Gas in Babies: Causes & Symptoms

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It is late at midnight and you suddenly woke up because you heard the loud crying of your baby in your room. You got up from your bed to carry your baby who is relentlessly crying. But after you made him stop and made him relax, a few minutes had passed and he started to cry again. You’re a first time mom and you feel that you’re helpless to your baby. So, what to do now in this kind of situation?

Today, we will talk about the causes and symptoms of gas in babies and we provide you here some useful information about some ways and measures to prevent and treat them.

Gas in Babies—Causes and Symptoms

When you feed your baby or when he or she cries, there is a tendency that gas is swallowed by him or her. It comes from the air in your baby’s digestive system. It can cause discomfort, pain, and sometimes it leads to vomiting, making babies feel full which will make it hard for parents to feed them properly. 

Babies are different from one another. Some babies are more gassy than others. In breastfed babies, gas is less common because they have more control over the rate of milk  flow and take fewer gaps of air than bottle-fed babies. There are several possible symptoms when a baby has gas such as when he squirms during or after feedings, and sometimes when he cries.

Babies who are colicky or fussy are the most who have gas. According to a source, colic is defined as three or more crying episodes each week for three or more crying episodes each week for three or more weeks, with each episode lasting three hours or longer. It usually starts around three weeks of age and ends around three months and premature babies are more likely to have this condition.

My baby is colicky. What are the things that I need to do to prevent and treat my baby from having gas?

 

 Please continue reading the article so you can be knowledgeable about your baby’s condition.

Ways and Methods to Prevent and Relieve Gas in Babies

We gathered some useful measures and ways based what experts and pediatricians say to help prevent or treat gas in babies:

  • Use comfort holds that provide pressure against his tummy to help alleviate the pressure.
  • Try massaging the tummy of your baby. Lie him back on his back and use gentle circular motions around his navel. You could also try “cycling” the legs of your baby or bending his knees up to his chest and stretching them out again.
  • Give him some probiotic supplements as some research shows reduced colic symptoms in babies.
  • When burping your baby, have a burp cloth at hand since she may spit up a small amount of milk. If he or she doesn’t burp she may not have gas, but if she still appears to be in discomfort, wait a few minutes, and try again. 
  • You can use various positions for your baby to help him burp. Sit him up on your lap, supporting his chin with your hand, hold him upright over your shoulder or lie him on your lap. Gently rub or pat her on the back to bring up and release the gas.
  • During bottle-feeding, keep your baby as upright as possible and tilt the bottle so the whole bulb of the nipple is filled, preventing air from being swallowed. Try using different nipples with varying flow rates.
  • In breastfeeding infants, colic symptoms may be reduced if the mother decreases or eliminates common allergens like dairy from her diet.
  • Try giving your baby some “gripe water”. This is a traditional remedy made from some blends of herbs such as fennel, dill, spearmint, and ginger which are potentially gas-reducing ingredients to soothe the tummy of your baby.
  • Treat your baby with some over-the-counter remedies containing simethicone, used for treating colic and can be helpful if your baby has severe gas. 

SUMMARY

Therefore, following the aforementioned ways and methods will help you especially your child to have better nights as well to help your baby remove his or her discomfort because of the abdominal pain from the gas he or she swallowed. Don’t panic and rest assured that your child will be okay if you become attentive to his or her needs and know about the basics and essentials in caring for a baby.

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