Baby’s Gassy Tummy? How to Manage!

Having a bloated baby belly can be tough, especially if you're a new mom. We all know newborn cries a lot, and the crying becomes even more intense if the baby is bloated. As a result, it’s the parents' responsibility to assist in relieving the distended baby belly. This article will teach you how to treat and avoid a bloated baby belly. You'll also understand how to burp a baby properly to avoid digestive problems.

Signs of Gassy Tummy

After all, all newborns pass some gas. However, keep an eye out for the following signs and symptoms of unusual baby gas.

  • Baby cries and fusses for at least an hour per day.
  • Baby appears to be upset the majority of the time.
  • Baby isn't eating or sleeping properly. 
  • Your baby cries frequently and appears to be in pain.

Remedies for Treating Bloated Baby Belly

Below are some of the remedies to treat gassy baby:

Burp your baby

Swallowing air during feedings causes a lot of newborn discomfort. In addition to burping after feedings, give your baby a soft back pat mid-feed to expel swallowed air before it reaches his bowels.

Control the airflow

Whether you feed your baby by breast or bottle, try feeding him in a more upright position to reduce the amount of air he swallows. 

Try newly designed anti-gas nipples and bottles for bottle-fed babies, which can change the flow of milk and reduce the amount of air your baby swallows. Avoid shaking the bottle too much, as this can cause extra bubbles in the milk.

Colic Carry

Massage your baby’s back gently by laying your baby tummy-down across your knees, or hold him under his belly with your forearm and rub his back.  Gas pressure can be relieved by applying pressure to his tummy. Touch can also be a powerful tool for calming fussiness. 

Use infant gas drops

Infant gas drops are considered safe for babies, even though they do not work for every baby.

Baby bicycles
Do baby bicycles by gently lying your baby on his back and slowly cycle his legs in a bicycling motion towards his belly to help push out trapped air. Alternately, you can gently pull your baby's knees toward his stomach, hold for 10 seconds, then let go and straighten his legs. Repeat a couple of times.

Massage your baby

Massage often assists your baby in passing gas. Begin with your baby's belly, then massage gently all over his or her shoulders, back, and legs. It might relieve him enough for him to pass gas.

Examine your diet if you're breastfeeding

If you're nursing, ask your pediatrician if you should consider avoiding foods that can cause gassy tummy. Milk products, coffee, tea, spicy meals, and some vegetables might cause bloated tummy.

Try out new milk formulas

Some baby formulas are marketed to help with gassiness. Consult your doctor to determine whether it is worthwhile to try a new formula.

Use Gripe Water

Baby gripe water which is typically a combination of sodium bicarbonate and herbs (often fennel and ginger), may help alleviate gas and help to relax fussy babies.

Use Pro-biotics

Pro-biotics are bacteria that support your digestive system and can be naturally present in fermented foods such as milk, as well as supplements and formulas introduced to the market for new born belly troubles.

Switch Positions to Release Gas

Some positions are extremely effective in alleviating stomach aches caused by trapped gas. One method is to sit up straight and place the baby against your chest. When the baby's chin is on your shoulder, use one hand to support them and the other to gently tap them on the back. Many moms believe that this is the most effective method of burping a baby.

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