my 2 1/2 month old has been waking up the past couple of nights screaming. It seems like he is in pain. He has been doing fine on his formula, he has been on Enfamil with Iron since he was born. But over the past few weeks he is spitting up more, & now he seems to be gassy. Is it possible that all of the sudden the formula may not be agreeing with him?? And is it common for babies to have gasser days than others???

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Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2009

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I had to change my son's formula a few times due to the spitting up and gas ! When you do change the forumla, sometimes they do get constipated for 1-2 days.

Tiara - posted on 02/03/2009

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I had to use soy with both of my kids, but then my youngest started throwing up with the screaming. He ended up having acid reflux, but it went away after using meds for like a week, now its back tho.

Jenn - posted on 02/03/2009

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Gassy babies are normal. Try elevating the head of his crib a bit, also let him sit up at least 30 mins after a feeding. My son starting spitting up more then normal and needed a new formula(Nutramagen) very expensive. Also his doctor started him on some reflux medicine and it helped a lot.

Michelle - posted on 02/03/2009

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My little girl had really bad gas pain to just burp him more often then you normally would and lay him on his back and move his legs like hes riding a bike and push the gently against his stomach and it will make him pass gas both ways

Megan - posted on 02/03/2009

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if you dont think that it is gas, it might be that he is getting to warm under his blankets

Jessica - posted on 02/03/2009

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 my son was spitting up a lot so we decresed his formula a little bit.  it worked and he was better. also to help the gassyness, we would add a little bit of mylicon to his bottles.  the name brand mylicon was expensive so we used the walmart brand.  it worked great and saved us some money.

Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2009

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thank you everyone for your responses...I used the Mylicon drops last night for the rest of his feedings, and he seems to be doing much better, I am going to talk to the doctor about maybe switching formula's, I have tried the Enfimal gentlease once before, and he didn't seem to like it... my son LOVES to eat, and he did not want that bottle at all, so I may have to go a different route... I am going to see how he acts today, and I am hoping that just the drops alone will work for now... these little guys will always have us guessing and wondering... thanks again!!!

Nicole - posted on 02/03/2009

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I had the same problem you have with enfamil, I also tried the gentlease but it did not work. I have been using Goodstart Natural Cultures for five months now and it is great for gassy babies.

Brandy - posted on 02/02/2009

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Iron causes stomach upset and gas in adults and babies. Keep your gripe water handy and ask your local nurse about the daily requirement for iron in babies and try to alternate with the lower iron formula.

Jennifer - posted on 02/02/2009

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my son did the same thing. He ended up being lactose intolerant. I had to switch him to soy formula and it greatly helped. Within a week its like he was a completly different child. A key give a way for me was his diapers... it was awful. Soy formula might help

Tonya - posted on 02/02/2009

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My daughter did the same exact thing. And my doctor recommended Enfamil Gentlease. I also used Gripe Water, which is really good at relieving anything from colic to teething. I love the stuff. I also used some mylacon too.



Sometimes it's very frustrating finding what is going to soothe your baby because every baby is different. Something else that worked for me was always having a blanket or two ready to come right out of the dryer. The warmth helped my baby settle down and eased the gas. Sometimes it takes a couple of weeks for the new formula and all the different things you try to really start working out for you. All I can say is hang in there and try different things until you find exactly what works for you and your baby.



 

Honna - posted on 02/02/2009

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Both of my sweet boys started to get fussy, and I never could find anything 'medically' wrong with them, but I found that a WARM water bottle between their tummy and yours gave releif, pressure, and comfort. I also turned to 'Gripe Water.' Just google it and you will find all sorts of info. But the herbs in it would settle their little tummies and help them relax. Then they were able to deal with their digestion and gas troubles. I am such a believer in Gripe Water that I give it as baby shower gifts. Good luck!

Brenda - posted on 02/02/2009

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My daughter would get really bad gas pains and scream and scream. We used Mylicon and the generic also worked well for her. Also, bouncing her a bit to try to help her work it out usually helped.

Amber - posted on 02/02/2009

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For both of my babies I had to use liquid formula because the powder was harder on their stomachs.  If he's spitting up a lot, you might want to ask his ped about reflux/gerd.  He may need special formula like Nutramigen.  My friend's son didn't develop any symptoms of reflux until about 3 months, but then needed to be on Nutramigen and a special diet when he got a little older.  Also when he's gassy give him a good swaddle around his belly.  The pressure will help relieve some of his pain.  Good luck & I hope he feels better soon!

Beckie - posted on 02/02/2009

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I had problems with my daughter and gas early on, then my pediatrician recommended Enfamil Gentlease. It's got broken down proteins, so their digestive system doesn't build as much gas breaking them down. It worked very well, and she was able to pass it without it hurting her. You can also try Mylicon, it helps with gas too. Helped her on the gassier days. Good luck!

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