Friday, October 10, 2008

I Need Help!

Calling all experienced (read: with more than the 6 weeks of experience that I have!) moms!:

The last two days have been filled with my kids writhing in pain when they sleep. They will be completely content one minute and screaming in pain the next, then right back to sleep. The answer, it seems, is gas in their bellies. They can work some of it out themselves, but obviously can't handle all of it or they wouldn't be in this much pain. I can't help but think that it's my fault - or at least something that I'm eating that is causing so much pain.

Does anyone know of foods that I should be staying away from? Or how about tips to help them ease the pain? They don't seem to be the same content little babies because they aren't sleeping as soundly and I would love to figure out how to get them back to normal.

Any advice would really help - comment away!


Anonymous said...

Hey Beth. One of mine had colic -- stay away from cruciferous veggies: broccoli, cauliflower, sprouts. Try to eat bland for a few days, see if that helps; you could put yourself on the BRAT diet and see if that helps them. Also watch your own milk intake, in case they are lactose intolerant. Otherwise, the football hold helps with gas, a hot water bottle with warm water in it. You could call LaLeche & see what they recommend as well.
I will pray for you -- I remember it well! Laureen

Anonymous said...

Hey Beth,

One of my twins had reflux and it caused him a lot of pain...tons of screaming! If you have ruled that out and gas in, try "Gripe Water". They sell it at natural food stores and some grocery stores. I only ever gave half the dose and mixed it with a little milk in a bottle...worked like a charm. Also gets rid of hiccups! PS. My husband always said it tastes good mixed with gin :)

Hang in there.

Anonymous said...

Hi Beth! I am the one who had colic for Laureen :) But Jamie also had lots of gas and projectile vomiting. The broccoli was a big one for him when I was breast feeding. Also (unfortunately) ice cream . He got some relief by laying him on his bach and bending his legs up to his chest for a few seconds - over and over again. I don't know if that is medical, but it did help! I eventually took him in to the pediatician just to make sure everything was okay... By the way Beth, you blog about the boys is wonderful. You are the best mom! Those boys are so blessed to have you and Charlie for parents!

Hope tomorrow is better, Erin Stehle Peterson

suzannah said...

no fun--i'm so sorry to hear that, beth. i second the comment about the gripe water--we used Wellements
Organic Gripe Water. it's all natural and great.

my sister in law alway had to exercise her baby's legs at changes to work out all the gas--it seemed to help. have you talked to the pediatrician? good luck, sweetie:)

Luke and Trisha said...

I have also heard people recommend gripe water or gas drops. I have heard that anything that gives you gas will give the babies gas. So try eating "low gas" food for a few days and see how that goes. It is a lot of trial and error unfortunately. Hang in there! xo

Nathan said...

Hi beth, I know I don't have much more experience than you, but I noticed Zeke has trouble every time I eat a tomato based sauce... spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce. I've been warned about things like broccoli and such, but for Zeke its pretty much just red sauce that bothers him and it usually happens about 24 hours after eating the red sauce... I know it isn't the same for everyone, but I hope this helps.

Nathan said...

P.S. This is Shaloma, not Nathan...

Anonymous said...

Beth--I found your blog through Sarah Ansells's blog and your boys are just so adorable! Sorry to hear that you guys are having gas/tummy issues. We went through the same thing for a little while. I tried all kinds of crazy don't eat this, don't eat that's and found that laying Ryan on his back and doing the bicycle-legs worked best.

Melissa Grieshaber