Gassy 3 week old : (

User - posted on 02/14/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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Hi there,

can anyone recommend something for my gassy 3 week old?? I'm assuming its gas based on he amount of wind he passes! He also spits up after eating, pulls his legs up, scrunches his face, turns red and gets a little fussy. I'm wondering if there is anything I can give him at this age or is it better that I have him tough it out for now? I know he's also going through a growth spurt at the moment and I'm not sure if the gas is related?

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Shayna - posted on 02/14/2009

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Oh dear..



This sounds like a repeat of my son. I would recommend immediately reading the Dr. Sears Fussy Baby book. http://www.askdrsears.com/ Talk to your pediatrician about checking your baby for GERD. If bad enough, there is medication (usually liquid Zantax) that took my baby from 99% pain down to about 15% pain. Yours sounds like colic too - which is also known as the 'hurting' baby.



Also, in reference to the excluding dairy immediately,.. although it is true that 'most babies' cannot digest cows milk b/c of the proteins, that is mostly in if you give babies cows milk directly. The number of babies who actually have problems with their mothers having dairy in their diet is actually very slim. I cannot remember the exact stats, but it was somewhere like less than 10%. ALTHOUGH most formulas are based on cows milk. So if you are formula feeding try switching to a different formula. (keep in mind that a lot of soy in an infant boy interferes with the testosterone levels in a male and can lead to higher estrogen- which can be considered 'bad') You certainly should try different diets, but give it at least a week or 2 of the different diet before determining if it is helping.  I know the one thing that I don't eat is green peppers.  Immediate pain for baby, although it doesn't effect me at all!



HOWEVER, they DO have a problem with the sugars that are in breast milk. The morning milk is more fattier and the afternoon milk is less and the evening milk is the thinnest. Also, the first almost ounce of any milk (right after let-down) is VERY thin and mostly sugar. The intestines -especially in male babies- are usually underdeveloped and this natural sugar creates huge gas issues. If you are breastfeeding, I bet if you watch, baby will be fussier as the milk gets thinner. You can pump and mix morning and evening milks equally and freeze them for future uses. Also, keeping the baby on one side of the breast for as long as possible, so the baby doesn't just get the foremilk on each side but rather the fattier hind milk that follows after the first few minutes of feeding. I'm not sure if you are breast or formula feeding, so I'm volunteering this just in case... Read this website for some more help: http://www.thebirthden.com/Colic%20in%20... and www.thebirthden.com/Newman.html



Also, get the Dunstan Baby Language DVD. This helped us incredibly. I can't even begin to tell you how much. But basically babies speak to us in their cries- even at 3 weeks. There are 5 sounds:
Neh = hunger (listen for the N sound)
Eh = burp
Aair = lower gas pain
Owh = tired (this one is easy- usually with a yawn)
Heh = uncomfortable (ie change diaper, too hot/cold, etc.)



Other remedies: Give lots of warm baths and do bicycle legs. Also, the "I Love U" tummy rub (see dr. sears) Gripe water, mylecon, and listening to their cries.. Also, with colic, one remedy may work on one day and then not do a thing for him the next day.. We ALWAYS carry gripe water. You can also make some chamomile tea and give your baby a small does (like .08ml) in a dropper. I believe that tea is also in gripe water if I'm not mistaken. Watch the "Happiest Baby on the Block" DVD as that video shows how swaddling the correct way and holding the baby on the side (usually laying on his left side) helps too. My dad could get the baby to stop screaming by holding baby high up on his sharp shoulder (into his belly) and the pressure would help him.



I know this is a lot. Hopefully some of the things will help. Above all, talk to your pediatrician about GERD. (Gastro-esophageal Reflux Disorder) Especially in baby boys, when the stomach sphincter valve is underdeveloped, creates a very hurting baby.. :( Best of luck to you..

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Pretty much everything you've already been hearing.  Watch your diet, each child seems to be affected by something different.  Gripe water.  Colic Tablets from Hyland (you can get them at the healthfood store).  Is he burping well?  My son wouldn't burp I had the toughest time getting him to burp.  One day there were five experienced momma's in my home and NONE of them could get him to burp.  I took him to a chiropractor that did babies/children and it turned out he had something slightly out of wack and she ever so gently adjusted it and suddenly he was the easiest baby in the world to burp.

