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My baby girl is 11 days old, and the last few nights have been rough. After feedings she writhes and screams- she is twisting her body and doubling up her legs like she's in pain. I'm burping her extra, mylicon, Gerber soothe drops. Nursing in more upright positions. She seems to be eating a lot, and will often frantically root and give a few sucks before letting go and shrieking. Oddly (and of course) it's only at night. During the daytime she might squirm a little, but nothing like the meltdowns.
We see her pediatrician tomorrow for her 2 week appt and I will ask for help. Any ideas?
Sounds like possible reflux or gas. Have you tried gripe water?
The pedi will probably go through what you are eating since you are nursing, may make some suggestions to things to cut out of your diet. My DH's cousin and his wife went through A LOT with their 2nd during nursing and finally figured out that cutting dairy solved pretty much everything. I hope it is something simple for you and she feels better soon!
Sounds like gas to me. And it sounds like you are doing what you can to help with the gas. My second child did that. It was terrible. We tried everything to help but nothing but time seemed to help. I changed my diet to see if that would help but it didn't.
Your dr may put her on some medication to help if it gets too bad.
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Something else you could try is Colic Calm, it's safe for babies of any age. It has tummy-friendly homeopathic remedies, plus charcoal to help absorb gas. It tastes good, so they usually like it. It is black on account of the charcoal, so beware of funny colored poops afterwards, and it can permanently stain clothing so use a bib.
Also if you continue to have trouble I would definitely cut out dairy, possibly soy as well because it mimics the dairy protein, starting with the obvious dairy and soy and then, if need be, the hidden stuff on ingredient labels. It can take up to 4 weeks to completely exit baby's system so be patient. I know it's rough and I sympathize very much.
In my experience, most family practice docs are a bit on the clueless side with reflux issues, so you may need to read up on it yourself a lot. Also, ginger, fennel, and catnip can help with tummy troubles and gas. Hope that helps.
If it's gas related, which is sounds like it very well could be. Toren has gas issues and acts the same way sometimes. Gripe water is more for gas that is stuck in the intestines - from what you describe that sounds right. You should try gripe water and see if that helps at all.
We had the same issues, exactly to a T from 2 weeks to 4 weeks. We tried supplementing with formula, drops, different bottles when giving breastmilk in a bottle, etc. Nothing worked. After 2 or 3 weeks, it resolved itself. He got really constipated for about a week and then he's been ok since. Every once in a while he has a night like that and then he's ok.
We think it was gas.
I hope your baby's issues resolved quickly.
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