My 2 month old...(HELP!)

Shay - posted on 06/27/2010 ( 70 moms have responded )

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I need some advice please! My daughter has had one thing after another since birth. She was taken by c-section 2 weeks early...then spent the first 8 days of her life in TCH for apnea spells. She only had 1 after she got home, and is doing much better with that situation.... But, since all of that...she has had a heck of a time with formula. I have changed it from the Similac Adavanced to the Similac Sensitive to the Enfamil Nutramigen then to the Similac Soy...because it seemed she had a milk allergy. But now the Soy is constipating her super badly and she has had to have 4 laxative suppositories this week....and I feel that is WAY to many for her to need at this age.
My pediatrician suggested that I give her 2 oz of the Gerber Apple/Prune a day deluted with an oz of water...but that doesn't help all that does is create a huge gas bubble. She is on the Mylicon drops and the Gripe Water. I have tried the dark Karo syrup...I am all out of ideas. Anyone with any advice? It would be GREATLY appreciated :)
Also...she is not wanting to sleep at night. She sleeps at night like a newborn. She'll wake up every hour to every hour and a half...
My mother was thinking she does that when she is hurting with gas because she has a couple of good nights where she'll sleep between 4-5 hours.

Thanks,
Shay

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Tiffany - posted on 06/27/2010

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I know they say not to give babies water but give her just a little bit. Give her maybe 1-2 oz a day I would guess. I was told that it helps the constipation issue. That and give her tummy rubs. I know it doesnt sound like it helps much but it does! My daughter used to have constipation problems but has outgrown them.
When you rub her tummy just make sure she is calm and relaxed, laying down with you somewhere quiet is best, and always make sure you go in a left to right motion (her right, clockwise). ee if this helps any :-)

Marissa - posted on 06/30/2010

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what i did for my daughter way i messaged her belly in circular motion( clock wise) fr 15 secs, then i rubbed her belly from top to bottom for 15 secs, the i brought her knees to her tummy with a little bit of pressure for 15 sec at leasts 3-4 times a day and when she was on her back i did bicycle kicks and that did the trick for the gas and the pooping problem she had with in a couple hrs! good luck

Faviola - posted on 06/30/2010

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I tried soy formula on my daughter at 2 months. Now she's 3 months but it was horrible, she was constipated for a whole week! I tried prune juice, apple juice, and laxatives. She wouldn't sleep at night! I started giving her Enfamil Lipil Gentlease and after every feeding I would give her Mylicon drops and also before bedtime. She did get constipated when I switched formulas but I only used one laxative suppository during the switching of the formula. That worked for her. I do have to constantly give her Mylicon drops. I noticed that the drops work better when given in her mouth towards her inner cheek and not in her formula. Also gently massaging her tummy during bath-time works.

As for sleeing, do you warp her at night? I stopped wrapping my daughter at two months, she would constantly wake up. Until I figured it out, she didn't want to be wrapped anymore. I feed her 4oz. every three hours during the day and before bedtime along with her drops. With that, she sleeps 6-8hrs. She sleeps up to 8hrs if she doesn't sleep enough throught the day. She also sleeps better if I take her a bath before bedtime.
One more thing, try burping her every 1-2oz. that she drinks :)

Good luck, I hope some of this information works for your daughter :) - (sorry for the long message)

Jessica - posted on 06/30/2010

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My son had to go on soy formula, as you know it can cause constipation and gas. I found that Mylacon drops ( it is made by mylanta and is a baby anti gas drop) this along with a bit of laying him on my lap and lifting him to my chest slowly and over and over again got the gas bubbles to move and caused him to burp or toot, As far as the constipation I had to give him 1 tbsp per 4 oz of formula of Light Kero syurp ( in our case this also helped him to calm and sleep) I would also have to manualy disimpact him, by putting on a rubber glove and putting some luberciant on my pinky finger and putting it slightly up his bum and pulling out the hard poop, once the hard poop was removed he would easily pass the remainder of the poop (please talk to your MD before you try this). It gets better esp if you use the kyro in EVERY bottle soon you will have to decrease the amount of kyro as the poop will become very loose. Good Luck.

