Saturday, January 12, 2008

Tips and Tricks: Got Gas?

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I love gas drops. I haven't had to use them with Kaitlyn, but with Brayden, they were a must. I gave them to him after every meal for quite some time. If your baby is fussy, keep the possibility of gas in mind. If you think it is gas, give him drops. They made a huge difference on Brayden's disposition.

2013 edit: We used these with McKenna and Brinley also. They were a must for Brinley like they were for Brayden. These are the kind we used:

Equate - Infants' Gas Relief Drops, Simethicone 20 mg, 1 fl oz

We also used gripe water with McKenna and Brinley. Gripe water was not a regular thing for us, but it was great for quickly getting rid of hiccups. It also helped with Brinley when she would spit up a lot. Here is our favorite kind:

Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water, Liquid, 4-ounce bottle

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Half n' Half said...

My son has really bad gas. It sometimes takes us hours to get him comfortable. So we tried the 3 hour plan but it does not work for us. We need to feed when he gets up and about an hour later. I really want to do this routine thing but feel like the gas is holding us back.. I have gone to the docter and we tried the oval drops and the gripe water but we are still having a hard time. My question is how to teach him good sleep habits falling asleep alone when he is always screaming from gas?

Plowmanators said...

This is a hard one. I don't know how old your son is...hopefully things will improve as he gets older. Until then, I definitely wouldn't CIO since it sounds like it wouldn't work.

I would recommend the Baby Whisperer. See Secrets of the Baby Whisperer : (start with that post or go to blog label "baby whisperer"). Her method is very similar to BW, but she does teaching to self-soothe without CIO. That might be a good option for you. If that doesn't work, you can still teach him to self-soothe once the gas thing is a non-issue.

Jeff and Tracey said...

Half 'n Half,
I know your post is a couple of months old. Did you ever find a solution to your son's gas problem? My daughter also has terrible gas at times and it is so hard to figure out when it is gas and when I need to let her CIO. I have found a product called Colic Calm that works wonders. Did you ever try it? Did you end up going the Baby Whisperer way or let him CIO?

Jeff Hart said...

My son also seems to have quite an active digestive system. Often times, he wakes early from his naps, and it seems that gas is the culprit. I can literally hear and feel his little tummy churning. We give him simethicone drops regularly, and they seem to help, but not enough to prevent the early wakings or fussy evening times (usually lasting 20-40min). Should we try CIO? How do we know when to let him CIO and when we should comfort him because of gas pains? He's sleeping pretty well during nighttime (at 6 1/2 weeks old), usually going down for good after 10 pm feed, waking at 3ish, and 7ish. Although we've had some nights with an extra feed lately (probably because of growth spurt?). He usually goes down for naps okay with a little patting and singing while he's in the crib and occasionally a pacifier for some initial comfort sucking. Any advice? We want to do what's best for him...

Plowmanators said...

Jeff Hart,

The extra feeding is likely a growth spurt; 6 weeks is a huge growth spurt time.

I wouldn't do CIO until you are sure gas isn't the reason for the waking. It won't be successful if he is waking because of pain. The gas should get better within a few weeks, so I would just monitor him and see how it goes.

At this age, when he is waking early, be sure he isn't waking for a need to eat.

Emily said...

what kind of gas drops do you use? my son is 8 weeks old and has been waking up about 45 in into his nap for weeks and I can't figure out what is wrong. we thought he was going to the bathroom because he will "pass gas" a lot during this time but also shreeks like he is in pain...I'm thinking now that it's gas! He does have GERD and is taking Zantac but if you did gas drops and they worked i'm willing to try it...what kind did you use?

Plowmanators said...

We just use the equate brand from Walmart. They have a name brand there for about twice as much. The last time we bought some, they were out of the equate. We bought some at Shopko by the Little Tummy's brand. We haven't tried it yet, though.

Kaylyn022 said...

I am using gas drops every other feeding and still noticing my little guy has gas. How long did you use the drops for Brayden for each feeding? Did your pediatrician say that was ok?

BTW, I love your blog and the information is invaluable!

Plowmanators said...


My pedi basically says okay to anything I want to do :) He seems to trust my judgement. I study and research and think things through well.

Anyway, with gas drops, they are not absorbed by the body at all. They simply go through the stomach and intestines and get rid of gas. It doesn't get into their blood. You can check the site for more information on this if you want to. We gave Brayden gas drops after every meal until he was at least 9 months old because I was paranoid. He didn't start them until 6 weeks, and there was a huge difference with and without.

I might not have needed to go that long. The digestive system should mature by around 3-4 months I think, so that is a time I would say you can try to wean if you want. But Brayden still had gas pains into his second year, so he needed them every so often still.

Also, the effect of the drops is cumulative, so they are most effective when used consistently. If baby has pains on occassion, you can give them on occassion, but if not, you might want to stick to consistency.

Jersey said...

My son Caleb is four months old. This is our first child and we have followed the BW book since he was born. My problem is not that he screams in pain from gas but that he has so much gas it affects his sleep cycles. After he eats, we spend most of his wake time burping him and he pukes tons as well. When I start to see that he's getting tired I put him down but end up having to go in 3, 4, and sometimes 5 times to burp him more. He ends up staying awake way too long and wakes up early from his naps all day long- sometimes because of more gas. I have not tried the gas drops because I thought that they were for trapped gas and that is not the problem. Do you think that the drops will help with the amount of gas? Also, he is not yet sleeping through the night and I do not know why. It is very difficult to keep him on a schedule when he wakes up an hour before his scheduled feed. Do you have any suggestions for the gas and how to get him to sleep through the night? I don't know if I should do the CIO method at night in case its because of gas that he's waking. Also, what if he really does need the extra feed still, how can I tell that he's getting enough during the day if he still wakes up to eat in the night. One more thing (sorry this is so long), he has slept through off and on a few nights, but not consistently. Do you think its because of the gas? Thank you for your help!!

Plowmanators said...

Jersey, first, a lot of kids sleep through, then don't, then do, then don't,etc. So that is just part of the process for some.

For the gas, I would definitely try drops and see if they help. Then also try gripe water. There is also another method that is really involved, but there is a PDF doc uploaded to the yahoo group if you are a member or want to join.

Drama Mama said...

My daughter is 7 weeks old and i am breastfeeding exclusively. She has just started having consistent gas pain after every feeding. I had a few questions: I know there are things I can eat that will make it worse, but is there anything I could eat/drink that could help minimize the gas? Also I have been using gripe water and it helps for a little bit but was i was reading on your blog about the other gas drops, do those actually help solve the gas (helping her expel it) while the gripe water treats only the symptom(pain)? She has trouble consistently burping no matter what position I try, would the drops maybe help that? Also Thank you, thank you for your wonderful blog it is a life saver!

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Plowmanators said...

Drama Mama,

I am not sure exactly what gripe water does. I do know mylicon drops are supposed to actually remove gas. I don't know of any foods that remove gas. Good luck!


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