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. NEW!Free download of "How to relieve gas", an excerpt from Heidi's best selling Overcome Frequent Waking.
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 while
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:
Cries as if in pain
Moans, groans, squirms, typically within an hour
Cries, eyes closed, cramping
tummy, stamping feet around, and wriggling uncomfortably
How to avoid & relieve baby gas
Burping Always burp after feeding, whether breastfeeding or formula feeding. Burp her several times during one feed by introducing brief interruptions.
If your little one doesn't 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 either).
Breastfeed if you can. Breastfed babies have less wind issues and less colic overall.
Your milk is more easily digested than formula and is less intrusive on the immature bowels.
If your child becomes gassy in spite of breastfeeding:
Try to avoid restless nursing.
If your baby is very eager, 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 supply start with offering one breast only. Have her empty it completely and offer the second breast only if you cannot avoid it. Ask me for further support if you suspect a too high milk supply.
Avoid crampy foods such as cabbage, sprouts, beans, etc.
Some moms notice an improvement when they drink fennel tea themselves.
If it persists: consider going dairy-free 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, it's always best to consult 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.