P.S. I must be doing something wrong, because we've been using Mylicon and gripe water, and it doesn't seem to help. Or her gas would be phenomenally worse without the two products...
You aren't doing anything "wrong," it's trial and error with almost all babies. Might take a look at what you are eating...sometimes that can cause gas...at least from what I remember, my boys are 27 & 25. Big hugs! Things will get better as they get different
Posted by: Connie at March 31, 2010 08:08 AM (L6nIP)
My first son had awful gas depending on what I ate. My second son, I could eat whatever I wanted and it didn't effect him at all. So, food may or may not be her problem, but it's worth a shot!
What bothered my first son was anything that can cause mild gas in adults~it really bothered him. I had to avoid broccoli, onions, beans and cucumbers with him.
When she seems to be in a lot of pain, think about what you ate before she ate. Like Connie said, it's trial and error.
My son also got better after he hit the 6 week mark.
Posted by: Tracy S at March 31, 2010 08:55 AM (3N/bf)
Our big problem with our littlest guy was that I eat a lot of dairy and was breastfeeding. He just couldn't handle the dairy. At one point he was on 3 different prescriptions and was still having problems. The pediatrician agreed with me that we needed to start from scratch instead of adding more meds. He suggested I cut dairy out of my diet. Within 12 hours of me stopping dairy he started feeling better. It made ALL the difference. He didn't even need the prescriptions after that.
He's 19 months old now, and handles dairy just fine. He eats pretty much everything.
Just back then his delicate little tummy couldn't handle it.
I thought I'd mention this because dairy can be a common culprit among babies who are breastfed and having tummy problems. Good luck finding something that works for you. It's terrible to see our babies uncomfortable.
Posted by: Amber at March 31, 2010 11:35 AM (DRxYU)
I would ask the doc about possible reflux. I think the vomiting and gas can be symptoms of that. If it is reflux, propping her at night (towel or something under the top of her mattress, or a sleeping wedge) can sometimes help.
I remember now, after reading your last post, how tough that first month was. I think I had a little bit of mommy amnesia... now that he's 6 months, I'd almost forgotten how hard it was in the beginning. I think I called my mom every day or so asking for advice, and if this or that was normal, and if I was doing this right. I second-guessed myself so much, and yes...I was definitely still hurting from labor (I too had a nasty episiotomy), plus I was under the impression that breastfeeding wasn't supposed to hurt if you were doing it right, and yet here I was with cracked and bleeding nipples - I ended up doing a lot of pumping and bottle feeding the first couple of weeks until we both got the hang of it.
Yeah, it's hard, but like I said...it's one of those things that you just kind of forget as your baby gets older and you move on to new & different challenges, until someone reminds you. If we didn't have mommy amnesia, I think fewer people would have multiple children
Best of luck to you.
Posted by: Leofwende at March 31, 2010 01:14 PM (28CBm)
NONE of those worked for us. There were these gas drops we had to buy at our pharmacy that finally helped. I will try to remember what they were called...you might be able to get them. Not sure since we are in Canada. They were the ONLY thing that finally worked. They had to be kept refrigerated. One dose a day...it was heaven to finally have SOMETHING that worked.
Posted by: Stacy at March 31, 2010 02:15 PM (qlReK)
We had scads of other stuff going on, so not sure if any of this is relevant--but keeping him upright, even to sleep (like in a bouncer chair?) and cutting out dairy *completely* (even reading labels and avoiding things like natural flavorings, which can be dairy-based) were important for us. And waiting for growth. I know hearing you have to wait can be horrible--I'm sorry. I hope things smooth out quickly for you.
Posted by: Lucy at March 31, 2010 04:49 PM (YNvUz)
The drops didn't work for us either...just made him spit-up more...
Posted by: CaliValleyGirl at March 31, 2010 06:05 PM (yMqzQ)
If Mycolon and Gripe water aren't working then it might be time to see the pedi. Our daughter could not handle a single drop of milk and it wasn't until I stopped breastfeeding and went to an amino based formula combined with Prevacid that she stopped projectile vomiting and slept through the night. She was almost a year at the time. No one told me that what I was eating was affecting her and it took a GI specialist to recognize she was having food issues. There are a few products designed to help them sleep in the upright position, one is the Tucker Sling; it is to be used in their crib to keep them from sliding down the mattress when you elevate one end. The other is the Nap Nanny, which is a "chair" for newborns and you can even put them on their tummies to help press the stomach sphincter closed. The first 2 months are the hardest!! It does get better or at least you get better at meeting their needs before they realize what is needed so the fussyness is shortened in duration. Ditto to everything posted above!
Posted by: Tracey at March 31, 2010 06:58 PM (x+F0t)
Mutant babies likely need mutant baby milk.
Our son got gassy if The Mrs. ate broccoli, the daughter just liked to vomit until we started giving her zantac. We didn't have to give her the zantac very long, eventually she grew out of the projectile vomiting.
Posted by: Chuck at March 31, 2010 08:57 PM (bMH2g)
Also, now is the time to throw out all of you dijon or other brown mustards. Eventually, you'll change a runny diaper, and then be making lunch, and notice the small spot of mustard on your wrist, and lick it off, only to realize THAT. WAS. NOT. MUSTARD.
It's been French's yellow for me ever since.
Posted by: Chuck at March 31, 2010 09:02 PM (bMH2g)
Just a thought....if you continue to have cracked and bleeding nipples have baby grok looked at for thrush. It would show up as a white fuss or film in her mouth. I nursed two and had no problems untill number three. I sympathize.
Posted by: cindy h at April 01, 2010 08:21 AM (gcBP7)
Sarah, ditto to what the other said - I really had to watch what I was eating when nursing - anything spicy, broccoli or any alcohol (not that I was boozing it up, but even a glass of wine would set them off) If she keeps projectile vomiting, I'd ask the ped if she has reflux. keep us posted!
Posted by: Keri at April 01, 2010 08:27 AM (6/M22)
Caffeine irritated my older daughter's reflux. Even just a cup of coffee or a glass of Diet Dr. Pepper would cause hours of crying and projectile vomiting. Of course, it took about two months before I realized what was causing her "colic", but once I eliminated caffeine from my diet, it was like having a new infant. I hope you figure out what works for you. Motherhood is an exhausting, but ultimately rewarding enterprise :-)
Posted by: Val L. at April 01, 2010 10:25 AM (qNYP5)
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