Gas and babies seem to go hand-in-hand. Don’t worry: It’s normal. But if you want to help your baby’s gas-related issues—for example, if you think the gas is causing pain or fussiness—try these expert tips.
Some foods that may be causing your baby’s gas:
If you’re using powdered formula, make sure you let your freshly mixed bottle settle for a minute or two before feeding your baby. Why? The more shaking and blending involved, the more air bubbles get into the mix, which can then be swallowed by your baby and result in gas.
Some bottles are specifically designed to reduce the amount of air that is swallowed during feedings. If your baby is having problems with gas, try a vented, angled, or collapsible style.
Nipples come in different sizes (based on age) and control the flow of the formula. So a nipple for a newborn has a slow flow, while a nipple for an older baby flows much quicker. Make sure you are using an age-appropriate nipple.
If your baby has outgrown her nipple size, she might be sucking in a lot of air with the formula, thus increasing her chance of having gas pains. At the same time, if the nipple flow is too fast, your baby is gulping too much formula at once, which can also cause gas.
Keep your baby upright for 20 to 30 minutes after a feeding. If she’s still gassy, burping can help release any gas pockets from your baby swallowing too much air. Gently pat your baby, starting at the lower back and working your way up. Try one of these burping positions:
- Hold your baby against your chest (her body facing yours), with her head on your shoulder. Then pat and rub her back.
- Have your baby sit on your lap and support your baby’s chest and head with one hand while patting her back with the other. Make sure you’re holding your baby’s chin, not her throat.
- Lay your baby flat against your lap, her belly facedown. Support your little one’s head and make sure it’s higher than her chest. Gently rub or pat her back.
If you can’t produce a burp in your baby with one position, then try another.