My 1 week old infant is in excrucitaing gas pains after every feeding.

Jamie - posted on 03/25/2011 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Ive tried burping after every 10 ml-mylicon-bicycling legs-switched to soy formula.. ( how long does this tranformation take?). I'm exhausted. no vomiting-no diarrhea

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Pia - posted on 03/25/2011

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I would go to the Docs and see if they can give anything. My daughter was put on mylanta and Xantec at 3 weeks for acid reflux and gas and she's a different baby since.

The dr did tell me though that it can take up to 8 weeks for them to sort their digestive system out. He suggested I stop giving her the medicine then and see how she went, and apart from a few episodes of gas she's been fine.

Chin up, the first 3 months are the hardest but they go quickly.

Jennifer - posted on 03/25/2011

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gripe water worked great for my daughter. I found it at a natural food market, but I've heard others say you can get it at Walgreens. Also, you could try Nutramigen or Alimentum formula. They are the same thing, only one is made by similac and one by enfamil. They are both pretty expensive, but definately worth it if they work. They help reduce colic due to protein sensitivity. All 4 of my kids had to be on it to start with, and it looks like my youngest will be on it til she's at least a year old. If it is because of protein sensetivity and you try this formula, you will notice a difference almost immediately. My kids did better after just the first bottle!

Pia - posted on 03/25/2011

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I found my baby sleeping on her tummy helps too Elizabeth. And I agree, allow your baby to adjust to the formula. You should be able to talk to a pharmacist about the formula too...they may have some suggestions.

Katherine - posted on 03/25/2011

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Try Mylicon. It should help with the gas. Also after each feeding don't lay him/her down, sit them up for 1/2 an hour. She/he could have acid reflux too. Are they screaming and crying a lot? Spitting up a lot? Drawing their legs up? If so you may want to get them checked.

Erica - posted on 03/25/2011

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keep trying new formalus....also something you might have already tried , is when you are burping push the babies knees up into the stomach. This will help push the gas out. Also make sure you get several GOOD burps not little ones.
Hope find something that helps soon

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Elizabeth - posted on 03/25/2011

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My kids slept on tummys from day 1 ...The way I see it is ..when was the last time you heard on the news a newborn or a baby at all ..suffocated because he/she couldn't lift their head. Of course when you lie them down put them on a surface that is sturdy and not cushy..with minimal items surrounding them.

Tyrae - posted on 03/25/2011

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I wouldn't put the baby on it's tummy quite yet, the reason why they tell you to lay them on their back is because they don't have the neck strength to move their head if something obstructs their breathing. I would definitely ask a doctor though. You should be having a 2 week well check up very soon.

Amanda - posted on 03/25/2011

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I had 2 colicky babies. Both liked to be carried round on my arm on their tummys. There's lots of different massge techniques that you can try. Maybe see your community nurse and ask them to put you in touch with someone that does baby massage courses

Elizabeth - posted on 03/25/2011

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okay..lets start with formula...soy is much more difficult for an infant to digest than the cows milk formula..another thing...don't keep changing formula's ..pick one and stick to it so he/she gets a chance to adjust to it

it's normal to be exhausted as a new mom..it will get better
Despite what the nurses are suggesting right now..my kids always slept on their tummys which helped sooth any gas bubbles they had.

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