A gassy stomach can cause your baby to cry all the time. She can pass gas at least 13-21 times a day, which is normal. But what makes her uncomfortable is her inability to pass gas willingly. It’s your job as a parent to know how to tell if a baby has gas and how to treat it.
Where do the gas come from?
A baby has many chances to swallow air. When she eats, sucks a pacifier, or even cries, air can enter her mouth and occupy her stomach.
A gassy stomach can also be caused by her digestive system that is not working perfectly yet. As she grows older, your baby can also be gassy when she starts consuming different food.
Lactose intolerance is also another factor causing a gas stomach. It is when your baby is unable to digest protein in the milk.
It is true that it is normal for a baby to be like that, especially until she’s 3 months old. You don’t have to panic when your baby is pretty gassy.
However, the problem is when the gas inside the stomach is too much. Adults can easily release the gas through farting or burping. But for a baby, it is truly difficult. She needs more effort to make it happen.
Signs your baby has gas
When your baby has too much gas, you’ll notice that she starts to wail and cry without a clear reason. If that happens, try to check her stomach area. Her stomach will be a little bit hard when you touch it. Sometimes you’ll hear noises come out of her bottom.
Besides that, also pay attention to your baby movement. If she often makes a weird movement like bending her back and lift up her feet, it can also be a sign of a gassy stomach.
Gas can also come from what the mother is consuming. If you eat cabbage, broccoli, onions, or beans, the substance that forms the gas can be transferred through breast milk.
How to relieve baby gas
There some ways that you can do to treat a gassy stomach.
- Put your baby in bed facing the sky. Put her legs up and make a bicycle move. This move can help her releasing the gas from her stomach.
- Massage her belly slowly in a clockwise movement.
- Rub your hand against her back while putting her on your lap. Her stomach should face the earth.
- Breastfed your baby upright so that the milk can slowly and smoothly enter the stomach, pushing the gas outside.
- Try to make your baby burps after you feed her. Pat her back gently to trigger the air to go out. Do this one to two minutes until she burps. This one of the most effective ways to reduce the gas inside her stomach.
When to call a doctor?
A gassy stomach can also be a sign of serious illness. Therefore, if you see signs more than usual such as vomiting or fever, you should probably call a doctor immediately.
To help your baby with her gassy stomach, you may also consider a few over-the-counter medications. However, you should ask for your doctor recommendation first before you use it. Check if your baby is allergic to it or not.
Nevertheless, turn to medicine only if you can’t do anything else. Avoid medication as much as possible because it could be dangerous for your baby.