Gassy Baby

Angela - posted on 11/28/2008 ( 14 moms have responded )

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My baby boy is eight weeks old and is always really gassy even when he burps after feeding. The infant gas drops don't seem to help much and sometimes he just screams and screams and then burps or passes gas and then is better. Is there anything I can do to help him feel better. He is bottle fed and we are slowing switching from good start to similac formula.

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Nicole - posted on 11/28/2008

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Yes, there is something you can do ... get him the similac sensitive formula and cut out the good start completely, what's happening is, when you're bouncing back and forth or however you're doing it, it's confusing his stomach ... when they are that young it's really actually unsafe for them to have two different formula's at the same time, my oldest son, we did that with him too, thought we should "slowly" switch him, the ped's even said the same thing ... once we completely switched him, it took like two days and the tummy pain was gone and he ate his bottles much better and seemed to be a much happier baby ... also try holding him with his back facing you, and bring his knees up and just lightly bounce him after he eats the sensitive formula ... it will help for those couple of days that he's gonna go through ... Has this helped?

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Try Gentlease from Enfamil. I had a lot of gas problems with my son and didn't realize it was the formula. It wasn't until I had my daughter that I figured out she was reacting to the formula. I had to try a few before I found this one and it worked great. I also found when she had started solids and her stomach matured she could go back to the other formulas without a problem. Hope that helps. :)

Kelly - posted on 11/28/2008

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Angela, I don't know where you are located, but I live in Portland, OR. My daughter was gassy and had reflux. Her pediatrician suggested prescription meds but I just wasn't ready to have her on pharmaceuticals at such a young age. I did some research online and found out about infant cranio sacral therapy. It has been such a postiive experience for us. At my daughter's first session with the therapist she passed so much gas the therapist and I were giggling. It was so funny, but such a relief for her (and me) to get things moving. I would do some research and IF you're interested call and make an appointment. I liked it because it allowed her body to heal itself naturally. We went to 3 sessions and within 2 weeks the reflux was GONE. The gas slowly passed but her bottles and formula contributed. We switched to an organic infant formula and she improved quickly. Our doctor said all formulas must meet FDA requirements so they all contain the essential items. Bonus for us...not only was the formula organic but it was $5 less a can than the Similac we were using! If you'd like to talk more about cranio sacral therapy, let me know! Best of luck!! Kelly T.

Angela - posted on 11/28/2008

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he does seem to like being up against me so maybe thats why..I never thought about that.

Wendy - posted on 11/28/2008

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My middle daughter was really gassy when she was tiny. We tried everything from switching formulas to taking stock in the drops. Alas, there was no rest in my house for the longest. . . One thing that I found that helped to, at least provide relief, was to lay her on my chest. The heat from my body against her abdomen gave her a lot of comfort and saved our sainity. Later, a nurse suggested that we swaddle her with a warm (not hot) water bottle or something of the sort for short periods of time. That helped too. Don't give up. Emily's lasted about 3 months and then her system began to mature enough that she handled the formula without all the gas.

Kim - posted on 11/28/2008

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In addition to all of the wonderful advice already given, may I suggest you do some research and/or talk to your doctor about probiotic drops? A pediatric specialist recommended them for my son due to extreme gas and they helped a lot. They are pricey though.

Jessica - posted on 11/28/2008

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If you think about what a baby eats: liquid and their common position: lying down, it makes sense that reflux might happen frequently. If we only drank liquids and were laying down constantly we'd probably have the same issue. Hopefully that's not it for your son, but if you can solve it with a Rx it might be worth it.

Angela - posted on 11/28/2008

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Thanks, he may have the reflux problem too, my sister-in-law had that as a baby and her second son had it too.

Ashleigh - posted on 11/28/2008

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Oh, and I found pushing his knees into his tummy gently really helped him relieve the gas :)

Angela - posted on 11/28/2008

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We actually tried those Dr. Browns bottles and it was even worse...I think because they don't allow any air when he would pause eating the formula would still flow and then he would choke and start gagging. We usually burp him several times when he eats or at least try to burp him, every so often he won't burp no matter how much I burp him. Thanks for the prayers :)

Ashleigh - posted on 11/28/2008

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Im breastfeeding my little guy, but he was the same way. He had supreme gas and he was colicky, but I made sure I always burped him after he ate, even if he fell asleep. I used Gripe Water, but I found it didn't really do anything to help him. I pretty much had to watch every single thing I was eating, because it seemed to upset his tummy! I make sure I dont eat anything or give him anything now (he's 8 months old now) that may contain milk, it's an allergy that runs in both our families so I decided not to take the risk. I know that there is a kind of formula that you can get that is easy on the tummy, and one that is lactose free...there is also soy formula as well.

Jessica - posted on 11/28/2008

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You should tell your pediatrician about his symptoms and see if he/she thinks it could be acid reflux. I thought my baby boy was gassy too and his doctor thought it sounded more like reflux. She gave him a Rx for Prevacid and that solved it! Does he pull away from the bottle at all, arch his back, fussy on and off? The only way to find out is to put him on the meds and see if it works but for us it was worth trying. He was miserable, the poor thing, and so much happier after. Good luck!

User - posted on 11/28/2008

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Angela, have you tried any different bottles? I hear people swear by Dr. Brown's bottles. It might be worth a try.. The other suggestion might be (I don't want to assume you're not already trying this) taking the bottle away for a little bit to burp more often. It would take longer to feed him, but might cut down on the amount of air he's getting, therefore reducing the gas.
I'll be praying for you!!!

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