It is very common for babies to pass gas 15-20 times a day. You might notice your baby grimacing or grunting. This is when you realize it is baby gas. It is normal for babies to be gassy as they intake plenty of air when they eat, cry, or suck a pacifier.
This article will help you identify if your baby has gas. It will also help you with tips to relieve baby gas.
Why are babies so gassy?
If you notice that your baby feels better after passing out a lot of gas, your baby is gassy. Gas problems start instantly or when your infant is a couple of weeks old. Thankfully, most babies outgrow gas problems by the time they are four to six months old. However, for some, it can last longer.
The immature digestive system of infants is one major problem of developing gas. Babies tend to consume a lot of air while feeding. Some babies might have sensitivities that are caused due to breastfeeding mom’s diet or a certain formula.
Signs your baby has gas
All babies pass a certain amount of gas. But the below signs can state that your baby’s gas is more than normal.
Your baby cries or is irritated for a long time
This can be a normal amount of gas due to the underdeveloped digestive system of newborns. But it is recommended to see a pediatrician if the above sign is observed every day and does not seem to improve.
Your baby is unhappy most of the time
This symptom can indicate that your baby has more gas as compared to normal gassy babies. You might need to give special attention to your baby. A gas that causes upset usually indicates gassiness, which is beyond normal.
Your baby does not eat or sleep well
Difficulty in eating or sleeping might have numerous reasons, but baby gas can be one of them. If there are other signs along with this, kindly see a doctor for proper treatment.
Your baby’s face becomes red when he cries
This symptom can state that your baby is in utter pain. One of the reasons can be gassiness.
Your baby is uncomfortable
If your baby constantly keeps squirming or brings his/her leg up to the chest, then it might be because of gas. This can happen especially during bouts and fussiness.
What are the best ways to treat baby gas?
If your baby is gassy following are a few simple remedies you can do
Burp your baby twice
Babies swallow air during feeding. Try giving a gentle pat of their back mid-feed to prevent the air from entering their bowels. You can also repeat the process again after baby feeding.
One sign that shows your baby needs a mid-meal burp is that he turns away from the breast or bottle within a few minutes of feeding.
If you are bottle-feeding, try burping after every 2 to 3 ounces and if you are breastfeeding, do it after every five to ten minutes. This might be challenging, though!
Control the air
Feed the baby in an upright position to cut back on the air he sallows. Make sure you are properly latched if you are breastfeeding. For bottle-feeding, make use of anti-gas nipples and bottles.
Always fill the entire nipple with milk so that your baby does not chase the formula with air. Try and reduce shaking the bottle that adds extra bubbles to the milk. You can opt for concentrated liquid or ready to feed formula as a substitute to powder.
Feed your baby before he starts crying
This can be difficult as babies seem to cry at all times, especially the newborns. But the more your baby cries, the more air he swallows. Hence feeding at the right time helps reduce gassiness.
Try the colic carry
Hold your baby’s tummy down across your knees. Or using your forearms, hold him under his belly. Gently massage the baby’s back. This creates pressure on his tummy and relieves gas. This will also calm fussiness.
Baby gripe water
Gripe water is a blend of sodium bicarbonate and herbs (ginger, fennel). This solution relieves gas and calms fussy babies. However, it is always recommended to consult the pediatrician first.
Lay your baby on his back and gently move his legs in bicycling motion towards his tummy. This manually pushes out trapped air. Another method includes pushing your baby’s legs up to his tummy and holding for 10 seconds and then releasing them. Repeat this several times.
Give your baby a rub down
Massaging helps the baby to release gas. Start with gently rubbing the baby’s belly and then rub all over shoulders, legs, and backs. This helps him relax enough to relieve gas.
Probiotics are bacteria that support your GI system. These are usually found in fermented foods like kimchi, yogurt, or formulas that are specially made for tummy troubles. Research has shown that probiotics can reduce gassiness.
Though probiotics are generally considered safe, consulting a doctor is recommended.
We hope this article helps you understand the different signs that will help you know if your child is gassy and treat him/her.