Thursday, April 28, 2011

no ethanol.

We've got gas problems. Baby T is an awesome baby, but he spits up a lot. And he toots a lot. And he has the hiccups multiple times a day. And when he's especially rooty-tooty-fresh-and-fruity, he's miserable. Arched back. Agonizing face. Legs jerked in and then violently pushed back out. It's wearing me out. S had tummy troubles, too, but I took care of hers by eliminating dairy. No dairy isn't helping T.

So, what gives?

I can't tell if gas drops are helping, but they don't seem to be. I looked up what foods might be offending the little guy's sensitive belly, and here's what I found out. I might want to avoid the following:
  • dairy,
  • caffeine,
  • soy,
  • nuts,
  • shellfish,
  • chocolate,
  • citrus,
  • wheat,
  • chicken,
  • beef,
  • eggs,
  • corn, and
  • gassy veggies like broccoli, onions, peppers, and tomatoes.
What, pray tell, am I supposed to eat? Plain rice? Boiled potatoes? Bananas? That's about all I can come up with.

Anyone have any brilliant ideas? This mama is going to need some serious help if I'm going to exist on NOTHING INTERESTING OR TASTY. Somebody help me!

For the record, if anyone says it's colic, I'll scream. It's not colic. He doesn't cry nearly enough to qualify it as colic. And as soon as his little gas fits pass (no pun intended), he's fine. Plus, I totally drank the Harvey Karp Kool-Aid, and I don't believe that he could have colic this early...especially as a preemie.

I am about to read up a bit on hyperlactation syndrome. And I'm going to hope that's not the problem.


Strongmama said...

Hmm. Does this happen every time he eats? Does he really gulp when he eats? Maybe you could change your nursing position so he is more upright. Does he nurse on both sides when he eats? Maybe cut down the amount he is taking in at one time. It doesn't sound like colic. Hiccups may just be a sign of tiredness and not really related to the arching and gas, unless he does gulp pretty hard when he eats. Both of my kiddos hiccupped a lot, especially when they were tired or overtired. Poor little T and poor mama!

Jolene's Virtual Jumble said...

Strongmama has some good suggestions.
If you have a strong let down or Baby T appears to be uncomfortable at the breast, a more upright nursing position can make a huge difference. Here it is called Biological Nurturing ( and the breastfeeding counselors that I work with find that moms and babies find this very effective. I did, too, with #2 and wish I had been confident to do it with #1 (God knows he tried, and I thought that we were doing it 'wrong' as it wasn't in the books back then...what did I know?).
The only other thing is his premie-ness. If you are very concerned, I could, with your permission, pass on your story to the counselor group and see if anything else springs to mind.
thinking of ya, jx

keLi said...

sorry to hear about the gas man.

peneLope laughed in the face of gas drops, but then we tried gripe water (bought it @ walgreens, and it had a lunar goddess mother on the front which means it has to be safe, right? heh.) and that helped. she was ... how shall we put it delicately? on par with her adult father with her flatulence, and we all enjoyed that. :)

Haley said...

go with the gripe water..excellent stuff. levi lived on it for about 3 months. :) also, google the breastfeeding guru jack newman...i seem to remember some info i found out to help levi was from there. unfortunatly the exact info has left my brain having been purged so i can fit multiple solutions to keeping my sons from maiming each other.... :)

Anonymous said...

Acid reflux....lots of spit up and the burning sensation causes a lot of pain and crying.