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Help with Infant gas and smelly sour stools

Hi All,

My son is 3 months old. He is exclusively breastfed and from approximately 3 weeks has suffered from gas that disrupts his sleep and causes a lot of discomfort.
He eats well and is gaining very well, I do not believe it is colic as he does not have many bouts of crying.

He is currently taking prevacid for reflux which I believe is helping, however after being on the medication for 2 months has caused his stools to only come every 4-5 days and when they do come are thick dark green as have a very offensive sour odour. His gas is very forceful and also smells very bad. He tends to lift his head up and straighten his legs to try and release the gas.
He is mainly afflicted with gas issues in the evening, overnight and early morning. I usually try to help the gas our by massage and pumping his legs which can work in the early evening but usually does not overnight.
I have tried cocyntal and a product called colic calm which doesn't seem to help much. I also want to mention that he has started with stickiness behind the ears, skin folds behind his legs and now has cradle cap. I am also restricting dairy, wheat and soy from my diet.

Please let me know what other information you need. Any help is appreciated!
  bthom on 2010-12-04
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I forgot to mention, he also has hiccups a few times each day. Thank you!
bthom last decade
Constipation is a clear and known side effect of the drug Prevacid.

Homoeopathy will not be able to help your child permanently while he continues to take this drug.

Doctors claim that these side effects will not harm your child, but homoeopaths know better about such claims.

You may be setting up your child to have chronic health concerns due to this drug. It would be best if you stopped it and then presented the symptoms that are natural to your child to see if we can cure them.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Thank you for your reply Dr! How many days should he be med free before any symptoms can be thought to be natural and not pharmaceutically induced?
bthom last decade
I am not sure of that. I couldn't find any information on how long those side effects take to fade, but normally side effects take a few days to a few weeks to disappear.

See how he goes after a week or so.

What were his original symptoms, and did the medication suppress those?
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Logging in to observe progress.
Joe De Livera last decade
His original symptoms were much the same. Excessive gassiness starting in the evening and lasting throughout the night and frequent hiccups He tends to stiffen his body while trying to pass gas. He frequently awakens do to grunting and groaning while trying to pass the gas and usually cry's out in pain sometimes up to 2 hours before it finally passes and he can once again sleep.

The prevacid was prescribed to see if it would help as he showed some symptoms of mild reflux - spitting up, sour burps and fussiness if lying on his back. He was not constipated prior to prevacid and had regular sweet smelling breast milk stools that were yellow in colour. I have stopped the prevacid for a few days at a time to try and bring on a bowel movement and the gas does not change and besides a bit of spitting up, reflux is ok.

Not sure if this is relevant -He seems to have a reaction to things that I eat so I've eliminated most dairy, soy, nuts, wheat and many vegetables in an attempt to lessen his symptoms. I am actually having quite a few digestive issues myself, and suffer from extreme gas as well, even with a healthy diet free of processed foods. Digestive enzymes have not helped me. I also suffer from dandruff, pcos (although not overweight)and endometreosis. Both of my sons were conceived through use of fertility drugs (clomid and femara.

Thank you
bthom last decade
It is possible that the two of you are sharing one state at the moment. Mother and child can share the same state for some time after birth. Are your digestive problems the same as they were before falling pregnant, or did they appear or change in some way during pregnancy?

It might be worth your while to look at the information at these links, to get an idea of what sort of information a homoeopath will need to make a sucessful prescription.


brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Thank you for the links, they were very informative! I have looked up a local homeopath and plan on contacting them tomorrow for an appt.

With respect to my symptoms, it makes sense that we are sharing one state as my symptoms started at the same time as my son's from what I recall (and my husband recalls as well). I also had a similar issue with my first born whose digestion/gas only improved at about 6 months of age.

The fact that it seems to be repeating this time around is what made me what to seek out help via homeopathy as I don't want this son to go through the same pain and discomfort for another 3 months.

Both my pregnancies were uneventful and very easy with few symptoms and aversions. Both boys were born vaginally with quick labours at 39 weeks gestation. No epidural with the first and an epidural with the second.

If interested, I could report back after I meet with the Dr in person?
bthom last decade
I would be very interested to hear what happens.

I treat a lot of mothers and their young children by examining the state during pregnancy, and I find it to be very useful.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade

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