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Dr. Y. Vasavada, Pediatrician
Category: Paediatrics
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My 4 month old is on Pepticate for a month now. He was on

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Hi. My 4 month old is on Pepticate for a month now. He was on Nutramigen until then since he was 4 week old. With Nutramigen the defecation was several times a day in the beginning and at least once a day afterwards. But with Pepticate, it is usually every 3rd day. I am really worried this time when it has gone over 5 days! He has been diagnosed to have cow milk allergy.
Assistant: What are all the symptoms you're experiencing (e.g. loss of appetite, fever, rash)?
Customer: Nothing with Pepticate. But he has gas this time when he hasn’t pooped for 5 days and he seems to be in pain. There had been hours of fussiness before bed and each nap time these two days.
Assistant: How long have you had the pain? What seems to make the pain better or worse?
Customer: I think it is today, late this evening
Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the Expert should know?
Customer: I am lactose intolerant. I am of Indian ethnicity. His father is Norwegian and does not have problems with milk in his family.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Paediatrics
Expert:  Dr.Sumanth replied 2 years ago.
Hi...Welcome to Just Answer. I am Dr. Sumanth Amperayani and I am here to help you today. I have 14 years of experience in the field of Pediatrics at a tertiary care referral hospital. I will do my level best to alleviate your health concern. I am currently reviewing your question. I will be back in a moment to guide you further.
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Expert:  Dr.Sumanth replied 2 years ago.
Hello...I really do understand your concern.There seem to be 2 issues here.1. Not passing motion.
2. Excessive gassiness and crying.I will explain one by one.1. Coming to not passing motion, babies of this age until 6 months of age can pass motion once in 10 days or 10 times a day too.
As long as the baby is feeding well, voiding urine well and accepting feeds well, there is nothing to be worried about this.
To be frank with you, rather than breast fed babies, formula fed babies have this more.2. Now coming to gassiness. This is called evening colic and is quite common in this age group. This happens when the baby sucks at the breast very fast and in eagerness to drink milk will gulp in air too. Unless the air comes out like burping or flatus this discomfort will be there.Next time check if the baby is sucking too fast and gulping in air too.
You will be more convinced.
Usually I don't advice any medicines for this as they give only temporary relief.The two best ways to relieve this distress is -
1. Do not put the baby in lying position after feeding till the baby burps out the swallowed air.
2. If still crying - put the baby in prone position and keep patting the back gently so that the baby passes off the flatus and gets relieved.I sincerely ***** ***** I have helped you, and that I have earned my 5 star rating today! Please remember to rate my service by selecting the 5 stars at the top of the screen (this is the only way we professionals get credited for our time and professional effort). We can continue here until you are satisfied, simply use the reply box and let me know.
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Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I don’t think that you have helped me here.
Expert:  Dr.Sumanth replied 2 years ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Y. Vasavada replied 2 years ago.

Please continue present brand but add little cane sugar in each feed, which will aid in bowel frequency. If on day 2-3 still there is no movement, please use a wad of sterile cotton soaked in oil or paraffin inserted into anus gently with your little finger, to lubricate and by contact action induce bowel movement if there is fecal matter in rectum. Weight curve has to be monitored for adequacy of feeding. Good luck.