6 month old waking with stomach pain/gas

(30 Posts)
BrainGoneAwol Sat 09-Mar-13 03:02:23

Hello all
Subject says it really. My 6 month old has never been a good sleeper. He was really gassy when he was little and used to scream for hours while I did everything I could think of to get the gas out. While I assumed much of it was par for the course, he still has this problem.

He is ebf, just started blw, but this has always been the case. He wakes every 2-3 hours and woften has to fart before he will stop crying. While he will fall asleep on me he is constantly twitching his legs even then and when I try to transfer him, he arches his back which often wakes him. I can only move him comfortably if he's deeply asleep. His tummy is also constantly gurgly especially immediately after a feed.

Any advice from you helpful ladies. I'm exhausted and he's clearly not comfy either sad

Greenstone Fri 27-Feb-15 09:55:33

Sorry - dd had hidden the instructions, I found them! Just gave them in a spoon of expressed milk.

Greenstone Fri 27-Feb-15 09:26:52

Got the drops so will report back. Do you just shake them into the baby's mouth...?

jki1 Mon 23-Feb-15 20:49:38

I only tried for a few days but will get some more and persevere this time. Anything is worth a shot no matter how much it costs if it takes his pain away and gives me a night's sleep!

tomatoandcheese2009 Mon 23-Feb-15 16:53:02

Activia is the yogurt I was thinking of. Had a complete mind blank

tomatoandcheese2009 Mon 23-Feb-15 16:50:54

Theory says that a lot of babies are born with gas issues because they have immature guts. The probiotics contain healthy gut flora (bacteria) that help the baby to digest milk better, leading to less gas. They'll only work if the initial problem is caused by lack of gut flora in the first place so don't solve every issue. Same principle as behind those yoghurts for adults. It's a big thing in the states but not so much here yet, so sadly you only seem to be able to get them online.

It took me a long time to try them (was a bit dubious about giving a baby bacteria, even of it is friendly!). After a LOT of research I concluded the worst that would happen would be I'd have wasted 15 quid. And we were soooo desperate. Next baby will get them from birth - they worked like a dream for us!

Jiki1 - how long did you try for? It took 3 days for us to see an effect and others have said up to a week. If you tried for longer then it might be a different issue sad

jki1 Mon 23-Feb-15 12:51:10
Greenstone Mon 23-Feb-15 11:30:52

tomato sorry haven't seen your other posts about those drops - what's the theory behind them and can you get them in a normal pharmacy please? Same wind issue here at night sad

jki1 Mon 23-Feb-15 10:47:37

I did buy those a while ago when he was a few weeks old but it didn't seem to make much difference. I will try again. Thanks.

tomatoandcheese2009 Mon 23-Feb-15 08:03:21

I recommend these so much on here that they should probably start paying me...biogaia probiotic drops completely solved this problem for us when ds was suffering and up all night with trapped wind. They are pricy (14.99 for a tiny bottle) but worked like magic - the issue was gone within 3 days. We've carried on giving them to him and he's never had any further digestive issues, apart from when he was on antibiotics for a week. You can find them cheaper on amazon but they tend to be from Hungary or other eastern European country, so instructions won't be in English. If you do go that route, it's five drops once a day.

jki1 Fri 20-Feb-15 17:41:10

Hi BrainGoneAwol - can you let me know if you found anything that works. My DS s going through the exact same thing and I need help please!!

Newfamily2014 Thu 11-Sep-14 01:07:47

I'd love to know too tsyka what have you tried?

Tyska Sat 14-Jun-14 12:47:18

Can I ask what happened next? Did yr babies grow out of it? Did u get a proper diagnosis what was it? I'm in a similar situation..

Forgetfulmog Mon 11-Mar-13 14:07:13

Now dd has a cold, as if it wasn't enough already!

