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Old 08-20-2007, 12:06 PM   #1
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Very gassy baby!!!

I'm just wondering if what I think is "very gassy" is normal or not?? The pediatrician has pretty much told me that besides using Mylicon drops, there isn't anything that can be done for gas. Anyway, obviously this is my first baby--my daughter is 6 weeks old tomorrow (she was a little premature by the way, 3 weeks and 1 day early). She gets both breastmilk and formula. Starting around 2 weeks old she started getting more gassy and it worsened. Basically she'll eat and then start grunting, and moving her legs around (like up to her belly), and sometimes cries periodically. Some days/nights she'll cry and fuss most of the day and night. She has very large burps because she is a very noisy eater, whether at the breast or bottle (in fact the lactation consultant told us she had the loudest burp from a baby that she's ever heard, lol). But we burp her a lot. And she passes gas a lot obviously! Anyway, the grunting thing is the worst of it-- is basically ALL she does. She doesn't even sleep well because of all the grunting, and also I'M not sleeping well either with all the grunting. Basically, she eats, then doses and grunts until the next feeding. Some days I am just so tired, I feel like I'm going to lose it--without my DH around to give me 3 hours or so sleep after he gets home from work, I don't know what I'd do!!

Mylicon drops don't seem to help. The pediatrician started medication for acid reflux because she was also having frequent painful spit-ups, but that is MUCH better--but she is still very gassy. The formula we are using is Similac Advanced with Iron. We tried a different formula without lactose (same brand though), that was supposedly to help colicky, gassy babies, but it made no difference. And she doesn't seem any more or less gassy whether on formula or breastmilk. We also tried several different bottles, and we use the Dr. Brown ones just because they seem to help the most. Is every baby like this??!! The pediatrician says often they'll outgrow this by 3 months. I am so tired, I don't know how I'll do another 6 weeks of this, plus I feel bad for her...

So, anyway, I'm curious, does this sound like excessive gas, or am I just a wimp? Also, any other ideas to help?
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Old 08-20-2007, 01:42 PM   #2
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Re: Very gassy baby!!!

Our boy was pretty gassy too. We eventually got a sleep positioner and let him sleep on his side 'cause he was so uncomfortable on his back. He slept much much better! Hope that helps.

 
Old 08-20-2007, 01:58 PM   #3
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Re: Very gassy baby!!!

We have a lot in common. My son was also 3 weeks early, but he was 7 lbs. 4 oz. so I think he was ready to be born. I felt like he was also very gassy on Similac. (I also breastfed and supplemented with formula). It was like clockwork - about 50 minutes after he ate, he would start screaming and pulling up his legs. He would then fall asleep - only to wake and to start the process all over again. I agree, Mylicon didn't seem to work.

I switched to Infamil LIPIL and it he seemed to get better in about 2-3 days. I don't know if it was the formula change or the fact that he was getting older and he was adjusting to everything.



My advice is to try another formula. Best of luck.

 
Old 08-20-2007, 04:35 PM   #4
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Re: Very gassy baby!!!

I would suggest you look at your diet. It may be something you're passing in your breastmilk. Dairy is a huge one for babies being uncomfortable. Any gassy/spicy veggies as well....broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, peppers, and the like. I avoided all those in the early weeks. Strawberries, pineapples can make some babies fussy. I ate pretty bland food,

My babies were all huge grunters when they slept. It was awful. Usually they were still sleeping and just grunting. I didn't blame it on gas, but more of their immature sleep cycles. With our first daughter I was paranoid and thought something was wrong with her, so I, too, rarely slept. But then when our second came along I realized that babies can be very LOUD sleepers, so she was put into her room at 3 weeks old. With our third, we lived in new home and I was uncomfortale with the layout to put him in his own room. So he actually slept in our master closet for a couple months. It's the size of a small room anyway. I just left the door open,put a night light in the bathroom and then closed the bathroom door (you walk through our bathroom to get to the closet) That way I was close to him, but didn't have to hear every grunt and groan because I didn't use a monitor either. I just responded to the cry, not all the other noises he made.

 
Old 08-20-2007, 06:45 PM   #5
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Re: Very gassy baby!!!

My daughter was much gassier than my boys. I have her on the Generic Gentle formula from Walmart (Enfamil). It took over a week, but once the formula was able to work, she was a new baby. Make sure you don't only try a new formula for 2-3 days, give it 1 to 2 weeks. Let her lay for awhile on her tummy after she eats and before bedtime to get the gas out. My DD sleeps on her tummy all day and it helps her to feel better. This way, when she's ready to go down for the night, she seems to have worked out all the farts and burps

 
Old 08-20-2007, 07:02 PM   #6
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Re: Very gassy baby!!!

