My 1 month old has started to scream with pas gains. His belly rumbles, he burps, and has gas. This has been going on for the past 3 days. I breastfeed and am now switching to eating only chicken, turkey, potatoes, rice, squash, and pears. I've read to do this for 2 weeks! Any other suggestions?

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Enchanted - posted on 11/09/2012

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Hi,

I breastfeeding combination feeding, My little one Jak is only a month old and we are working through the kinks of his little body. I was reading alot of these post and got very emotional because Its painful for your baby to be crying for hours not able to comfort them. I wanted to share some things that have worked for me. First one Look up Harvey Karp he is the baby whisper lol. He will show you how to swaddle and calm your baby. Second, is it might not be your breast milk that is causing gassiness or your baby to be upset. I wasnt producing enough milk my baby was going through a growth spurt on top of being gassy. I needed to start supplmenting. My peditarican said it was fine that he was eating over five ounces in one sitting as long as she wasnt throwing up.If you are upset put the baby down in a safe place, Put on some meditation music or something maybe you listened to when your baby was in the womb. Im supplementing with Enfamil gas and fussiness..works great. Also puting your baby on his belly, doing bycicle works well. My last thing that is working is the baby calm, its a homepathic medicine bought over the counter. I hope these ideas help someone..its very challenging being a new mother.. they should come with directions or something. :)

Chelsea - posted on 11/09/2012

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I've been going through the same thing for a little over a week with my one month old. I don't think it has anything to do with my diet. My baby swallows a lot of air when he's nursing. When he's fussy and crying, I just try different things to help soothe him...it varies each time and just requires patience because it can go on for hours. One thing that has really helped is Simethicone (gas drops for infant). I give this to him 4 times a day after nursing and I noticed I big difference! He's definitely less irritable. But he's stil a little colicky. While he's nursing, I watch for signs that he has gas, he'll pull off my nipple or make grunting noises, so I burp him for a couple of minutes. If he's already eaten, I'll lay him on my legs and massage his tummy or move his legs to help move the bubbles out. I also hold him upright while I bounce with him on my exercise ball.He just loves the motion and it helps move the gas too.

Mary - posted on 01/27/2009

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I had a child that improved extremely when I cut out dairy for a week, so I never went back until she was over 3 months old.

The other thing is, you could try nursing from only one breast per feeding, so the baby gets the richer "hindmilk" that is in there deeper. Sometimes if we have a lot of milk the baby only ends up getting the "foremilk" in the front which is thinner and has different nutrients, so can end up causing this kind of pain and gas. Try for a few feedings just switching for each new feeding, instead of switching sides halfway through. (I sometimes kept a pin or something on the bra strap of the side I wanted to start on next, although you may be able to feel which one is fuller). and see if that helps.

User - posted on 01/27/2009

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My youngest daughter went through this same thing at about the same age, she is 9 months now and doing great!  I tried everything, changing my diet, changing her position, mylicon, but nothing seemed to work until someone told me about Gripe water.  Gripe water worked great for my daughter.  You can get it at a health food store or a regular grocery store now.  There are a few different brands of this, I used Little Remedies, Gripe Water.  It is an all natural mixture with ginger and fennel, which both help to soothe the stomach.  I gave it to her a couple minutes before she ate and then when she was done eating I would lay her in my lap and move her legs in a bicycle motion.  She loved it!  It doesn't taste bad either, I tried it.  Don't worry, most babies grow out of this around 3 months when their digestive system is more mature.  I hope this helps, good luck!!

Heather - posted on 01/27/2009

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Our son went through this too, the poor thing, it was like it actually hurt to pass gas and I couldn’t get his doctor to understand this. So I (we) dealt with it at home in our own way. First I cut out wheat and dairy for a while. Yes, it’s a very difficult thing to do. And I didn’t cut out wheat entirely. I just limited what I took in.  So I think your choices of foods are a good start. If you haven’t I would consider dropping dairy for a bit.



We also used Mylicon drops. I like to think they helped but he just cried so much and so hard that I just don’t know. They are completely safe and one of my mom friends said she gave them to her son prior to feeding and after.



