K.L. asks from Land O Lakes, FL on June 09, 2008
Discomfort Night Feeding
My son is three weeks old and I've been noticing for the past week that he becomes agitated after his night feeding. When I put him down to sleep afterwards he becomes very restless, continually grunts, and his arms flail around. He falls asleep periodically but, begins the cycle again within a couple of minutes. I sit him upright for 10 to 15 minutes after his feeding and burp him halfway through. His stomach does become very grumbly at night and he tends to spit up more. When should I give him Mylicon for gas? My husband is afraid to give it to him because too much causes constipation. Anyone with similar problems?
R.R. answers from Tampa on June 10, 2008
My son had some similiar issues and I ended up taking him to a pediatric gastro doctor. He ended up having high acids and required stomache meds. One was over the counter, not mylicon, but gavistron- this was adjusted by my son's weight. He also had a prescription to block the acid production. He needed it only for just under a year. He is fine now. Hope everything works out well for you all. Good Luck! It is so hard to watch little ones be uncomfortable or in pain... it just breaks my heart.
J.G. answers from Tampa on June 10, 2008
My daughter used to have the same reaction after eating and laying down. It was so horrible to see her so uncomfortable! As it turns out she was diagnosed with sever reflux. For my daughter it was so sever that she has had to have surgery to correct it; but in most cases, the doctor can perscribe medication that will help minimize or control the reflux. It is definately worth getting him into the GI Dr to get checked out! My daughter also had a problem with the time it took for her food to move from the stomach into the intestine; the doctor said that this slowness also causes discomfort. I would not self medicate until you find out exactly what is causing the issue. Good luck; I hope your little one gets better soon.
M.S. answers from Tampa on June 10, 2008
K.C. answers from Tampa on June 10, 2008
It could be that he has acid reflux. My son had/has it. He has started to outgrow it but had to be put on medication for a while. Try holding him upright longer after the feeding and burping him after every ounce. Also, you can elevate his bed on one end. Put a telephone book under each leg on the end. You can also massage his stomach in a clockwise motion starting at the belly button and working gently around. This helps relax the stomach muscles and also sometimes will release the gas if thats the problem. Hope this helps.
C.A. answers from Tampa on June 10, 2008
Oh my goodness! This happened to my daughter aroun 2-4 weeks. Shewould be very fussy at night, up frequently, squirm and scream,and it sounded like she was quietly burping most of the night. It took us two more miserable months to figure out what was going on and it was finally diagnosed as "silent" reflux, which means she is refluxing, but rather than spitting it up, it just goes back down. So my recommendation, is to let your pediatrician know all the symptoms and see if the will help. Also, try elevating the head of the bead so that he is on a bit of an incline.
I wish you the best in figuring out, I remember how long our nights were during that time.
J.A. answers from Tampa on June 09, 2008
I'm not sure if you are breast feeding or formula feeding, but my daughter had a similar problem. It turned out that she had reflux. We ending up putting her on enfamil ar which has a little rice cereal mixed in it. She slept much better after we switched her to this. Our pediatrician said we could mix a little rice cereal with the breast milk, but I could never get it to disolve wll enough to get through the nipple of the bottle.
L.F. answers from Tampa on June 10, 2008
Don't worry! Parenting gets easier! :-)
I suggested calling the La Leche League. You might enjoy attending the meetings; I met some of my current best friends there. The moms there can be a wonderful support group.
Also, though, anything dealing with nursing, digestion, etc., the La Leche League representatives will be able to help.
H.T. answers from Tampa on June 10, 2008
I have never heard of Mylicon causing constipation--it didn't with our daughter but she was breastfed. She was more or less colicky at that age and we gave it to her a lot (dr. said it is safe up to what the label says), although I don't think it worked. We even tried Gripe Water, a homeopathic liquid you can buy at Babies R Us... again, didn't really work for us.
A lot of babies have reflux, so keep an eye out for those symptoms. Arching the back while eating and a look of pain during/after eating... We got our daughter on Axid at 2 months old. Really helped. Some drs. don't take it seriously and will have babies just grow out of it.
M.P. answers from Tampa on June 10, 2008
Congrats on your new baby! My daughter did the same thing. Are you nursing? If so, I noticed that if I ate anything somewhat spicy or "gassy" for dinner, it would cause more gas. I gave the Mylicon drops by the bottle. We joked that we should by stock in Mylicon. Unfortunately, they didn't always work. The best thing is to lay them on their bellies but I know this is contraindicated for sleep. (Although my second baby would ONLY sleep on her belly.) I hope that helps. We never had a constipation problem from Mylicon and we gave a lot of it. Good luck!!