I have a ten month old daughter who wakes several times a night with stomach pains. She will wake a minimum of three times during the night (generally after midnight) and will wriggle around the bed whimpering until she has passed a large amount of gas. She has been this way since she was newborn and I thought that it was colic and would pass as she grew older. Reflux medication was tried at 4 months and it made no difference. I am careful about the foods I eat and the foods I feed my daughter. Change to my diet and her diet has had little to no effect on the problem and infant drops such as Infacol have not improved the situation. I am still breast feeding my daughter and I have been told that she may be reacting to my breast milk. She has approx. 3 stools a day and they are of normal consistency. I am desperate to get a good nights sleep, do you think that this problem will pass with age or that I should get her examined further?
There are sugars (fructose, lactose) which often cause bloating and gas. There's a stool test for 'reducing substances' which can determine excess amount of excreted sugars in the stool.
In other words, you can test her for fructose malabsorption (dietary fructose intolerance), hereditary fructose intolerance (this would start only AFTER introducing other foods than milk) and lactose intolerance.
I have never heard for someone with allergy to breast milk. It could be lactose intolerance though.
It may be that she is lactos intolerant. Or it could be that she just has a lot of gas. My godbaby(whom I have cared for since birth 12hrs a day almost every day) had a lot of gas when she was a baby too. She is now three years old.But I would give her infants gas relief (walmart brand) drops after she ate(drank her bottle) and it helped alot. Just know that once she started to walk/run she was over the gas. I guess the extra movement helped to move the gas too. Good Luck!
So the Milicon or anti-gas drops don't seem to ease her discomfort? Do you know if she is sucking a lot of air during feeding? If she is an air gulper (which some are, unfortunately) - you may want to try giving her the drops before she eats... and then switching feeding positions or nipple styles. I had to do that with my second daugther.
She was an air gulper and I think I had to try 3 or 4 different bottle nipples until I found one that lessened that... and I had to check how quickly the milk came out the holes... she was a passive sucker... so some of the nipples are harder to get the milk out... she'd end up sucking air instead of milk.
Though, I did discover she had a lactose intolerance and she did have an intolerance with the formula we gave her. So we had to switch that around for her as well. She had immediate pain and would sob and cry, have black stools and the odor was very bad.
The other thing is, have you been trying "bicycle" rolls with your baby. I would lay my little girl on her back. Hold her feet and then push her legs, bending them toward her belly. So her upper legs, knees would press against her belly, then I'd make "bicycle" motions, like she was riding a bike. She would giggle and laugh, but I found it helped relieve some of her gas discomfort.
Hello, I thought I was alone! My little girl is almost 10 months old now and has been suffering with the same symptoms as your little one since birth. As for you, everyone including my paediatrician keeps telling me that it is normal and it will pass, but to me it is just not normal that she is in this much pain all the time! I myself am lactose intolerant, though through trial and error of me adjusting my diet and her diet too this doesn't seem to be the problem. I am still breastfeeding and have tried cutting all sorts of foods from both our diets and nothing seems to help. I am at my wits end at what to do to help her as I am so sick of seeing my poor little girl suffer and then have the doctor tell me it is normal! Can anyone offer any suggestions please? Thanks
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