Newborn Gas Relief

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newborn-gas-reliefSometimes it’s tough to tell what your newborn is trying to communicate to you. If your baby is fussy or crying, and you’ve done your checklist (hungry, diaper, sleepy, comfort, ill), then it may be gas.

Gas is uncomfortable at best, and downright painful at its worst. It’s hard to determine with certainty if your baby has gas, but here are a couple symptoms you might notice (besides being cranky): curling up legs to the chest and then straightening them out, not eating, trouble sleeping, or a firm belly.

Prevention is, of course, the best strategy. To avoid gas– or at least attempt to avoid it– make sure your baby is in a sitting position while eating instead of lying down or reclined. Also, if you’re bottle feeding, make sure the baby isn’t sucking down any air. Hold their bottle for them, and be sure the nipple is always full. Burp them thoroughly in the middle of eating and after eating. Another idea you can try is to keep distractions at a minimum. Sometimes lots of stimuli, like noises and lights, can increase gas pains.

When your baby is feeling uncomfortable and you suspect it’s gas pain, there are a couple things you can try to alleviate the pain. Gripe water (like Mylicon or ColicCalm), baby massage, tummy rubs, bicycle kicks, and the football hold (tummy down, head in hand).

If these methods don’t help, it may be time to talk to your pediatrician. Your baby may be having an allergic reaction to milk or something else entirely. Trust your instincts– if your baby is upset or colicky, you think gas could be a problem but nothing is working, talk to the doctor. Don’t let it go too long– babies need their sleep, and parents do too!

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16 comments

  1. Avatar of Stephanie Stephanie says:

    My son was very gassy. Maybe this will help with my new little one!

  2. Avatar of Kumora Kumora says:

    my son deals with this especialy between 11 pm and 2 am every day and he is breast fed. i have a feeling its a lactose sensitivity and i just cut lactose out a couple days ago. i talked to the pediatrician about it he said gas drops wont wok with his age since he is only a month and to just massage his tummy putting pressure bellow the belly button. it takes over an hour to work enough gas out to bring him any relief doing everything other than gas drops. it makes me so sad to see him so uncomfortable :(

  3. Avatar of denette87 denette87 says:

    The first time I heard my daughters stomach making sounds that seemed adult like I was worried. I soon realized it was gas. The football hold is what works best for her.

  4. Avatar of Krystal Krystal says:

    My daughter has bad gas. Gas drops has been my best friend!!

  5. Avatar of Elfie Elfie says:

    Currently my problem. The drops helped a lot. He doesn’t burp often even though we try. Also how do you feed in a sitting position?

  6. I have had the problem with gas in my children and my daughters children. Get gas medicine and keep it handy! That is my advice.

  7. Avatar of aneesa aneesa says:

    well Jeanetta is right gripe water is really good but try putting a warm towel on the baby’s stomach by getting the towel wet with hot/warm water then squeeze it and put it on the baby’s stomach
    hope that helps

  8. Avatar of Jeanetta Jeanetta says:

    I’m breast feeding and my daughter has gas like crazy, but grip water helps some…I’ll massage her tummy to see if that helps.

  9. Avatar of JamJam JamJam says:

    i didnt know tummy massage helped with gas! will need to remember this

  10. Feeding works best for me.

  11. Avatar of Grace Grace says:

    my babies tummy drives me crazy, all his pain, my poor baby

  12. Avatar of HMomOf4 HMomOf4 says:

    I will have to remember all of this!!

  13. all natural remedies work wonders!! ie: burping, swaddling, bath time, breast feeding!!!

  14. Avatar of TrIsHa TrIsHa says:

    i love the Gripe water!!! it really works!

  15. mylicon is a lifesaver!!!

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