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Posted by: Sleepless | 2008/05/21

Q.

infant cramps

My boy is 11 days old and has been doing really well, he's been bottle fed on NAN HA from day 2 and we haven't experienced problems till yesteday.

On his routine checkup with the peadiatrition on day 5 we were advised to feed him on demand as he was a big baby and the doc was happy with his progress.

When we returned to the hosp yesterday for his 10 day check-up at the stork's nest it was found that his weight has dropped slightly and we were advised by the nurse to wake him every three hours in the day and feed on demand at night. We tried this but it made him uncomfortable, as if he is drinking too much, cause he finished every bottle which was not always the case. he also developed stomach cramps that kept him awake between 2 feeds last night and continued again this morning untill we gave hime Telement Gripe water and that calmed him very quickly and he went to sleep.

I've got two questions for the peadiatrition
1 What is the formula used to determine how much my baby should be drinking in a 24hr cycle (we kept record of his intake so can compare it to what he should be getting)
2 What can we give him for cramps? We've heard that the gripe water is bad.

Thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Your baby needs between 120ml and 140ml for every kilo he weighs per 24 hours.Gripe water is not bad as such. He seems to be getting colic but his colic seems to have started when you began to feed him so frequently after seeing the nurse.Speak to her about his symptoms.

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