Infant Gas

What causes infant gas?

Most small babies have some form of infant gas, which generally peaks around 6- 8 weeks and subsides around 3 to 4 months. It is common in both breastfed and formula fed babies. Most babies will turn red in the face and strain, grunt or cry with baby gas pains. Infant gas can be caused by any number or combination of the following:

  • something in the mother's diet the baby has sensitivities to

  • too much foremilk in the breastmilk

  • overactive letdown of breastmilk that makes it difficult for baby to swallow and thus he takes in a great deal of air when nursing

  • something in the formula that baby has sensitivities to

  • too much air in the bottle if formula feeding

  • poor positioning during nursing or bottle feeding causing baby to swallow air
  • Infant Gas Relief Naturally

    If mom is breastfeeding she should investigate the possibility of overactive letdown and foremilk/hindmilk imbalance and consider an elimination diet. If formula feeding consider trying different formulas to reduce baby gas. Give each different formula at least several weeks before switching to see real infant gas relief. Try Dr. Brown's bottles, which prevent infant gas by use of an internal straw that eliminates excess air in the bottle and probiotic drops clinically proven to reduce colid.

    For both breast and bottle feeding, positioning can make all the difference when it comes to infant gas. A feeding wedge will put your baby in an upright position with a straight spine and help eliminate infant gas by making it easier for him to swallow during feeding. Be sure his head is not turned, which can also make it difficult to swallow and increase infant gas.

    Always burp him thoroughly, both during and after feeds and any time you see him straining with infant gas or hiccups.

    What about baby gas drops, simethicone and gripe water - do they really provide infant gas relief?

    Many products on the market today that are marketed for relieving infant gas have not been tested on infants nor have they been clinically proven to be effective. In addition, there have been recent FDA recalls and some have been linked to infant illnesses. Before introducing a foreign substance into your baby's delicate system try the natural techniques for infant gas relief we have offered. Read more about gripe water and simethicone drops before you give them to your baby.

    How to get infant gas relief right now

    It can take several days or even weeks for these natural infant gas remedies to take effect. In the meantime keep your baby as relaxed as possible. The movement of baby wearing can help speed up his system and provide infant gas relief. Try plenty of warm baths to relax his abdominal muscles. When he is not in the bath warm up one of our specially designed tummy packets and place it directly on his abdomen, then tightly swaddle him to hold it in place. The combination of warmth and pressure is an age-old remedy for infant gas.

    Looking for products to provide infant gas relief?

    Visit our online store for items to improve your baby's digestion and help him pass infant gas naturally. We have feeding wedges, Dr. Brown's bottles, probiotic drops, and tummy warmer packets to prevent your baby from swallowing air and help him eliminate it without the use of questionable simethicone drops or gripe water. Pollywog Store

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    More information:

    Feeding positions to improve digestion
    Getting baby calm - and keeping him that way
    Tips for keeping caregivers sane

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