Babies can be pretty gassy and it’s a common thing. Parents get worried when their kids get seriously uncomfortable or in pain because of gas. Most of the time, infant gas is normal and treatable but in rare cases, it can be the first sign of a more serious digestive problem too. So we tell you some facts about gas in babies so that you can understand it better.
Feeding-related gas: Some food items may be hard for infants to digest, resulting in excess gas. If your infant seems to be especially gassy then discuss it with your child’s pediatrician.
Excess gas: Babies also take in excess air while feeding when they are not well latched to a nipple or bottle.
It’s normal: It may be audible and odorless, or silent and stinky, but overall, your baby’s gas is and will always be a normal part of life.
Number of times: In fact, babies can pass gas between 13 and 21 times per day.
Breastfeeding issue: When a breastfeeding mother’s diet is high in fibrous, starchy vegetables it may create more gas than normal.
Bottle nipples: If you are using a slow-flow nipple when bottle feeding, your baby may feel the need to suck harder and, thus, take in excess air.
Work it out : Gently massage your baby, pump their legs back and forth (like riding a bike) while they are on their back, or give their tummy time.
You can also try a few OTC medications to help a gassy baby.