Baby Has Lots of Gas Pain

Updated on March 03, 2008
N.G. asks from Carmel Valley, CA
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Hello! My 4 month old is very gassy and cries in pain for 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. I have given up dairy, tried different non-allergenic formulas, myclin drops, gripe water, massage and she still seems to be in pain. I feel really bad because I work full time which leaves my mother to take care of her while she is in pain. Any suggestions on other things I can try? I was told 3 to 4 months is the magic number but not for my little cutie......

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S.S.

answers from Sacramento on

Have had this issue several times. Kate B gave the best advice. The only thing I would add is getting the powder probiotics for babies at the health food store. Dip you finger in and put in on baby's tongue right before each feeding. This will help baby digest better. Love that gripe water. The benefit over mylacon is you can give it more frequently if needed.
Mom of 7 and many of those with allergies. Chocolate is big gas culprit.

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V.B.

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When my son was about 2 months old, he was having the gassy pains also. i found it to help when i gave him some warm juice. if that didnt work, maybe warm soothing bath. sometime a bath with relax and calm them.

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S.S.

answers from Sacramento on

Have had this issue several times. Kate B gave the best advice. The only thing I would add is getting the powder probiotics for babies at the health food store. Dip you finger in and put in on baby's tongue right before each feeding. This will help baby digest better. Love that gripe water. The benefit over mylacon is you can give it more frequently if needed.
Mom of 7 and many of those with allergies. Chocolate is big gas culprit.

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R.B.

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Hi N.,

We still use Colic Ease Gripe Water (baby is now 13 months). We started when she was very little and gassy. It works miracles. http://colicease.com/

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N.J.

answers from San Francisco on

We had the same problem with my 11 year old daughter when she was a baby. We used some drops that we got from wal-mart. I think they were called naldecon (sp) The peditrician recommended them and we used them often for at least 8-9 months!! We also took turns walking the floor rocking her and sitting with her laying across our lap on her belly while rocking our feet up and down. You can also try laying your child on their back and rotating their legs in a bicycle motion. Placing a warm washcloth on the belly helps somewhat too. We went through this for long time. If she stopped crying after an hour we were lucky!! Good luck to you.

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V.B.

answers from Bakersfield on

When my son was about 2 months old, he was having the gassy pains also. i found it to help when i gave him some warm juice. if that didnt work, maybe warm soothing bath. sometime a bath with relax and calm them.

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E.V.

answers from San Francisco on

gripe water worked wonders for my son...good luck.

K.M.

answers from San Francisco on

You're busy. I applaud you. Do you think the constant change of environment may have something to do with it? are you sure all these different caretakers are giving her exactly the same amount of the same temperature feedings at the same time of day? She may jsut be real sensitive to change. "Similac" formula is guaranteed to reduce gas pains and it worked for mine. It is important to mix it exactly according to directions too.

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M.W.

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Mylcon works wonders. You give a couple drops at each feeding. There are also some herbal remedies on the market. Good luck.

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S.L.

answers from San Francisco on

hi there

When we were first giving our son formula, we tried Infamil.. and well, it was soooooooo rich, he ended up getting major gas pains.. we finally found nestle carnation's goodstart. it's much thinner than other formulas and did the trick NO MORE GAS.... although my son is 6 now.. .we will never forget how much gas other formulas gave him.. I can't recommend the carnation goodstart enough.. it def worked for us..
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J.W.

answers from San Francisco on

I have a different take on this. My daughter had what appeared to be gas pains similar to yours. Turns out she was intolerant to the amount of iron in most formulas. When we switched to low iron formula all was fine. Just a thought if you are possibly iron intolerant.

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J.W.

answers from Salinas on

Try colycynthis homeopathic from 1800HOMEOPATHY- great company. Good luck.

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J.M.

answers from San Francisco on

Try abdominal massage to releive gas pain. I have used a book called Mother Massage in the past, there is a section on infant massage that you will find helpful. Also, have your baby tested for allergies, there could be a common ingredient that's causing the discomfort. Good Luck!!

