I have a 4 week old that I've hand fed for 2 weeks was doing good but now seems to have bloat really bad , I've tried the gas drops tonight they haven't seemed to help and I was wondering if there was anything else we could do? Or that the vet might could do ?

Hi, C:

I have not had experience with babies, but I did take care of a year-old boy who developed WHS and had digestive problems, including severe bloating.  You can get gas drops containing simethicone for infants in most pharmacies and grocery stores.  If you wish to use a more natural alternative, check out this site:


There is also quite a bit of other info available on the Internet under "infant bloating" and similar search parameters.

Also, in general, pure pumpkin puree (the canned variety is fine) tends to help the digestion.  It is good for balancing between diarrhea and constipation.

Good luck and Hedgie Blessings,



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Laurel Sedgwick


Can answer care, health, & behavioral questions, as well as basic breeding questions. Can help questioner figure out if a hedgehog is the right pet for them.


Have had hedgehogs since 2001 - 16 so far. I have no experience with non-weaned babies, and limited experience with breeding and with pregnant hedgehogs. I have had too much experience with WHS (Wobbly Hedgehog Syndrome). I would rate myself "expert" at syringe-feeding, and as "advanced" at performing SubQs. Two of my hedgehogs have injured an eye to the point that it had to be surgically removed. I have had a lot of hedgehogs who suffered from cancer, some who had surgery and some who didn't. Some of my quilly kids have had abcessed teeth; one guy lost all of his teeth but one! I have had multiple female hedgehogs who suffered from bleeding, who had to have surgery for uterine cancer, which was in most cases successful. Temperamentally, I have had very timid hedgehogs, persistently grumpy hedgehogs, biting hedgehogs, and very friendly hedgehogs whom I took with me as "ambassadors" for educational presentations.

I am a Certified Judge for the IHA, and run a rescue station for the HWS. My application to be a rescue station for the IHA is pending.

I read everything I can get my hands on. Have read the best of the books, Dawn Wrobel's THE HEDGEHOG and Tig M-Burleson's THE HEDGEHOG PRIMER. I am a member of the International Hedgehog Association (IHA) and Hedgehog Welfare Society (HWS), and have been a member of various online bulletin board groups since 2002.
I have attended many hedgehog shows and have served as a judge in IHA conformation shows.

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