Gas or wind is not uncommon in newborns, and quite often moms worry that it is something they ate or even a food sensitivity. For the most part, however, gas does not mean that the baby is experiencing any such issue. It will naturally pass through their system and ease any pain he or she is feeling.
Symptoms of Gas or Wind
Symptoms of gas or wind include:
• Spitting up of milk
• Arching of back
• Redness in face
• Excessive fussiness
• Crying more than normal
• Not settling quickly
• Passing of wind
While these issues may cause general discomfort in your baby, if you find that your baby is growing and relatively happy the majority of the time, the gassiness should pass as their systems mature.
Causes of Gas or Wind
Extreme gas or wind can be caused by the following:
• Large volumes of breast milk
• Food sensitivity
• Reflux or Aerophagia Induced Reflux (AIR)
• Lactose intolerance
• Gassy food consumed by the mother
• Formula feeding
If you are concerned that your baby may be suffering from these, speak to your doctor or pediatrician about your concerns.
How Can I Relieve Gas or Wind?
A baby with gas can be tiresome so here are some ways to help relieve their gas or wind.
• Wear your baby in a sling
• Sleep with your baby (otherwise known as co-sleeping)
• Burp your baby
• Gripe water
• Tummy massage
• Change their feeding equipment
• Move their legs in a cycle motion
• Avoid frantic feedings
• Raise their head when feeding
• Talk to a lactation consultant