Post # 1
Everything I’ve read says tummy problems are meant to be getting better by 12 weeks.
My little one is 15 weeks and is really struggling still. She’s EBF and her poos are normal. She goes about three times a day. Leading up to a poo she is really unsettled. She lets out massive farts, like a grown man! But I feel like she still has a lot of trapped wind. I took her to a paediatrician who suggested I come off dairy and start weaning her early, at 5 months. It helped a bit but the last few days she’s been worse than ever. She brings her legs up and strains every few minutes from about 5am until she poos about 7am. After she poos it’s only a matter of time before she starts again. She can be perfectly happy and then winces like she’s in pain. Its horrible to watch. I’ve tried gripe water, gas drops, tummy massage etc.
Do you think I should get a second opinion? We were prescribed ranitidine yesterday as she has a bit of reflux and I went to the doctor again out of desperation. We’ll start trying it today but I feel like it’s the wind bothering her more.
Post # 2
It can take 6 weeks for dairy to fully clear out of their system, so I’d stick with it. The protein in soy is very similar , so I’d cut that out too. I’d probably get a second opinion too. Good luck!!
Post # 3
pink.lemonade : Thanks, that’s really helpful. Will make sure I cut that out as well.
Post # 4
It may not even be an allergy, everyone always wants to say it’s dairy but very few babies actually have a dairy allergy.
Post # 5
Have you tried keeping a food diary and seeing how your diet corresponds with baby’s symptoms and bowel motions? And has baby been checked for tongue or lip tie? You might also want to chat with an IBCLC to get baby’s latch evaluated.
Post # 6
I thought it was gas with my son too but it ended up being reflux. It was silent so he never spit up and we didn’t know how much pain he was in. Try the meds, they helped us so much. Also, make sure you are giving her the right amount, it’s by weight so the dosage has to be adjusted constantly since they’re growing so much.
Post # 7
Try sitting her up more, and angling her just a bit to sleep.
My son did the same thing for about 6 weeks from 3.5-5ish. When he was at angle, he almost stopped. I’m thinking it was more reflux than bowel movement.
I didn’t change anything I was eating when I noticed the angle helped him. I definitely wouldn’t have entertained weaning him without exhausting all other options. I would get a second opinion.