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Getting Rid of Baby Gas Fast

Updated on May 11, 2014

Baby Gas: A Real Pain in the Tummy!

Baby gas is one of those lousy things that happen to every baby. It's a fact of life, and trust me, with three little ones, I know! The joys of colic and gassiness make parenthood a little less than idyllic . . . but there is hope.

First of all, rest assured that at some point, your baby will stop needing you to burp him and will actually get out his own baby gas! (this usually starts between 4-6 months of age) Secondly, this page is here to help. I`ve compiled a bunch of resources on getting rid of baby gas here from my own experience, both as a mom and several years spent babysitting and working as a nanny, plus more from other parents in the know.

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baby gas

Gripe Water: A Miracle for Baby´s Gas

When my little sister was just a baby, she had baby gas. I remember it well because I was 12 and got the wonderful job of spelling my mother off on long nights! That kid could scream. We tried everything from rocking to pedaling her little legs. Nothing worked. She screamed. And screamed. And screamed some more.

Finally, Mom remembered that she had a bottle of gripe water. This little bottle had come in a basket from the Welcome Wagon when they heard about the arrival of the new little one, but since she had never used gripe water before, Mom put it away and forgot about it.

That little bottle was a miracle in disguise. The ingredients were all natural, smelling of licorice (which I've since learned was from the anise seed) and slightly sweet. A few drops of that stuff turned a writhing, screeching infant into a calm, cooing baby girl who smiled and giggled at us.

My mother ran out and bought three more bottles, just in case.

So, if you have baby gas problems that just aren't going away, you ought to try gripe water. It really does help. (it's also good for teething problems, but that's another blog!)

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Give Your Baby Medicine Faster and Easier

Trying to get medicine down a baby's throat is a real pain and usually ends up with bright pink medicine (why can't they leave it clear?!?) all over the baby and you. We used to measure the medicine and put it in a bottle nipple and have the baby suck that, but it's still messy. So, when a friend gave us a Munchkin medicator with our third, it was AWESOME! You can measure right in the medicator and there is NO mess. Plus our baby liked it and tended to suck long after the medicine was gone, which kept him happy.

Baby Massage
Baby Massage

Baby Gas Techniques for Relieving Tummy Pains

Often, if a baby doesn`t burp up that air, it turns into bubbles of gas that travel through his little intestines, causing discomfort that can`t be alleviated by simply burping.

There are a few methods of moving the baby gas along and getting it to come out and ease the pain.

Massage is a good way to go, rub your baby`s belly gently with a circular motion. Running your hand gently down toward the pelvic region can also help relieve pain caused by baby gas.

Another way to get rid of baby gas in the intestines is to lay the infant on her back and take hold of both lower legs, then move them in a jogging movement. This helps to stimulate the movement and you`ll hear little farts pretty soon!

Encourage your little one to keep his bottom in the air . . . gas is light and tends to move toward the upper regions, so this can help get rid of gas.

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Learn Baby Massage to Prevent Baby Gas

Infant Massage--Revised Edition: A Handbook for Loving Parents
Infant Massage--Revised Edition: A Handbook for Loving Parents

In this completely updated version of her renowned classic, Vimala McClure, founder of the International Association of Infant Massage, and its premier proponent in the United States, helps you master the techniques of infant massage so you can incorporate this joyful and wonderful healing art into your baby's life.

 

Another Way to Help Your Baby

This colic relief tummy band uses herbs and heat to help your little one feel better and to ease gas problems. It's very easy to use and can be used over and over again.

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baby gas

Baby Burping Positions

Baby gas goes bye-bye!

Looking for some original ideas on how to burp your baby and get the gas out? Here´s a list I have put together:

Classics

The Shoulder Pat: Just like it sounds, put the baby with his head on your shoulder and pat. Very basic.

The Arm Burp: Hold the baby on one arm, with her head at your elbow, your hand between her legs and use the other hand to pat firmly.

The Lap Pat: Sit the baby in your lap, facing to one side and pat him on the back.