Your baby may still have some gas for the next several weeks, but some of the following may help (I know some other posters have suggested some of the same):

Ask the ped about the possibility of a low iron formula. Most do not recommend it to start, but if your baby is having a lot of difficulty with gas and is otherwise healthy, he or she may suggest trying that. You could also ask about one of the pre-digested formulas. Eventually we had to go to that with our DD.

Look at your diet. If you are eating and/or drinking things that promote gas, including milk products, try eliminating those for awhile.

Try burping the baby before a feeding as well as during and afterwards.

Try having her sleep on her side or tummy or upright in her carseat or swing (you can include the headrest). Being flat on the back is the absolute most painful position for anyone with gas. You might also try wearing her in a sling during the day.

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Old 08-20-2007, 07:35 PM   #7
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Re: Very gassy baby!!!

My little girl was two weeks early and we noticed by her second week that she was having significant issues with gas. It was terrible - screaming, crying, her poor little face showing she was in pain - it was just horrible. We worked with her doctor and tried the mylicon drops (which some people swear works) and every kind of formula (including the Similac hypoallergenic Alamentum and the Enfamil hypoallergenic Nutramagen) - nothing worked. We ended up seeing a gastro specialist for her and found out she had a protein allergy, so we were able to find the right formula, Elecare.

Hopefully it's something much easier than all this for you - it could be your diet, or even a simple change to your formula. Just know that there is relief - I promise!

Good luck to you both while you work through this.

 
Old 08-22-2007, 03:11 PM   #8
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Re: Very gassy baby!!!

Oh THANK YOU everyone for your input. You've given me lots of ideas to try. First thing I think I'll try is another formula for longer this time. I think I'll try the Enfamil first, then ask the pediatrician again if that doesn't help. He doesn't seem worried about all this grunting and gas, but it's driving me (and her) crazy.

We already try having her sleep on her side or upright (we have an upright ******* baby seat that she'll sleep in)--sleeping upright doesn't seem to help for the gas, but is great for the spitting up. Sleeping on the side is somewhat better, but she still grunts. Sleeping on her belly is best yet, but I'm just afraid to leave her that way. But maybe I'll do that more during the day?

As far as my diet--I already have tried eliminating all offending foods except milk. Although I only drink at most maybe 1/4 cup a day anyway (in my oatmeal)--mostly I drink soy and rice drinks. But I've wondered about those too. Maybe I'll try no milk for a week? Then maybe no soy for a week, etc??

Anyway, all good ideas--again thank you, you've all given me hope!
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:18 PM   #9
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We already try having her sleep on her side or upright (we have an upright ******* baby seat that she'll sleep in)--sleeping upright doesn't seem to help for the gas, but is great for the spitting up. Sleeping on the side is somewhat better, but she still grunts. Sleeping on her belly is best yet, but I'm just afraid to leave her that way. But maybe I'll do that more during the day?
Again, the grunting may not be totally a gas thing. Babies very noisy sleepers. They have very short REM cycles, so the grunting, snorting, moaning noises are when they come out of that REM sleep. As they get older the cycles become longer, more adult like. All my babies grunted while they slept. And no, they didn't do it nearly as much on their bellies. I, too, let mine sleep on their bellies during the day.

 
Old 08-22-2007, 03:55 PM   #10
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Re: Very gassy baby!!!

I do think a small portion of her grunting is from the sleep cycles, at least when she appears to not be painful. However, much of her grunting is obviously painful, as she often cries as well, and is frequently bringing her legs up to her belly and making grimaces, etc. Unfortunately this painful grunting appears to be about 80-90% of her issue. At least that's the way it appears to me. But I'll try a few things and let you know...
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Old 08-22-2007, 06:55 PM   #11
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Re: Very gassy baby!!!

Hey girl. Yes, my little man is grunting and gassy too. I honestly think it is a touch of colic. He is even on a hypoallergenic formula (he has a milk protein allergy) and he still has it! Zantac helps minimally, but I pray he outgrows it soon. I am also feeding him a TON b/c he spits up so much (no matter what position he is in!). So, I am at a loss. I feel for you...the grunting can be so annoying, esp at night. Well, he is hungry, again, so I have to go!

 
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Re: Very gassy baby!!!

Try the Enfamil Gentlease Lipil its for babies with fussiness and gas. Also do a search online for colic ease gripe water.My 1st child had terrible terrible colic /gas this really did the trick.

 
Old 08-23-2007, 06:47 AM   #13
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Re: Very gassy baby!!!

When we went to the gastro specialist, we discussed the fact that my daughter was constantly eating and confirmed that because she had stomach pains, she would want to eat more to try to ease her stomach. Once we had the right formula for her, this all changed.

Good luck!

 
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