anyone know good ways to help with a gassy baby

Heather - posted on 08/06/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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tyler is 1 month old and has problems with gas..does burp a little but not all the time...and he cries alot when he has to pass his gas from his bottom..and the doc said the drops you can give help with burping only pretty much..so any other help with ways youve helped your own baby ..would be awsome:D

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Carol - posted on 08/07/2009

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We had this problem with our first child. The health visitor advised me not to eat chocolate or drink fresh orange juice etc. In other words, not wishing to be unpleasant, if you are breast feeding then avoid foods that are likely to cause wind as it may pass through into breast milk.

The other thing she taught me was to gently massage her stomach in a circular motion. Then I had to very gently push her leg up into a bent position and push it towards her stomach (very, very gently!) The results were dramatic and effective. If it is any consolation they do grow out of it. Good luck!!

Amy - posted on 08/07/2009

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Apparantly, baby boys have a harder time passing gas and are more likely to have cramps/upset stomach due to gas. My little guy went through this the first month of his life too. I was breastfeeding and I cut out all dairy from my diet. It changed EVERYTHING! he went from crying 3-4 hours straight everynight to being a happy, content baby. I know many babies have a hard time digesting dairy. Especially at an early age. Later (3-4 months) you can start to reintroduce dairy again.

If you are on formula, it could be the cows milk protein in the formula upsetting him.



Hope this helps?!! Good luck!

Robin - posted on 08/07/2009

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Sometimes a belly rub worked on my daughter, usually peppermint water. (we used candy in the water bottle or a few drops of peppermint extract in water. and just let her drinks about 1 ounce at a time.)

Sarah - posted on 08/07/2009

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I would make sure to check with your pediatrician before giving anything orally, or giving a suppository.

Bicycling the legs, rubbing your hand downward from chest to lower tummy, or putting baby on their tummy and rubbing in circles on their back all can help the baby pass gas.

Jodi - posted on 08/07/2009

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My son was the same way. A friends mom showed me how to hold him either over my legs when sitting in a chair and rub his back or along my arm tummy down and rub his back. A doctor I worked with also recomended puting a piece of a peppermint stick in his bottle with warm water and that helped alot. We did end up switching him from breastfed to formula to soy formula and that worked out great for us.

Anna - posted on 08/07/2009

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My son was a very very gassy lil boy and still is. When he was an infant I used the mylicon gas relief drops as well as the massage. It worked great on him! I dont know if it was both or not but it worked. His legs got soo muscular from all the excercising and walked early. I think every child is different and there are a number of different factors that can play a gassy role especially if you are nursing. Good Luck!

Amy - posted on 08/07/2009

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Infant massage always works for my babies. Look it up and try it. It's great and not just for gas.

Camille - posted on 08/07/2009

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If you're breastfeeding, try removing gassy foods from your diet, mainly dairy, cabbage, and spicy foods. If you're formula-feeding, try a formula for sensitive stomachs or gassy babies. Good luck!

Jen - posted on 08/07/2009

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Quoting Cathralynn:

So this may be obvious for some but since I didn't know. no one shows you how to burb your baby and it took me months to work it out, my daughter was such a difficult burper, she belches now! I had way more success rubbing her back rather than pounding it, or patting it. I just rubbed up and down her spine and out comes the burps!


 



 



I completely agree. Everyone would pat his back and tell me that was the way to go but with my lil one, the rubbing up and down his spine is what gets the best results.

Cathralynn - posted on 08/07/2009

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So this may be obvious for some but since I didn't know. no one shows you how to burb your baby and it took me months to work it out, my daughter was such a difficult burper, she belches now! I had way more success rubbing her back rather than pounding it, or patting it. I just rubbed up and down her spine and out comes the burps! Also I burped every couple of ounces when my daughter was new. Still had gas problems tho, I swore by gripe water as well. The gas drops didn't work for us until after my daughter was on solids. Look into asking everyone how they burp and find a technique that works for you. I sat my daughter on my lap supporting her head and rubbed her back. The shoulder thing never worked for us. Oh and also if your bottle feeding, feed him sitting upright not laying over mimicking breastfeeding. It lets the baby suck in only liquid not air and may prevent the problem in the first place. Good luck and congrats!

