How to Know if Your Baby has Gas and How to Treat It Properly

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How to Know if Your Baby has Gas and How to Treat It Properly

New parents may not know what to do when their baby experiences something. One of the most common conditions that babies may experience is that they pass the gas way too often.

According to Dr. Jeremiah Levine, M.D., babies and gas go hand in hand because it is just part of how their bodies digest the food and milk that they take in. However, Levine said that too much gas could be a symptom of something that requires medical attention.

If your baby passes gas way too much, it is best that you do not have them walk or crawl around. Perhaps putting them in a stroller would be the best thing that you can do.

Why Babies Naturally Produce More Gas

For you to understand why babies are naturally “gassy”, I must first point you towards how our bodies produce gas.

When we eat something, the food will pass through the gastrointestinal tract. Once the stomach digests the food, the nutrients will then be absorbed by the small intestine while the things that remain are then broken down by the large intestine- thus, producing carbon dioxide and hydrogen in the process.

Things such as burping or farting may help expel the excess gas that was accumulated by the body following such processes. Burping usually happens when the gas can escape before reaching the stomach while farting usually happens when all of the byproducts pass through the intestines.

Now that you know why your baby may burp or fart too often, there are some cases where gas just doesn’t pass way too easily. If this happens, gas will accumulate in the digestive tract which may cause bloating and discomfort.

According to Samira Armin, M.D., newborn babies are susceptible to excess gas because their digestive systems haven’t fully developed yet which may cause the overproduction of gas. Although it may be a cause for concern in some scenarios, Armin did say that this process is very common in newborn infants.

What to Look for?

As babies are naturally gassy, how can you tell if gas was indeed the problem? Well, you have to look at their demeanor. If your baby has passed gas and is generally happy after doing so, then gas could have been the culprit (and may have relieved their discomfort after passing it).

There are some babies, though, that are highly sensitive to gas which means that their discomfort because of too much of it would mean that they will cry more often than others.

How to Fix the Problem?

The thing that you have to remember here is that you want your baby to pass gas so that their pain and discomfort will go away. There are multiple ways you can do this. Some ways are:

  • You can start by placing your baby flat on the surface with his/her belly pointing downward
  • You can also lift them up and put them with their belly facing towards you. Gently massage their bellies until they pass gas
  • If by doing the above-mentioned things and your baby still feels discomfort, consult a physician.

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Loretta Harvey