Katharine - posted on 06/28/2010

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I agree with Genia on the relactating. Its a lot easier than it seems to cut out foods. I have cut out milk, soy, and eggs so far. There is still something else he is allergic to i am trying to figure out. Did you know also that 50% of babies with a milk protein allergy also are allergic to soy? I would see a GI specalist...my son just started with neocate as well as breast milk until we can figure out what else he is allergic to. Neocate is amino acid based and well tollerated

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Rochel - posted on 12/30/2012

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try goats milk formula, when you have milk sensativity you can still do goats milk and this will not constipate.

Emily - posted on 12/27/2012

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Have you tried taking her to an AK Chiropractor? Applied Kinesiology (AK) Chiropractors can find out what you, or in this case your baby, is allergic to/sensitive to with a non-invasive muscle test. My Chiropractor is amazing and when my son was a baby was the one who, through the muscle test, told me my son was sensitive to the peanut butter and broccoli in my diet (he was breast fed). This was the reason he was so constipated and having stomach pain. He was right. I stopped eating those foods and he was all good!! The other side of AK Chiropractors is that they are more focused on everything pertaining to their patient's health, not just the spinal column. So nutrition, nerve function, even mental health are all in their scope through vitamins and minerals. they can tell what nutrients your body is low on though the biology they have learned, muscle test, and your symptoms. This has seriously changed my life!! I guess one really cool thing i learned is that when you have a virus, instead of grabbing for whatever over-the-counter meds of choice go for Zinc. Zinc naturally clings to virus cells and kills them! your cold will be gone in no time if you hit it hard with a quality Zinc tablet!!

hope this helps!
Emily

Marianne - posted on 12/27/2012

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q tip with a little bit of vaseline up her butt gently of course ! And watch her poo problem go away! Also try to switch to Gerber Good Start Gentle, my Daughter was on Similac Advance, which has way too much Iron, and causes way too much foam when shaking the bottle, also try if you did not already, to use the Playtex Drop Ins Liners. I switched and she was INSTANTLY feeling better, she also had problems pooping and i tried the trick with the q tip and the vaseline, and she pooped a LOT ! And afterwards she felt so good that she couldn't stop grinning ! And then she slept a long long time Lol

Kristy - posted on 07/04/2010

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my daughter had severe milk allergies and my ped put her on a formula called neocate. it worked wonders and never made her constipated, but im in australia, still ask your doctor about it :)

Kerry - posted on 07/04/2010

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My baby also suffered bad with constipation too... same as you suspected milk allergy. Our ped perscribed Lactalose wich helped ALOT and it is totally safe for them to have for long periods of time. My baby was on it every day for 3 months then we started solids and that stopped the contipation.

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i had the same problem with my daughter we put her on premature formula and that helped but when it came time to give her regular milk she acted the same way so we put her on soy and she is sleeping threw the night and no more screaming fits and hard poops she used to cry when she pooped and we tried everything the doctors told us premature milk it like on stomach so you have to work your way into the hard stuff my daighter is 15 months and she was put on soy 2 months ago doctors told us to keep her on premature milk longer and to try in a few months soy and it worked.Soo i hope this helps

