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By Louise Carr, Associate Editor and Featured Columnist






It’s perfectly normal for a baby to have gas. But it’s not so
perfect when your bundle of joy won’t stop crying from
excessive gas. Too much gas can make baby fussy and
tearful, as well as producing symptoms like a bloated tummy,
cramps, flatulence and burps. You may be surprised at how
much gas your baby has and wonder if infant gas is the sign
of something serious. What causes infant gas and is there a
way to help your baby pass gas more easily?

What Causes Infant Gas?

Gassiness in babies is caused by the same factors as gas in
adults – swallowed air and the breakdown of undigested
foods.

Crying is a big culprit. As you’ve already figured out, babies
cry more often than adults and when they cry they swallow
more air, resulting in more gas. Babies also take in a lot of
air when they gulp milk too fast from the bottle or breast.

Some experts say that a gassy baby is overly sensitive to
something in his mother’s diet, such as cow’s milk or vitamin
supplements, but this is not a proven link. However, feeding
baby formula is more likely to cause gassiness than breast
milk as it is easier for babies to be intolerant of milk that
doesn’t come from mom’s body.

Is Excess Gas Caused by Colic?

If your baby seems to suffer from excess gases could it be
colic? Friends and relatives will often say your baby must
have colic if he is crying from excessive gas.

But infant gas is not necessarily colic, a condition that is not
completely understood.
Colic, according to doctors, is when
a healthy, well-fed infant cries for more than three hours per
day, for more than three days per week, for more than three
weeks.

Colic may cause gassiness because your baby takes in a lot
of air when crying but gas does not necessarily result in colic
– colic comes with other symptoms like inconsolable distress
that may not occur with infant gas. Colic may also be caused
by a number of other factors such as hypersensitivity to the
environment, an immature nervous system or a newborn’s
temperament.

Is Infant Gas Dangerous for Baby?


























While it may seem like your baby is suffering terribly with his
gases, it may not be as bad as you think. Even if your child
makes a noise and turns red when passing gases, so long as
he is comfortable at other times of the day there is probably
nothing seriously wrong.

Consult your pediatrician if your baby has diarrhea or is
constipated as this can be the sign of a digestive problem.
Watch for his poops getting harder or looser, and coming
more or less frequently. Watch out for other symptoms like a
fever or blood in the stool. And get advice if your baby won’t
feed or won’t sleep as usual.

If your baby has any of these symptoms in addition to gas
then consult your pediatrician. But it is more likely that baby
gas is nothing to worry about, and it is probably affecting
you more than your baby.

A young baby has an immature digestive system that doesn’t
make it easy for him to pass gas or bowel movements. He
cries as he tries, which results in more gas. As he gets older,
baby’s body can better manage gas through greater freedom
of movement and growth. Often health practitioners will
advise you to wait it out, promising that your baby’s gas will
lessen with time. Not an attractive prospect for many new
parents. Time may heal but there are steps you can take in
the meantime to minimize the discomfort caused to both you
and your baby by infant gas.

1.
Feed Baby in the Best Position to Eliminate Gas

Whether you are breast feeding or bottle feeding you can try
to position baby correctly so that the air ends up at the top
of his stomach and milk at the bottom. This makes it easier to
burp out the gas. Keep your baby’s head higher than his
stomach while feeding for the best effect.  

2. Massage Your Baby to Help Relieve Gas

Gently rub baby’s tummy in clockwise circles to help move
the trapped gases and make them easier to expel. You can
also put your baby on his tummy during the day to add
pressure to the abdomen and get those gases moving.

A 2012 study from Pamukkale University Denizli School of
Health, Denizli, Turkey also found aromatherapy massage
using lavender oil was an effective treatment for infant colic.
Forty babies aged between two and six weeks received an
abdominal massage using lavender oil, or no treatment. The
massage was found to be effective in reducing the symptoms
of colic including crying.

3.
Does Gripe Water Cure Infant Gas?

Gripe water is traditionally called upon as an aid for calming
gas and colic as it is believed to have antispasmodic effects.
But what exactly is it, and is it safe?

According to researchers C. Illingworth and J. Timmins gripe
water is widely sold in the UK and contains aromatic oils
such as spearmint, dill and caraway. The preparation used to
contain alcohol but commercially available remedies today
miss out that ingredient. There is no scientific evidence to
show that gripe water  works, and it is not regulated by the
Food and Drug Administration.

4.
Cure Lactose Intolerance to Cure Gassiness

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