Should I change my sons formula?

Andrea - posted on 03/15/2010 ( 24 moms have responded )

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My son seems to have very bad gas with Enfamil Premium, Im pretty sure its getting so bad that he isnt very comfy anymore. What do you guys suggest that I change it to? I was allergic to milk products when born so I had soy, I wouldnt mind trying it out with him.

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Ben - posted on 02/21/2011

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my little one is on nutramigen shes 10 months now, seems ok durin day but very unsettled at nite, think she is hungry, does anyone have any idea wat to step her up to?

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Tinker1987 - posted on 02/21/2011

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i didnt drag up anything. it was the most recent post to comment on when i joined. if its that old why is it still in the top category?? dont get huffy with me,if its that old it should get deleted period

Iridescent - posted on 02/21/2011

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Yes, but bringing it up again from this long ago makes people think THIS mom still needs help for this issue. Start your own post if you want a current one for yourself, or look and read for advice without dragging it up again.

Tinker1987 - posted on 02/21/2011

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others with the same problem can look back at old posts and still get help,thank you.

Iridescent - posted on 02/21/2011

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By now, this baby is likely off formula. Look at the date when you post.

Tinker1987 - posted on 02/21/2011

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I just switched my son to Enfamil Soy, he is way happier baby, he still spits up a bit if he eats to much,but other than that he seems more satisfied and less fussy.he used to get bad gas, me and my fiance were both allergic too milk products as well.

Blackwood - posted on 02/21/2011

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My son has had issue from the beginning as well. I used Enfamil Gentle-Ease. Worked great. The protein particles are already partically broken up for easier digestion. I would call their 1-800 number and speak with a rep. They will also send you a small can for a sample. I was also told the powder form was easier then the liquid. I strongly suggest this kind and remember it will take about 3-4 days for the system too get used to the change, but go straight to the new formula or it will take longer for them. Best of luck

Jess - posted on 02/21/2011

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Gerber Gentle--the low lactose kind. It has been wonderful. My daughter couldn't drink Enfamil at all.

Bridgette - posted on 03/22/2010

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Ask his doctor. My grand son was like that and his doctor put him on Enfamil Gental ease and he did fine.

Brandi - posted on 03/22/2010

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No, we didn't go to a GI Specialist. That was going to be our next step. We see two pediatricians in the same clinic. They wanted to see if the nutramigen worked first since we had already tried some of the others. He also had all of the classic symptoms of colic on top of the formula problems. Once we got him on the nutramigen he started doing a lot better. Then we got him on the medicine and things improved 100% from what it was. We also used the doctor brown bottles to reduce the air intake. He didn't completely kick the colic until about 5 months. We did not have any blood in the stool though.

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How old is your son? Does he drink a lot? I was just hinking it could be a simple problem like the flow of the teat. If he is not so newborn anymore and drinks a fair bit, it might be time to step it up a gear and give him a faster flowing teat. Worked wonders for my nephew.

Danielle - posted on 03/16/2010

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Nutramigen and Alimentum my son still had problems with thats why they put him on the Neocate. Cathy you probably havent heard about it because its like the last resort formula when the other ones you said still dont work. Its becoming a lot more popular now. The only thing I didnt like about it is the smell. It smelt gross..But he helped my son so I sucked it up and dealt with it..lol.

LaCi - posted on 03/16/2010

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We switched to soy formula. It fixed the achey gas problems, but geez did those diapers smell AWFUL!

Nikki - posted on 03/15/2010

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first talk to your doctor ...but personally my son had problems with all the enfamils so we switched to Nestle Good Start

Cathy - posted on 03/15/2010

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Because it seems that your son is becoming uncomfortable, it is a good idea to look into a change. It could just be that he is having trouble with gas but it could also be something more problematic like a milk allergy (as a couple have already mentioned). You might want to see your son's doctor to see what they think.

In regards to a milk allergy, symptoms usually start to occur at about 2 months of age and can vary in severity. Studies have shown that in babies with an allergy to the cow milk's protein, there is also a high incidence of an intolerance to soy milk. For this reason I would suggest to avoid the soy formula if you think this might be a milk allergy. There are hypoallergenic formulas available for this purpose. The ones that I am familiar with are Nutramigen and Alimentum and someone else mentioned Neocate (I'm not familiar with that one). The fact that you had a milk intolerance as a baby is definately a factor to consider. Just remember that when changing formulas, it may take several weeks to see a change (like up to 6 weeks), depending on the severity of symptoms.

