Elin
Elin

August 23rd, 2008, 8:42 am #11

Bowel movement = avføring

So you did answer the question.

Good luck with this!
I know Katarina lives in a big city, so she should be able to get specialist help, if need be.
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Kris
Kris

August 23rd, 2008, 1:15 pm #12

Kris:

Wow, that sounds scary what your daughter had to go through. I hope she is okay and on the mend. I wish her well.

Julie
Thanks for the well wishes! Yes, it was very scary and there were lots of tears shed during those two weeks. But aside from the scar she has you would never know what she went thru! It sure put things into perspective for all of us. She is just a beautiful kid and was so brave thru it all. Like I said before...she is truly my hero.
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Julie Smith
Julie Smith

August 25th, 2008, 3:38 am #13

Hello! I need some input. My baby just turned 1 month old, and he's the most precious thing in the world =) He's growing and growing every day, and is overall a happy and peaceful child. BUT he's since he was about 1 week old REALLY been struggeling with his stomach. It started mild, but it has just become worse and worse. He's constantly (when awake) pressing and working so hard with his stomach. It sounds like he has very hard poo or air that doesn't come out. Now the last week he's also been screaming and crying from pain when he's pressing. His poo is changing between yellow and green, and is VERY liquid. So we went to the doctor, who recommended to try a powder (to make milk) for 4-5 days so that his stomach can recover a little bit. It's a powder that doesn't contain milk protein, and you can only get it in pharmacies. Expensive yes... So we're trying that now. It tastes very bad, but he's a good boy and eats it anyway. It's quite a change for me (and him!), as I'm used to breastfeeding him almost every hour, and now he gets the bottle every 3-4 hour. I'm seeing a change in him, I think he has less stomach pain. I'm hoping it gets even better in a few days and when I start breastfeeding him again. I'm currently pumping my milk and storing it in the freezer. Alot of work! But if he gets better it's definently worth it!

I wonder if any of you has had any similar problems with your babies? I've of course tried "everything" to help his stomach problems. Like not eating food like onion, cabbage, grapes and so on. And not drinking anything with bubbles. I'm also avoiding any milk products (DIFFICULT! There's milk in everything!). We're also giving him fennel tea, which calms him down a little bit, but doesn't take away the pain. Sugar water doesn't help him either. He's not the best burper, he actually just started to burp for real. The air mostly find the other way out, but not without a big struggle. It's so heartbreaking to see my baby suffering, and now when it also bothers him when he sleeps, it really has to be fixed.

Any tips?

Thank you!!
- Katarina -
I just saw this post from a few days ago, so I wanted to get caught up. Has the situation improved? Poor baby, and poor mama. I know it must be very frustrating and scary for you both.

My girls both had their own tummy problems. For the most part, gas drops (mycilin or something like that) helped quite a bit. My little one had to be given a powder that I had to add to juice (yes, the pediatrician actually had me give her juice) to get rid of constipation. She just turned 4 and still has to have it from time to time.

Feel free to email me if you still have questions about this (or any other baby thing). I've been through it twice and will once again within the next few weeks (I'm officially 36 weeks pregnant right now).

Take care, and I really hope you can get this resolved very soon,
Julie Smith
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Katarina (Norway)
Katarina (Norway)

August 25th, 2008, 6:43 am #14

Hello! I need some input. My baby just turned 1 month old, and he's the most precious thing in the world =) He's growing and growing every day, and is overall a happy and peaceful child. BUT he's since he was about 1 week old REALLY been struggeling with his stomach. It started mild, but it has just become worse and worse. He's constantly (when awake) pressing and working so hard with his stomach. It sounds like he has very hard poo or air that doesn't come out. Now the last week he's also been screaming and crying from pain when he's pressing. His poo is changing between yellow and green, and is VERY liquid. So we went to the doctor, who recommended to try a powder (to make milk) for 4-5 days so that his stomach can recover a little bit. It's a powder that doesn't contain milk protein, and you can only get it in pharmacies. Expensive yes... So we're trying that now. It tastes very bad, but he's a good boy and eats it anyway. It's quite a change for me (and him!), as I'm used to breastfeeding him almost every hour, and now he gets the bottle every 3-4 hour. I'm seeing a change in him, I think he has less stomach pain. I'm hoping it gets even better in a few days and when I start breastfeeding him again. I'm currently pumping my milk and storing it in the freezer. Alot of work! But if he gets better it's definently worth it!

I wonder if any of you has had any similar problems with your babies? I've of course tried "everything" to help his stomach problems. Like not eating food like onion, cabbage, grapes and so on. And not drinking anything with bubbles. I'm also avoiding any milk products (DIFFICULT! There's milk in everything!). We're also giving him fennel tea, which calms him down a little bit, but doesn't take away the pain. Sugar water doesn't help him either. He's not the best burper, he actually just started to burp for real. The air mostly find the other way out, but not without a big struggle. It's so heartbreaking to see my baby suffering, and now when it also bothers him when he sleeps, it really has to be fixed.

