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First time Dad, questions about 2 m/old

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Re: First time Dad, questions about 2 m/old

Postby Blaquesmith » 17 Mar 2014, 20:02

Which bottles do you use? as Petrichor says, maybe changing the teat helps. We used Avent bottles first, but then we changed them to Pigeon bottles and she liked them better. They also are softer and adapt better to her mouth, so she doesn't swallow so much gas (the other teats made difficult for her to drink milk without swallowing a lot of air)

As for the formula, We began using Nestlé NAN 1 HA because my wife didn't have enough milk. The Nestlé NAN HA is a Hipoalergenic formula that doesn't have lactose or cow milk proteins, and works really well with newborns, specially if they're Asian or half-asian (usually Asian or half-asian people are more sensitive to lactose, like caucasian people are usually sensitive to gluten... it's an evolutionary adaptation thing).

Anyways, we kept feeding her the NAN HA formula until she was 9 months old, then we switched to the NAN formula. It's the same, but it has milk protein and lactose. She accepted the change with no problem at all.

Now, about the gas: my daughter has been eating like a champ all her first year, but recently she got an intestinal thing (most probably gastroenteritis). As a result, she got a lot of gas in her intestines, and that was confirmed when we went to the hospital and they took an x-ray of her torso. You could see huge gas bubbles in her stomach and intestines. That caused her to be cranky, spontaneous crying bursts, she didn't want to eat (well, she did, but after just a little bit of food, she felt pain and then stopped). She has been like this for two weeks, and she has been improving very slowly. Two days ago, she began eating normally again, no fuss, just asking for food and eating her normal amount.

To relieve her pain, it helps massaging her belly clockwise, to help gas bubbles to go along the intestines. Also, make sure she burps all she can burp after each feeding. It will pass.

If she's having early teething, then you're screwed up, basically. The only thing you can do is wait for it to end. There are some liquid-filled teething rings that you can put in the fridge, when they are cold, children can bite down on them and the coldness helps to relieve the pain a little bit. That, apple slices and bread sticks are the only things that help with teething (but if your daughter is only two months old, apple and bread is still a no-no). I feel your pain.
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Re: First time Dad, questions about 2 m/old

Postby headhonchoII » 17 Mar 2014, 21:36

They are all good ideas. You can also think of doing some light massage on the baby's stomach , to help push things along. You can use a type of baby oil to do it that's safe for kids. It's just an idea and it worked with our first kid who had a lot of problems with digestion and constipation. Just keep trying different things. The baby system will mature in a few months and things should get easier. It's also normal for kids to have a a slightly raised temperature after shots.
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Re: First time Dad, questions about 2 m/old

Postby rob_the_canuck » 18 Mar 2014, 00:10

Yep, we do the massage with an anti-gas ointment. She was a bit better tonight. Even got her to drink some water, as per doctor's orders.

As for bottles, we use Pigeon bottles with a different company's anti-colic nipples. Don't know the name, the logo looks like a soybean pod.
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Re: First time Dad, questions about 2 m/old

Postby kaikai34 » 18 Mar 2014, 00:24

You can try the playtex drop in bottles with the disposable liners. It's suppose to be less gassy. We used them a lot. Especially useful when traveling or just being out of the house. Liners are a little pricey here, but hey, what imported item isn't.
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Re: First time Dad, questions about 2 m/old

Postby Charlie Phillips » 18 Mar 2014, 00:56

And also consider if the nipple hole is too small. While large holes can cause gasiness, too small a hole will cause too slow a-feeding and frustration.

And if she's being burped 3 or 4 times and sleeping during feeding, how about the temperature of the milk? Make sure it's not getting too cold.

Put the bottle in a bowl of warm water while you are burping or she is taking a nap.
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Re: First time Dad, questions about 2 m/old

Postby dargus » 26 Apr 2014, 12:21

What is her current feeding frequency?

You mentioned in your original post she used to drink 150 cc and now is down to 60.

At two months of age, drinking 150 cc f.i. Every three hours would make it 150 cc x 8 = 1200 cc
If she is only drinking 60 cc every 3 hours, then she would only get 60 cc x 8 = 480 cc.
Could it help to give her a bottle every 1,5 hours?

You may consider going to a Chinese doctor and try something with Chinese medicine.
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