Amanda - posted on 07/03/2010

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stop everything. the mylicon drops can cause a great deal of pain if she has gas pockets between bowel movements in her intestines. i have organic gripe water just in case...but....mistaking constipation for colic or gas is a newbie mistake i think a lot of people make. my son goes through serious bouts of constipation every time he has a growth spurt. (you can expect those at 3, 6, 9 & 12 weeks and 3, 6, 9 & 12 months). also...a short answer to your problem may be to have your water tested. we had a water softening system that used salt. it was dehydrating our son. started him on Gerber water..no problems...unless he's in a growth spurt like he is now. He's just a week shy of 6 months so we're back to the rock hard poopies and serious grunting. But..when he's not in a growth spurt...he's fine. Nice slightly loose mustard colored poopies. But, in the growth spurts...hard...and dark. It could be the iron content of the formula is too high...but work with the things that are easy to fix. And...lol...for pity sake...stop changing the formula. I know you're desperate to make her better but...every time you change it, her body has to adjust. that's not too easy for a little body that's still figuring everything out still. If she has a cow milk allergy, you could try soy. But most kids can't even possibly have that until age 3 because the stomach makes enzymes to deal with mammal milk. I've been told that a million times, but my mother put me on soy when she saw white chunks (undigested milk/lactose) in my stool. I never had trouble after that. If I did...she gave me pear juice which is more mild than prune juice. But...giving an infant too much juice too early can cause obesity and diabetes later in life. And lemme tell ya...at one point i weighed 409 lbs. Its all a lot to absorb...but all these things are factors. Just make ONE change at a time. Try giving her nursery water or Gerber water with her current formula (if you believe there might be a high amount of calcium, chloride or fluoride added to your city water...you can find out by calling your water company what all they add to your water. if you have well water...there will be a LOT more minerals..then you should be boiling your water) and if that bottled water helps...there you have it. If it only helps a bit...go ahead and try changing the formula too. There is a right combination that will work for your girl. And...if she's always been a colicky baby...there is something else you can try... a nap nanny. not cheap at all, but....i know people who swear by them. http://napnanny.com/ Good Luck shay! =)

Sherrie - posted on 07/03/2010

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Try supplementing one feeding w/apple juice and water. 1 1/2 oz of apple juice and 1 1/2 oz of water u can also try putting vasoline on a q-tip and sticking it up the butt half way. sometimes it takes a while for results w/the q-tip. also about sleep...ur baby is 2months old so she will still sleep like that. my son is 3 and he started sleeping 6 hours at a time after 2 1/2 months and that was only b/c i started giving him cereal at night along w/my breast feeding.

Christy - posted on 07/03/2010

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My babies were all very fussy when they were born. They couldn't have regular formula once they were started on it and when I was nursing I had to be on a special diet. My pediatrician told me not to use gas drops because they caused very painful cramping before the gas was passed. Instead every night or even if they were just really fussy I would give them a bath and then with lavender scented lotion I would give them a rub down. While massaging your baby rub her belly, start at the bottom of rib cage and rub in a clock wise motion a half moon stopping at the pelvis it gets things moving and helps the baby poop and pass gas. Also while rubbing her legs stretch them out and push them back up to her belly. This was REALLY helpful with my youngest. Good luck, it does get easier!

Carol - posted on 07/03/2010

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Oh yeah they also have gas drops you can use you give it to them at every feeding,it really worked with my daughter. Make sure to burp baby.

Carol - posted on 07/03/2010

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My son was formula feed and its not unusual for them to go a day or two without pooping. But constipation is caused by not having enough water is the babies system. My daughter got constipated because its a hot summer so I wasn't retaining much water. Give your baby some pedialyte. Its like gatorade for babies unlike apple juice it won't depleate baby for the sugars and enzymes they need it'll give baby more and help them pass. Also it dosent hurt to give them water. Everyone needs water, there's times that its so hot here my daughter does want milk fresh or chilled but she'll drink cold water.

Jules - posted on 07/03/2010

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Have you tried a baby heating pad? I used one with my daughter that you heat up in the microwave & it was lavender scented! I think it moves the gas along. I used it every time she was cranky & wouldn't sleep and it was a life saver! I think that the company One Step Ahead makes one...

Cat - posted on 07/03/2010

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Mylicon drops Cause constipation in little ones, its no good :( try adding a bit more water to the formula or finding an Iron Free formula because Iron can cause constipation in little ones.

Patricia - posted on 07/02/2010

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My son, (almost 4 months) gave us trouble diet wise too at first. I started out just breast feeding but he wouldn't gain weight even though he was eating plenty so we had to switch to formula supplimenting but found every formula in some way messed up his tummy. for him we have to use the Similac Alimentum... it is NOT milk based and pre broken down so it is easier to digest. but exspensive and we had to go get WIC for help paying for it.
For the sleeping at night we also had that problem but found if you swaddle him COMPLETELY right before bed nice and tight. (we had to go buy one of those 'Kiddopotamus' snugglies because he would wiggle out everytime we would us a reg. receving blanky. his problem was he tends to startle himself in his sleep by frailing him arms up and it would wake him.
Hope you have better luck!! and better sleep soon! Thats the best I got with my experience!

