What to Do When Your Baby Has Gas
Gas in infants is one of the most common problems parents will deal with when it comes to their newborns. The condition’s severity may vary depending on different factors but the development of gas in your baby’s stomach is usually considered a normal process since this is a natural byproduct of digestion.
Mom’s diet counts!
It does not matter whether you breastfeed or bottle feed: your baby will likely have gas at some point. However, the diet of a breastfeeding mom can often be directly related to gassy symptoms in newborns.
If the mother consumes lots of foods that produce gas (such as legumes) or has a diet which is highly acidic, then it is most likely that the newborn will experience gassiness as a result. Gassiness may also be due to too much air intake through the mouth which happens when your baby is crying or is being fed.
Stress and too much noise in your baby’s atmosphere can also cause gas to develop in his stomach. Additionally, you must also consider the fact that your baby has a relatively underdeveloped digestive system, and he may also lack the intestinal flora which is very helpful during the digestion process. All these factors may contribute to your baby’s gassiness in some form or fashion.
Since your baby has no other means of communication yet aside from crying, it is important that you recognize the symptoms of infant gas when they occur. One of the common symptoms that you may notice if your baby has gas is that he is constantly crying even after you fed him or have changed his diaper. Your baby may also have hiccups or may spit up often.
This spitting up is due to excessive gas in the stomach after feeding, and can usually be remedied by burping your baby more often. Sometimes, your baby’s abdominal area may look bloated or full and he may keep on pumping or kicking his legs due to discomfort. Obviously, having excessive flatulence is the most common symptom, but for some babies, constipation or diarrhea may also be present, as well as sleep disturbances.
If your baby has gas, there is generally no need to worry, especially if the symptoms presented are very mild. In general, gassiness in infants can be remedied very easily either through burping, formula changes, diet changes (if the baby is breastfed) or infant gas drops. If you think that your baby has gas pain, try the following to soothe him or her:
- Make sure that you burp your baby as often as possible, especially after feeding sessions. You can do this by placing your child on your shoulder or across your lap and patting his back gently. This can be helpful in releasing excess gas within his stomach.
- Gas relief drops or gripe water can sometimes alleviate gassiness. Be sure to check with your pediatrician before giving your baby any medication.
- When it comes to infant gas concerns, exercise can work wonders as well. By gently pumping your child’s legs in backward and forward motion while your baby is laying on his back you can release a lot of the excess gas in his stomach.
- Giving your baby a warm bath can also be a natural gas relief as this can relax your baby and allow him to pass gas more easily, which will bring relief as well.
- Gently massaging your baby’s stomach can also help release the trapped gas in it and provide your child relief from the pain.
There is no one common cure if your baby has gas, but by using these tips, you can help to relieve the discomfort when it does occur.