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#1 of 10 Old 08-13-2003, 10:10 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Any ideas on how to help him? He's not very comfy, we hear occasional gas pass thru him...but the poor thing...looking for tips asap! Gotta go help him...
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Gripe water. Trust me on this. Also, are you nursing and what kind of foods are you eating?

Oh, smell his 30 hour old head for me. I miss that.
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our babe was miserable after my milk came in...ends up soy and dairy were triggers for tummy troubles for him--but it was more than just gas (his tummy got rock hard and his little hands would be in TIGHT fists and his whole body was tense....it was so awful to watch).

Holding him face down on our arms, with our hand on his belly and his head supported by our forearm, really helped A LOT.
He also really loved when I would lay him down and rub/massage his whole body with lotion. I was extra gentle on his tummy, and did the whole i-love-you massage thing
(http://www.batalion.net/baby/iloveyou.html)

We finally found gripe water at our health food store last week (ds is 5 months now), it hasn't done anything for his gas, but is great for clearing up his hiccups. Of course, I've never gotten him to take a full dosage :

I hope little one is feeling better soon!
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Thank you kind mamas! My milk hasn't come in yet, just my colostrum at this point. I've been massaging him, he's asleep now...hopefully he finally passed what's been bothering him. I had to take castor oil to get my labour going(long story) I wonder if that has anything to do with it? Yesterday he passed meconium 4 times, but nothing today, other than wet dipes...
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I had all sorts of gas w/ my DD. Turns out she had a very sensitive tummy, and it was the food that i was eating that bothered her. I cut out dairy, lots of various veggies, wheat... She still was fussy, but every bit helps. I actually wound up taking her to a cranial sacral healer in the end.

I used chamamilla homeopathic remedy to help calm her, and teas for her tummy. mint, fennel-=.... drawing a blank on the others. oh, catnip.

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Well, little Samson passed a lg poop last night, and has been happy ever since. Hopefully it was just a little case of constipation!!! Poor little guy. Thank you all for your advice, I will reread if he seems in pain again today. But we had a great night...I'm actually rested!!!

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that's GREAT!!!!
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I'm sorry. This happens to new babies, I'm afraid. It will pass. Gripewater. Hyland's Homeopathic colic tablets. And what helped us most- Acidophilus. Get a really high quality one that is refrigerated from a health food store (I paid $25 for my bottle). Just wet your pinky with breastmilk and dip the tip in the acidophilus (empty the capsule )Ok? Good luck- It gets easier!
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gas and colic, etc: try nursing on one side per feeding. fore and hind milk are different and complementary. switching sides too often can cheat them out of hind milk. consult LLL leader or a very good lactation consultant for more info.

some women have overactive letdown and nurse with one breast off and on for several hours before switching.

for example: 8am to noon, right side, noon to 4, left side, etc.

you probably don't need to be so extreme, but consider getting in the habit of not switching back and forth like the old books said.

once you get going with nursing and aren't engorged, 1 or 2 hours per side might work for you. let us know. rrr
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Yes, rrr, you're absolutely right! My baby's only 4 1/2 months and I've already almost forgotten this stuff! OVERACTIVE LETDOWN it's called. Good Advice!
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