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How can you calm a fussy baby and manage their discomfort? What should you ask your pediatrician? What are some tips to help a baby with gas? Explore our fussiness and gas resources for tips to help your baby feel better and turn those cries into sweet coos.

Why might my baby be so fussy and gassy?

A common cause of gassiness is swallowing air while feeding, but excessive gas and fussiness could also be related to:

A food allergy or sensitivity
A virus
Gulping air while crying or sucking a pacifier


All babies may experience some gas and often the gas itself is not harmful. Those little burps and bouts of flatulence are expected as your little one's digestive system develops and improves its ability to break down foods. Infants typically outgrow the gassy stage by six months.1


Does fussiness and gas mean there could be a feeding issue?

In many cases, a baby's gas and fussiness can be related to feeding issues, such as:

  • Sucking in too much air or gulping too much formula at once while bottle feeding
  • A still-developing digestive system that could be making their tiny tummy more sensitive
  • An allergy or food sensitivity to something in the breastfeeding mom's diet
  • A sensitivity or allergy to cow's milk-based formulas


When to call your doctor: You'll want to call your healthcare provider if your baby isn't gaining weight or has excessive gas and fussiness accompanied by other issues such as reflux, diarrhea, or white, red or black colored stool. These indications could be related to a potential cow's milk protein allergy or other medical condition.



What can I feed my baby if they are fussy and gassy?

If you're feeding your baby formula, your doctor may suggest switching to one designed to ease gas issues, such as Enfamil Gentlease or Enfamil Enspire Gentlease. If your baby has cow's milk protein allergy or lactose sensitivity, your doctor may advise using a hypoallergenic formula or a formula specially designed for lactose sensitivity. If you're breastfeeding, continue to do so but try to identify if there are certain foods in your own diet that could be contributing to your little one's gas troubles.

Why Enfamil Gentlease?

Enfamil Gentlease Infant Formula provides a gentle start for sensitive tummies and has been clinically shown to reduce fussiness, gas, and crying in 24 hours.* Enfamil is the #1 pediatrician-recommended brand.


What is Enfamil Gentlease?

Gentlease is designed to have easy-to-digest proteins and can help ease your little one’s fussiness and gas issues fast. Gentlease also has nutrients like choline and DHA—brain-nourishing nutrition that’s important for your baby during the first 12 months.


Why Enspire Gentlease?

Enfamil Enspire Gentlease Infant Formula has proteins designed to be easy for developing digestive systems to digest. It gives your little one all of the nutrition of our formula closest to breast milk while also being designed for easing their gas and crying.


What is Enspire Gentlease?

Enspire Gentlease has easy-to-digest gentle proteins, as well as MFGM components and Lactoferrin,* two key components also found in breast milk. It is designed to ease fussiness, gas, and crying and provide complete nutrition for babies from birth through 12 months.


*Added as ingredients
†Among pediatricians recommending a brand