As an attentive parent, when you notice actions like your baby being restless, cries a lot for more than just a few minutes, spits up without reason, ingestion always seems uncomfortable no matter the position they are in.
Then you would be able to know that your baby is suffering from gas problems. Gas is a normal phenomenon for babies. It sometimes starts from between 2 to 3 weeks after birth. Gas is the taking in or the swallowing of unwanted air.
Your baby will swallow air involuntary because they do not know how to coordinate their mouth muscle. During breastfeedings, during bottle feedings, crying for long minutes( when your baby has colic ) are ways a baby can swallow gas.
And these processes are inevitable for newborn babies. Some other ways are through foods you are a mother ingest example, taking diary product during breastfeeding can cause gas in your baby, for bottle-fed babies.
It might be bubbles from the formula in a bottle or unsuitable nipple size in use that will allow them to swallow air while being fed. You can decide to wait it out because, from 4 to 6 months of age, baby gas will expel itself.
But in case you are too desperate for help and tired of seeing you’re newborn in pain, there are a few ways to help your baby. You must first be sure of the main cause or causes of gassiness in your baby to be 100% helpful to decrease your baby’s discomfort and pain.
Signs Your Baby Has Gas
With the birth of a baby, there is a 99.9% chance they will eventually have gas. However, it differs and varies in time in every baby because no two individuals are the same. Therefore, it is much better for you and your infant when you know the signs of gas as soon as it begins.
1. One way of recognizing gas is when your baby is always crying often for a long time; although this could also result from colic, gas is always the first culprit in mind, especially when your baby is still around 2 to 4 weeks old.
2. During feedings, your baby takes their mouth away from the nipple just a few minutes after you just started nursing. This is not a sign of being full but a sign of him having swallowed too much gas.
3. If your baby has gas, they will tend not to eat or sleep properly; losing sleep will increase the percentage of him having SIDS (Sudden infant death syndrome). So you need to know the signs of gassiness and fast.
4. When your baby has gas, there is some position they begin to do more often, lifting their legs up or close to their stomach; this is due to the discomfort they feel in their abdomen/ stomach. And this position rather helps them feel relieved a little.
5. Another position they show is arching their back. Arching there is another position that relieves them of the unbearable and painful pressure on their stomach.
6. Some baby’s stomach gets bloated/Swollen, and you may probably be feeling, “oh, my baby is full,” but it’s actually all the excess gas that’s now living in your baby’s stomach that made your baby’s stomach push upward.
7. Another way to recognize gas in your infant is when they are belching or Passing gas very often, this shows they have gas all filled in them. And some babies won’t belch at all or pass gas often, which means those babies are in even worse conditions and will need your assistance in pushing out all the gas.
8. If your baby is always cranky, fuzzy, maybe unhappy, then they might be uncomfortable Or in pain from all the gas they have in them.
How To Get Rid Of baby Gas Fast
1. You Need To Change Formula
Some formulas have the ability to aid decrease in gassiness. There are ready-to-feed formulas; you can try that instead of powder to avoid too much bubble in the content, but make sure to purchase unflavored, no added coloring or any foreign ingredients in them. You should check your doctor before you make change your baby formula.
2. Pretend Bicycling
They are various baby leg massage that is fun for your baby and easy techniques to relieve tummy aches. For example, you can easily help your baby pass gas by bending their legs with caution, pushing their knees towards the tummy, and repeatedly moving both legs in a bicycle-like motion.
3. Burping In Between Feedings
Burping is very important. Take breaks frequently for burping during feedings; it will help eliminate the amount of air your baby takes in. If your baby is nursing, burp whenever she takes her mouth off your nipple, and you feel they aren’t full yet or whenever she switches breast. If she is bottle-fed, do burp at least every three to five minutes during feeding, maybe after every two to four ounces.
4. Shoulder Carry
After feeding your baby, most babies will most likely be feeling sleepy. So to eliminate gas and put your baby to sleep, place your babe on your chest with their head resting over your shoulder, then gently pat their back from the neck to the waist for 10 to 15 minutes, even if they might have already fallen asleep. This carriage will help expel gas and put them nicely to rest, killing two birds with one stone.
5. Trying A Warm Bath Or Warm Towel
A warm bath is an excellent idea because even a bit of warmth can relax their troubled stomach and help them move their bowels and be at ease again. Warm towels aren’t a bad idea either remember not to make them too hot, so you don’t burn your baby, make sure always to keep your baby comfortable by using soft diapers and lush waistbands.
6. Know When To See A Doctor
Home remedies can do magic on your child., but it’s important to know when your doctor should be involved In the case at hand. For example, if your child starts vomiting, or appears to have a fever, has traces of blood in his fesses, cries in pain whenever you tough their abdomen, beginning to look pale, or lose weight, You should immediately visit your doctor as soon as possible.
Other Home Remedies For New Born Baby With Gas
1. During feedings, make sure to latch your baby well, place them in an upright position while feeding and hold their head slightly above the rest of their body.
2. Make use of the right nipple if bottle feeding and let the milk settle until no visible air bubble can be seen.
3. Make sure the nipple is full with milk before bringing it to your baby’s mouth to avoid them swallowing air at first before the milk comes in their mouth.