Gas is something that is a part of everyday life for most infants. Some babies suffer from gas more than others, making it hard to sleep or even enjoy the day. While some babies find it difficult to get over their gas pains, many can be cured by making simple, easy changes to their everyday lives.
There are several things you can do to prevent babies from getting gas in the first place. When feeding your baby, be sure to burp him often. Not burping him can lead to a lot of gas after the feeding is over. Children are also more likely to spit up everything they’ve consumed if there is a big gas bubble blocking the path to their stomach. Some babies have to be burped more than others, so start out burping your newborn after every ounce and then work up from there until you find what makes them comfortable. Breastfeeding mothers should avoid eating foods that make you gassy. Foods that make a mother gassy are more likely to make the baby gassy. Try and remember what you had to eat that day, especially if you notice a day when the baby is particularly uncomfortable and having problems with gas. Something in your diet may be the cause of your baby‘s discomfort. Avoid foods like beans, dairy or green vegetables if they seem to cause gas.
There are several over-the-counter medications that can be used for babies suffering with gas pains. As with all infants, talk to your doctor before administering your baby any of these drugs. Brands such as Mylicon, or other medicines containing simethicone are often very helpful. For parents who are looking for homeopathic methods to treating their baby’s gas, there are also several allergen-free/side effect-free choices. Colic Calm Gripe Water and other homeopathic formulas can be purchased either in health stores or online. Keep in mind that some formulas may not be FDA approved.
Change Your Feeding Methods
It may be something as easy as trying a different position during feeding. For parents who are bottle feeding their children, try using different bottles to find which one works best for your child. There are many different brands of bottles claiming that they work better than all the others in reducing gas. Talk to friends and doctors for recommendations and try out a few. Try different kinds of formulas. After the birth of your baby, formula companies are more than happy to send samples and coupons. Take advantage of these and try out several different kinds until you find what works best for your baby. Be sure you’re not feeding them too much and take breaks often for burping.