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Gas Problems

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 12-06-2007

All babies develop gas. This is perfectly normal and parents need not worry about their children passing gas. However, the problem arises when, as with some babies, the problem may be quite acute. These are some of the causes of your baby developing excess gas.


 


Causes
Some of the causes of gas include the following:



  • Gas is produced in the baby’s stomach the very first time food enters digestive system.


  • Excessive watery foremilk in the mother’ breasts can cause “lactose overload” or stomach cramps, as the child tends to swallow more air in an attempt to drink the more thicker hind milk.


  • Air swallowed while feeding can cause gas formation.


  • Stress can affect the digestive system, increasing flatulence in some babies.

Treatments


Ordinary burping helps to expel swallowed air and will work in most cases. Lift and pat your child on the back gently. However, parents may consider the following situations in case of a severe problem:



  • Some massage techniques are believed to be effective in helping the child release gas.


  • You may consider medications such as simethicone or sodium bicarbonate for symptoms of gassiness, though only after consulting your doctor first.


  • Do not worry when your child passes gas. Ensure that your child is fed in a stress-free environment with few distractions.

Disclaimer: The above information is commonsense reflection drawn from general experience. If you are looking for expert medical advice, please consult your doctor.