August 05, 2020 4 min read
A gassy baby is one of the most challenging things that an already exhausted new parent has to cope with. Not only is it hard on you as a parent, but your baby is struggling with pain and discomfort, and they have no other way to express themselves but with their cries. It certainly is a daunting feat that the vast majority of parents will have to deal with at some point. However, if you can plan ahead a bit by way of learning the symptoms of a gassy baby, you can help your baby cope with gas in a manner that eases the pain and stress for the both of you!
The vast majority of newborns and infants will develop gassy discomfort at some point during their early days and months of their young life. It can be painful, uncomfortable, and downright annoying for your little one. And that is precisely why the best way to combat baby gas is to do some reading about it in order to understand why it happens in the first place. Baby gas is simply the build-up of gas bubbles in your baby’s intestinal tract or their tummy. It is usually caused by your baby swallowing air in the way of improperly latching on while breast-feeding or when they are taking their bottle.
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While for the most part, this gas will pass through their body with ease via burping your baby or flatulence, sometimes that gas builds up to the point where it gets trapped in your child’s body causing them discomfort, or in more severe cases, plain and simple pain! And, as previously stated, your baby has no other way to tell you about it but to cry, often for hours on end and with seemingly no way to comfort your little one. In the next section, we will be discussing some of the top symptoms to keep an eye out to ensure that your baby’s gas is not something on the more serious side. If your baby has trouble sleeping, The Ferber Method might be useful if you haven't tried it.
The most common symptoms of a gassy baby include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:
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There are a number of very simple remedies that can be done at home to assist in soothing your baby and also assisting in moving those gas bubbles out of their body. Here are some of the top things you may want to try:
While gas is not considered a medical condition, and it is usually a temporary thing that will go away one its own, for some babies, the symptoms can be excruciatingly painful, and nothing seems to help. If that is the case, you may want to reach out to your pediatrician for some help.
If your baby’s gas is quite severe and symptoms of other issues may be associated with the gas, your pediatrician may want to run some tests to better be able to narrow down the underlying cause.
In addition to an overall physical examination of your baby, your pediatrician will more than likely opt to utilize one or more of the following methods in order to properly diagnose the underlying causes of your baby’s gas:
A gassy baby can be so exhausting both for you and your little one, but there are a large number of ways that you can provide a calming sense of comfort while also using some of the aforementioned tips and tricks to try and soothe your baby. Passing gas can most certainly be a painful and uncomfortable thing for your infant, but with some patience and trying different things, you can help your baby pass gas with ease. And remember, always trust your gut instinct (so to speak), if you feel that your baby may be dealing with something more than just gas, don’t hesitate to reach out to your pediatrician for some different options that you can try, even medication to help your baby get through their painful, gassy days with ease!
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