Katie - posted on 02/14/2009

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Here is an article from Kelly Mom on food allergies in breastfed babies, about half way down they specifically talk about cow's milk proteins:
http://www.kellymom.com/babyconcerns/foo...

When you have time to sit next to him, try putting him on his tummy after eating with his knees up under his stomach. When my son was in the NICU the experienced nurses said they used that position after feeding the babies because it helped their immature digestive systems work.

Burp him every couple of minutes of feeding him, not just while switching from one breast to the other.

I think my son had a bad reaction to the vitamins the hospital sent us home with. He was also being supplemented by formula, though, but when we quit both his stomach cramps stopped (even though he still has a minor case of reflux at 6 months old). I also second the Gripe Water recommendation, it seems to help.

If it's not gas then maybe he is trying to feel out his boundaries in which case you should try swaddling him tight (check out The Happiest Baby on the Block for good swaddling advice) and that seems to help them relax and feel safe and secure.

Good luck!

Justine - posted on 02/16/2009

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my son gets the same thing and i have tried changing my diet, but there are some really good bits of advise here, thank you for posting this question.

Dana - posted on 02/14/2009

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Everyone has given you such wonderful advise. My daughter went and is going through the same thing. We give her the gas drops (unfort they don't really help her), doctor told us to make sure we get two good burps from her, eliminate dairy onions garlic from diet, and we wound up finding out she had silent acid reflux....once this was determined she was put on baby zantac and she is a million times better in the gas and reflux department....mostly because the reflux would cause her to cry like there was no tomorrow causing more air in the tummy leading to more gas..you get the point...it took 15 days for the zantac to work. You know your baby and if you don't like the answers the doc is giving you, please keep at them to figure this out for you! We have been there or are going through it with you. It's really hard to watch your baby go through this....Good luck and keep us posted

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Sara - posted on 11/04/2015

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Yes you are absolutely right. This is the gas that make babies fussy. To get rid of this nightmare, babies magic tea is the best solution.

User - posted on 02/18/2009

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Wow!  Thans all....some really greats advice posted here! 



 



I visited my pediatrician today and as it turns out I'm producing an over-abundance of mama's milk and my little bub is only too eager to eat it all up!  He's has gained 2 pounds in  less than 2 weeks!!  She says that he is weighing quite a bit more than she would expect to see at a month old (he's only 3 weeks!) and believes that his over eating is causing his gas/spitting up/runny poops.  She has advised me to try not to feed him more than every 3 hours and to pump some milk  before each feeding to slow my flow somewhat.  I asked about gripe water and such but she says she's confident that reducing the frequency of his meals will reduce his gas and discomfort.



 



Again, I appreciate all of the great advice and I'lll let you know how it turns out.

Heather - posted on 02/14/2009

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My son started doing that around 3 weeks.  I just gave him gas drops.  As soon as it hits his mouth he quits fussing.  That helped and i didn't have to change my diet.

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You can try Equate Infant Gas drops I've been usuing them since my daughter was born.  Then if that doesn't work I would suggest talking to your doctor about what you should cut out of your diet. Remember that what you are eating is going to effect your little one, things that have a lot of acid in them could give your little one heartburn, spicy food could make the tummy upset (I did that with salsa), to much garlic isn't good, things that give you gas will give your little one gas, and things that help you go number 2 will help your little one as well bananas, apples, apple juice, etc....good luck

Melissa - posted on 02/14/2009

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Watch what you are eating. Dairy, onions, beans, some veggies can give babbies gas. It takes their tummy's time to get used to what you are eating. I used to push my daughters legs up and rock them from side to side until she let out the gas. you can also try holding him across your arm with his belly against your arm. Ask your doctor about giving drops at such an early age.

Sarah - posted on 02/14/2009

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Ohh, I you can give him Similicon (sp?) gas drops and Gripe water (found at Walgreens) to help his tummy. They both worked wonders for my kiddo's!

Sarah - posted on 02/14/2009

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First thing you should is take ALL cow dairy out of your diet. I couldn't eat dairy with all my kids during the first 4 months I was nursing them. If I did they would have terrible gas, fussy, spit up...etc. After about 4-5 months I started to slowly add dairy back into my diet and watched their reactions, for the most part they were ok, as long as I didn't have a big milkshake! Most babies cannot digest cow's milk protein and/or sugar and what you eat is what he eats! (broccoli can cause gas to so watch what you are eating) Good luck!

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