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Baby Cries When She Farts
One yr old baby cries a lot in the morning and flatulence passes from his stomach in squatting position. How can I help him to relieve his discomfort?
Hi, when 3 month baby cries lot, not having feeding for some time, move her mouth away from feeding, can be stomach overfull or gas, if yes maftal spa?
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2 week old infant with gas pain. OTC medication not helping. Any time she has to fart or poo she just struggles and cries.?
Most of these issues: Do not occur, or are very infrequent with breast feeding; are far more common with all forms of breast milk alternative, despite all the marketing. Seek out help worthy of your trust; will end-up far better for you, your child & family. Study: Attachment Parenting & the bountiful work of pediatrician: William Sears, M.D. & his wife; Martha Sears, RN, & their many books for some wisdom/solutions. ...Read more
Is it normal for 2 weeks old babies to have gas a lot? My baby when she drinks her milk usually she farts is it normal?
Yes: All babies swallow some air when they feed and it either comes out as burps or farts. ...Read more
Yes: It can be painful, if severe, but mostly it is just discomfort. When babies suck, they do so vigorously, and if they suck in air while feeding, that air must be burped out, or else travel the bowel till it passes as gas on the other end, which can cause cramping. When feeding, keep the head higher than the stomach, burp often, get a good seal, and keep bottles upright to stop air/fluid levels. ...Read more
Simethicone: Over the counter simethicone drops (mylicon or infant gas drops). Are perfectly safe. The dose is 0.3 ml every 3 hrs as needed. If you are breast feeding take a look at your diet. Anything that makes you gassy may have the same effect on baby! If symptoms continue on the drops, talk to your pediatrician. Good luck! ...Read more
Any age: Children's gas drops (most contain Simethicone & others are "homeopathic") are often okay to give to young infants, including newborns. However, you should read the indications & instructions for any product and consult your Pediatrician if you feel something more serious could be going on. ...Read more
Digestive issues: Babies are born with all systems intact but not fully mature. Many enzymes needed for digestion are not mature until 6-9 months. Many babies are also not colonized with beneficial bacteria in the birth process, and good bacteria aid in digestion. All these can lead to poor fermentation and digestion of food and hence more gas. ...Read more
No: The only gas product that has been shown to be safe in babies is simethicone. ...Read more
Probably not.: For most babies, simethicone oral drops are used. There are no reported side effects for this medication. However, if the need for the gas drops involves constipation, perhaps that should be addressed as well. Certainly anything is possible; however, in my 30 years of pediatric office practice, I have never had a parent complain to me that simethicone drops constipate. Another gas medicine might. ...Read more
Infant colic: Prevacid (lansoprazole) is not known to cause gas. It is used to reduce acid and thus treat reflux to prevent the esophagus from getting inflamed. It is normally given to children more than 1 years old but is commonly used for newborns. If you are right, I would suggest simply using half the dose for a day or so and see if the "gas" is gone. If not, stay on the Prevacid (lansoprazole) and change your infant's diet. ...Read more
Can babies breathe faster if they have gas? How come it feels like my baby breathes so much faster sometimes. I timed it at 45 breathes for min
Infants breathe fast: Babies generally breathe faster than adults. They can breathe normally at 30 – 60 breaths per minute. ...Read more
Yes: Yes it is still available. The generic name is simethicone. ...Read more
They don't work. : Babies swallow air when crying & bottle-feeding. Till ~ 6 weeks, their intestinal smooth muscle does not coordinate propulsion of liquid & air. Use the "football hold". Put baby on your forearm, head at your elbow, face down. Press your palm against his tummy, flex his hips, encircle one leg with your fingers & roll him gently against your chest. Tilt head up to burp, tush up to pass gas. ...Read more
When are oval drops given for gassy babies? Before gas to prevent it or wait until passing gas occurs? Same question for gripe water
When you please: I'm not convinced that either do anything for babies but it does give moms something to do, and some swear by them. ...Read more
5 year old, 50lbs — what is safe simethicone liquid (infant version) dose? What would be safe chew tablet (i.e. adult gas-x) dose for him?
Simethicone : The chew tab Gas-X which is 80 mg is a safe dose to give him. All the best. ...Read more
Can an infant become constipated if they are on similac sensitive? She was previously on similac advanced but had to switch because of gas/ diaharrea
We have a month old infant who is gassy. We do our best to aggresively make him burp but within an hour after feed, he gets up crying from gas pain. Are there any other remedies?
Some possibilities: Babies swallow air- when they eat, suck or cry. During feedings, try to burp him in between every ounce, or between nursing on each side. Hold him upright (on your shoulder) for 15-20 minutes after feedings to help allow the air to rise up and escape, and not get trapped under the milk. Try a lactose free formula. Try simethicone (gas drops for infants). Check with your doctor if this continues. ...Read more
Is it possible that breastmilk can cause tummy upsets in babies even aftr eliminating all gas causing like chocolate, tea etc from my diet?
My 8yr old daughter had been taking infant movicol fir a week and gas passed pale stools over the last two days. Is this connected to the medication?
Laxative: Movical is a laxative and depending on the dose will cause loose stools if dose is higher than needed. The medication should not affect the color of her stools, so if they look really unusually pale, it could be related to either dietary change or decrease in bile from the liver. If she has dark urine or abdominal pain, she should be seen. ...Read more
How about gripe waters for reflux and gas issues for babies? How about mom drinking tea w/ chamomile, fennel, and ginger? What probiotics to use?
Possibly helpful: As someone who practices integrative pediatrics, I do incorporate these remedies for colic/gas in babies. Gripe waters that contain small amounts of fennel and ginger are likely safe as are chamomile and fennel teas (for baby or mom — if baby is under 6m, don't give more than 1 oz 3x per day). Probiotics (bifidus, lactobacillus) have been shown to be safe and effective. ...Read more
Can simethicone cause fetal retention in babies? 11 days old took drops for gas all bowel movements for 3 days have been stimulated rectally.
Gas Drops: Simethicone can cause the stools to become harder in some cases. Give the baby some water (2 ounces twice a day) to encourage the stools. Also, the bowel movements are changing to the baby's normal stool pattern and maybe the baby only has to actually have a BM every 2-3 days. If the stools are coming soft when they come, everything is most likely fine. ...Read more
Need more info: An infant may be startled by the sensation of emptying. Little girls are prone to irritation from stool ot soap on their sensitive genitals. Some will dig at themself in light sleep and abrade sensitive skin that burns when urine passes over it. Some may have a bladder infection or infection of the outlet. A description of age and sex helps us focus on an issue. ...Read more
Crying: Does she cry during the day too or only at night? Does she stop crying when she is picked up, try to swaddle her, gentle rocking, soft soothing sounds, feed her, change diaper, a nice warm bath before she sleeps, all these can help calm her down, but is if she constantly crying & you can't comfort her, then call her pediatrician or get checked by her doctor. I hope she feels better soon. ...Read more