Danielle - posted on 03/15/2010

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Brandi did you go to to GI specialist?? Also did he have blood in his stool?

Brandi - posted on 03/15/2010

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My son also had a milk allergy and we tried several different formulas before we found one we could use. We ended up on Nutramigen by Enfamil. It worked the best for us. The milk formulas made him very gassy and the soy made him constipated. He also had colic really bad. We were giving him ranitidine and levison drops. Regular over the counter drops didn't work for us.

Ricki - posted on 03/15/2010

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My second daughter was also very gassy and had acid reflux. We used the Infamil Gentlease, Dr. Browns bottle and Gripe Water. The gripe water made a world of difference. Just put some in the bottle and it helps tremendously! We were going thru Mylicon like crazy before we started using the Gripe Water and it didn't seem to solve the problem. The first couple of days after adding the gripe water, she was a whole new baby! She used to scream at the end or right after being fed, even with given her mylicon before and after a feeding, and burping every 1-2 oz (which made for a very long middle of the night feeding). After the gripe water, she could eat and not be in pain.

Check your local pharmacy, see if they have it. The Walmart in my town didn't carry it so I had to go to a small pharmacy and request that they order it for me. Most Good Neighbor Pharmacy (not a brand, it's a network of small town pharmacies) will be happy to do it for you. Baby Bliss is one brand, but they also have off brands you can get cheaper at Target, if you have on near you. I hope this helps.

Danielle - posted on 03/15/2010

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Also I used glass bottles with my son. They also help with the gas. I guess a lot of mothers are using them now.

Nichole - posted on 03/15/2010

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My son had the same problem so we bought enfamil gentlease and it worked WONDERS! We then asked our doctor to switch him..and she did no problem.Some formulas get too "foamy" and cause LOTS of gas,but formulas like gentlease have partially broke down milk proteins that make their digestive tract not have to work so hard breaking everything down.I personally would rather fix my childs discomfort than feed them bottles and bottles of gas remedies,so this was great.Good luck!!!!

P.S: I also used(and will continue to use) Dr.Browns bottles

Anna - posted on 03/15/2010

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First, you should check with your doctor if changing a formula is good for your son, but don't assume your son has the same problem you had. If he has just gas it's normal. My daughter has it too. It's very common, sometimes it can go on to baby colic. Remember that when you change formula babies tend to have more problems because it's a different formula and they may get constipated or dehydrated. But don't worry. When my daughter was born and she had gas I would give her a teaspoon of really lights chamomile tea or buy a fresh dill and make a light tea from it. She's two and a half months now and I still give it to her once a day, but more since her tummy is bigger (like 1-2 oz). It really help! And does not harm your baby. Remember not to substitute the tea with a meal. Give it between the feedings, right after before, best before sleep, depending when is your boy getting the gas:):) Hope I helped

Lisa - posted on 03/15/2010

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well they do have gas medicine for infants that you can pick up pretty much anywhere, i know walmart has it. a doctor might know what is typically easier on a babys tummy. parents choice has a few varieties, one being a "gentle" formula, and its the best for the budget that ive found so far. the "milk based" was horrible for my son because he had reflux. so if your son has it too i suggest skipping that type altogether.

Danielle - posted on 03/15/2010

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My son was the same way. I breastfeed him for the 1st 8 weeks. He was always crying and nothing I did helped him. I brought him to his doctor and he gave him acid reflux medicine. That helped just a little but not enough to make him stop screaming crying. So I called his doctor back told him I still had concerns. So his doctor sent me to a GI doctor. They started testing my sons poop looking for blood in it. You cant see the blood. And what do you know. He had blood in his poop. I had to stop breastfeeding right away. They had to see how bad his milk allgery was. So they started him on soy. Well he was still crying..We went back 2 weeks later to test his poop again. Blood once again. He was also allergic to soy too. We went through about 2 different formula before we found one that worked for him. He was put on a formula called Necoate. His allergies were very bad. Hes now almost 15 months and thank god he has grown out of them. He drinks whole milk now and is still a healthy growing boy. I would def bring your son to a GI specialist. Its the only way to know whats going on with his lilttle tummy. It was so heartbreaking for me to see my son soo upset. So I totally know how your feeling! Also I see you wrote you were allergic to milk. Im sure your son is too than. I found out through my sons specialist that boys who have allergies get it from their mothers I guess its in the genes. So please bring him to a GI doctor. Blood in the stool leads to brian development. Good Luck

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