Here is what really helped. We did bicycle legs and then rolled him. Lay him flat and take his little legs and make then go like he is riding a bike and then we rolled his little butt gently up into his stomach area (almost like we were folding him in-half…does that make sense?). This helped the gas come out and boy did it and WOW what a difference. We did this several times a day at first (we made it into a game – singing songs, counting, etc.) and then just tapered out to when he seemed to be struggling a bit.



I hope this helps you and your son.

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Samantha - posted on 11/03/2015

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Babies magic tea is a natural product to prevent newborns from constipation.

Xina - posted on 01/27/2009

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I have to agree with some of the responses below - try cutting out dairy!
(Made a huge difference for us)



Good luck....

Kara - posted on 01/27/2009

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In addition to my previous post, I forgot to add that I check the labels on EVERYTHING to see if there are any milk products added. If there are, I don't even try it. I found a book called the "Calm Baby Cookbook" online that explains some of this and gives recipes that are dairy free and help babies to be less gassy. That book suggests that if the dairy elimination doesn't work to try eliminating wheat, tomatoes, strawberry, and more, but to start with dairy first. I also tried Mylicon - my pediatrician said it didn't hurt, but honestly I didn't see a difference so I stopped it. My baby's face turned red and he would hunch up and scream like someone was really hurting him. He doesn' t do that anymore. Sometimes if he has a BM he grunts and his face may get red briefly, but not screaming like before. Hope this helps! Wish I had found this board when I was going through this - I think it's more common than we know!

Kara - posted on 01/27/2009

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My 13 weeks old son went through this too - it's horrible and noone knew what to tell me to do. Finally I read (and later found out from my pediatrician) that dairy may be the cause. He said to eliminate all sources of dairy (milk, whey, lactose, etc...) for 2 weeks and see if that helped. Apparently the proteins in cows milk can be too hard for the baby to digest early on (only for some babies, others are fine...) It did work! I can't eat cheese which I love, or any other dairy or my baby gets really gassy and painful. I accidentally fed him a frozen batch of breastmilk that had dairy from when I was pumping early on - he was miserable for 24 hours. It was awful and I felt so stupid and guilty! Try eliminating the dairy and see what happens...he still gets a little gassy here and there, but nothing like before. It may also just be your baby's immature digestive system forming. I just felt better eliminating the dairy, just in case. GOOD LUCK!!! Hope your baby feels better soon.

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2009

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To Laurie,



I have started eating yogurt recently, the Yoplait fat-free kind. I eat soy milk and do not consume much dairy milk, except for cooking. I wonder if it could be the yogurt. I've had cheese the whole time and he seems okay with that. The yogurt is the only thing new. Our doc thinks the Mylicon is a money-making ploy, but she said we could try them if we wanted. I do use them, but he still seems to have that same ear-piercing cry. The only thing that consoles him is the Happiest Baby on the Block technique and I can only do that for so long before it starts to hurt my back. He finally had a bowel movement after six hours. He's usually much more regular than that with bm's after almost every feeding and sometimes more often.



I can't tell if it's more bothersome for him or for me having to hear him cry and not be able to do much about it...



Thanks,



Amanda

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2009

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How exactly do you know he has gas pains? I am thinking that my 5wk old might have the same problem. He cries when he usually was content, is grunting a lot, and gets red in the face. He actually started crying on the breast during a feed and pulled off. A few seconds later, he had a bowel movement. My concern is that I don't know how to tell if it's gas when he cries like that. I usually don't burp him much b/c he is breastfeeding. However, when I do he ends up spitting up. How do I know it's a problem with gas and even then, what do I do about it? I bicycle his legs and give him the Mylicon. Any other suggestions?

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I like the MYLICON drops and I also like to pick up my son and face him out and carry him on my hip (putting my arm on his tummy) and squeezing ever so slightly. I bounce a little, if it is a tummy ache this almost always makes him stop crying... something about putting pressure on his tummy really helps get the gas out and soothes the pain!! If that doesn't help instantly I will hold him the same way but put him against my chest facing out and take my other arm and put it under his knees and bring them up to his chest....

