Babies have always had gas, but experts continue to dive deeper into finding ways to reduce it—and the related discomfort.
Gas is a common issue in babies. Normally there’s no need to worry. But it’s always good to keep up on the latest research and medical findings for the best way to help your baby.
The Link Between Fussiness and Gas
Some doctors think that fussy babies swallow more air (all that crying and gulping for breaths), which can ultimately lead to gas. So if your baby is crying and seems uncomfortable, remember that these techniques can work:
- Soothe your baby by walking or rocking with her.
- Lay your baby across your lap, with her belly facedown, and pat her back.
- Hold a warm (not hot) towel against your baby’s belly.
- Keep your baby upright for 20 to 30 minutes after a feeding.
- Try motion:
- Place your baby in a swing or vibrating chair.
- Go for a ride with your little one in the car seat.
- Take your baby for a walk in the stroller.
The Exercise Answer for Infant Gas
Baby exercises can also help release gas, according to doctors and researchers. To give exercise a try:
- Do the bicycle with your baby. Put your baby on her back and then gently move her legs toward her belly.
- Give your baby tummy playtime. The activity and pressure on her belly might make the gas come out.
Formula That Eases Gas
A formula that has easy-to-digest proteins that are partially broken down can be gentle for sensitive tummies. Enfamil Gentlease is an example of a formula that has broken down proteins for babies with developing digestive systems. It’s designed to reduce fussiness, gas, and crying within 24 hours. Plus, it offers the complete brain and body nutrition your baby needs.
To Learn More
Clear up some common misconceptions about gas in babies by reading “Gassy Baby: Myth Versus Truth.”