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Colic Baby: How to Help Relieve Infant Gas

Updated on July 1, 2015
Discomfort associated with gas is common in infants
Discomfort associated with gas is common in infants

Colic and Gas "Very Common"

As a mother, it can be a bit uneasy trying to soothe your little one when you aren’t sure what the real problem is. No one wants to see their brand new baby crying, as if he is in constant pain. Oftentimes though, this could be the very case. It is normal for infants to experience discomfort from trapped gas. As an adult, if you have ever experience the pain associated with trapped gas, then you know that at times it can be quite painful.

Infants are feeding several times a day, therefore, naturally they will be a bit gassy. At times though, they can have a difficult time trying to pass stubborn air.

Signs of a Gassy Baby

  • Fussy
  • A hard stomach
  • Burping
  • Bloated like
  • Flatulence
  • Squirming around

If you suspect that your child’s discomfort is something more than gas, you may want to consider taking them to see their primary physician to rule out any other possible causes that may be more serious.

Potential Causes of Gas in Newborns

Mother’s Diet

If you are breasting your infant, what you eat could possibly be causing your baby’s little tummy to be irritated. Whenever I would have cheese pizza or just a lot of cheese, I noticed my son experienced more stomach discomfort and was gassier after breastfeeding him. So for some time, I had to stop eating cheesy foods to help alleviate the problem.

Baby’s Diet

Some infants are given solid foods or cereals too soon for their developing digestive system. This can, not only cause discomforting gas, but it can also cause constipation in some instances.

Crying

While the pain may cause your baby to cry, crying for hours at a time could cause your baby to take in more air which in turns create more trapped gas.

Improper Latching

If your baby isn’t fully latched on to your breast or their bottle nipple is too large, this could allow for access air to be taken in and will increase his chances of trapped air.

Not Burping Baby

After each feeding, it is important to help your baby to burp out any accumulated air. Pat your baby on the back gently to help assist with burping, if nothing happens, you may have to wait a few minutes and then try again.

Some herbal teas have been used to soothe a colicky baby
Some herbal teas have been used to soothe a colicky baby

Techniques to Soothe a Colicky Infant

Every baby is different, what works for one child may not work for another. You may have to try:

  • Gently bouncing your little one
  • Rocking or swaying
  • Holding baby close to your chest and singing
  • Giving your baby an infant massage
  • A warm rag on the tummy (make sure it is not hot)
  • Rotate your baby’s legs in a bicycling motion

Infant Products for Gas Relief

  • Gripe Water
  • Herbal Teas (Fennel or Chamomile)
  • Infant Probiotics

Consult Your Physician

It is always good to consult with your physician or pediatrician before giving herbs or other supplements to your baby. This is especially true in the case of infants who already have medical concerns.

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