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Changing my diet to help DS's trapped wind

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Charingcrossbun Tue 22-Apr-14 09:00:25

My DS is 4weeks old and suffering with trapped wind. It wakes him up and he squeals and tenses his whole body until we can coax a burp or amazingly loud fart from him (often the only way to do this is to breast feed and within a minute of sucking he lets rip...). It's really horrid to watch as he is clearly in pain.
We've tried infacol and keeping him upright after feeding. I've been told changing my diet could help - cutting out caffeine, dairy, citrus and wheat. Shall I cut that all out - see if that helps or do it one thing at a time? Anyone else had this? All advice welcome!

tiktok Tue 22-Apr-14 09:49:49

If you want to try dietary changes you have to try one thing at a time, for a week at least for each food. Makes no sense to cut out a whole swathe at once. You will never know what worked. If it worked.....

But if you are desperate enough, then it's worth a go.

There are many other possible reasons for your little one's symptoms. Have you had a chance to explore with the Hv?

ZingHasAHotCrossBunInTheOven Tue 22-Apr-14 09:53:29

check out Priscilla Dunstan Baby Language on the Oprah Show (on YouTube) - sorry can't link.

proper winding will help more than any dietary changes IMO - and whenever baby makes the "wind me" sound you can react immediately and sort the problem.
DD was incredibly windy.
I remember patting her for up to 15 mins before she burped - but tgen she settled quickly.

and a friend suggested to cut out all sweeteners. They can affect baby's gut.


TheScience Tue 22-Apr-14 13:02:14

Do sweeteners get into your milk then Zing?

ZingHasAHotCrossBunInTheOven Tue 22-Apr-14 13:32:45

in theory anything that gets into your bloodstream/digestive system would be passed onto baby in small amounts.

I don't know why but DD had very frothy poos for a week (when newborn) and a friend immediately asked if I take sweeteners.
I said yes, in my tea. he advised to stop and the frothy poos stopped after a few days.

this is no scientific evidence of course, but I thought it's worth mentioning.
she was still very windy afterwards. and we also discoveredthat she had trouble feeding due to tongue-tie and an unusually arched soft palate.
both got sorted, but I guess for some babies they just need more help with the burping bit so trapped wind doesn't travel down the gut giving them lower ab pain.


tiktok Tue 22-Apr-14 14:24:20

Zing, I know it is sometimes said everything can pass into the milk, but it doesn't. Lots of reasons why something might not.

I have no idea about sweeteners.

ZingHasAHotCrossBunInTheOven Tue 22-Apr-14 15:35:05


I obviously don't know, but drugs/medicine can certainly effect them so it makes sense that other things go through as well.

I do wonder about the selectivity though.
And I certainly don't believe that eating broccoli or beans will make babies fart!grin

The problem with these type of things is that research is incredibly difficult, if not impossible so nobody can say anything for sure.

MoreSkyThanWeNeed Tue 22-Apr-14 15:40:27

My DS really struggled with wind in the early weeks. But then grew out of it by about 10 weeks, without me doing anything different.
Agree with pp - google winding techniques/positions and hang in there.

And congratulations!

ArtFine Tue 22-Apr-14 15:49:17

I stopped having lentils, beans, onions and caffeine. You could give it a try to see if eliminating one or the other makes a difference?

How is your LO otherwise?

TheScience Tue 22-Apr-14 16:30:27

How on earth would the mother eating lentils, beans or onions effect the baby?

leedy Tue 22-Apr-14 16:48:41

Yes, the reason why lentils and onions make you gassy is because they're full of fibre - the fibre doesn't go into your milk. The things that do go into your milk because they're in your bloodstream are things like alcohol/caffeine/other drugs, proteins (eg cow's milk protein), some flavour compounds (if you eat garlic you will get slightly garlic-scented milk), etc.

leedy Tue 22-Apr-14 16:49:21

Though damn, it is apparently impossible to give yourself banana-flavoured milk by eating bananas:

ZingHasAHotCrossBunInTheOven Tue 22-Apr-14 19:45:05


I know, I thought of "making" choc milk before by eating chocolate. didn't worksad


ContinentalKat Tue 22-Apr-14 19:48:32

In Germany you are told to drink lots of fennel tea if your baby is windy.

ArtFine Wed 23-Apr-14 20:50:11

You could try stomach ease tea.

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