Any advice for a baby with painful gas?

Kristi - posted on 09/17/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My baby girl is almost 8 weeks old and is having painful gas pains. I burp her after every oz she drinks and have tried Infants Mylicon but nothing is seeming to relieve her pain. She screams right before every bowel movement or gas release and it breaks my heart to not be able to help her.

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Alysha - posted on 09/18/2009

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if gas drops don't work, try laying her on her back and massaging her belly, massage downwards from her neck towards her toes, and because of the stiffness of a baby's belly you can push slightly harder than you would think. if you want, my doctor suggested using cream so that you've got the lubrication and don't hurt her skin...be a little firm but not too much, and also talk to your doctor about a stool softener :)



hope this helps

Nikki - posted on 09/17/2009

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poor baby, have you tried infacol wind drops, my baby was like that too, i used infacol untill she was old enough it burp by herself. infacol helps to get all the little bubbles in there bellies to form big bubbles so they can bring the wind up more easily. also boild water is good too

Melissa - posted on 09/17/2009

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My infant was a projectile vomiter and had a lot of gas. I switched to Dr Brown bottles and everything lessened, but the best thing was switching to Alimentum. I have also heard that Gentle Ease is good... Good Luck!

Lanell - posted on 09/17/2009

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My first son was colicky, so I def. know a thing or two about gassy babies!!! Well, I was pretty much gonna say the same as Hayden. If the drops didn't work for me, I would hold him like a football on his belly and slowly rock him back and forth, then do the knees thing. I also sometimes would would him right underneath his arms and bounce him, he liked that sometimes.

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you could try a product called infacol, helped my girls, or gripe water, generally both avalible from your supermarket, um you could try changing formula if your using it, or my doctor told me to sit my baby on the edge of my knee and lean her out towards her right (shes a reflux baby) and rub and pat her back by leaning them out that way, it incouages the air (wind) to escape, he also suggested apply a little pressure to her tummy. Not sure what you could do about the pain before bowel motions, but you should talk to your doctor about that one.

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Kristi - posted on 09/18/2009

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Nope, no formula change... we feed her breastmilk 90% of the time and she only gets formula once before bed and once in the night.

Cristi - posted on 09/17/2009

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my daughter had bad gas and we changed her formula to gentle ease and got her Dr. Brown bottles. After that she was just fine

Kelli - posted on 09/17/2009

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I know how you feel my youngest son had some severe gas, Mylicon did nothing for it. I used gripe water, my dr told me about it. You can get it at a drug store and the Little Tummy's Brand makes it. It worked wonders with him, you add it to every bottle. And you can also but a peppermint in a bottle of water and let it disolve, let her drink it. It works too. But the gripe water is really good!

Sarah - posted on 09/17/2009

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id say go to your doctor firstly!!..just to see if there may be a medical issue but if you have already done so and this still continues try watering down her feeds maybe more fluids will help to make her motions more softer....and im fairly sure there is something out there to help with gas for babies ask your local chemist...good luck hun x

Hayden - posted on 09/17/2009

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Gas drops...put her on you fore arm on her belly and rock her....push her knees to her stomach release and do it again...umm...good luck my second was colicy and it's hard...just remember if you are getting streesed lie her down in her bed and go outside..if you're stressed it won't help her...

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