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How to Relieve Infant Gas

Updated on August 26, 2010

At some point all infants experience gas and gas pain. The challenge for new parents is how to relieve infant gas.  Excessive gas can be a result of foods that produce gas, an underdeveloped digestive system or air bubbles that are caught in the infant’s stomach. As they do not know what’s going on and how to deal with it they likely are very cranky and upset. As a new parent it may be challenging find a way to help relieve their gas pain. Below are some recommendations on how to relieve gas pain in infants.

Burping your child often is one way to help relieve and prevent gas. If your child is breastfeeding or taking formula it is important to burp them as often as possible. Even more so if your child is taking a bottle. Burping your child will reduce the amount of air that gets trapped in the stomach.

Another way to help relieve gas pain in your child would be to exercise your child’s legs. Pumping your child’s legs up and down (as if they were riding a bicycle) while they lay on their back will help them experience less gas pain. It has been said that the movement helps the gas pass through the intestines instead of having it sit there.

If you are breastfeeding your baby and have some problems, the following article will help you with some breastfeeding solutions. Go and read Breastfeeding Problems and Solutions.

Example of "Tiger in the Tree" position
Example of "Tiger in the Tree" position

When your child is old enough to support their head you can try to let them lay on their stomach. This actually helps two things, it helps with the passing of gas, but it also allows your baby to play on his stomach. Another great way to help relieve gas is to hold your infant in a position called “Tiger in the tree.” This position has the child laying on his stomach across your forearm with their head near your elbow, their arms and legs on either side of your arm. With younger and smaller infants the heel of your hand will be positioned near the child’s stomach, which applies pressure to help the gas to pass through the intestines.

If you are breastfeeding you should consider your diet. It has been found that your baby could get gas as a reaction to something you have eaten. Usually foods that give you gas could create excess gas in your child. If your child is on solid foods, slowly introduce foods one at a time so you can identify what foods produce gas. This way you can eliminate the food from your baby’s diet for now. As they get older you could re-introduce the food.

A final way you could help relieve gas pain in infants would be to give your child gas relief drops or an over the counter colic reliever. The drops contain simethicone, which has been found to help treat gas pain. However, be cautious with using drops. Speak to a healthcare professional such as a pharmacist, nurse or doctor before you decide to use drops.

Remember every child will have gas and may have gas pain. The best thing to do is try to stay calm and try some of the above tips. If in the end it still doesn’t work you could speak to your baby’s doctor. But in the end some babies stomachs may not be mature enough to pass gas easily. Do not worry babies usually out grow this.

For additional parenting information check out Tips for a New Father, Facts for New Parents or Cold Remedies for Infants.

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