Hi, I have an 11 month old baby. He has always suffered with his tummy/bowel, and i have found that his emotions have been ruled by his bowels! He can be really grouchy and then be happy as larry after a poo! He does not really seem to be constipated. I have been to the doctors several times but each time i am advised to wait another month to see if he improves. I have taken him numerous times to a cranial osteopath who really seems to have helped, but last time the imporvement only lasted one day and then he was back to normal.
Recently he is waking in the night with tummy ache. I feed him (I'm still breastfeeded) and this does seem to help him get rid of some wind! The last 5 nights I've also had to give him calpol and gripe water to get him back to sleep. Last night I was up from 2.15-3.30am trying to settle him. I can tell he is uncomfortable.
I have started to give him 'New Era tissue salts for Indigestion, colicky pain and flatulence' that i gor from Holland and Barretts. They do seem to have helped. Initially they really loosened him up on only 1 1/2 tablets a day. I gradually increased the dosage to 3 a day, one with each meal. Does anyone know waht the recommended dosage is for babies? I can't find this info anywhere. I asked the GP and she was concerned about the sodium phosphate as babies are not supposed to have more that one gram of salt per day.
I'm also thinking of trying peppermint tea?? But not sure if babies can have this?
Update: I took him back to the doctors today after another bad night and the GP has referred him to a paediatric dietician. In the meantime, all i have is calpol. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
My little girl also suffers from bad tummy pains and horrid poos and wind. She went into hosp and had to stop breast feeding and put her on on neocate which is a very hydrogised formula for.sensitive tummies. She is on infant gaviscon which works a treat not necessarily because she has reflux but because it settles her tummy (Have you tried that) its worked wonders for us more so than the specialist formula. ALSO My grandad is a homeopathic doc and has given me tissue salts to treat her bad tummy and teething. Maggie has New Era tissue salts For her tummh she has NAT PHOS - for cramp,neuralga,flatulance and spasmotic nerve pains and MAG PHOS - for gastric disorders heartburn. He has prescribed her 2 tablets in each feed.
That's really helpful thank you. I've tried infant gaviscon but i found he still woke up with tummy ache. I think his wind is lower (he needs to fart not burp!!) It was also difficult to give to him cos it tastes horrible just mixed with water and as I'm still bfing i couldnt mix it in a bottle. i ended up mixing it with water and then mixing that with yoghurt, but it went really strange and gloopy! Maybe i should try again though.
It's really useful to know what your grandad has prescribed dosage-wise. The tissue salts I've been using have nat phos and mag phos in (along with calc phos and nat sulph). If you're giving two at each feed then that's much higher than the 3 a day I've been giving. I was worried about increasing the dosage but think that I will as i do think they have been helping. I mentioned them again to the GP today but he didn't really know what they were or the quantity of sodium in them.
Thanks, I'm going to start giving him boiled water at night. He's just had tap water since 6 months but I'll try boiling it for him to have in the night. I'll also try and wind him if he'll sit still for long enough!!
No probs. Docs dont know much about homeopathic remedies they only know what theyre taught by nhs and modern medicine. Maggies prob is 'down below' too but for some explained reasonone sachet of gaviscon works. I can see how fiddly it can be with you breast feeding. Have you tried other natural/herbal remedie? Dill is meant to be v calming for the tummy which is in gripe water, have you tried that too?
I've been trying gripe water for a week and it doesn't seem to be helping. I've actually tried to get dill essential oil for his bath or in a room diffuser but Holland and Barretts didnt have any. I've been meaning to look online but i have admit I forgot until you just reminded me! Do you know if you can give dill directly? Or how the best way of giving it? Bath/massage etc?
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