Occasional baby gas problems are normal although many parents are amazed at how such a small “creature“ can produce so much gas and what an effect it can have on their baby’s mood. The air that is swallowed during feeding and crying, and the gas that is produced during breakdown of food have to go somewhere. But before your baby has a burp or wind, he or she may experience bloating or/and cramping which in turn can lead to inconsolable crying. There is no reason to worry about baby gas as long as your little one is happy most of the time. But if gas is causing discomfort or pain to your baby, you should do something about it. There are several ways to alleviate discomfort or pain due to gas. You may not be able to prevent your baby from swallowing air while eating but it will help to make sure that his or her head is higher than the stomach during feeding. If you notice your baby becoming fussy during feeding, hold him or her your over your shoulder and gently tap his or her back to encourage burping. Repeat when your baby stops eating but be patient. Babies sometimes need a few minutes to have a burp. If your baby fails to burp, place him or her in a sitting position or turned face downwards on your lap. Be sure, however, to always support his or her head.
Baby gas problems can also be alleviated by the so-called bicycle ride which foresees moving your baby’s legs as if he or she would be riding a bicycle while laying on the back. It is also recommendable to consider tummy time – placing your baby on his or her stomach when awake and alert because it provides your baby an exercise as well as promotes gas release. If you are breastfeeding, you should watch what you eat because some foods can cause problems for your baby’s immature digestive system. Try to determine if there is any connection between the foods you eat and your baby’s gas problems, however, avoid any dramatic dietary changes without consulting with your doctor first to avoid depriving yourself or/and your baby of essential nutrients. You are also highly recommended to consult with your pediatrician if you suspect that gas problems could be related to your baby’s formula.
Although gas problems are among the most common causes of crying and fussiness, you should not simply assume that your baby’s crying is caused by gas discomfort or pain because it can sometimes indicate a more serious digestive problem. There is no reason to panic about occasional inconsolable crying but if you notice any changes in bowel movements, if your baby refuses to eat or if the inconsolable crying persists no matter what you do, you are highly recommended to take your baby to his or her doctor to make sure that everything is alright or receive treatment if necessary.