Worried about your gassy baby? Here are some key questions to help you get the answers you and your baby need.
Some degree of infant gas is to be expected—in fact, a happy, gassy baby is perfectly normal. But if you think your little one is in pain or you’re concerned about what you’re feeding her, you should feel comfortable calling your baby’s pediatrician for information, advice, and assurance.
Questions to Consider Asking About Baby’s Gas
- Is gas in babies common?
- What could be causing my baby’s gas?
- If I’m breast-feeding, is it something in my diet?
- Should I switch formulas to reduce gas?
- She’s only gassy after she eats—is she allergic to something?
- What’s the best way to burp my baby?
- How often should my baby be burped?
- I can’t get my baby to burp; is it all right if I don’t burp her?
- Should I try baby exercises to reduce her gas?
- Is my baby in pain due to the gas?
- Will she outgrow this gas?
- Could infant gas be associated with a more serious problem?
Before a Pediatrician Appointment
If you’re concerned about your baby’s gas, call your pediatrician for an appointment. Remember to ask if there is anything you should do in preparation for the visit. Before you meet with the pediatrician:
- Write down all of your baby’s issues and your worries.
- When do you notice the gas? Is it after eating? When she first wakes up?
- Does your baby seem to be in pain when she has gas? What are her issues: crying, fussiness, spitting up?
- Log anything you are giving your baby:
- Vitamins or other nutritional supplements
- Type of formula
- Breast milk
- Any solids
- Note any changes in your baby lately:
- Sleep pattern
- Eating habits
- Also, write down your list of questions (a good start is the list above) and bring them with you.
With time, many babies’ digestive issues improve. But right now, your doctor can help you find a path to comfort for your baby and ease your mind that there may be nothing serious underlying your baby’s gas issues.
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