Thursday, June 3, 2010


And not the fun, run in the yard to pop them, kind. The kind that keep babies up at night while their little digestive systems go crazy. The kind that make people say, "Wow...your baby is GASSY." The kind that make Lauren not want to eat and worry me to death.

Until Monday, Lauren was a fabulous eater. She usually ate 4-5 ounces every 2 to 3 hours during the day. We could tell she was gaining weight and definitely growing longer, at least in her torso. Those 0-3 month onesies are getting tight! Then, on Monday, she wouldn't eat more than 2 ounces before stopping to scream at us. We would burp her and then try to let her eat more but she just wasn't having it. Yesterday, after having formula coughed in my face several times because she was angry, I put in a call to the doctor. The nurse recommended bringing her in to check on her.

The first thing they did was check her weight. She's a very healthy 10 lbs 9.5 ounces now. She gained a full pound in 3 weeks! Eating a ton less was not keeping her from gaining! They also checked her length, which is now 22 inches. She's doing very well. The doctor came in and informed me that it looked like she was just done with her growth spurt which is why she wasn't needing as much now. She also chatted with me about Lauren's gas issues, which is something we've talked about before. The drops she recommended last time weren't making a difference so she handed me some different formula, Enfamil Gentlease, which is supposed to help with the type of issues that we've been dealing with.

I hasn't even been a full day, but the new formula seems to be helping. She's a lot more difficult to burp but I'll take that over the random crying and formula being spit it my face out of frustration.

A less gassy, happier baby? Yes, please!


saly said...

We used the gentlease the last time around, and it made a really big difference. You’ll notice her spit-up is kind of silkier and weird, but for us, it helped Liv’s stomach issues out greatly. She did end up with (and still has) acid reflux despite the change in formula, but I think it would have been more severe had we not switched the formula.

Good luck!

The Kellys said...

I'm hoping that this will at least reduce things a bit. I was worried about reflux with Lauren for awhile due to the projectile vomiting but that seems to have subsided, for now.


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