Need to know how to help ease gas in your toddler? When toddler gas discomfort strikes, you want to do whatever you can to help make the uncomfortable cramping and tummy issues go away. We’ve outlined simple steps for helping ease toddler gas discomfort below.
If you currently have a gassy toddler on your hands, here’s what you can do:
- Try a tummy massage: Give your toddler a gentle abdominal massage using a kid-friendly oil or lotion to help break up gas bubbles, soothe the belly, and stimulate digestion.
- Practice belly breathing: Simple belly breathing can help your toddler relax, releasing tension in the body to ease abdominal discomfort and promote digestion.
- Move around: Get some movement in! Dancing, playing, walking, and running all help get things moving around inside, supporting GI tract function.
- Offer a drink designed for easing gas: Enfagrow PREMIUM Gentlease is a toddler nutritional drink that has easy-to-digest proteins to help ease gas.
- Incorporate more water: Water can’t eliminate gas, but if constipation is occurring too, it could help encourage a bowel movement. If you’re able to ease constipation, you may simultaneously soothe gas.
To help avoid future toddler indigestion:
- Make mealtime distraction-free: Opt for a sedentary, tech-free mealtime! Moving around or playing in between bites of food can lead to an excess amount of swallowed air when chewing, which creates gas! Additionally, distractions like games, electronics, and TV when eating could lead to unintentional overeating, which also aggravates the digestive system.
- Limit sugar: Gut bacteria LOVES to feed on sugar. When toddlers consume too much of it, these bacteria get to dig in, releasing gas as they do! If he/she is eating more sweets because of pickiness, try these toddler meals for fussy eaters.
- Identify food triggers: Keep a food diary to track what you’re feeding your toddler and note when gas occurs. If you begin to see a pattern emerge, eliminate the suspected food and see if removing it helps resolve the gas discomfort.
- Avoid overfeeding: When your toddler overeats, there may be too much food in their belly for their small system to handle, slowing down digestion! When food sits in the GI tract for too long, it can eventually lead to gas.
- Skip straws: Straws are fun, but they also allow more air to travel into your toddler’s digestive tract, which can lead to bloating and gas.
- Include more fiber and water: Fiber and water are constipation-avoiding powerhouses! If constipation is an issue, incorporating more of each into your toddler’s day can aid digestion, and lessen resulting gas.
- Don't lose the nutrients: If you’re removing certain foods because they’re lending to indigestion, help make up for nutrients they may be missing with Enfagrow PREMIUM Gentlease Toddler Nutritional Drink, complete with easy-to-digest proteins and 22 total nutrients.
We hope this gave you more insight into how to help with gas in toddlers! If you have any questions or tips of your own, you can always send us a message.