Kaara - posted on 07/02/2010

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a friend of mine had similar problems with her daughter and it turned out that all that black poop that is supposed to be out of there bodies within the first 2 weeks, hadn't totally gone through, she was about 4 mths old when it corrected itself. it drove my friend insane, she couldn't figure out what was wrong it was a very hard time for her.

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my lil 1 ad al d same probs also.. es allergic 2 cow's milk nd soya milk, so es on special milk at d mo. d nly tink i wud suggest s organisin a scratch test so dey can tel u exactly wat she s allergic 2 so u can take away or ad wats needed 4 er. i did dat wiv my son nd found out dats its d protein es allergic 2 nd nw i can settle em wiv a certain type of formula!

Katie - posted on 07/02/2010

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one more idea, the best formula we found was actually the Kirkland Signature generic brand from Costco, not sure if you have those where you live. He either didn't like the taste(enfamil) and they made his stool really hard. Also switching brands could disrupt her tummy to so try and pick one and stick with it for a while.

Katie - posted on 07/02/2010

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My son went through a really gassy stage at that age also. I feel your pain! He would go a couple of days totally fine and then have a day where he would scream and toot all day. We tried the supplements like mylicon and they seemed to actually make it worse. If she has this gas she probably has a sensitive tummy and adding all that stuff might be hurting her more. Have you tried different bottles? The best ones we found were the Born free bottles, they are a little more spendy but really helped with the gas. Does she gulp a lot when she is eating? she might be swallowing a lot of air so try and faster flow nipple so she can get more milk faster? When Cole would have his really bad days i would put him on his tummy across my lap and pat(kind of firm) his butt and it seemed to ease some of his pain. Those are just some thoughts! Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 07/02/2010

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My kids had the same issue and now because of all of it they only drink 1% milk and i'm debating moving them to skim milk. Try Good Start Supreme (the purple can) that's what work for my daughter till she switched to milk. I also used this formula for my son after he was on the 26 cal formula for a month or so (he was almost 6 weeks early). I've also found that apple juice done more than once a helped too but if you go that route be prepared for what i call explode butt diapers lol. I've also tried Maxlase (don't remember the exact naming) it's a powder fiber supplement you get at the store. it's in a white bottle with a purple label my daughter ped. suggested 2 tablespoons once a day twice on the first (once in the morning and once at bedtime)

Michelle - posted on 07/02/2010

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my daughter had very similar problems, i couldnt breastfeed due to being very unwell when she was born we worked with the dietition and pediatrician, we tried nutramigin and then neocate as she seemed to be uncomfortable on the nutramigin she was like a different child on this formula

Jamie - posted on 07/02/2010

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I love the advice about relactating, i think that breastmilk would be the best bet for solving your baby's GI problems.



My niece had to be raised on goat's milk with suppliments added because she wouldn't tolderate any form of formula, and even then she had terrible colic and gas... the only thing that would work for her was laying her on her back and pushing her knees into her tummy a little and rocking them in circles and back and forth, this helps work a lot of the gas out. I don't know about giving young babies fruit juices, so i can't give you any advice there...



I think if it were me i would definitely look into relactating, it sounds like formula might just be too hard to digest for your baby. Good luck!

Micah - posted on 07/02/2010

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i do baby massage talk to your midwife and ask if there is any baby massage groups near you its really good for helping babies poo my soob has a terrible time but when i do the massage he poops straigh away!! for now just rub her tummy clockwise which is the way bof the bowl and also rub down from the belly button!!x

Nicole - posted on 07/02/2010

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You can try colic ease. They sell it only at wegmans. It help with my son when he was super gassy. He was like a brand new baby. I also took him to a chiropractor once a week for the first couple months. That helped a lot with gas too.

Michelle - posted on 07/01/2010

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my son is 2 months old and had simialr problems. he would scream in pain ever time he tried too poop n he keep throwing up at first they though his intestine were tied in a knot. they changed his formual bout 5 time n it didn't help he wasn't poopin and he keep throwin up they put him on enerlac 3 times a day n didnt help. i tired karo surup n it didn't help either. so we found out that he has really bad gas n the med that they want to put him on they cant cuz he has reflux so they changed his formula again to enfamil gentlease lipil for fussiness n gas n the first day i put him on he was relieving that gas left n right.