Semi-Advanced

The Knee Bounce: Sit your baby on your knee and bounce her up and down. Not too roughly, but with a little jar in each bounce to help bump that baby gas out.

The Lap Tap: Lay your little one face down on your lap and pat his back firmly. Watch out for spit up with this one!

Advanced

The Jiggle: Put the baby up on your shoulder, the same as for the Shoulder Pat. Then walk around the room, bouncing slightly on each step. This is good for burp-resistant babies!

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The Happiest Baby on the Block
The Happiest Baby on the Block

The book includes detailed advice on the proper way to swaddle a child, the difference between a gentle rocking versus shaking and more. According to the author, virtually all babies will respond to these strategies although some trial and error may be needed to find the most effective calming method.

 
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baby gas

Why Your Baby Bottle Could Be Causing Gas

What is baby gas? It`s basically just air that gets into that little tummy and the baby has a hard time getting back out. Often, the baby`s bottle can be the cause of this air getting in.

When babies gulp air along with their milk, they end up with gas. Certain bottle types are more likely than others to cause this problem, namely those that have straight, hard sides. If not held at just the right angle (usually rather difficult to do without wrist fatigue), air gathers in the nipple where the hungry infant sucks it down.

Instead, look for bottles that have flow control and a chamber where the milk is held before being released, angled bottles and those with plastic liners to help reduce the amount of air that your baby swallows.

Lot of 4, 4 oz Playtex Baby Drop-Ins Premium Nurser with Liners (4 units) (Green)
Lot of 4, 4 oz Playtex Baby Drop-Ins Premium Nurser with Liners (4 units) (Green)

The Drop-Ins Premium Nurser is a sleek, contoured bottle that holds Playtex Drop-Ins liners, which collapse for an air-free feed. This unique system has been clinically shown to help reduce gas, colic, and spitting up. The pre-sterilized, disposable liners collapse to keep air out of the bottle and your baby's system. After each feeding, the liner is discarded, so there is one less thing to clean.

 

Feel free to share tips and stories about your run ins with baby gas!

What are your experiences with baby gas?

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      Mortira 8 years ago

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh my, how I could have used these tips when my little one was an infant! Excellent info, and I will keep it in mind to refer to my friends! Excellent!

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      southshoretees 7 years ago

      Nice work. I've had some relatives that have had babies with plenty of colic and gas, so this is helpful.

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      brookehudson 7 years ago

      Nice work and great tips! Thank you.

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      terrific tips!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      I will pass this on for my new granddaughter, although right now she is more into projectile vomiting of sour milk!

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      MyCryingBaby 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing what has really worked for you and other for babies with colic and gas.

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      Sammy24 6 years ago

      The bottle really makes a difference.

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      dogodor 6 years ago

      @Sammy24: I hear that a lot. Must be true.

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      shimiz lm 6 years ago

      Nice lens! I myself started writing lenses recently. Here is my first one! Feel free to leave feedback! Thanks!

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      goodmast3r 6 years ago

      will remember this tips when my baby is born

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      goodmast3r 6 years ago

      will remember this tips when my baby is born

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      jojokaya lm 6 years ago

      Great tips for new mom...thanks for sharing

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      Wendy Leanne 6 years ago from Texas

      You need to add the Dr. Brown's bottles to your lens. They were a life saver for my super gassy son.

      Another great lens. *blessed*

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      UKGhostwriter 6 years ago

      Wonderful lens - well done!

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      yourgoldenfuture 6 years ago

      soo cute...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Mothers all over the world will thank you for this. I'd never heard of Gripe Water, what a wonderful product and for those who don't have it handy, you have other suggestions to help baby pass that gas and then the whole family can get some sleep. I remember shaking down 7-Up to get rid of most of the bubbles for my children's gas when they were infants.

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      DaveHiggsVis 6 years ago

      The Jiggle Walk is key! I found this to be the best bet for getting burps out.

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      itsmuzza2011 6 years ago

      great lens gripe water is a life saver...

