Friday, December 26, 2008

Gas at 2 A.M.

Any ideas for helping with Samuel's gas pains. They seam the worst at 2 A.M. He screams and can't be consoled. At first I was thinking it was a really big BM, but then all he does is fart. I've tried Mylicon drops, occasionally, but maybe I should be using them at every feeding. Advice needed!

10 comments:

Ashley said...

I hate to say it, but not much of anything we did for Dec's gas helped. He had to "grow out" of his sensitivities to his gas pains. For him, that was around 11-12 weeks. Now, he just rips loud toots like it's nobody's business. You can try to lay him on his back and move his legs like in a circular motion. Gas drops never worked for Declan. We had to get on concentrate "ready made" formula to reduce the gas pains. Just hang in there. Wish I could help more!

Rebecca said...

Sit him on top of a running dryer in his bouncy chair (or anything else he can sit in). The vibrations and warmth should sooth him to sleep. Also backrubs and belly rubs help, check out baby massage, there's a certain way to rub to help ease the gas pain.

Debbie B said...

Rub his belly. Lie him across your lap and pat his back.
That's all I've heard. The Mylicon drops worked for Isabel.

Maybe think about trying a different bottle that gets less air. We use the Playtex drop in and for the first few months we pushed most of the air out before giving it to her.

Kathleen*Bass said...

The babies at work often settle down and feel better when we lay them on our knees, on their belly. I think it takes the pressure off or readjusts the pressure so the gas can escape. Some mommies have tried mylicon drops in the bottles, some try before every feeding, but most of the babies just need to burped more often. One baby is burped every 2-3 minutes, minimum. He is not a gassy baby anymore.
Good luck! I am sure its frustrating, especially at 2am!

Paula Houde said...

Hi Tracey,
Katie had lots of trouble with gas too. We had to change her formula to a soy base. We also used a lot of mylicon drops. If they didn't work, we'd stretch her out over our shoulders and just pat her back and walk and walk and walk. :-) It's tough because you feel so helpless. (And she hated stretching out because she loved curling up into a little ball to snuggle). On another note...Samuel is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing all the pictures.

sarah7181 said...

Our son had really bad gas pain as well. The mylicon never worked, but we used Gripe Water and it is fantastic. It works very quickly. It will also help in the future when he starts teething. Teething can cause an upset stomach, and the gripe water helps that as well. Also, it works for hiccups. you can get it in the pharmacy section near the gripe water.

Annie said...

Merry Baby's First Christmas! Swings are a lifesaver at 2 am. Don't know if it helps with gas or not, but swings got us through. It's like rocking only it keeps on going when you nod off:)

Headless Mom said...

My #2 had the same problem...Here's what I did:

Lay him on his back on your legs (while you are sitting, or even lay him on the bed or couch.) Move his legs into his chest-together and/or one at a time-slowly, steadily; almost like doing crunches. You can also move his legs side to side with his legs half way up to his chest. After a few 'reps' he should begin to toot-but keep it up until he's done.

Good luck! Hope this helps!

The Mom said...

It's totally taboo this day and age, but we ended up putting my son on his tummy to sleep to relieve the pressure and gas. We went through EVERY formula made and none of them did the trick, even gas drops in every bottle did little. If during the day if he's close and can be watched, let him rest on his tummy. At night we had the monitor as close as possible to my son and to this day he's a tummy sleeper. *good luck*

My Goodness said...

We used to lay baby on her back and make her 'ride a bike' with her legs...hope he finds relief soon! :)