Last updated January 7th, 2021
Nothing is more wonderful and amazing than witnessing a baby’s first smile, and first walk until parents explain the baby has a gassy tummy. Suddenly, the smile turned into questioning, ”how can I relieve my baby’s gas?” The twisted grimace of a kid trying to figure out the ways to expel gas from their tiny butt.
The peak age for the gas discomfort among infants is 3 to 6 weeks. It’s very common for them to pass gas 13-21 times each day! For babies, this experience is quite miserable and constant. The extra gas usually comes from the lack of tummy time, swallowing air, digestive problems, sometimes from breastfeeding, and diet formula changes, which may lead to crying and many sleepless nights. However, tummy time can help infants to relieve gastric problems.
Any parent who has been up all night with a gassy baby can tell you, it isn’t fun. A warm welcome to the new Parenthood World! Though a gassy tummy is common among infants, it can awake your kiddo the whole night and day seeking for their immature, and tiny digestive system.
If your infant is dealing with gassy tummy problems, this article can help you. Let’s dive deep into the article to relive gas in infants, and practice the ultimate cure, ”tummy time” for them. Let’s read!
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Why is my baby’s tummy so gassy?
Wondering about your baby’s gassy tummy? When a baby has gas, he will pass a lot of gas and make poo-sounds which helps them to feel better afterward. A baby usually got gas when he is just a couple of weeks old, let it be 3 to 6 weeks.
When he has gas, tiny bubbles start developing in his tummy or intestine causing stomach pain and pressure. Some baby doesn’t get affected by their gas issues, but many gassy babies become restless, and sleepless until they pass their gas.
The ultimate reason for the baby’s gassy tummy is their immature digestive systems, lack of tummy time, and swallowing air while feeding. However, some babies are so sensitive that they can have gas while having breastfed or change in their diet formula.
According to WebMD, babies pass gas 13 to 21 times per day, which sometimes makes them quite uncomfortable or in pain. Therefore, a pediatrician and seasoned parents recommend to new parents keeping their baby diet and feeding habits very peculiar so that they can feel a sense of relief.
In fact, they should keep their baby’s head higher than their stomach while nursing or feeding them. If you are using a bottle, you should look out for the bubbles in the nipple to avoid gassiness, and never let them suck at an empty one.
Can breastfeeding make my baby gassy?
Some research pieces have found that the foods in the mother’s diet might make breastfeed babies tummy gassy; however, the evidence is not so far conclusive.
Therefore it is advisable for the mothers to completely revamp what you are eating, and also look for other edibles that can help your baby tummy fit and healthy. Newly mothers are also advised to see if there are other subtle ways for their kids to swallow less air when breastfeeding.
For instance, Mumma’s can make their child burp twice at each feeding. They can also try different nipples or bottles for reducing the amount of swallowed air. Being a mother, I also incorporated these ways to help my kid from a gassy tummy. I always ensure that he is burping twice at every feed, and not swallowing enough amount of air.
In fact, I also focus on the baby latches onto the breast, so that he could flange out his lips around the flesh of the breast or areola, sealing the tissue around the nipple with his lips. This seal prevents any air from entering while the baby suckles.
If you are still looking for the reasons why your baby’s tummy is so fussy and gassy, below shared are some reasons for it.
Causes for Baby’s Tummy Gas
If your baby is happy and generally fussy for a few seconds, this is a sign that your baby is normal. But if he is not happy in between episodes and too stressed while making poo sounds, there is something! Let’s know the causes of ”why your baby has got gas?”
If your kid is latching onto the breast incorrectly, he is definitely swallowing a large amount of air which further causing him stomach pain and distress.
Crying for a longer period of time may cause your kid to swallow air. The reason for crying could be anything like hunger, cold, sleepy, or feeling uneasy. In fact, it can also happen during growth spurts when the babies are fussier than usual.
However, all these reasons could cause them to have gas. It doesn’t matter for what cause the kid is crying, but if it goes on for prolonged periods, some amount of air will definitely get swallowed.
Immature Digestive System
Another reason for the baby’s gassy tummy is their immature digestive system. The gut of the baby is not mature enough to handle all the digestive food. Babies are learning the techniques of digesting the food and milk, eliminating waste disposal, and passing gas.
Well, constipation is a kind of digestive tract issue. But this is not the culprit as you might think to cause gas in your baby tummy. The mechanism for constipation causing gas in your baby tummy is just straightforward.
The hard stools cause blockages in the rectum and the gut which further hinder the intestinal gas from getting out from your baby tummy. Eventually, the gas continues to build up which further creates discomfort and discontention.
What are the Symptoms of a baby has a gas problem?
It becomes hard for the new parents to identify gas from other needs or discomforts that the baby might fuss about. Below shared are the symptoms that you should be aware of to figure out whether your baby has got gas:
- Arching Back
- Excessive Farting
- Bloating or Swollen Belly
- Lifting the legs
- Passing gas or belching
What is Tummy Time?
Here comes the solution to the baby gas problem, ”tummy time.” Many pediatricians and physical therapists encourage babies to spend at least 30 minutes a day on their tummies. The benefits of incorporating ”tummy time” in a baby’s life are really valuable.
However, some babies resist tummy time and may protest loudly while turning them over. Babies, particularly those who haven’t learned the tummy time may experience this in an unfamiliar position.
But parents should try to make their baby lie on their belly for at least 30 minutes. Usually, during this period, infants have not experienced sitting posture, they just lay on their back and vertically held against their parent’s chest. For tummy time especially, infants have to be awake and supervised carefully so that they won’t hurt, as they move, wiggle, or even get upset.
Benefits of Tummy Time
Tummy time is very important for the baby because the skills learned while on tummy time helps for further development. This is also one of the big milestones in the first years of life, such as lifting, rolling, turning the head, getting up the hands, crawling, scooting, and much more.
The tummy time also helps the baby to handle their head perfectly. Being a mother, I also mentioned that the tummy time contributes to the skills needed and the strength for handling the upper body and hands. If you are wondering about more benefits of tummy time, below shared are some of them:
- This activity helps to prevent flat head symptoms
- Develop stronger muscles and neck.
- Helps to build up strength for rolling, sitting up, crawling, and eventually walking
- Promotes gross motor skills.
Start slow, make your way up, and your baby will start profiting from tummy time before you know it!
This article is all about how to relieve a baby from a gassy tummy, and what are the main causes of the gassy tummy. More importantly, how tummy time can help to cure kids to gas out without any pain or discomfort.
Tummy time is an excellent exercise that helps your baby’s shoulder, neck, and head development. It will also help you build up a strong bond with your baby while making him sit, crawl, and lie down on the tummy.
Always ensure that you are supervising your baby carefully during tummy time. In fact, you have to ensure that they won’t fall asleep on their tummy. The tummy time benefits to the baby when they are awake, and under supervision.
If you still have any concern, doubt about your baby’s gassy tummy or tummy time, you should talk to your pediatrician. And if you have any other ideas about symptoms and causes of how a baby got gas, please write to us. We will be happy to share your thoughts! Good luck and keep on enjoying Parenthood!