Colic due to gas

Krista - posted on 12/18/2008 ( 16 moms have responded )

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Anybody have any ideas about how to deal with a baby who seems to get gas every time he nurses? I've just been giving him Ovol, but I don't like using medicine so much. It seems to be the only thing that works, besides walking him for hours.

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Kelly - posted on 12/19/2008

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Don't forget to try things like propping him up a bit maybe in a bouncinette or something. Lying flat while sleeping or even just lying down when awake makes it easier for the gas to come up the oesophogas. I even put one end of the crib on phone books for when my baby was finally sleeping. Then gravity keeps everything down! Also, be extra patient in burping him during feeds, whenever he pulls off sit him up for a burp before reattaching. I know you are probably doing all these things, but I also know when I went through it, any advice helped! I know exactly how you feel.

Krista - posted on 12/18/2008

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I just heard about dairy! I had no idea that that could give him gas! Thanks Lori, for the helpful info about Ovol, I will definitely try it!

Lori - posted on 12/18/2008

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Try giving him just 2 DROPS of OVOL before feedings, even if not gassy during day. Should do the 2 drops about 4 times throughout the day. This controls the build-up of gas during the day that usually hits hard at about 6 pm(for me). I had to cut all dairy out of my diet till she got over the problem:( Helped a little, but the ovol drops helped the most...even recommended by doctor to do that way. When he crys of pain, turn him upside down on your arms (so pressure on belly) and walk the floors!!!!! I even used a WARM gel pack...test on your wrist...on her tummy. But smile...it will pass!! Tianna's at about 3-4 m.

Krista - posted on 12/18/2008

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Thanks for the responses! I've never seen Infacol or Mylicon drops, but they could be available in the US (I live in Canada). The Ovol is pretty close to the same thing, I'm pretty sure. Maybe I'll look for some alcohol-free Gripewater. He's only 3 weeks old, so I'm a little hesitant to mix rice cereal in with breast milk just yet. Any ideas how many doses of the drops I can give him in a day?

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Kristine - posted on 12/19/2008

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My daughter is just over a month old & she was very gassy as well. I try to sit my daughter up as straight as possible because I noticed the more she laid back the more she would end up with gas. I also used ovol a couple of drops in each bottle, just be sure how much you are giving as there is a daily limit with it. I try to burp her every ounce sometimes two ounces cause my doctor mentioned letting them cry during food time can cause gas from gasping for air. Gripe water seems to work the best for her. Normally after a few minutes after giving her the gripe water she was quiet and falling asleep.

Ashely - posted on 12/19/2008

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i used Ovol on my daugther from the time she was 4 months old till she was about 8 months old cause i had the same issue you are having and i didnt find anything that would work expect birp the child every ounce thats what the doctor told me to do if i didnt want to use the Ovol it was horrible cause my daugther would scream till the gas would come out

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My baby use to have this problem and my doctor said that it may be caused because she didn't have enough of the proper gas digesting bacteria in her belly so he had me get Bio Gaia drops, I had to get them ordered in to my pharmacy but I used them for about a week and she's been eating great since. (I'm in Canada as well, shoppers has them, again they might have to order them in). Hope this helps!

Chantel - posted on 12/19/2008

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I live in Canada and you can get infacol here but it never worked as good as the ovol, and your right it is pretty much the same anyway. I never had a problem getting her to take gripe water but it never worked for gas. It got rid of her hiccups though:) My doctor actually told me to burb her every 30 seconds to see if that would help but I didn't have the heart to listen to her cry every time I took her food away.

Lori - posted on 12/18/2008

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On second thought, you should read up on infant GER (like adult acid reflux) they are dignosing lots of infants with this, that would otherwise have been passed off as colic. There are lots of helpful tips in the "what to expect the first year." You can control it some, and it to will pass!! Not sure which it is for you...you'll have to watch all the signs!!

Jennie - posted on 12/18/2008

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try changing ur diet.i had the same problem and i had to cut dairy out of my diet he could be something ur eating

Vanessa - posted on 12/18/2008

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Just as another possibility....look at what you are eating. If he is gassy after nursing sometimes foods that you eat will cause that. It may mean cutting some foods out of your diet. My daughter gets real unhappy when I had citrus, onions, garlic, cucumbers, any caffeine (including chocolate....) . Once I stopped eating these foods she was sooo much better. Baby gets whatever you do!

Candida - posted on 12/18/2008

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the gripe water smells horrible, so i would try to pump and mix it in your milk. i think trying to get a baby that small to take it alone would be hard, bc it's quite a large dose. i used formula and put it in every bottle. the mylicon drops you can use as often as needed. i tasted the mylicon drops and it's very sweet so it's easier to get them to drink it straight from the dropper. to answer your question, the gripe water can't be given as often, but is a larger dose. the mylicon can is a small dose and can be given anytime you feel like you need to. our pediatrician suggested gripe water over the mylicon drops and i would agree. neither worked for my baby, but i have heard many people swear by the gripe water. the brand here in the us is little tummies. hope this helps.

User - posted on 12/18/2008

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try infacol, it worked wonders for my baby. if she got super cranky i would take her for a walk in the strolder to make her sleep for a bit and after she had a nap it seemed to help improve her mood.

Keely - posted on 12/18/2008

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I used the gripe water and the mylcon and found that they would work, but the best thing was what Candida added!! I know it might not make sense, but I would walk my son around our apartment for hrs. and he would finally go to sleep, but once i started feeding the cereal he was a different baby!! He actually started sleeping throught the night almost immediately!!

Candida - posted on 12/18/2008

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I work in a small chain pharmacy and they do sell Gripe Water. My daughter also had this problem and the mylicon drops nor the gripe water did anything for her. we switched formula every week and went through tons. they had her on one formula that costs us 11 dollars a day to feed her :( it didn't work either. finally, at 2 mo old, they put her on rice cereal to give her body something to digest other than liquid. it worked immediately and i was so thankful. it was very hard seeing her in so much pain all of the time.

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Hi mom I use to work for a very good Pediatrician and I oftern heard her recommend Mylicon Drops. And my husband is an RN and he says that Gripe Water is also another good one. But know that you may have to find a Jamaican pharmacy to get the Gripe Water but you can find the Mylicon Drops at your nearby Walgreens, CVS, or neighborhood pharmacy. I hope I have been of some help.

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