C.D. asks from North Canton, OH on November 21, 2009
Gas - North Canton,OH
My daughter is getting over a stomach virus. Her appetite is starting to return but the gas is horrendous. It wakes her up at night. We can hear it through closed doors. We've used some baby gas x big I'm afraid to use it too much for fear of constipation. Any suggestions?
Last night she was pushing her stomach down on my leg to try to get it out.
J.G. answers from Columbus on November 23, 2009
She needs to have some probiotics...yogurt is easy. I would give it to her twice a day. If she doesn't like yogurt, you can by probiotics in a powder form specifically for kids under 2yrs that you can mix into any food. The stomach virus has killed a lot of the good bacteria that always lives in our guts, hence the gas. A couple days of probiotics and she should be good. It might even have a noticeable difference in 1 day. And, I've read its good to give them probiotics daily...helps the immune system and a healthy digestive tract.
M.R. answers from Columbus on November 22, 2009
If boby Gas-X is simethicone, it is inert which means that it goes through the system without being absorbed, so it should not cause constipation. If it is not just simethicone, I would look for one that is.
C.W. answers from Columbus on November 22, 2009
Cold compresses on her stomach while she is sitting on the toilet. I hated the cold, but the relief it provided was worth it.
Also laying on the back, and helping her bicycle is what we did for my younger son when he was about 2.
B.B. answers from Indianapolis on November 23, 2009
Mylicon!! We love it! Our girls do too! It's really the only "medication" that my youngest will take without screaming about it because she knows it's going to help.
C.W. answers from Indianapolis on November 21, 2009
I wish I could think of the name of the stuff, but there are packets of a granule like stuff that you put into a childs drink and it helps to get the good flora back into the stomach and intestines after a having a bug like that. I always found it behind the pharmacy counter and it's kept in the refridge. So, if you ask your pharmacist for this they should know what it is. It always worked great! It's totally tasetless.
S.D. answers from Indianapolis on November 22, 2009
Try Gripe Water. It's homeopathic and usually works better than the chemical things like gas drops. You can get the commercial version called "Little Tummies" or go to the health food or natural food store and get it in the homeopathic aisle.
Any time a child has stomach or intestinal issues or has gone through a round of antibiotics, you should follow up with probiotics. They are naturally found in yogurt in small amounts, but you can powder or chewable pills or a yogurt-like drink that has higher amounts. The best type are ones that require refrigeration. I know at Whole Foods they have a fridge case that they keep all types of probiotics in. As for help, there's always someone who knows a lot about them and can help you pick what's best for your daughter.