Jessica - posted on 01/27/2009

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My son is 16 weeks old and having the same symptoms many of you are listing.  I am beginning to think he has a problem with dairy.  I was just wondering for the people who cut dairy if they just cut milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. or processed foods made with milk too?  I was looking at the grocery last night and it seems like everything is made with milk of some sort.  Thanks for your help!

Laurie - posted on 01/27/2009

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Quoting Amanda:



How exactly do you know he has gas pains? I am thinking that my 5wk old might have the same problem. He cries when he usually was content, is grunting a lot, and gets red in the face. He actually started crying on the breast during a feed and pulled off. A few seconds later, he had a bowel movement. My concern is that I don't know how to tell if it's gas when he cries like that. I usually don't burp him much b/c he is breastfeeding. However, when I do he ends up spitting up. How do I know it's a problem with gas and even then, what do I do about it? I bicycle his legs and give him the Mylicon. Any other suggestions?





It sounds like your baby could have gas pains, or acid reflux. My daughter had acid reflux for a while when she was about 6 weeks if I remember right, which I was able to fix w/o medication. But I knew she was hungry, and she would start nursing and then just start screaming. I couldn't figure out what was wrong, but it was if it was hurting her to eat. As I realized it was acid reflux, I tried figuring out how to help her. Because she was having other issues (mentioned in a previous post) I had to cut dairy from my diet, and that's when that acid reflux started. I realized that as adults, we take calcium tablets for acid reflux. Since I cut out dairy, I was low on calcium. So I started taking calcium supplements, and that seem to help.



One thing that I did a few times out of desperation, but I'm sure it's probably something not highly recommended: I took a Rolaid, ground it and mixed it with some water. I then gave her about .3mL with a medicine syringe. It helped tremendously, but that would be a judgemment call on your part.

Amanda - posted on 01/27/2009

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How exactly do you know he has gas pains? I am thinking that my 5wk old might have the same problem. He cries when he usually was content, is grunting a lot, and gets red in the face. He actually started crying on the breast during a feed and pulled off. A few seconds later, he had a bowel movement. My concern is that I don't know how to tell if it's gas when he cries like that. I usually don't burp him much b/c he is breastfeeding. However, when I do he ends up spitting up. How do I know it's a problem with gas and even then, what do I do about it? I bicycle his legs and give him the Mylicon. Any other suggestions?

Laurie - posted on 01/27/2009

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With my daughter, I had to cut dairy. I was able to eat most other things. Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower are high gassy foods. Otherwise, I would reccomend Little Remedies Gripe Water instead of the Mylicon gas drops.

Nichelle - posted on 01/27/2009

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We went through this with my daughter. Chances are that if this has been going on for a while, it's something that you are eating. Her pediatrician said that the most likely culprit was dairy. I cut dairy out for two weeks (it takes a while to get out of your system). It was like having a new baby. I noticed a HUGE difference from when I eat dairy, even just a little, and when I don't. So, no dairy for me. We also used "Little Tummys" Gas Drops when things got bad. They are the same as the Mylicon and is found in the same place. They are safe for any baby, including newborns. I hope that this helps! 

Barb - posted on 01/27/2009

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be careful what you drink. i found that MYLICON gas relief drops were my son's best friend sometimes! can be purchased just about anywhere (i get at walmart). it seems to work like gas-x or tums? the other thing that works for the pains themselves, at least for my son, was "toes to nose". put him on his back and bring his toes up to his nose. for some reason it seems to help the gas out! We spent most of last night dealing with screaming gas pains so I feel your distress! Although at this point Josh is 7 months and we've got a tummy bug going around :(. Best wishes

Natalie - posted on 01/27/2009

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I am also a breast feeding mother my son is now nearly 8 months. At the age of 3-6 weeks he went through a stage of screaming with these symptoms, and it just breaks your heart. persist with it, I gave him boiled luke warm water in a bottle and also infacol drops before i breast fed him. Some foods may disagree with your baby, but aslong as you eat reasonably healthy and drink lots of water you should be fine. Most women put there baby on the bottle at this stage, hang in there it will get better. Breastfed babies can suffer from colic just aswell as bottle fed formula babies. If it stil persists then i would take him to a CAFS Nurse or local GP. he may need furthur investigation. Good Luck

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