E.F. asks from Chicago, IL on March 08, 2010
Hi everyone! I have a 4 week old son who is quite fussy & gassy. He wakes up from sleeping crying until he passes gas. We switched his formula to Enfamil Gentlease for over a week now & not much difference. He was previously on Enfamil Premium. I have been putting Mylicon drops in each bottle & haven't really noticed a difference. I have also tried gripe water. I'm not sure what to try next. We have been thinking of trying Nutramigen next. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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Thank you everyone for the great advice. Our pediatrician recommended we put my son on Nutramigen & it has made a world of difference. He has been on it for over a week & we saw results within the first few days. He sleeps better, no longer cries like he used to & smiles a ton!! Thanks again for your help!
M.D. answers from Chicago on March 09, 2010
I had the same problem with both of my babies. I changed them to a lactose free milk. The store brands work very good or if you prefer the name brand go with Similac Sensitive.
A.R. answers from Peoria on March 09, 2010
I always found the genaric walmart brand gas drops work better than Mylicon drops. We also give them directly to the baby instead of in a bottle. Also, if you can give the drops about 20 minutes before baby eats it's supposed to help.
L.K. answers from Chicago on March 09, 2010
Have you tried Good Start Formula? I had the best luck with it for my kids when they had to make the switch to Formula. My daughter also went through a fussy/ gassy period form about 3-5 weeks as her digestive system developed.
A.S. answers from Chicago on March 09, 2010
Hi, I don't have much to lend in terms of experience with different formulas, but some other posts have mentioned you may not have to go that far. I found that a good burp (sometimes so loud it sounds like it came from an adult and not a newborn!) AND bending my son's knees to his chest while lying flat worked wonders. That way, you're getting the gas out of both ends, so to speak. My husband never waited for a "good" burp and there was definitely a difference in his gassiness. Hang in there, good luck and congratulations!
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L.R. answers from Rockford on March 09, 2010
My son was exactly the same around 4 weeks old, but he also had some hard poops. He wasn't just gassy, but constipated as well. Our Dr. told us to make him a bottle of sugar water, which consisted of Dark Karo syrup and warm water ( I can't remember the ratio). After a few days it worked like a charm! I would speak with your Dr. before making another switch.
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G.G. answers from San Antonio on March 08, 2010
I'm breastfeeding my son, since day one he is as gassy and fussy as they come, so dont belive all they say about bf babies!! Keep on with the Mylicon drops, burp him often, and rub his tummy! Also what I was told to do is when bathing him place a wash cloth on his tummy and make sure to pour warm water on it as you bathe him!! Oh, and have you tried soy formula? My son is lactose intolerant so I don't eat any dairy products!!
T.B. answers from Cleveland on March 08, 2010
My son was also like this. I was told to switch to Soy and I did it for about 5 days, it made him soooooo constipated and seemed to irritate his stomach even more! We switched to Good Start Gentle Plus after reading about a billion reviews. It worked so well! We still occasionally had to use Mylicon, but it was much better. I would try it, and a plus side, its not as expensive as most formulas.
K.H. answers from Chicago on March 10, 2010
My 6 month old had a lot of trouble in the beginning...breast milk, regular Enfamil and the Gentlese all were making her scream and constipated. The Gentlese was actually worse on her tummy than the regular and made her lose weight. I ended up skipping soy. (b/c they were concerned of the weight loss) The doctor said many kids who can't digest milk have a hard time with Soy. I use the Similac Alimentum, which is ridiculously expensive, but it is only for a few months and then I am going to try to move her back to regular formula when her system is more mature. She wasn't allergic to it, just sensitive to digesting it.
G.G. answers from Chicago on March 09, 2010
The Nutramigen is fabulous - certainly worked for us! Have you tried one step before that - soy-based formula? Try the ProSoBee and see how he does. If that doesn't work then go the the Nutramigen. I say that because the Nutramigen is so expensive and the soy may be just the change you need. Good luck!!!
N.D. answers from Chicago on March 09, 2010
My daughter had the same problem as a newborn. We tried EVERY formula in the book, but found that it was the lactose free that actually worked. I would say try that before the Nutramigen, it's so much more expensive. The Nutramigen just made my daughter spit up more, which was REALLY a pain for both of us. If the lactose free doesn't work, then I would suggest trying the Nutramigen, but it really just sounds to me that he isn't handling the lactose very well.
S.S. answers from Chicago on March 08, 2010
Are you not breastfeeding? Since it is natural, bf babies don't get too gassy/fussy.