gas and BMs

Erika - posted on 06/19/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )

8

9

0

My son Kaleb is 3 months old and has horrible gas problems, and he doesn't have many BMs (the longest he went without going was 7 days). But once he is able to go he is so happy for 2 days and then its back to screaming and crying. I didn't have this problem with my daughter when she was born so I'm clueless...

The doctor put him on medicine to help him go, but I hate giving it to him every single day.

14 Comments

View replies by

Amanda - posted on 02/28/2016

122

0

0

For my constipated and gas trapped baby, babies magic tea did great work and he never cried due to constipation and gas trouble.

Erika - posted on 06/20/2009

44

2

4

That's so awesome. It sounds like he's gonna be fine! Lucky ducky. I'm glad to hear it.

Erika - posted on 06/20/2009

8

9

0

Before I started him on fruit I called the doctor just to make sure it was okay. I mean I'm trying to find another alternative. I hate giving him this medicine that makes his belly rumble and growl. And I think I did find it... fruit, I'm only giving him 1 certain kind which is bananas. He is passing his gas without crying :) And I'm still breastfeeding him :) I have never seen him this happy, usually when he has a BM he is happy for a few hours but this happiness has been going on all day long :)

Erika - posted on 06/20/2009

44

2

4

Ok, I'm not going to scold you for feeding him fruit because BM's are AWESOME! AND he's your kid. But, his digestive system is totally immature and I would stick to one food and just use the food more as a medicine for bowel movements to keep him comfortable. Back off if he is having more than 3 a day. . . his system should get ample time to master digesting breastmilk before you officially begin solids. You're also introducing another factor into the mystyry of solving his gassiness. Whether it's dairy or not, it is usually something your eating because if there is nothing physically wrong with his tract, digestion is causing discomfort. Simple diet of potatoes, green beans and chicken is a good starting point and add foods from there. . . if you're interested on pinpointing any fussy foods. Congrats on the BM! It feels SO good to see your baby happy! You only have a couple of months to go before BM's should be less eventful!!!

Erika - posted on 06/20/2009

44

2

4

I haven't read the other replies so I hope this isn't to much of a repeat. I HEAR YOU SISTER! Breastfeeding is the cause and the solution! Something in your milk is causing it (in most cases dairy/soy) and continuing to breastfeed after changing your diet is the answer! My poor boy was the exact same way going up to 7 days without a movement. The problem is that breastmilk is so darn efficient that the body uses nearly everything in it so it takes a long time to fill the colon up to create a movement. Filling up that little colon is also the painful part. If your little one is sensitive to (probably milk and or soy) something in your diet, it's just hanging out, creating gas and pain + plus it SURE DOES feel good to have a movement! My boy would be right as rain for about two days as well, then it woudl start over. Even thought I hadn't planned to start solids till 6 months or later, at 4 months she did talk me into just a couple of dropperfulls of pear juice which did give him some relief. and I felt better about giving him a tad of juice rather than medicine. Another added accidental benifit of frequent dropper time is your baby will love taking stuff from a dropper which makes medicine easier if you ever have to give him any! Look into how to eliminate dairy AND soy from your diet and remember that once you have eliminated ingesting any of either, that it can take a full month for the symtoms to go away but you wiil see improvement as soon as a few days. I will go read the other posts now to see how badly I repeated. The reason I added soy is more than 50% of dairy sensitive babies are also sensitive to soy.

Marie - posted on 06/20/2009

266

73

25

You're nursing? Check what you're eating. If you eat a lot of green foods that would normally make YOU gassy it's highly likely that it's also making your bub gassy. Asparagus, cabbage, onions, beans.. etc etc etc. Even if you consume milk and YOU don't react to it, it can make your bub react until he's older.



There are several colic remedies on the market that many mommies swear by but I don't remember the names of any of them right now.

Erika - posted on 06/20/2009

8

9

0

I gave him some fruit this morning, and about 2 hours later he had a very good BM! I never been so excited over my son having a BM before. He didn't get his medicine this morning either, so I'm very pleased. I hope this continues :) He is so happy afterward, he is cooing and kicking and waving his hands all around.

Autumn - posted on 06/20/2009

33

10

3

I wouldn't reccommend starting him on any baby foods, he isn't even close to needing it yet and that tends to make gas a lot worse- it is an entirely new thing he has to learn to digest, and if he can't digest well as it is it probably just isn't a good idea. I hope keeping a journal helps you! Even if you don't get around to every day, a few days a week is probably enough to notice if there are any patterns.

Virginia - posted on 06/20/2009

17

13

3

I had a lot a gas problems when I first started breastfeeding and was told by my lactation consultant that it was because my let down was so fast it was causing him to gulp a lot of air while he was drinking. She told me to check my breast feeding position, three things, that his head was always elevated higher than his stomach, that I was reclined enough so that the let down wasn't so rapid (I invested in a nice lazy boy recliner!) and that his latch was correctly so no air or unnecessary sucking was going on. My doctor recommended cutting out green, leafy, gassy vegetables (broccoli, spinach, cauliflower etc, and chocolate!) until his system was better developed and more mature. He is now three months and much better. I am introducing broccoli back into my diet, one stalk per day, and he is accepting it just fine. I did research on the internet on what foods cause gas and ened up with a very bland, white diet for a while, with a good multivitamin! For gas, I was told to drink LOTS of water, could be linked to dehydration for momma and/or baby. Research Forever Healthy and if there is one in your area, go if you are concerned about allergies! Hope this helps.

Erika - posted on 06/20/2009

8

9

0

Thanks I never thought about keeping a food journal, But then again I also got a toddler running around and not much time to write down anything. The thing is I eat alot of the same stuff over and over again and some days he is gassy and fussy and then other days he isnt. I think it has to do with him being a month early. His doctor told me its okay to start him on some baby foods cause he is sitting up with support and opening his mouth for a spoon. Thank you so much for your help I'm going to try the food journal even if I have to sit my daughter down with me so I can write...

Autumn - posted on 06/19/2009

33

10

3

If he was one month early that probably has a lot to do with it, a good percentage of those kinds of problems just stem from babies' immature digestive systems. My doctor also mentioned to me that citrus fruits can be really hard on gassy babies, so that might be something you can try eliminating if you haven't already. My daughter's pediatrician has me keeping a journal with what I eat and the times she is fussy to watch for patterns in case she a has a food allergy, it takes anything you eat about 8 to 12 hours to make its' way into your breastmilk so that might be a helpful technique to try.

Erika - posted on 06/19/2009

8

9

0

I changed my diet (going on 4 months) no gassy food or spicy food for me I don't do any dairy which really sucks cause I love milk and cheese. I really don't think its my diet, he doesn't get rice cereal. I take him and my daughter to see the doctor on the 30th so I'm going to see what else it could be. Kaleb was also 1 month early so I think that might have something to do with it also.

Heather - posted on 06/19/2009

699

21

254

have you taken a look at what you're eating? I would think food allergy- try eliminating all dairy, whey and casein from your diet- it will take a few weeks to see if there's a change. Also, nurse him more frequently, the more liquid he gets the more it will help him go. Have you been giving him any cereal? Rice cereal can be very binding

Autumn - posted on 06/19/2009

33

10

3

I am having the same problem with my one month old little girl, so I am anxious to hear the answer. I heard about something called colic calm that I am considering trying, you can look it up at www.coliccalm.com, I have heard it is great for gas and regulating baby's digestive system. It is a little expensive but probably not as expensive as the medicine you're already giving him, and the reviews are wonderful. It's all-natural (but FDA approved) so you don't have to be as concerned about medicating him.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms