Early on, our baby had a lot of digestive issues. She seemed to be sensitive to everything and since I was breastfeeding, I had to drop a lot of different foods from my diet – corn, eggs, soy, dairy, red wine, and coffee. I had no idea that there was soy and corn in almost everything we eat. She’s now almost 10 months old and has outgrown almost all of her sensitivities but I thought that I would publish a list of things that helped us get through the worst of it.
* Burp well (for 2-3 minutes straight)
* Dr. Brown’s Bottles – These were recommended to us by a lactation
consultant and have been working really well for us. The nipples are
“natural” nipples and transitioning between breastfeeding and bottle
feeding has been easy. In general, I recommend the BPA free plastic
bottles if you want your baby to learn to hold their own bottle
eventually. The wider the bottle, the better in terms of
* Bottle Position – Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle when feeding
the baby (more horizontal/parallel to the floor). Remember that the
baby should be held or seated at a 30 degree angle.
* Warm Bath – Our pediatric nurse recommended giving a warm sitz
(waist high) bath to our baby when she was screaming/in pain. She
said that the water should be warmer than a normal, but not too hot.
Apparently the warm water helps relax the abdominal and rectal muscles
to release the gas. She also recommended adding 1 tbsp of baking soda
per bath to help prevent diaper rash/yeast growth.
* Simethicone/Gas Drops – The most popular brand out there is called
“Little Tummys – Gas Relief Drops.” These seemed to make a difference
at 3 months when the gas problem seemed to be worst. We still use
them on occasion, so they’re a good thing to have around.
* If your baby is spitting up a lot, hold them in an upright position
or put them in an infant seat that reclines at a 30 degree or greater
angle for 30-45 minutes after each feeding. So that we didn’t have to
stay up all night holding the baby, we used a Nap Nanny (infant
positioner). It’s not essential, but made a big difference to our
baby’s well-being. You might try the other things before running out
to get one since they’re pricy, but ours has done wonders.
* Babies will often drink more than they need from a bottle because
it’s far easier than breastfeeding. Be sure to give your baby the
right amount of formula per the instructions. Drinking too much can
lead to stomach aches. This is true of breastmilk too.
* Probiotics – Our doctor recommended BioGaia to cultivate good
intestinal flora. It’s not cheap, but seems to help. I’ve read on
several message boards that a lot of other people have used it to help
with infant gas. Probiotics help fix the problem whereas simethicone
(see below) helps counteract the problem. Per this website,
probiotics have been found to be more helpful than simethicone.
We tried Gripe Water and it actually made our baby
cry for several hours straight. She tended to be very sensitive to a
lot of dietary related things so that was most likely the problem, but
you might want to be cautious of it. It is homeopathic, so it’s not
FDA approved, etc.