• Can my baby become addicted to gas relief drops?

    Corianna wanted to know, "Will taking gas drops too much make a baby dependent on them?"

    Dr. Sue writes:

    Absolutely not. You can use these gas remedy products containing simethicone or gripe water with fennel and ginger for many years safely and there's no addiction to it. And, remember, they don't have alcohol. They don't have artificial dyes and so they're perfectly safe for infants and children. 

  • Can I give my older children gripe water or gas relief drops?

    Jessie wants to know, "Can I use gripe water on my older children?"
     
    Dr. Sue writes:
     
    The answer is yes. Sometimes we all get stomach discomfort.  You could use gripe water or Simethicone drops in older kids and it's easy to put that into a sippy cup for your baby to use.
  • How can I help a baby pass gas?

    Britney wanted to know, "How can I help my gassy baby, even after they have had gas drops?" 

    Dr. Sue writes:

    You know Britney, there's lots of things we can do in those first three months of life, because that's the most common time to have a gassy baby. They've called it the fourth trimester, which I think is actually true. That's when your baby is developing their neurological system, their intestines and everything area is also maturing, so those first three months are the most common time to hear about gas and fussy babies. I like to recommend things like swaddling your baby. I'm a huge fan of a pacifier for non-nutritive sucking. And then you might try bicycling their legs, sometimes that helps them expel gas. I also like to try a warm bath, I was convinced that warm baths helped my children when they were gassy.

  • Can I add gripe water to formula?

    Amanda - Can gripe water be added to formula that is warmed?
     
    Dr. Sue writes:
     
    The answer to that is yes, Amanda, you can add Gripe Water to warmed up formula. Remember, Gripe Water is a combination of fennel and ginger, so it's an herbal remedy.
  • How do gas relief drops work?

    So, Autumn wanted to know, "How do the gas drops actually get rid of gas?" 

    Dr. Sue writes:

    Well, Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops have been around for a long time, and it contains simethicone, which is proven to be safe in children and infants. Simethicone actually works by breaking the surface tension little gas bubbles and helping them combine into bigger ones. It's easier to expel larger gas bubbles. And remember, it's perfectly safe, and this product does not contain alcohol, artificial flavors, or artificial dyes.

  • How often should my baby have bowel movements?

    Jillie - How often should my baby have bowel movements?
     
    Dr. Sue writes:
     
    "Who knew we would talk so much about poop. Babies are very different, just like all people. Some babies poop five times a day, and other babies poop once every three to four days. It's really more important if your baby is comfortable.
     
    So, if they seem fine and they're gaining weight, don't worry about counting the stools. If they're gassy, sometimes I try giving them some gas drops and see if that relieves their gas. Again, remember that Simethicone. Then, if they're really having problems ... And I always say, ""Is it snakes or balls? It should be mushy."" Some kid taught me that.
     
    You wanna have mushy stools. If they're not mushy, you can try using some over-the-counter products that your doctor may recommend. But again, if she's comfortable, it doesn't matter if you stool every day. You just wanna make sure that she's having stools and growing well."
  • How do I relieve my baby's severe gas?

    Nikki M. - We have a newborn. 4 days old. She's seriously an angel...until it comes time to pass gas. Poor thing screams and shakes until she passes gas that sounds of a grown man. Any tricks to help relieve her?
     
    Dr. Sue writes:
     
    Flatulence, which is the word for gas, is very explosive in newborns, so don't be alarmed if you hear a big ... of gas. Try laying your baby on their back and exercise their legs like a bicycle. They also like massage at this time, and I would go and I would get my Little Remedies Gas Drops, which remember, and try using those to break down the gas bubbles. I love to give the baby a massage on their tummy, but never will your baby sleep on their tummy. So if they relax, and they fall asleep, you must turn them over.
  • When to use gas drops, gripe water or colic relief?

    Amanda D. - Hi Dr. Sue, I have used Little Remedies products and love them. But, I often wonder if I'm using the right thing. How do you know when to use gas drops, gripe water, or colic relief? I currently use the gas drops at nighttime feedings, and gripe water in the day. Thanks!
     
    Dr. Sue writes:
     
    The first thing you need to know is that babies are really gassy, especially the first two to three months of their life, because their GI track is just immature and they don't process the milk well, either breast or bottle, all the time.
     
    So when your baby's gassy, I try to do things like exercise their legs, give them a warm bath, give them some tummy time and rub their back, but I also like to use gas drops. The Little Remedies Gas Drops are perfect, which is simethicone and that's a medicine that helps break down the gas bubbles in your baby's tummy.
  • When is the best time to use gas drops?

    Megan wants to know with her new baby what is the best time to give the gas drops, before or after a feeding? 

    Dr. Sue writes:

    You know, Megan, it really depends on your own baby. You can use gas drops immediately after a feeding if you feel like your baby has gotten gassy because they've eaten faster that time or swallowed more air. You can also safely put it in a bottle with your formula in excess breast milk if you would like to. And, in an older child you could put it into a sippy cup

  • Which Little Remedies product is right for my fussy baby?

    Amanda D. - Hi Dr. Sue, I have used Little Remedies products and love them. But I often wonder if I'm using the right thing. How do you know when to use gas drops, gripe water, or colic relief? I currently use the gas drops at night time feedings, and gripe water in the day. Thanks!
     
    Dr. Sue writes:
     
    Little Remedies® makes several great products that may be used for a fussy or gassy baby. Most babies have gas as their intestinal tract is still “developing” just like your infant during the first months of their lives. If they seem to have a lot of gas and are uncomfortable try the Little Remedies® Gas Relief Drops that contain Simethicone, which helps to break up gas.
     
    At times your baby may have the hiccups, which are more common in the first few months of your baby’s life. At other times your baby may seem to have “tummy discomfort” which may be associated with your baby drawing up their legs or arching their back. Little Remedies® Gripe Water is an herbal supplement containing ginger and fennel seed extract both of which may help calm your baby’s tummy as well as helping relieve hiccups.
     
    I recommend trying Little Remedies® Gas Relief Drops if your baby is just gassy and see how they respond. You may add Little Remedies® Gripe Water to the mix as well if they have hiccups and/or seem to be irritable at times. Every baby responds differently to different medications and you will soon see what works best for your own infant.
     
    Just make sure to follow the directions for each product you are using.
  • Is my baby constipated?

    Michelle M. -  My two month baby girl has become constipated is there anything natural I can give that does not have possible side effects?
     
    Dr. Sue writes:
     
    During the first 4 - 6 weeks of an infant’s life babies may “poop” after ever feeding but as they get older they typically have less frequent stools. While parents often worry if their baby does not stool everyday, it may be normal for some babies to skip days here and there. The goal is that a baby has a soft stool (and it will look quite different if breast vs bottle) every 2 - 3 days. Babies will often grunt, turn bright red and seem uncomfortable when they pass a stool, but if their stool is soft this is normal and not a cause for concern.  If your baby is continuously having hard stools that look like small pellets you might want to discuss this with your pediatrician.