and see

Krista - posted on 01/05/2010

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Gripe water!! You can find it in most health food stores or online, the brand I used with my daughter was Baby's Bliss Gripe Water. Miracle stuff and it's all natural!!! Give it a try :)

Shannon - posted on 01/05/2010

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I'm sure you've researched which foods you consume can make baby gassy. I did use Mylicon for my baby, and I also tried the water (as someone else has posted). She took the water, and had no trouble breastfeeding afterwards.
And the warm baths are most natural and soothing! That always helped mine. I also would place a warm, wet washcloth on her back or belly and massage her over the cloth so it stayed on her skin.

Julie - posted on 01/05/2010

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Okay - take him to a chiropractor. I know that sounds a bit different than advice you may have gotten, but they work wonders on gassy and colicky babies! I've known babies who have gotten better after only one session with a chiropractor. And it's not a huge adjustment with them, just a minor massage really. There are chiropractors out there that specialize in babies and pregnant women. Just call and ask. I take my 9mth old son to one, and he's great with him (I take him for different reasons though.)

And I also agree with another poster, cut dairy completely out of your system. And sorry but I don't agree with another posters advice to give acid relfux meds, I wouldn't do that for a gassy baby!

Simone - posted on 01/05/2010

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Quoting Krystal:

Severly gassy baby

I have a 3 month old son and he is so gassy that he arches his back and screams in pain. I try to comfort him, I have given him Oval, I watch what I eat as I am breast feeding and still gassy. Sometimes it is so bad he will cry so hard nothing comes out!!! Any suggestions on what to do?


turn him on his belly and rub his back! u can also blow on his nable! if not u can buy aniseed and boil it and give him a table spoon of the water.

Tivoli - posted on 01/05/2010

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if its really bad, the dr cand give them a med, im not sure whats its called, but ive been told that when they take it they pass gas for up to 3-5 min straight, he might have a gas bubble stuck.....

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I always used gripe water for wind, but the tricky thing is the more they cry the more wind they get. A warm bath can help and also a small amount of warm boiled water can help, but a lot of ppl would advise against that with a breastfed baby. see your pharmacist for something they can recommend.

Nicole - posted on 01/04/2010

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I'm not sure what you have tried but there is a product called 'Infants Friend' which is all natural and i find it very helpful with my 3 month old. It not only helps bring up burps from the tummy but also helps with lower wind pain (which i found some other herbal and natural remedies did not).

I hope this helps.

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