My 3 wk old has been suffering from lots of gas and belly pain. The poor girl cries a lot. It's been 1 week since I eliminated dairy from my diet, and for the last four days I've been on a strict anti-gas diet (hardly any veggies, no soy, no beans, no garlic, no onions, no corn, no nuts, no chocolate, no whole grains etc.- I'm also gluten-free for 3 years now) Pretty much anything that would cause me gas and common irritants I've avoided. My plan was to wait for improvement, then slowly re-introduce things.
Has this helped? It's questionable. Sometimes it seems better, other times not. We're also using Gripe Water and Hyland's Colic tablets (which worked so well for my middle child!). They seem to help sometimes. Sometimes not. I talked with a friend the other day who said her daughter was the same way, and she stayed on a severely limited diet in an effort to help her DD. She's convinced that it helped only minimally. Her conclusion? Waiting it out and not starving yourself. It will pass in time as the baby's digestive system matures.
I'm feeling discouraged. I'm absolutely willing to stay on a restricted diet if it will help DD, but maybe she's just going to get gas and cry no matter what I do. Should I just avoid the common offenders- dairy, soy, onions/garlic, chocolate and cruciferous veggies, and hope that's enough to make a difference? Honestly, despite my effort to avoid "gassy" foods, I still have the same amount of gas I did before! So why wouldn't baby?