Today we are going to be discussing baby gas. Yep, that’s right.

I’m sure you’ve heard it before or maybe you haven’t but the truth is, babies are naturally gassy. That’s just the way their bodies function.

So don’t go crazy if they get the tootin’ a little much. Haha!

Gas is a natural bodily function for all of us.

This may seem like a weird topic to be discussing on here but it’s important.

Babies can sometimes be in pain from gas and need relief. I’m going to share some tips and tricks that will help you relieve your baby’s gas.

What is Baby Gas?

Does anyone really know what gas is? We talk about it all the time but do we really understand it? If you do, great!

It means you probably actually paid attention in science class when they were discussing all that good stuff (haha!).

For those of you who do not know what gas is, it is simply air in the stomach or intestines. It can be painful for some babies.

If you’ve ever had a bad case of trapped gas then you probably know the feeling.

What Causes Gas in Babies?

Gas can be caused by a number of different things. You want to know what causes gas first because this is how you will also prevent it.

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Swallowing Air

When a baby swallows a lot of air they can become very gassy.

One of the ways they swallow air is if they latch onto the breast incorrectly when being breastfed.

So always make sure baby is latching properly.

If you are having problems getting baby to latch the right way you should check this book out.

Another way your baby may swallow a lot of air is if the bottle is being held in a certain position.

When feeding babies in the family we were always taught to hold the bottle a certain way and was told that this was so the babies wouldn’t get gas.

Believe it or not, babies can swallow air just from babbling a lot. This is something they’re going to do regardless.

Excessive Crying

Babies tend to swallow air when they cry.

It can be hard to tail why you’re baby is crying but it is important that you take the necessary steps to relieve your baby of this discomfort.

Foods

As we know, foods can give babies gas. Heck, it gives us gas (haha!)

Whether a baby is being breastfed or bottle-fed they still can get gas from what they eat.

In some older infants, new foods give them gas. This can also mean that your baby is having a food sensitivity.

Minor Digestive Problems

Babies may get gas when they are constipated.

An Immature Digestive Tract

Babie’s bodies are learning how to digest food, so they tend to get more gas than adults do.

Pacifier

If your baby sucks a pacifier he can get gas this way as well.

Signs of Baby Gas

There are many signs that babies have gas. Some of the signs you may notice in a baby is:

  • Burps
  • Fussiness
  • Bloating
  • Crying
  • Farting (Yep, I said it!)
  • A hard tummy
  • Arching the back
  • Lifting the legs

How to Help Your Baby Feel Better

Gas is uncomfortable and for babies, it can be painful. If your baby has gas the only thing on your mind is making him feel better.

Here’s how you can:

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Check Feeding Position

Make sure baby’s head is higher than her stomach at all times when nursing or bottle-feeding.

This way the milk goes straight to the bottom of the stomach and air goes to the top. Now baby can easily burp the air out and it won’t have the chance to turn into gas.

Prevent air bubbles in the nipple by tipping the bottle up slightly.

You should also use a nursing pillow for support. Click here to check out the My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow (it’s great!)

Burp Your Baby

The easiest way to ease gas pain is to burp your baby before and after he nurses.

Really, you should be burping him after he nurses or bottle-feeds each and every time. This will help prevent gas in the first place.

Work it Out

Gently massage baby and move her legs back and forth as if riding a bike, while she’s lying on her back.

Give her tummy time but be sure to monitor her closely.

A warm bath might be just the thing to make her feel better and prevent extra gas.

That’s all I have for now! Over to you: How do you treat baby’s gas? Does it work? Let us know in the comments!

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