How to Help a Newborn with Gas

How to Help a Newborn with Gas

As a parent, it's heart-wrenching to see your little one in discomfort due to gas pains. Gas can cause babies to become fussy and irritable, making it challenging for both you and your baby to get the rest and peace you need. 

When a baby has gas, tiny bubbles develop in their stomach or intestines, sometimes causing pressure and stomach pain. Many gassy babies are not bothered by gas, but some become restless and can't sleep until they have passed their gas, or even cry for hours.


Potential Causes:

Swallowing air

Babies can swallow air if they latch onto the breast incorrectly, or if they nurse or drink from a bottle in certain positions. They can even swallow air just from babbling a lot.

Excessive crying

When babies cry, they often swallow air, which can lead to gas. If the gas is the cause of their discomfort, they may release it after crying. Determining whether gas is causing the crying or vice versa can be challenging for caregivers. 

Minor digestive problems

When babies experience constipation, they might develop gas as a result. Although less common, gas could also indicate a gastrointestinal condition like acid reflux.


However, there are several ways in which you could comfort your baby:

Advice for a baby struggling with gas

Source: MNI (2022)

What you should remember:

While we've explored various techniques to comfort your baby with gas pains, it is essential to remember that this article is not intended as medical advice. Every baby is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. If your baby experiences persistent gas discomfort or any health-related concerns, it is crucial to consult your pediatrician.


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