Baby help.

My son just turned a month old on Monday and he is having terrible tummy issues. He has trouble pooping and when he does he pushes so hard and turns bright red and it just a little bit of liquid. We made doctor appointments and had many phone calls with his pediatrician and every time they suggest switching foods. Right now he's on Enfamil, and they have had us use 4 different ones so far, I think that's the problem there. My question is does anyone have any advice on what could help with his tummy trouble and help him poop?

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    02/25/14
    4Katie
    It can take up to two weeks for a baby to adjust to a new formula so make sure to not switch too often.

    Massage his belly in a circular motion, gently bicycle his legs, lay him across your legs and pat his back. All of those things should help him go to the bathroom. Warm baths can also help and they will often poop in the bath and that is ok.

    I hope that helps!
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    02/25/14
    OK. We will stop switching formulas, I didn't agree with the pediatrician when she suggested it but I assumed that they knew best. Will definitely try the tummy rubs. Thank you.
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      06/09/16
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      02/25/14
      4Katie
      Be cautious with the thermometer trick, it does work great for getting them to poop but it is no longer recommended. Too many children were accidentally injured by the thermometer puncturing their rectum so it is no longer recommended. Many children's hospitals are also telling parents not to even take rectal temps due to the risk. My daughter had an injury from a nurse while in the hospital.
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      We thought he had reflux because when we fed him he would vomit and not just a little spit up but projectile vomiting and colic is always crying, right? He's constantly fussy and crying, could that be it?
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      02/25/14
      4Rina
      Paula - if it's truly projectile vomiting, please make sure to speak to your pediatrician and describe it in detail. You want to make sure your son doesn't have a rare, but serious, condition called pyloric stenosis. It can be fixed but can also be very dangerous if left too long!
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        02/25/14
        I'd say stop switching formulas first.. there is not right one that you will find and have a miraculous cure.. so hang tight... with the formula...

        Warmth bath, warm compress on their belly... legs active... simethicone.. which are the gas drops... split the bottle in half.. slow him down so he's not gulping super fast....
        Water... Let him drink some water.. out of a bottle.. just an ounce or two at a time.. My babies loved it ice cold...
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        02/25/14
        How often should I bathe him, is every night to much or is every other night ok? I will try the water, my husband asked the pediatrician about that but she never gave him an answer.
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        02/25/14
        one more question. how often can I give him water?
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          04/05/15
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          02/25/14
          Debi. My son falls asleep when I try burping him, this kid loves his sleep (mostly during the day more than night). I was breastfeeding him but complications happened so I had to switch to formula. Just wish I knew if it was this Enfamil brand that was bothering him.
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          4Katie
          I would stick with the formula you are using. Signs of serious allergy would be blood in the stool or vomit. Make sure that you are mixing it properly, using the right amount of water and scoops for formula, the ratio may differ between brands.

          I would not give him any water without talking to your doctor first. He should be getting enough water in the formula as long as it is being mixed properly. Too much water can cause medical issues in a small baby.

          When he does poop what does it look like? Is it hard? Soft? Formed? Liquid? The way it looks will help provide clues as to what the problem might be.

          He is also at the perfect age to have colic. Many babies this age also have issues with gas.
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          02/25/14
          When he does poop he is pushing so hard and it takes him about 20 mins and it's just a tiny little bit and it's runny.
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          02/25/14
          4Katie
          Sometimes they have a hard time coordinating all of there muscles and they will push while they are squeezing their butt hole closed. Massage should help him to relax and fix that problem.
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            02/25/14
            4Rina
            Do you breastfeed at all in addition to the formula? If you do have some breastmilk left, I'd suggest pumping as much as possible and start giving that to him instead of some of the formula feeds.
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            02/26/14
            Hi RInna, Because of personal issues I stopped producing milk and that's why I am bottle feeding him. I would prefer to breastfeed.
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