How to Relieve Baby Gas to Improve Sleep
Baby gas is a real sleep spoiler. Luckily a
gassy infant is not ill and a few simple techniques will turn many
nights into restful ones.
Avoiding wind will also make you and your little one feel happier
and more relaxed.
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What is baby gas?
In the first months, the digestive system is in full development.
It's immature and undergoes a lot of changes until the age of 6 months
not easily digested and the intake of extra air
feeding are the main causes of baby wind.
They can tickle the intestines, and the air bubbles are
around and result in discomfort. Trapped wind is one of the noted causes
Apart from smelly winds, the symptoms of baby gas are:
- Moans, groans, squirms, typically within an hour
- Cries, eyes closed, cramping
tummy, stamping feet around, and wriggling uncomfortably
How to avoid & relieve baby gas
Always burp after feeding, whether breastfeeding or formula
feeding. Burp her several times during one feed by introducing brief
If your little one does not burp
easily, don't be afraid to put her high on your shoulder (facing
opposite to you) with a confident swift movement (but not too rough
if you can. Breastfed babies have less wind issues and less colic overall.
milk is more easily digested than formula and is less intrusive on the
If your child becomes gassy in
spite of breastfeeding:
- Try to avoid
If your baby is very
or you have a lot of milk coming out quickly, she may gasp in a lot of
air while feeding. And this will easily cause wind.
To reduce a too high milk
start with offering one breast only. Have her empty
and offer the second breast only if you cannot avoid it. Ask
for further support if you suspect a too high milk supply.
- Avoid crampy
foods such as cabbage, sprouts, beans, ...
- Some moms notice an improvement when they drink fennel
- If it persists: leave
for a full two weeks. This includes yogurt,
cheese, milk and bread or cookies that contain any dairy or related
ingredients. If this relieves then keep this up until she's 4 months
old and then
gently re-introduce. Do ensure that your own diet remains complete and
healthy, don't hesitate to contact a professional nutritionist.
- When formula
feeding your main goal is to prevent air from going in
along with the formula:
- Use a correct
size bottle nipple/teat with holes that are not too large.
- When preparing the formula: shake
it in one bottle,
transfer into another one which you'll use for the feed. Shaking in the feeding bottle
keeps more air bubbles trapped, which you want to avoid.
- Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to find a formula brand
that suits your child better - a lighter one can help
- When your little one is crying or uncomfortable:
- Give a warm
relaxing bath - but only if but likes baths.
- Lie her on her back in front of you - safely on the
carpet or a mattress on the floor, a large bed, ... Gently hold her feet up in the air
to help the wind escape.
- Massage her belly: place her safely on her back in front of you. Make
sure she's warm, and your hands are warm too.
Slowly and gently rub the tummy with your full hand: make clockwise spirals starting
around the belly button and moving out and downwards.
Combine this with the above (bath and feet up) for best results.
- Gas drops
are an extra you can try, although parent opinions
As much as your child seems helpless and seems to be suffering, please
do not worry too much about gas.
the homemade remedies for baby gas as above, as much as possible. Give
every try at least a good week to see if things improve.
Soothe and comfort your child in every way, without holding back, because it is simply the best way to make her feel better.
And then, try to relax. From around 3 or 4 months old,
things will improve.
if it is all becoming too much.