How can I help my 6mnth old from waking because of gas??

Sheree - posted on 06/26/2009 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Sorry for the weird question but I'm wanting to know if any other mums have a similar situation.




My son Ryan has recently started waking frequently and it seems to be because of gas and he needs to pass wind(fart). Most of the time I can go and settle him straight back to sleep by reassuring him with his dummy and sometimes pat his tummy. He's getting a little better (he used to scream and scream) but now he generally needs to be completly relaxed even feeding to be able to pass wind (fart). It can be a little frustrating knowing that he could be a good sleeper without this trouble. Any advice, suggestions, even knowing similar experiences would be very helpful.

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Jessica - posted on 06/27/2009

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Give him mylacon. It is for gas and it worked on all 3 of my boys. It's not cheap but worth it!!! Hope this helps

Sheree - posted on 06/27/2009

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unfortuantly ive never heard of mylicon drops, are they available in New Zealand??

Andrea - posted on 06/26/2009

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Two of my sons had colic when they were smaller and mylecon drops helped so much! Also if your son is having trouble passing gas i would try " bicycling" his legs. That just means rotating his legs as if he is riding a bike. It helped my sons alot. I hoppe your son feels better!

Lisa - posted on 06/26/2009

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my son had colic (gas) also. we used to warm his bottles and give mylicon drops before bed. as much as you can keep his belly warm. wrap a blanket around his belly, while he is awake. i feel for you my son had it bad. it will end soon.

Alicia - posted on 06/26/2009

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Well as far as gas, gas x or mylecon drops are a life saver! However if your son is in alot of discomfort while feeding, and very gassy at night than it could be the formula if you bottle feed. Also keep in mind that your son is right at the age that teething begins, and when they are teething, they wake up alot during the night! Teething tablets are what i use, and THEY ARE A LIFE SAVER! all natural and boy do they work! I get them at the drug store in the baby section, they are called humphry's teething tablets, or hylands teething tablets.... I use them even now, and my daughter is 1 1/2 and cutitng some of the most difficult teeth. Hope this helps! If the problem continues i would consult his ped.

Lee-Ann - posted on 06/26/2009

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I find giving my baby lots of frequent tummy times while she's up helps. and when i change her nappy i do the upside down I Love U massage on her tummy. Basically rub down his left (your right) hand side of tummy from ribs to hip, across the top of his tummy (rib to rib) and down the side, then up his right (your left) hand side hip to rib, across and down. It follows the flow of the large intestine, moisturiser or oil helps. You can find this on the net, plunket (new zealand) teach it. Also avoid gassy solids if he's on any (like brocoli, cabbage, onion etc) and hard to digest foods (banana can be hard for some babies if it's not very ripe) until he's a little older as it may just be a case of a maturing digestive system.

Pamela - posted on 06/26/2009

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My son had the same problem he was a very gassy baby !! . I started burping 1/2 way thru every bottle , and i would give him Infacol drops before bed ! they were amazing the gas was coming out like crazy when i gave him those drops and he slept great too .



I got the drops from walmart if you want to give them a try for about 8$



Good luck : )

Sheree - posted on 06/26/2009

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Thanks for your replys. I have consulted the doctor about the issue when he was due for his immunisations and she didn't seem too concerned, all she suggested was to give apple/prune juice which didn't seem to make a difference. Should I be worried that it could be something a little more serious??

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Hi Sheree, I don't know what you can do to help that. You really should take to his pedi to make sure something else is not going on. Just to be sure.. and maybe your pedi can offer some advice on how to help : ) Good luck. . .

Sheree - posted on 06/26/2009

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It's not so much the wind burp bubbles bothering him, he will burp by himself now and I do ensure I burp him before he goes down, it's the other end of things. It's when he needs to fart that we have this trouble and is waking him because I'm guessing he has a sore tummy. He can do poos ok so I don't quite understand why this would bother him so much. It's almost like he needs assistance/force to help the process along as I said above he needs to be relaxed or even feeding. I sometimes wonder if he stops himself too. Is there anything I can try to help the process?

User - posted on 06/26/2009

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Gotta get those bubbles outta the kid! Burp, burp, and burp! Some of those little buggers are really hard to burp! Try rubbing in a circular motion instead of patting. Maybe move your 'pat' around to different parts of the back. If all else fails: symethicone!



You can also tilt the little one further back, a little forward...pivot them around while patting until you find the 'spot' that lets those bubbles out!

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Not a weird question at all. One thing that helped me is to 'take a burp break' 1/2 through the feeding. This really helped my baby get out some air that got trapped in her belly. If you are using formula try a different version. they have some on the market special for babies with gas issues, sensitive bellies and you may also try a soy version. He may have an issue with the milk. The only other thing I would suggest is smaller feedings at each session. Maybe he's getting too much food in his belly before bed? That may be uncomfortable? If it continues you may want to talk to your Dr., You never know what's going on in a baby's belly : )

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