BrainGoneAwol Sun 10-Mar-13 05:38:38

Thanks noble. I had used that when he was a newborn with little effect but that was a number of months ago. I could try it again.

noblegiraffe Sun 10-Mar-13 03:35:39

Have you tried Infacol? It's simeticone, which is also prescribed to adults to relieve wind and abdominal pain.

Forgetfulmog Sun 10-Mar-13 02:48:01

Yep same here, wind is the issue - well that & trying to poo. She appears to be mostly incapable of doing either without feeding.

BrainGoneAwol Sun 10-Mar-13 02:41:27

Forgetful- I'm usually on the staying awake thread in the feeding section. Come join us!

I guess I'm not even sure it is reflux. He possets a lot, is sometimes sick and arches his back, but does that cause wind? Because it seems to be wind that wakes him up...

Turnipsoup Sun 10-Mar-13 01:34:09

We were prescribed ranitidine for reflux for DS1 as an alternative to gaviscon. It worked, but DS1 hated the taste of it...

Forgetfulmog Sun 10-Mar-13 01:26:07

Dd's the same - hates bottle!

Ok, went to bed at 8.30 - this is the 3rd feed so far. We've already had some crying while she tried to pass wind. Dhs turn to hold dd tonight.

Am so tired

BrainGoneAwol Sat 09-Mar-13 22:59:56

Thanks Sleepy (like the name by the way!), unfortunately ds refuses a bottle, though it has been a little while since I tried last so I should try again. If he takes it I will try that...

Sleepybunny Sat 09-Mar-13 20:01:19

Hi! Got a 4 month old with silent reflux here, gripe water helps us during the day, but still have the writhing, back arching problem at night.

No real suggestions, but if you feel like the gaviscon maybe working if it wasn't for the constipation then maybe try carobel? It's a feed thickener that's supposed to work to keep stomach contents down, and you can make it up to be thick or quite thin depending on what works. We're still trying it, no constipation so far but definitely thickening the poos!
You can give it after a feed if ebf, I add it to expressed milk and seems to go down fine.

BrainGoneAwol Sat 09-Mar-13 16:52:04

Any advice from you other wise ones?

BrainGoneAwol Sat 09-Mar-13 10:08:45

Thanks Oak, we have a 'stretches' routine that we do before bed each night and it does help somewhat.

I should add that he also often arches his back when feeding (exceptions are if he is very sleepy or has white noise) which seemed to suggest reflux. But at the same time he loves being head down.

I guess I feel that he should (can I use such a word in relation to a baby?!) be old enough to not have to be heavily winded after every feed now, and I'd like to try to prevent the problem and him not be waking rather than fix the symptoms once he is awake.

I just have no idea what the problem is! confused

oaks2012 Sat 09-Mar-13 08:46:54

I dont know if this is the same thing..

But my DS didnt burp with the usual patting back / rubbing techniques... So while there was a period where the burps would go down into his stomach, and then become farts.. He would get a tight tummy where the wind was trapped. By that point it was too late to try and burp him - so we found a really good technique for getting the farts out and relieving the rock hard, bloated tummy.

Lay baby on their back, and bicycle legs (like riding a bicycle, or running) - then push legs up towards chest. Alternate between doing these for a minute or so each.. The bicycling dislodges the wind, and then on the knees up to chest, it squeezes them out. This worked amazingly and relieved him really well.

We then found a way (suggested to us by someone) to burp him and actually get the burps out. Which was to put baby in sitting position on lap, hold under arms and raise up in the air, so their body stretches down with the weight of themselves, hold for a few seconds, then lower back to sitting position. This done a few times (maybe 4 or 5) seemed to ALWAYS get a burp (if not several) out of my DS!!

We found once burped properly, the air didnt travel down and get trapped - so the farting technique was no longer needed!!

I have no idea if this is anything like the problem you guys are having - but worth giving it a go anyway!

Good luck with your babies x

oaks2012 Sat 09-Mar-13 07:21:50

Will be back to reply to this

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