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Small child, switched to formula milk, having influenza type b, rsv, excessive gas, loss of sleep. Treatment?

3 week old changed from breast to formula because my milk wouldnt come in. he came home from the hospital with influenza type b and rsv :( now a week and a half hes better but is crying fussing and grunting all the time. doesnt ever sleep soundly and is down to one bowel movement a day and is really gassy. what can i do for him?
Asked On : Sat, 2 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician 's  Response

Exclusive breastfeeding till 6 months of age is the best for your baby.
If you are on a nutritious diet (plenty of fruits, vegetables, nuts, milk, egg etc) and having adequate rest- there is no reason for reduced milk output.
Also please bear in mind that once you start supplementing with formula- your breast milk output will start reducing. And for all reasons, breast milk is the best for your baby.

These problems of colic- gassy, grunting, fussiness etc will be more with formula milk.

Please make it a routine to burp him after each feeds. As a part of routine massage add these strokes to the tummy- circular strokes around the belly button, strokes in the form of inverted L and inverted U.
when he cries excessively- try to keep a warm towel on his tummy.

You may also ask your Pediatrician for medications like colicaid- that contain simethicone and fennel seed oil- which will be of use in gassy infants.

Hope my answer helps you.
Wish your baby good health.
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Pediatrician Dr. Synthyia Bhagat's  Response
Thanks for your query.
I appreciate your concern.
Since your baby is only 3 weeks old i advise you to do EXCLUSIVE BREAST FEEDING for six months of age.
You should take lots of fluid,fruit juices,salads,milk so that your milk increase in quantity.
Due to formula feeds there is increased chances of colic,flatulence. and it will also affect your milk production.
Wishing your baby good health.
God bless.
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