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Baby Gas Relief Questions

What is baby gas?

Generally all babies have gas. In most cases, gas is caused by a baby swallowing air or through normal breakdown of undigested food. When a baby has gas, they may become fussy. Symptoms of gas may be burping, flatulence, bloating, cramps, and crying. When a baby has excessive gas, then it may be hard to figure out how to get the gas out of their tummies. Below are questions about baby gas relief that are answered by an Expert.

What can a parent do for a five week old baby that has gas and constipation?

In most cases, when a baby at this age has gas then the parent can try and give them a brown sugar water mixture. The parent would want to take 1 ounce of water and 1 teaspoon of brown sugar and give to the baby once a day for several days, or the parent can try to give the baby ¾ ounces of apple or prune juice. This will help with the baby’s constipation. To help relieve the gas pain, then the parent may want to ask their pharmacist for Simethicone. This is safe for babies and will also help with relieving the gas pressure that the baby is feeling. The parent can give this medicine with every feeding or only when the child has the gas pain.

If a two and a half week old baby is having gas pains and constipation and cries all the time, what can the parent to do to relieve the baby?

When a baby is growing, then their bathroom habits change and may cause the parent to not realize that it is normal. If the baby has hard stools and large amounts of gas, then the parent can try and switch the formula the baby is on. Some doctors may suggest the parent use Gentalease formula. This formula may also help with reducing gas in the baby’s system as well as help to regulate the baby.

After a baby breastfeeds, the baby seems to have a lot of gas and explosive diarrhea and cries every time they have this, what can be done to help the baby?

In most cases, when a baby is breast fed, then they may have runny stools. There are some cases that when a mother has high milk flow, then the baby may develop gas air pockets that cause gas. To relieve the gas, the mother may try to pump a small amount of the breast milk out and then feed so that the flow is not as fast as before. The mother may also want to try and just feed from one breast during a feeding and then switch breasts for the next feeding, rotating between breasts with each feed.

If a nineteen day old baby, who drinks from the breast and bottle, has reflux where the milk comes out their nose after they feed and the parents burp the baby after every ounce but the child still has gas, what can the parents do to ease the reflux and gas?

In most cases, when the baby has reflux, then they generally will work out the reflux as they get older, making the need for medication less likely. When a baby switches between breast feeding and bottle feeding, then they need to adjust their systems to this as well. With bottle feeding, the child generally swallows more air and makes it to where the air causes the gas and reflux. The parent may want to give the baby time to adjust to their new feeding schedule and then if the problem does not go away then take the child to the doctor and see if there are medications that the child can take.

When a baby has gas, then they generally are fussy. When the parent is looking for relief for their children, then they may have questions regarding what can be done to help the child, what causes the gas, and how the parent can prevent or treat the gas. When these questions arise, then the parent may need to seek the answers from an Expert.
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