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      I remember those days well. We didn't have the gripe water, but I did put a tiny drop of peppermint in water and give it to my babies. I also found out that they could not handle cheese, and milk products through the breast milk. Nice lens. :)

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      Lorri123 6 years ago

      It's been years and I'm not sure how brilliant this idea is, but I used to drape my son across a bed pillow and just give him a very light,gentle back massage. I can't remember now if it was just to help his mood or what, since I tended to burp him lying on my shoulder while I was sitting upright {which works really well, as long as you are patient and can wait for more than one burp too, which won't always come. But I used to wait to see if I could get him to burp more than once}.

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      Auntiekatkat 6 years ago

      All babies should be winded after every feed

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      Mishael A Witty 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Some really good ideas here. I agree that gripe water is a miracle worker. Wish I'd used it for my first baby!

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      MSE 5 years ago

      Our little guy cried nearly non-stop for 6 months. We tried everything including Gripe Water. Nothing seemed to help. If you are a parent of a baby who cries constantly and if nothing seems to help, know one thing....after 6 or 7 months, it generally gets better.

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      RoutinesforBabies 5 years ago

      I agree with your massage method of rubbing your baby's belly gently with a circular motion. I had 4 children one of which in particular suffered with gas regularly. A friend of mine who was a nurse recommended this exact treatment and it worked wonderfully. Almost instant relief. Great lens.

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      ViJuvenate 5 years ago

      My first born was so incredibly colicky. :o( I think it gave him a sour outlook on life, poor guy. That's a lot of pain to overcome. I was young, ignorant of what was wrong, and had no one around to help me figure it out. He really suffered.

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      Sunflower Susan 5 years ago

      These are really good methods. So important, too, to remain calm and unruffled while the baby is hurting. It only makes them more fearful. Keeping those little bodies moving will encourage the movement of the bowels and clearing out the air bubbles..

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      TransplantedSoul 5 years ago

      Our first had bad gas. It really is no fun. Until you learn to reduce the symptoms your life will be hell.

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      blessedmomto7 5 years ago

      Great tips.

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      Kathryn Wallace 5 years ago from Greenbank, WA, USA

      This lens could help many moms and dads get more sleep, as well as peace of mind. Great idea!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Happy April Fools Day!

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      Great lens! I have twins and don't need to really burp my daughter anymore but I do with my son, and they're going on 9 months! I have had a lot of help from "Little Tummies" Gas reliever.

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      KReneeC 5 years ago

      Great lens! I have twins and don't need to really burp my daughter anymore but I do with my son, and they're going on 9 months! I have had a lot of help from "Little Tummies" Gas reliever.

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      BunnyFabulous 5 years ago from Central Florida

      My daughter got gas a lot, and it was tough to help her. Never tried gripe water, but may have to if we have another child. Great info and photos!

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      Lorna Jean Aro 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      themeaparty 5 years ago

      Thanks - my eldest had colic, and gripe water sometimes worked. We usually had to just grin and bear it! Once she learned how to suck her thumb, her colic ceased, so I don't know if that helped with the gas, or pain, or whatever was happening then. (Now she's a happy and boisterous 5 year old!)

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      Lisa Musser 5 years ago from Kansa, USA

      Thank you for providing this lens for parents searching for ways to relieve baby gas. Being a parent, I have spent many nights with my little one when he had tummy pains from gas. You have listed every method I know of, great job!

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      Tia Novak 5 years ago

      I think that massage is one of the best ways to get rid of this problem.

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      LadyKeesh 5 years ago

      Thiis is all good to know. Informative lens.

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      Stanley Green 4 years ago from Czech Republic

      Hey, very nice lens! I really like it. Thanx for sharing!

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      gaser983 4 years ago

      Very useful lens, great job!

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      karMALZEKE 4 years ago

      Oh how I needed this info 24 years ago. Well, this bookmarked for the grandbabies to come along!

