3 Ways to Relieve Baby Gas

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3 Ways to Relieve Baby Gas
3 Ways to Relieve Baby Gas

A baby who suffers from excessive gas becomes restless and squirms because he is uncomfortable. Sometimes you may notice when your baby does not expel gas because of your crying pain. He may bend over or wiggle his little legs in the air in an attempt to compress the painful area. This display of discomfort is heartbreaking and, after a while, can be extremely frustrating for parents. However, there are several things that can be done to help improve the problem.


Method 1 of 3: Making the Gases Move

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Step 1. Massage the baby's tummy

Rub his belly gently, making slow, circular motions in a clockwise direction. These movements should help make the baby more comfortable and move the gas through the intestines.

  • The bowel works in a clockwise direction, so it's best to massage in that direction.
  • Do not overtighten. Touching should not be painful for the baby.
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Step 2. Change the child's position

If the gases are trapped in the baby's intestines, changing their position can cause them to move, helping the baby to get rid of them.

  • If the baby is lying down, try to pick him up and sit him down. You can walk around with him in your lap. The movement can cause gas to move through the child's intestines.
  • Hold your child upside down. Some babies like this position, and the movement helps to release trapped gases.
  • Place the child belly-down in your lap. Gently move your legs to massage the baby's abdomen. Such light pressure can help the gases to escape. You can also massage his back gently.
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Step 3. Lay your child on his back and move his little legs as if you were riding a bicycle

If his tummy is stiff and swollen with gas, he may even already be fidgeting, waving his little arms and kicking the air.

  • The movement helps to expel trapped gases and move them through the bowel so the baby can release them naturally.
  • If the child resists and doesn't let you do this, don't force him.
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Step 4. Try making moves

Some movements can bring comfort to the baby and can help him relax and allow the gas to escape. There are several options:

  • Shake the baby. Hold it in your arms and rock it back and forth. You can also try singing softly.
  • Try putting him in his car seat and taking a quick walk around the block. The changing environment and the soft noise of the engine can soothe you and make you fall asleep even with the annoyance of gas.
  • Put the baby in the stroller and take a walk around the block. The movement and gentle rocking of the cart can help reduce gas.

Method 2 of 3: Using Medicines Under Medical Supervision

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Step 1. Ask your pediatrician about gas medications that can be purchased without a prescription

Although there are specific remedies for gas in babies, it is always a good idea to talk to your pediatrician to make sure they are suitable for your child.

  • Babies who need medication to treat their thyroid cannot take these medications.
  • Over-the-counter medications usually contain simethicone (Mylicon drops, Luftal drops)
  • Read the package insert and follow the manufacturer's instructions.
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Step 2. Discuss the use of probiotics with your pediatrician

Probiotics are supplements designed to help the development and maintenance of good bacteria in the intestinal flora and digestive tract. When there is no balance of these bacteria, there can be digestive problems, including gas. However, the scientific evidence for the effect of probiotics on infants is still somewhat conflicting and many doctors do not recommend their use.

  • Some studies have found that probiotics decrease babies' colic. If your child is crying because of gas colic, a probiotic can help with the colic and therefore the gas. However, other studies have not found it useful in such cases.
  • Pediatricians are able to make recommendations based on the latest scientific findings and, in particular, your baby's health needs.
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Step 3. Consult a physician before using any alternative medication

Natural remedies and supplements are not subject to strict quality control by Anvisa like allopathic medicines. This means that dosages may not be standardized and medications may be contaminated with small amounts of dangerous chemicals. For a small baby, even a small amount can be dangerous. However, if the doctor authorizes, you can relieve the baby's pain with:

  • Natural herbal teas. Give your child decaffeinated tea so your child doesn't stay up all night.
  • Water with sugar. Although sugar water may seem completely harmless, ask your doctor if it can interfere with breastfeeding (from the breast or bottle). Use a dropper to administer very small doses.
  • "Influenza water". Talk to your pediatrician about this remedy, which is not sold in Brazil but can be purchased online, and contains ingredients such as fennel, cumin, ginger, dill, chamomile and mint. Avoid formulations containing alcohol or baking soda.
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Step 4. Give him a relaxing bath

A warm bath with a few drops of chamomile or lavender essential oil can help to relax and calm your child.

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Step 5. Take him to the hospital if there are signs of more serious problems than gas

Such symptoms often indicate that the baby may be sick and need medical attention. Watch out for the following symptoms:

  • Fever.
  • Swollen, hard or swollen belly.
  • Stool with blood or mucus.
  • Vomiting (especially if it is intense, or green, dark or bloody).
  • Diarrhea.
  • Lack of appetite.
  • Loose skin.
  • Pallor.
  • Inability to breastfeed.
  • A cry different from the usual or constant.
  • Difficulty breathing or change in breathing rate.
  • Apathy or drowsiness.
  • Uncomfortable to be touched.

Method 3 of 3: Avoiding Gases

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Step 1. Calm a fussy baby

Many of them gulp air when they cry. If your child often cries, pick him up and comfort him as soon as possible.

  • Some children are very sensitive and may not be able to calm down on their own without the help of a parent.
  • You can prevent him from gulping air when crying by holding him at this point and helping him to be calm.
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Step 2. Position it upright while breastfeeding

In this way, the amount of air swallowed decreases. To hold the baby at this point, keep the baby's head at a level above the belly and hold it. That way he'll be able to swallow right. Some common positions are:

  • The mother is lying on her side with the baby, facing each other on the bed, with the child's head on the breast closest to the mattress.
  • The mother sits and holds the baby's head while his legs are under her arm.
  • The mother sits and holds the baby as in the previous position, but breastfeeds with the breast on the opposite side of the arm.
  • The traditional one, in which the baby's head is supported on the mother's elbow and the baby's body on the forearm.
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Step 3. Burp the child after breastfeeding

If she is prone to gas, you can stop breastfeeding a few times to do this. It is possible to make it burp in different positions:

  • Sit and hold the baby to your chest. His chin should be on your shoulder as you pat his back.
  • Put the baby in a sitting position. Hold his head around his chin with one hand and pat his back with the other hand.
  • Place the baby face down in your lap. His head should be higher than his chest. Pat him on the back carefully.
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Step 4. Assess the technique used to bottle-feed

There are some simple changes that can help a lot if your baby swallows air while bottle-feeding.

  • Hold the bottle at a proper angle so that the nipple is full. If it is only partially filled with milk, the baby will end up swallowing air.
  • Try using another bottle or teat. The amount of air swallowed can be reduced when changing the regular bottle for an anti-colic.
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Step 5. Talk to the doctor about the possibility that the child is allergic to cow's milk

While this is rarer in infants than in adults, some are allergic to cow's milk or lactose intolerance. These tend to do better with easier-to-digest milks. If this is the reason your child has gas, you should be able to notice an improvement in about two days. Options to replace cow's milk can be:

  • Lactose-free Nan milk.
  • Nutramigen.
  • Pregestil.
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Step 6. Talk to your pediatrician to find out if your baby may be allergic to something in your breast milk

If your child has a genetic predisposition to allergies, skipping the following foods can help relieve gas. You may have to wait a few weeks for the problem to begin to subside. Some possible allergens may include:

  • Dairy products.
  • Peanut.
  • Nuts.
  • Wheat.
  • Soy.
  • Fishes.
  • Egg.

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