Aimee - posted on 07/01/2010

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something called infacole and its orange flavour and its really good if that dont work try orange juice 2 ounces 2 2 ounces of water and that helps. good luck

Amanda - posted on 07/01/2010

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My son went through the same thing.. I now have him on Enfamil with lipil.. He is 2 months and 3 days old. He doesnt a great job.. If she doesnt sleep through the night put a little baby rice or baby oatmeal in the night bottle.. Which will help you sleep more trust me. My son isnt constipated so I cant help with that.. But I did find that if I gave him the baby gas drops before i fed him he would burp more and be less uncomfortable. he is also going through a growth spurt according to the doc so I find that if A bath a clean diaper a feeding and rocking dont help I just give him a little baby tylenol and that knocks him out enough for me to get some rest.

Katherine - posted on 07/01/2010

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ask ur doc. if it is ok to use mineral oil or caster oil those are the oldest remidies in the book. u also have to make sure that u r preparing the formula the right way not saying that u don't but some times the easyest thing can become so hard when u are under a lot of stress and have not had a lot of sleep i have messed up my babys bottle plenty of time and realized it after i gave it to her. if u use nursery water just try giving her about a ounce or 2 of just water. if u can't find anything to help u might want to have a second doc. take a look at her just to make sure nuthin is going wrong inside her lil belly

Brianna - posted on 07/01/2010

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O and 4 the disconfort if u lay her on her tummy and rub her sides that helps the pain or lay her on her back and push a little on her belly but start at the top and move your hand down her tummy kinda like your trying to help manually move the poop down itll help the pain and also lay her on her back and move her feet as if she was riding a bike will help get things moving and help with the pain

Brianna - posted on 07/01/2010

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I have a 3mth old and since i stopped breastfeeding her at a mnth and a half due to me getting sick and my milk supply slowed up and never started back up we have been having the same prob if u use the baby prune juice dont dilute it its already diluted stop giving her the mylicon drops they had me give her that and it only made things worse karo syrup didnt do anything for her o and she also drink gentlease by enfamil wat ive found and what her doctor told me to do is give her regular adult prune juice 2 oz of prune juice diluted in 2 oz of water becasue she drinks 4oz watever your baby drinks do half and half for 3 days or until her bowel movments become normal and she should be fine ive never used a suppository only the adult prune juice and it seems to work nicely and i dont have to switich her formula also that is possibly y she's hurting b4 i started using the adult prune juice my baby would do the same and u could tell it was cause she wasnt using it cause u could c her trying to push it out hope this helps

Anne - posted on 07/01/2010

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Fennal drink, by Hipp!! Fantastic stuff for trapped wind, have you tried not putting the full number of scups in? I did this and it helped (7oz water only 6 scoops of formula) The midwife told me to try it x

Liz - posted on 07/01/2010

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my son was having the same issue. We switched probably 3times until we got similac ORGANIC formula, And now he's doing great on it!

STACEY - posted on 06/30/2010

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hi there
my daughter is now 5months when she was born she was breast feed for two days then went to formula and none of the above made her happy it was a very hard two weeks to try get her to eat all i wanted to do was go home one thing i found was changing her formulas was making her sick and very unhappy in the end we tried the formula my first daughter had (HEINZ NURTURE GOLD) i even had to put a little bit of farrex in her drink cause she was very hungry wouldn't sleep at night( only 2-3 hours sleep) and just not a happy baby and the heins helped lots with her being constipated also at two months(i no a lot of people wont agree with the farrex at two months but just a little in her formula made the biggest difference with her sleeping since then she had been sleeping 8-12 hours every night and she is the happiest baby ever. i hope this helps in some way i know how a baby can stress you mine cried for the first two months of her life it was the hardest thing ever.kind regards stacey

Kim - posted on 06/30/2010

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my son was the same way before i changed his formula... i would let him drink a couple ounces of water before i mixed the formula in... i thought that worked better then the drops or gripe water. i would also try baby tylenol at night it will help with stomach pains and make her more relaxed i only use a 1/4 tsp. try that an hopefully it'll work for ya.

