Sunday - Oct 17, 2021

How to Deal with your Infant’s Gas?

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Are you worried because it seems that your infant has too much gas inside their little bodies?  You’ve been trying to calm your baby but your little one can’t help but cry and feel fussy about his or her condition.  Infants who are having gas symptoms show signs of bloating, cramps, flatulence, burping and crying.

Although, all babies have gas, some parents can’t help but worry especially when their baby is hard to please and seems very uncomfortable.  Having infant gas doesn’t mean that your infant is having a health problem.  Too much gas may not also indicate that there’s a big problem.

In fact, it is normal for babies and adults to pass gas for 14 to 23 times a day.   Even though, it is not alarming, there are still ways on how you can help your infant pass his or her gas easily.

What causes your infant’s gas?

Your baby’s gas is caused by swallowed air and it is the result of the breakdown of the undigested foods. Babies cry more often so obviously they can take more air that results to having more gas inside their little tummy.  Infants also find it harder to get the gas off their tummy compared with older babies and or children.

How to soothe your gassy baby?

Babies usually squirm and fidget when they feel uncomfortable.   You will easily know if your baby is finding it hard to expel the gas, when your little one started crying. Your baby may also try to draw his or her legs up or curl up like a ball to compress the area that hurts.

When you see that your child is showing signs of discomfort, it is best to do some of these helpful tips so you can help soothe your baby’s discomfort. There are also additional tips on how you can relieve and alleviate the symptoms. You may do these simple tips listed here first before panicking or calling out for help.

Know the foods that breastfeeding mom’s eat. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that moms who are breastfeeding should identify foods in their diet that may contribute to their child’s gassy problem.  High-fiber vegetables are known to cause stomach upset and gas problem.  Babies may have immature tummies when their mother eats Brussels sprouts, cabbage, peppers and broccoli. All kinds of beans may also cause trouble to your baby.  Preferably, limit eating kidney beans, black beans and lima beans. 

Use Ready-to-Feed Formula.  If your baby is formula-fed, better to use ready-to-feed infant formulas.   Make sure to allow the powdered formula to rest in the bottle or cut down the air bubbles first before feeding your baby. It is also recommended to use angled or vented formula bottles so it can help lessen swallowed air.

Help Baby to Burp more often.  There are a number of positions that you can try to help your baby burp.  You can lay your baby on their stomach along with your arms and their chin on your hand. Gently rub or pat your baby’s back so you can put pressure on your baby’s abdomen.  This will help your baby to expel more gas.  The more gas that comes out, the more your baby will feel comfortable.

Feed your Baby in the Right Position. When feeding your baby, you should keep your baby’s head higher than his or her stomach. In this way, milk will go directly to the bottom of your baby’s stomach and the air will go on the top. This will help your baby to burp easily.

Give your baby time to burp.  If your baby finds it hard to burp after feeding them, it can help if you can lay him or her for five to ten minutes then lift your baby again.  The air will be on the top of your baby’s stomach, so it will be easier for them to burp out.

Rub your baby’s tummy. Rubbing your baby’s tummy in circles can help him or her to expel gas.  Try to find tummy time so you can help your baby expel gas more quickly.  Tummy time may not necessarily be after meals, it can be any time of the day, as long as your baby is ready for some massage.

Pediatricians also warned parents about using gas drops for babies.  Even if it is safe for the baby, it may not be effective unless parents know what is the real cause of their baby’s gas problem? Plus, buying over-the-counter gas remedies are also costly.

Parents should also be aware that infant gas is different from infant colic.  Though, colicky babies may have swallowed lots of air while crying, and this may bring on more gas to their tummy, gas is not caused by being colic. The symptoms of colic are different from gas discomfort.

Your baby’s gas can also be a sign of gastrointestinal problem. Thus, it is important to watch your baby’s poop pattern.  Check if the stools are looser or harder, either of the two it could point out to a digestive problem.

If you suspect that the symptoms are not an ordinary gas problem, consult your pediatrician immediately so your baby can be given proper medical attention.