Any tips?

Thank you!!
- Katarina -
First of all - thank you so much, all of you, for answering to my post!! It sure can be scary and frustrating when you can't comfort your baby. You've given me alot of support and comfort, as well as good tips. I will, for sure, take my baby to a specialist if he doesn't improve. I've now given him Nutramigen for 4 days, and I've noticed change. But not only for the better. He has harder poo, so he struggles with getting that out. And he has alot of gas too. I'll be getting some gas drops from my "father-in-law" from Poland soon. I hope they will help. And I'm gonna buy a few new bottles today too - Dr Browns. I've heard they're supposed to be very good. The one good thing about Nutramigen is that it keeps my baby stuck to meals. When he breastfed, he wanted it all the time. So I fed him very often (he didn't drink very much each time though). But now he's supposed to get 5-6 meals every 24 hours, so it's gotta be 3-4 hours between each meal. That makes it easier for us! =) But it's also a struggle to get him to drink up the bottle! He still hasn't done it! He either falls asleep or refuses to suck more. Ah babies babies babies. Being a mother is the hardest job! But also the BEST job! He's 5 weeks old now, and I already see him going off to his first day at school.. Haha. DON'T GROW UP!!! The time goes so fast.. Well, it's feeding time! And pumping time.. It's leaking through my clothes, so I guess it's time LOL

I'll keep you updated!

- Katarina -
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Kris
Kris

August 25th, 2008, 11:28 am #15

Glad to hear an update! Formula definitely makes them more solid! One thing you can try for the constipation is to put prune juice in his bottle. I believe it is one tablespoon per two ounces but I can't remember for sure LOL. And put some diaper rash ointment on him even if he's not red...anything to help it out LOL. Being a first time Mom is an overwhelming time....excitement, fear, joy, fatigue LOL. But always trust yourself. If anything ever feels "wrong" even if you can't put a finger on it always check with your Doctor. I have often diagnosed what is wrong with my kids before even taking them to the Doctor....ok it helps that I have a nursing background....but when I have been dismissed by a Doctor I persist if my gut tells me to. You hang in there and know that you are the best Mommy for your little boy. Everything will work out and be fine!
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Laura
Laura

August 26th, 2008, 7:53 am #16

First of all - thank you so much, all of you, for answering to my post!! It sure can be scary and frustrating when you can't comfort your baby. You've given me alot of support and comfort, as well as good tips. I will, for sure, take my baby to a specialist if he doesn't improve. I've now given him Nutramigen for 4 days, and I've noticed change. But not only for the better. He has harder poo, so he struggles with getting that out. And he has alot of gas too. I'll be getting some gas drops from my "father-in-law" from Poland soon. I hope they will help. And I'm gonna buy a few new bottles today too - Dr Browns. I've heard they're supposed to be very good. The one good thing about Nutramigen is that it keeps my baby stuck to meals. When he breastfed, he wanted it all the time. So I fed him very often (he didn't drink very much each time though). But now he's supposed to get 5-6 meals every 24 hours, so it's gotta be 3-4 hours between each meal. That makes it easier for us! =) But it's also a struggle to get him to drink up the bottle! He still hasn't done it! He either falls asleep or refuses to suck more. Ah babies babies babies. Being a mother is the hardest job! But also the BEST job! He's 5 weeks old now, and I already see him going off to his first day at school.. Haha. DON'T GROW UP!!! The time goes so fast.. Well, it's feeding time! And pumping time.. It's leaking through my clothes, so I guess it's time LOL

I'll keep you updated!

- Katarina -
When my son was 3 weeks old he had hernia surgery. When we went back for a follow up I mentioned to the Dr. about how hard it was for my son to go poop. Come to find out that his rectum was to small. She had to dilate it. She showed me how to do it, which is not a pleasant thing but it helped him. I know this sounds gross and all but it worked. And also changing formulas can cause stool problems.

I hope we can see some pictures soon.

Laura
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Katarina (Norway)
Katarina (Norway)

August 26th, 2008, 3:02 pm #17

Thanks for the input, Laura! =) I hope it's not his rectum that is too small.. Sounds awful! We're going to a chiropractor (correct?) tomorrow! I know it's done wonders to many babies! FINGERS CROSSED! And I've also started to breastfeed him again. The Nutramigen didn't help him so much. I think. He's still struggeling so... He seems a LITTLE bit confused now. Breast?? Not bottle?? LOL. But it'll be fine, I'm sure. I've now got quite a few containers with pumped milk in the freezer, so maybe one of these days I can enjoy a glass of wine with my lovely boyfriend. Almost a year since the last time! =)

- Katarina -
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