Peggie - posted on 06/30/2010

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When I switched my daughter(who is now 2 months) from Similac to Enfamil Gentle-ease, it was a blessing! Not only did she sleep better but the gas stopped and she has no more fussiness. The Gentle-Ease is for gas and fussiness, and if your daughter is already on Enfamil she should easily switch without problems. I highly reccomend this formula, it has done wonders for my daughter! Good luck and let me know if it helps ;)

Jamie - posted on 06/30/2010

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pear juice. or apple juice one worked for my son, the other worked for my daughter

Terra - posted on 06/30/2010

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that sounds exactly like my situation that i had with my daughter who is 10 weeks now. we just changed her back to the similac sensitive now that we have figured out shes lactose intolerant. while she was constipated though, her pediatrician told me i could give her no more than 2oz of pedialyte and it worked if i gave it to her everyday. hope all works for you!!

Emily - posted on 06/30/2010

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i dont know much about the feeding issue but as for the sleep, my son woke up every two hours on the dot until just before he turned one. so im sorry to say that there is a chance that is just how it is going to be with her for a while. although i agree that every hour is a bit much. my son didnt do well with formula at all either, but luckily i was blessed to be able to breastfeed him until he was ready for cows milk. i assume this is not the case with you for whatever reason since she is already 2 months old, which is perfectly ok! ive heard that nestle Good Start was a good brand, so maybe that would be something to try?

Amanda - posted on 06/30/2010

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oh and try rubbing her belly clockwise, thats supposed to help move the poo through her intestines. my mom said thats what she did when we were having problems, and also my stepsister does it too. I didn't notice it as much of a help w/ my son but it might help for ur lil girl.

Amanda - posted on 06/30/2010

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try 2 oz of apple juice w/out diluting it. My son was constipated for a whole week and it worried me and after the apple juice straight he went a couple hours later and has been regular since.

Melissa - posted on 06/30/2010

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talk to the doctor bout sending her to a speacilist (cant spell that long G word right) my daughter's doctor sent her to one. & none of that that he di helped her what helps her go is now shes potty trained & its easier for her to go i guess

Kerry - posted on 06/30/2010

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try baby massage classes they really helped with my daughter and i used cooled boiled water a couple of oz (just warm) after every other feed x hope u get this sorted its horrible watching ur baby suffer x

Tyneisha - posted on 06/29/2010

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What where the symptoms that made you believe she has a milk allergy? Most babies take a little while to get accustomed to formula period, You could try milk based lactose free formula. Most people don't realize that soy is harsher on babies than milk. I would stop with the gas drops and the laxatives because it only makes it worse. I gave my son gas drops and it seemed to make it worse. Gas is uncomfortable and somewhat painful to babies too and the drops sometimes cause it. Stick with the juice and it will work eventually. Laxatives will dehydrate your baby. If these dont work, I'd go to another doctor for a second opinion. It could be something else entirely.

Megan - posted on 06/29/2010

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My now 3 year old had almost the EXACT same issues. I ended up taking her to a pedi. gastro doctor at Childrens Hospital in Boston and they put her onNeocate infant formula. It worked WONDERS for her. It is by RX only. Feel free to FB message me if I can be of help.

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Maybe you should take her to a different Doctor for a new perspective? It seems like she is having a lot of issues with her digestion, which is unfortunate for such a young baby. Try a second opinion, a new doctor might have a fresh take and suggestions you haven't heard.

Maddison - posted on 06/29/2010

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My daughter was the same I switched her to Similac Lactose Free Fromula and that helped a bit now I put vaseline on a thermometer and put it in her bum and it gives her the urge to push (doctor recommended it to me) also better than suppositories since babies can become dependant on them.

Danielle - posted on 06/29/2010

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well when feeding her you can try to loosen up her diaper and when she tries to poop rub her belly to her poopand instead of giving her laxitives take a thermometer and stick it up her anal when she is trying to poop but not when you are rubbing her belly just have it in ther for like 5 seconds
hope that helps

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