Gas.

Oliver has gas. Bad gas. The kind that causes him to make faces like the one above and pull his knees to his stomach in discomfort. And although he is my fifth baby, I have never mastered the mystery that is baby flatulence. Tips welcomed, friends.

35 comments:

  1. Hattie had BAD gas, I don't know if you are breast or bottle feeding, but goats milk seemed to work well for me, we used it when she was a little older. Additionally, we used hylands gas tablets - worked really well.

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  2. Gripe water- lots of gripe water.

    Take a drive. Put him in the car seat, go to a drive through and get a diet Coke and just drive. He'll calm down and you will get a little peace and quiet.

    Oh, and a good perspective of 3-4 months down the road. Knowing that gassy babies are only a small moment always helped me.

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  3. That is the cutest/funniest picture ever! We also used hylands gas tablets and were big fans.

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  4. Sorry...don't have any advice to give on the gas. Just had to say that that photo gave me such a case of the giggles. Poor little guy!

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  5. I am seconding the gripe water..you want me to bring you some over? I have the good Canadian stuff :)

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  6. If you are nursing try taking dairy our of your diet. It has worked for a lot of my friends. And for me. Broccoli, bell peppers, and chocolate are a few other offenders. My pediatrician told me that rubbing their feet is supposed to help them with gas. Who knows. Good luck.

    p.s. Gripe water and mylicon didn't work for my kids.

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  7. I was going to say dairy and maybe soy as well. A lot of babies seem bothered by both. My girls couldn't tolerate dairy through the breastmilk. Otherwise we used boiron colic stuff b/c my second would scream all the time. Is he a happy gas-y baby or an upset one though?

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  8. For some reason, I had to stop breast feeding Mae, and as soon as I did that, she was fine. Something about my breast milk hurt her stomach. Also, I would take her in the bathroom, turn off the lights and turn the shower on as hot as it would go, and I would just rock her and let the steam soothe her.

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  9. That photo is so great! The best advice I have right now is The Happiest Baby on the Block video (it was a 4am panic purchase). It has worked wonders for me already. The methods calm colicy and gassy babies. And Maya is already sleeping an extra 2-3 hours at night since I started following the suggestions. The DVD was a great choice, rather than finding time to read the entire book.

    For the gas itself, Mylecon drops worked for Finn, although his pediatrician swears it really does nothing...

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  10. That picture is killing me! Poor little man. I hope he's feeling better (and putting on some serious weight!) soon!

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  11. This picture is just too cute though!

    I never have figured out the whole solving baby gas issue either. Let me know when you figure it out!

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  12. Our doctor said to sit them upright on your lap and alternate patting sessions on their belly and then their back. It seems to work on Sam, but I am no expert either.

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  13. Oh Danyelle, that picture is hilarious! But I am so sorry that he is gassy...that means that you both are suffering. Why not let Audrey come and play again tomorrow morning!?

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  14. I am in the EXACT same situation right now. None of my other kids were ever bothered with gas at all and Emma screams until she gets rid of her gas. I got some infant gas relief drops and they help a little. We have an appointment with the DR. soon and I'm going to get advice on it.
    I've never tried gripe water.
    I've tried avoiding some foods and nothing seems to help yet. Let me know if you find a miraculous cure.

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  15. my son was the same way. my mother in-law could always help him though. as soon as he was the least bit fussy she would pick him up and lay him on her legs (looking at one another.) then, she'd move his little legs up and down, in circles, and then--hold them close to his tummy and slightly push. this would help him relieve himself of the gas. you could see the look of relief on his face right away. it's a little funny, but it really worked for him.

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  16. GRIPE WATER!! Be sure it's the good kind. Not the Gerber kind but the kind from Canada.

    Gripe water and mint were the only things that worked for my kids.

    Mint tea = boil some mint leaves and give to baby (in a syringe or bottle). About 2 ounces should do the trick for him.

    Think about it...when you go out to eat at a Mexican restaurant what do they give you at the end ...a mint, NOT for your breath but to help settle your gassy stomach.

    My mom would give us mint tea when we were babies and had terrible gas. It's natural too so it shouldn't harm him. Mint is also in gripe water.

    Hope you figure out what works for you!

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  17. That photo is hilarious!
    I heard that if *you* take beano while you're nursing, it should help.

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  18. Oh, the joys... What seemed to work a lot with my boys (but maybe it was a fluke?) was to put them on their tummy over one knee and gently bounce, who knows. I think also, making sure he burps well helps as well.

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  19. That picture is so cute! (in a gassy sort of way....ha!)