Linda - posted on 08/07/2009

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A woman heard my baby fussing and approached me at my graduation. She told me that he had a "gassy cry", which it absolutely was, and suggested I stick my pinkie in baking soda and let him suck on it, and that would relieve his gas. It worked like a charm! (I did ask his pediatrician about it, and she said it was OK, in small quantities) You might ask yours about that.



Also, my baby is lactose intolerant, so I can't eat dairy until he's weaned. That reduced a lot of his gassiness. Hope you figure something out!

Katherine - posted on 08/07/2009

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My first daughter was this way. We changed all her bottles to the playtex one where you can push the air out and changed her formula to soy and did the peppermint thing that someone said down the line here and It all helped. Hope it all helps for you. Good luck. :)

Jen - posted on 08/07/2009

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I tried gripe water for occasional relief (didn't want to use it as often as he was gassy because mine was ALL the time for the first 3 or so months), I also tried the pedalling of the legs while he was on his back (helped some of the time) and I tried doing massages on the lower part of his stomach (clockwise circular motions) which also helped. Biggest thing that helped him, give him naked time. Take his diaper off and then try the leg cycling or stomach massages. Generally once mine was naked, they would fly out of him. Best thing I ever tried with him.
Really the best option is to get out the air while it can still be burped out before it turns into gas BUT I know with mine, even if I burped in between feedings as well as at the end.. it didn't help. (And he wouldn't always burp)
Definitely try the naked time without his diaper but be sure to have a kleenex or pee-pee teepee handy or else he'll decorate your walls/floor/you with his pee :)

Heidi - posted on 08/06/2009

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All four of my kids were very gassy. For one I had to switch to lactose free formula when I used it. While breastfeeding i had to watch what i drank and ate very carefully. But I swear by Gripe Water. My mom used it and she swears by it also.

DIANA - posted on 08/06/2009

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WHEN MY FIRST CHILD HAD COLLIC {GAS} I GAVE HIM CHAMOMILE TEA.. IT SEEMED TO REALLY WORK.

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My kids responded well to lying them down on thier backs and gently moving thier legs as though they were peddling a bike...I hope you find something that works. Good luck!

Alisha - posted on 08/06/2009

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peppermint water i learned it from my grandma and it worked when my daughter was that age. just put a peppermint in a bottle give it a few shakes then take it out and let him drink it. hope it helps

Nyoka - posted on 08/06/2009

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hi heather!
my bubba was a gassy baby.. i tried gripe water (dont no where you live whether or not youl be able to get it, if you want me too find out whats in it email me ozwi18@hotmail.com) i also tried luke warm water. they say that helps with constipation but i found it helped with gas as well! there are different positions you can hold then to help bring up wind.. one i found that helped was holding then infront of you facing away go up on ya tip toes and then drop to ur heels the jerking movement can force up the wind!! another way is to just burp them during feeds more often.. so if it takes half an hour to feed bubba then burp him every 5 mins.
hope this helps!!

Katrina - posted on 08/06/2009

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Under your watchful eye, lay the baby on his Left side. This helps the digestion, just like your doctor probably told you when you were pregnant. If you are breastfeeding you might need to change your diet or formula. Good luck! My sister had to use baby suppositories on her little guy...he was c-section. Don't give up, things will get better.

Cindy - posted on 08/06/2009

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My son was this way as a baby. Since allergies are in my family... I stopped drinking milk products since I was feeding him. The gas stopped. Then when it came to formula, I did non-milk and no gas. To this day, the same problems arise when he has milk. :) But, this is just my experience, may not be what's going on with your son. Good luck!

Lydia - posted on 08/06/2009

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we used a homeopathic colick remedy which seemed to work quite well. For the bottom end we have just discovered a move of baby massage that helps to pass that gas - lie bub on their back and gently roll their legs up and over their head (as if to touch their toes on the floor above their head) release and repeat a few times to help move the gas. I just think farting feels unnatural and a bit difficult to young bubs - it gets easier as they get older (or at least it did for us) Hope this helps :)

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