M.T. asks from Bridgewater, MA on May 25, 2009
I'm hoping someone may have some advice or have experienced the same issue. My 6 week old daughter had started out on Enfamil Lipil. She seemed to have such severe gas (colic??) that she would cry for hours at a time even though she was exhausted. The doctor had us switch her to Enfamil Gentle Ease which gave her severe bowel movements and the gas was still there. We included gas drops but she still seems to not be getting relief. The doctor then had us switch her to Similac Soy and now it seems that her gas has gotten worse and now she has severe constipation and she is spitting up constantly and sometimes projectile vomiting and stiffening her body. It's breaking my heart that I cannot help her when I know she is in such pain. Has anyone ever experienced this with their child? Should I try another formula? I'm nervous to keep her on this soy formula if it's only making her feel worse yet I don't know what else to do. I am going to call her doctor but sometimes it's best to hear from other moms that have experienced this and what their solution/s were. Any help would be appreciated!
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S.P. answers from Hartford on May 27, 2009
Both my boys had the exact same problems. We put them both on Alimentum and it worked like a charm!!! Give it a try, good luck!!
H.H. answers from Boston on May 26, 2009
A.S. answers from Bangor on May 26, 2009
M. I had a friend with the same problem. They ended up giving the baby goats milk he's 6 now and is still on goats milk. they said he's lactose intolerent severe and the protiens in goats milk are very small and has more probiotics compared to cows milk. Hope this helps I'll see if I can get more info for you.
N.Q. answers from Boston on May 26, 2009
My daughter was colicy, she had extreme gas and horrible screaming/crying fits. I breast fed for the first 8 weeks before a pediactic GI told us to try Enfamil Nutramigen. This is a milk & soy free formula. When babies are born their GI tract isnt fully developed, milk and soy can both be hard to digest for some and create gas and acid reflux for babies. We found (through trial and error) that our daughter could not tolerate soy or milk, this is not that uncommon and usually by 1yr they grow our of the intolerance. Try the Nutramigen, it is expensive, but well worth the cost to finally have a happy baby. Our daughter also had Mylacon with every feeding and was perscribed an antacid. This along with the formula did the trick for us. Do keep in mind that it can take up to 3 days to see a change in your babies behavior as it can take that long for any irratant to leave her system completely.
Hang in there, its tuff dealing with a colicy baby, during our daughters bouts of crying I would tell myself "this too shall pass" saying that out loud to myself helped me get through soume tuff times.
J.Z. answers from Boston on May 26, 2009
Since you are not breastfeeding then I'm sure that you either can't or you made the choice not to, so don't let people's rude, opinionated advice get you down.
F.Y.I...If you decide to try the Nutramagen then check with your insurance company. A lot of them will cover it in full. You will just need to get a supply company. I used Apria Healthcare for my daughter. The Nutramagen is VERY expensive...can't imagine paying out of pocket for it. My daughter is very sensitive to everything. I have been very slow to introduce everything to her. She is now a year old and I have been feeding her the Nutramagen and she did really wonderful with it. She is off of it now and she eats everything and does great. Some babies (even breastfed) have very sensitive bellys. With my own four kids, they are all different! Talk to your pediatrician about the Nutramagen and if they decide to give it a try then feel free to contact me and I will explain exactly how I got it aproved through insurance. My insurance company told me it's not covered, but after talking to many different people I finally found out that it was covered. Good luck!
Just a reminder...
We all do the best we can as mom's. If somebody is asking a question about formula and they are not breastfeeding that does not give people the right to throw such harsh opinions out there. There is enough guilt involved in parenting. Who needs other mom's throwing more around?? Please be respectful. If you don't have an answer to the question asked then try to keep your opinion to yourself. This site is for support , not harsh critisism.
J.P. answers from Boston on May 26, 2009
It sounds like there may be a milk and/or soy food allergy. My daughter was on Enfamil Lipil, with similar symptoms. The pediatrician added Zantac, then Prevacid, without any relief. At that point, we were referred to a pedi GI dr. He switched her to Nutramigen formula, which does work for many babies, but not mine. In the end, he switched her to Elecare, a soy-free/dairy-free formula that is covered by insurance ($50 a can!). It did help, and it turns out at 11 months she had an allergic reaction to yogurt, and was tested by blood to find out she is allergic to milk, eggs and peanuts. Apparently a milk allergy is often outgrown (my daughter still has it though at 19 months).
I would definitely ask for a referral to a pediatric GI specialist. They deal with this all the time. Good luck to you. Once we got things under control, her behavior changed and she is a much happier baby.
B.C. answers from Boston on May 26, 2009
My son had similar issues, but my doctor didn't try the soy formula because a high percentage of babies with milk protein allergies are also allergic to soy. We went through a series of formulas and took stool tests and found minute traces of blood in stool. Diagnosis was milk protein allergy and we put him on Neocate. My doctor had followed protocol and had no problem getting our insurance company to pay for the prescription formula unmtil age 1. By then he had outgrown the milk allergy and was able to drink milk. He also had problems with reflux so we ended up going to GI specialist at Children's Hospital. Your pediatrician should be able to guide you through all of this. Good luck.
J.R. answers from Boston on May 26, 2009
My daughter was very similar and I tried all those formulas as well. I finally broke down and bought Similac Alimintum. It's a whole lot more expensive but it worked like a charm. I literally felt my daughter's body just relaxed when I fed it to her. Something else I do is use the ready med formula in the bottle. Neither one of my girls did very well with the powder b/c it caused major gas.
Now that my daughter is 4 months old I tried Isomil to see how well she would do and she's fine. I think it's just that their bellies are so sensitive at the beginning and it's hard to digest. My doc said thats why Alimentum is so good b/c it's already broken down for them. Good luck!!
K.P. answers from Springfield on May 26, 2009
I suggest trying Enfamil Nutramigen. It worked for my daughter. She had some of the same symptoms as your child. My daughter ended up having a milk protein allergy (that she outgrew by age one). Nutramigen worked great and was COMPLETELY covered by my insurance becasue she had an allergy to other formulas. Good Luck!
K.S. answers from Boston on May 26, 2009
ask your doctor about acid reflux - my daughter had the vomiting, gas, pain, etc. you describe. we didn't figure out until she was 6 wks old that it was acid reflux, and zantac helped with the pain INSTANTLY. she still spit up until almost 10 months, but it didn't hurt her anymore, which was what counted.
anyway, good luck!
S.V. answers from Providence on May 26, 2009
I read your concern and relived my youngest daughters life from 4 months to about 6 or 7 months with formula issues. It is exactly the same scenario. I am a mom of 3 grown daughters, my youngest that I speak of is now 16. She slept all night from the day she was born until about 3 or 4 months of age. At that point, she began crying all night (colic) is what we thought. Her stomach would be hard as a rock, she couldn't poop, we would give her prune juice then she would get such diarrhea that her little bottom would bleed. The doctor kept swithching her formula just as yours is doing. Nothing helped, until......we put her on a formula with absolutely no iron in it. This solved the problem. She never went back on an iron fortified formula and she went back to her regular sleep habits. We of course had to supplement with an iron fortified juice, but that didn't seem to bother her. So it is worth a shot. See if they will put her on either a no iron formula or the lowest iron fortified formula and see what happens. Then you can either try to slowly raise the iron level as she gets a little older or supplement as we did. Unfortunately to this day, she does not like milk too much, but she gets her calcium from plenty of ice cream, cheese, and yogurt.