Crying Babies: Is Stomach Gas The Culprit?

Do you think your newborn will definitely top the competition of crying babies? You are not alone. Every second parent feels this way, specially when there actually is something bothering their little one - and it is often than not stomach gas.

There are signs that can help indicate if your baby is having gas problems. Usually, the first sign is a discomfort of some sort. If your newborn baby is crying and clenching her tiny fists in pain, it could be a sign of an abdominal cramp due to the presence of gas. Your infant can become gassy for different reasons including a change in diet, digestive problems, medications and others reasons.

Let’s take a deeper look into some of these potential causes of gas in newborn:

Milk:

Milk is often the culprit in case of newly born crying babies. If your newborn is bottle-fed, make sure the consistency of formula milk is according to what is mentioned on the formula pack. Putting in more powdered milk in the water won't make your baby gain weight - a misconception that parents of weaker babies have. It will only make her gassy and might give some serious digestive issues including vomiting.

It could be due to the change in her formula milk. Your baby's body may already be accustomed to the particular type of formula milk that she is being given. However, there is also room for gas to occur if your baby’s formula milk is changed.

For breast-fed babies, gas can develop even more frequently because the breast milk is produced based on ingested foods or other substances a mother may take such as vitamins. Hence, with breast milk, babies can also become gassy and mothers should closely monitor what they eat.

Digestive Issues:

Your baby may have a digestive system that is somewhat sensitive to certain foods specially at this early stage. If you have started giving your baby water or any other liquid, make sure the doctor knows about it.

For babies who start on solids, sometimes, every food that your baby takes gives her gas. However, there could also be instances when a particular food gives your baby more gas than usual.

Also, when your baby is taking in food through her mouth at a faster pace, air is also swallowed. If your baby gulps down food, this is also a risk for choking. So be careful to control the pace at which your baby eats.

Few bowel movements:

If your baby has few or reduced bowel movements, then there is the tendency that gas may be trapped in the tiny intestines. Especially for breastfed newborn babies, it is possible to go on for days without having any stool and in some cases this may make your newborn remain gassier.

Tears and tantrums:

Crying babies often experience engulfing air from their mouth - a reason for gas to occur. If your baby suffers from colic, make sure you are doing your best in understanding and coping with it. Read our article on colic for all the help you need.

Other Causes:

There may be other less common causes of gas such as allergies which may have an effect on your baby’s digestive system. There may be foods that may not be ideal for your baby until her digestive system becomes more mature, perhaps when your baby is about a year old. Some ailments or medical issues such as diarrhea can also generate gas in your baby. Hence, you could be dealing with multiple issues at the same time. It can all be related and this makes it somewhat puzzling to know what to do and how to treat gas.

Treatment:

When trying to treat your baby’s gassy state, one important fact you should remember is that your baby’s digestive system is still maturing. Hence, there will be days when your baby is quite gassy, no matter what you do. When this occurs, it could also be referred to as your baby being colicky, which is another way to describe abdominal pains and discomfort. One favorite by mothers is the use of gripe water. Gripe water is usually available over-the-counter at most pharmacies and it can have a soothing effective on your baby’s stomach.

You may decide to give your baby a little gripe water before feedings to sort of calm the digestive system and make the digestion of food less gassy. There may also be other medications that can be safe for your baby and also help to provide relief from gas. Gas can be an uncomfortable experience for you and your baby.

If you are breastfeeding your infant, make sure the diet you take does not have anything that is hard to digest.

You will gradually master how to handle this challenge of crying babies and keep your newborn comfortable.


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