Re: Newborn with painful gas/constipation.. need advice
First, is he breastfed or formula fed? For a breastfed baby I would go and see his pediatritan, and in the meantime cut all of the gassy foods in your diet. I had something similar happen with my daughter, only she was projectile vomiting as well. It took the docs about 4 months to figure out what the problem was. The valve in her stomach leading to her intestines wasn't working properly. The milk would sit in her stomach for about 4 hours (normal time is 30 mins) before it would move on the her intestines. So the milk would start to digest in her stomach, which can be very bad. It makes more stomach acid, and some things, like milk, will start to ferment(causing gas). They put her on a low-dose medication and after a year she outgrew it.
If he's on formula you could first try putting a tablespoon of prune juice in his bottle twice a day. He will barely notice the taste, and even if he does he'll get used to it quickly. That should solve the constipation, and possibly the gas as well.
Also try keeping him semi-upright (put a flat pillow under his shoulders and head so it's more of a slope, or put him in a front carrier if you have one) for 30 mins after he feeds.
Steph, mum of Emma- March 14, 2003