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      Melissa Miotke 4 years ago from Arizona

      Great tips. I like taking my babys knees and pushing them up into their stomach. My yoga teacher told me about that and it really seems to work well.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      I had so much trouble with this with my son when he was a baby 30 years ago before I knew about natural herbal remedies...but we did do the knees to the tummy thing...my husband called it "gassy games"...lol...oy:-) *blessed*

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      Kumar P S 4 years ago

      Nice lens ! Useful and informative. Thanks for sharing.

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      mytipsoftheday 4 years ago

      Thanks for your in-depth details and it is very useful..... we really struggle with the baby gas issue... and now will see if it works! Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You have provided first hand experience tips.All the tips are real and useful.

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      DanaLovesChocol 4 years ago

      Some excellent advice here. Thanks.

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      getpregnanthelp 4 years ago

      Some great tips here! Some I wish I had known about a looong time ago :)

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      fullofshoes 4 years ago

      My daughter had the worst colic, gas, stomach problems... when she was an infant. I wish I knew about all this stuff back then!! ~blessed~

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing such beautiful tips.

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      Cremplates 4 years ago

      Stomach gas for little ones are so painful for them...poor little angels

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      My son had colic. I know how awful this situation can be for parents.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm pleased to return and see this lens doing so well, it is a gift to Mother's everywhere and I'm happy to add fresh angel dust.

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      bamalife 4 years ago

      With my 4 month old, the bottle system that we used initially caused gas. Once we found the right bottle system, the gas went away.

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      momsfunny 4 years ago

      Great lens. I found the information really useful.

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      cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      Great resource for parents

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      cleanyoucar 4 years ago

      Great resource for parents

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      TarahFlesch 4 years ago

      Sent this to my friend :)

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      These are some of the things parents should be aware of. Great lens.

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      RetroMom 4 years ago

      These are some of the things parents should be aware of. Great lens.

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      JeffreyHodge 4 years ago

      Nice helpful lens :)

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      georgedemich 4 years ago

      Very helpful lens for all those new parents out there!

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      realfrugalpig 4 years ago

      Great tips!

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      vsajewel 4 years ago

      Two babies, both was gas problems, never found a solu tion for the first, and luckily he outgrew it. The second boy's problems were more sever, and after visiting our pediatrician and trying all the usual things ( but not gripe water), we brought him to a homeopath who tried one remedy (something like Lychopodium) which failed, then he tried a 2nd, chamomile, and it was like a miracle drug! We dissolved a tablet in water and gave him a few drops with a little medicine dropper, and he stopped crying and went to sleep. This was our first, and most successful experience with homeopathy. The same remedy helped him all throughout childhood when he had tummy aches. Great lens, and I was I'd read it 20 years ago!

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      cmariedef 4 years ago

      Gripe water was my savior when my baby was a newborn!! We used simethcone drops as well but gripe water was the best. We still use it if she's having a fussy day from teething.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these helpful method.

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      andrea-hoffmann1981 4 years ago

      Although I have two kids - I have yet to try this method until

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      AshaLMX 4 years ago

      I watch my sister-in-laws baby two weeks a month for the past year and she uses Gripe water. It's work wonders on my little niece, through her super gasy stage and with her teething. wonderful lens!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      must try gripe water... some say sugar water works too..

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 4 years ago from London UK

      All these things are essential for a happy baby. Great lens

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      moonlitta 4 years ago

      I've forgotten about this type of experience but I know how unpleasant (it's a mild word) it might be... These ideas would be a blessing for lots of moms!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Yes I do remember those day and nights of baby gas

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      myowncupoftea 3 years ago

      I've got to vouch for Dr. Brown's bottles. They really work!

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      yomikelaw 3 years ago

      Thank you!!

      Looks like we have some shopping to do!!

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      johaneric112 3 years ago

      Wonderful post I don't have any kids but my brother sure do great tips here feel free to check out my post as well some nice tips there to

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      Great ideas! And I recommend Dr. Karp's book too, it's great.

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      john-tabernik 3 years ago

      Great tips! Thanks!

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