    Love his little newborn bird legs :)

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  20. I would place her on her stomache over the round and padded arm of the couch and pat her back, she would be able to relieve herself, I am also one who holds their legs in one hand and holds their legs close to their stomache with the knees bent it helps them to relieve themselves.

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  21. That is the sweetest/funny newborn face I've ever seen. poor boy...sounds like gripe water it is. Good luck. Those first few months are such an experiment.

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  22. If you are nursing cut out dairy!!! My second had the WORST gas and I mean WORST...many crying nights. As soon as I did that it got much much better! Also...if you don't know this trick it worked WONDERS for my DD. Bend the legs and push the knees into baby's stomach...we could push pretty hard and when we did she passed very very big amounts of gas. We could do this several times in a row and she would pass a lot of gas!!!

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  23. Maybe a warm cloth on his tummy?

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  24. no tips. just moral support. THIS TOO SHALL PASS. Here's hoping little Oliver takes this literally.

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  25. this was us last month. you know it. none of the drops/tablets really did much except for me so i could feel like i was doing something. what worked best? loves. snuggling my crying, belly achey babe. imagine that their tiny little bellies are just trying really hard to learn how to do this. this eat,grow,eat some more thing.
    love, lindsay

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  26. so sorry to have a sad baby. this picture is hilarious.
    good luck. all this advice sounds awesome. i have NEVER heard of gripe water. will have to google that one.

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  27. We put Macy on the gas pills, but they didn't do much. I don't really have any advice. But that face he is making is hilarious.

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  28. sorry I never have come forward and introduced myself. I have been lurking. When my babies had gas my husband would lay them stomach down on his arm and massage their stomach as he patted their bum.

    I nursed and had to watch the cabbage family. Brocolli, cauliflower and such.

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  29. that is hilarious!!!! i want to take him home and lay him next to charlie and just play with the two of them all day long!!! what a cutie. and sorry about the gas thing... all my boys were gassy. it's just gotta be a boy thing.

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  30. Where did you find that adorable bouncer (at least I think it is a bouncer)? No need to ask where you found the adorable baby.

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  31. Oh man, that is a funny picture. My babies weren't very gassy, so I have no remedies, but it looks like lots of readers have some great advice!

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  32. What a cutie! We have been battling gas too... although I think we're finally getting to the end of it (at 10 weeks).

    - Mylicon seemed to work a little, but then stopped working. Or ,aybe he was just having a couple good days.
    - Pumping their legs to the stomach really works! We did it at every diaper change. I rubbed his tummy (clockwise) a couple minutes, then pumped his legs 15 times, and repeated that 2-3 times. Helps to get the gas before it causes screaming!
    - Laying on their stomaches also helped our guy feel better, so I let him nap during the day on his tummy when I was near. If its really bad, you can also lay a hot water bottle under their tummy while they lay on it. Helps soothe and give a little more relief pressure.
    - Doing quick squats seemed to help at the time of a gassy episode. Our midwife said its because it displaces the gassy air in his system. Who knows.
    - Lastly, we also held him face down with one arm supporting him under his torso, so his belly rested on our hand, and legs dangled back towards the elbow. His head was cradled in the crook of our other arm. Worked great at bedtime.

    Time is the best cure though. Good luck!

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  33. I just read an article at the doctor's office about this yesterday. If it goes beyond the gas...aka...colic. Ask your doctor for some sort of a probiotic. You may want to google it first to be prepared...it has something to do with an allergy to milk proteins causing inflammation. It said along with that and the stuff you said you bought there was some huge percent of babies cured! There is also a book out by the DR. who thought of it. PS congrats on sweet oliver!

    Katie Rios

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  34. Love the pic but not mucg advise! He's is so cute D!

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  35. I just started following your blog through a link to photo packaging, which I totally love!!
    Saw this cute post on baby gas. Love the photo as well! As a mother of 5 children, 1 being really particular about gas for 9 MONTHS!! Yikes that was not good... finally after probing my doctor several times about a possibility of milk allergies (I was nursing at the time), which she quickly responded there is no way she could be having trouble with that... that was 13 years ago.. I guess the milk profits were low back then or something??? :-) I decided that I would play around with my diet, cutting out all milk and eating nothing but rice and chicken for 2 weeks, then gradually started adding more things in slowly to see if I noticed a difference. YES!! Finally, she stopped having gas problems, as I realized she could not tolerate milk, although I could still eat cheese and she was fine. No cauliflower, broccoli and other gassy vegies until she was done breast feeding.
    I realize others have made similar suggestions.... so ditto to those! Love the bicycle move! That has been our favorite and pretty entertaining. :-)

    Great work!

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