Beandoctor!! Can you talk? I've been waiting for you to get online. I would like to know if its ok to try a differerent formula. We use Enfamil newborn and I wanna try Enfamil "gentle ease". What do you think?
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I tried a little gripe water for his gas and continue burping him throughout feedings.
I'd love to help with your question. I'll never give you advice that I wouldn't give to my own patients or do for my own child.
It's nice to "run into" you again!
I only have a moment right now... so if I can't answer all of your questions, I will post back later with a more detailed response.
But the short answer to your first question is YES.
Hi! I wrote to you last night. I saw you online but I must of just missed you and my question went to someone else.
I like the Gentlease - the nutrition is essentially the same as the Enfamil Premium, but the protein type is easier to digest.
Ok thats fine cause I have a fussy baby.
I'm sorry that I missed you!
ok so Im gonna go get it and try it. i just wanted to ask you first.
No problem. You may actually be able to get some samples from your pediatrician...
The formula representatives keep most of us well-stocked with samples.
Which is nice since you can try it for a week or so without having to invest in a whole can.
Ok well Im running out of formula and Im just gonna go get it now.
Sure. Let me know how it works out...
How's everything else?
Ok thank you .
You are welcome. Just let me know if I can help with anything more, okay?
everything is good. I know we talked about gripe water before. I got a little desperate last night. I found some in my new parent survival kit from "little tummys" and tried it. I dont know if it was a coinsedence or it work but it did the trick. but still not sure if i believe in it or not. Thats why I wanna try the gentle ease formula
Interesting. I'll have to look up what's in that particular brand. But do give the Gentlease a try and see how that goes...
He gets so mad and frusterated when he poops. His face gets red and puts his hands in a fist. dont know if hes constipated.
That's a problem we can probably fix fairly easily.
ok I know you gotta go. But thats all I needed to know for right now. Im so glad I got a hold of you!
If you want to hold off on "accepting" my answer, I'll post back in a bit with a tip for constipation and the Little Tummies thing.
Gotta run right now - but I'll post back in a couple of hours!
ok. that sounds good! Thanks!
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Sorry that I had to run off! But I did want to mention two last things before I let you go.
First - about the constipation...
It's not unusual for babies to appear uncomfortable when they stool. Partly, that's mechanical - it's hard to poop when you're lying flat on your back! So what your baby is doing may be completely normal.
However, if your son is having some hard stools that are causing him discomfort, we can easily fix that. The safest, easiest thing to do is usually add a small amount of fruit juice to his diet.
A simple rule of thumb is that an infant can take as much as 1 oz of fruit juice for every month old (so a 3 month old could have up to 3 oz). Still, I usually start with half that much and increase if needed (because you want your son to still be hungry for his formula).
Prune juice tends to work the best - but apple and pear work well, too. Be sure to buy pure 100% juice (although you can dilute it with water).
Second - about the Little Tummies Gripe Water...
I looked up the ingredients for that product, and I do not see anything that is concerning. There are some "gripe water" products on the market that do contain unsafe ingredients - but that brand looks safe. So if it seems to help your son, feel free to use it.
However, the active ingredient in the Little Tummies Gripe Water is sodium bicarbonate (baking soda). As you probably know, sodium bicarbonate type products are commonly used to treat heartburn, because they soak up stomach acid.
So if you find that the Little Tummies is helpful, it could be that your son is having some acid reflux. If that's the case, we may be able to do some other things that would target that more effectively.
I hope that this information is helpful to you - please let me know if I can help with anything more in the future...
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