All About Infant Gas

Could gas be making my baby fussy?
Gas is very common in babies, affecting more than half of all newborns within the first two months of life. Gas bubbles can often cause discomfort, leading to crankiness and crying. Many babies suffering from gas pull their legs up, lying in a curled position in an effort to relieve the discomfort.

How can I prevent my baby from getting gas?
  • Avoid "gassy" foods such as beans, bran, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, caffeine, and onions while you are nursing. These can cause your infant to get gas.

  • Avoid feeding your baby cow’s milk, as it can cause gas. Talk to your pediatrician about other options.

  • Make sure the nipple is the right size if you are bottle-feeding. If the nipple is too large, it will make your baby eat too fast; if it’s too small, it will cause your baby to gulp air.

  • Burp your baby every three to five minutes during feedings, or before switching breasts if nursing.

  • Burp your baby up against your shoulder, face down across your lap, or sitting upright on your lap, supporting her head and chest as you gently pat her back.

  • Avoid jostling or playing vigorously with your baby after feedings.

  • Encourage quiet time after your baby eats.

How can I relieve my baby’s gas?
  • Hold your baby gently, but securely, over your arm in a face-down position, known as the "gas hold."

  • Give your baby an anti-gas medicine to break down gas bubbles.

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