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K.B.

answers from Sacramento on

Hi! First I would consider eliminating other foods from your diet. Find a list of all high allergy foods and eliminate them for two weeks. If she is less fussy, then slowly add them in one at a time to find the culprit. Some hypo-allergenic formulas are made with corn syrup and many babies are allergic to corn so I never quite understood that. Gripe water, Chamomile tea, or a bay leaf boiled in water can help to soothe troubled tummies. My daughter has a lot of food allergies but what really bothered her from my milk was chocolate and tomato but every baby is different. Also try the football hold, it works wonders. Baby face down on your arm with her face towards your elbow. Walk around with a firm bounce while patting her bottom. Bicycling the legs is also helpful but of course these are all just soothing the existing problem. I would definitely try searching more to find the food that bothers her. But definitely stop by a health food store and pick up some Gripe Water!! I also find the playtex drop-ins system to be the best for eliminating air bubbles and frequent burping, perhaps after every ounce or two. Good luck!

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M.I.

answers from Chico on

Are you nursing? My little girl has a lactose intolerance & I had to give up ALL dairy - milk, cheese, everything and it improved a lot - she still did have some gas though. You can give a baby that young simethicone drops (I probably didn't spell that right) and we would with every meal. Again, that didn't help too much, but seemed to aleave the pain a bit. You can massage - up the right side of her belly, across the top then down the left side - that helps the gas through the intestines. last thing we did was pump her legs. Just grab her little legs and push them up to her belly & move her around a bit. Make it a little game, but gas would come out the whole time! I had the same problem, working mom - it made me so sad. When she started moving around on her own a lot more it really went away.

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B.A.

answers from Chico on

Hi N.!

It sounds like your little one has colic. It's nothing to worry about, it's uncomfortable for your baby, and for you, I'm sure. I have been a mom for 17 years, and I have found that a little peppermint water helps to relieve colic pain. All you need to do is put a piece of peppermint candy in a 4oz. bottle of water, and let your little one drink that. After he/she has drank a little, burp him, this has always worked for me, with my little ones, I hope this helps you too.

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R.S.

answers from Redding on

Gripe water was something I had a lot of success with. You can find it at a health food store. The Mylicon (sp) drops never really seemed to so anything for me. Good luck!

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C.M.

answers from Chico on

Ask your Pediatrician if your baby is too young to use Mylicon an OTC infant oral drops for the gas. A couple drops and the baby has relief in 5-10 min. It was a lifesaver for me with my first baby!

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K.H.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi N...
Sounds maybe like colic, but im not a doctor. Our first son had colic, and we would carry him around like a quarterback with a football! The baby is face down, supported by your arm underneath her body, supporting her entire body and your hand will support her head. The pressure of your arm might help relieve the pain. It worked for our babies..i have pictures of my husband doing this, walking around the house! Kinda like superbaby flying around. Kept their minds off the pain, and redirected to looking at everything, while in the meantime, time was passing and so was the colic.

Lots of great ideas from everyone..hope it helps!

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A.S.

answers from Modesto on

my 2 month old is the same way, gas drops dont work! What I have found that works is called gripe water. You can get it at any drug store, I purchase it at longs drug. Hope it helps

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J.H.

answers from Redding on

My little one had more problems with acid reflux (we treated it with medication that really helped) but gas was always an issue, too. Two things that helped us with my little boy were giving him tummy time (the pressure of laying on his stomache often made him pass gas), and lifting up his legs like I was change his diaper. This move was recommended to me with instructions to massage his tummy with the other hand. This position helps open the anus which can be clenched so tight it doesn't allow gas to escape. Changing my diet didn't seem to help and breastmilk is suppose to be the easiest food to digest. 3 to 4 months wasn't the magic age for us either, it seemed like 5 to 6 months was much better. Maybe in part because he spends more time upright, like he can sit on his own.
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L.B.

answers from San Francisco on

My second son was the same way. He was fussy, and it seemed teh only thing that brought him comfort was being held constantly. I felt as if I were going crazy. Finally i read an article in a mom's magazine and found my solution, Mylicon Drops. With in a day of using the drops he was a different baby. They are all natural and take away the gas within minutes. You can get them at Target or Walmart in the baby isle. They come in a teal-ish box with white or yellow lettering. Good Luck!

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C.L.

answers from Salinas on

Hi there,

We had the same problem with our first baby. Gripe water helped a lot. However, after eliminating lots of foods from my diet and finding no success, out pediatrician decided to try something else. As it turned out, she had GERD which is a technical way to say acid reflux. We ended up having her on Zantac for a while and then went to a pediatric gastroenterologist who put her on Prilosec. It worked wonders. We had her on it until she was six months old and then she grew out of the problem. I would try to help your baby as naturally as possible but then you may want to ask her doctor about GERD. I hope this helps.

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