Babies-Toddler Vivian | 03 Jul 2011 04:13 pm

How to Help Infants With Gas

When a baby has gas, it causes a lot of discomfort, making them cranky.

There are many causes of the gas and for every way to get it, there is a way to attempt to prevent it or alleviate it. Because infants with gas can cause both baby and parents grief, first learning how to prevent it is key. To begin to see where some behaviors can be changed, first determine when the gas seems to be most prevalent. If it is after feeding, try burping baby more frequently throughout the feedings.

It is acceptable to take the bottle after a few ounces to burp and then resume feeding. This allows baby to expel the gas and still eat satisfactorily. Holding baby in a more upright position is another very good way to prevent gas. It is a common mistake made, especially by new mothers, to lay baby down for feedings. They must be held as upright as they can be throughout the feeding. When was the last time a toddler, child or adult laid down to eat?

It is the same concept with a baby.If there is not a good way for baby to get rid of the gas, the baby will become uncomfortable and be irritable. Some babies become inconsolable. This can be frustrating for both baby and parents. Education is key in preventing this from happening. A doctor can help with advice on how to help prevent this.

With gas and babies, it is imperative that the parents discuss this with baby’s doctor to rule out any serious conditions that may be causing the gas in the first place. If modifying the way baby is burped and eats does not help, a doctor can suggest some drops that will help baby feel better. While infants and gas do go hand in hand, it is important to remember that there are many causes for it. Aside from the way baby is fed and barring any serious health issues, it could simply be the swallowing of air or the way that baby’s body digests food.

That could suggest a slightly immature digestive system that will catch up on its own in most cases. However, it is always a good idea to discuss concerns with a doctor to make sure that what you are doing is the right course.

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