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Any person who has ever raised a baby will tell you this, babies cry and they cry a lot. They cry when they are hungry and they cry when they want attention. They cry when they want a diaper change and they cry when something is wrong. Most of the times when a baby cries without ceasing the main cause is an accumulation of gas. Babies find themselves with a lot of gas, much more than they are capable of getting rid of and this makes them uncomfortable and when they are uncomfortable they have to call out for help, since they do not speak, the only way they know how to communicate is by crying and crying until the parent helps them get rid of the gas that is making them uncomfortable.
As a parent you need to know how to tell when your baby is suffering from accumulated gas and be able to help them find relief from the gas, which incidentally will cease the crying. So, if your baby is crying without ceasing and you do not know what to, try to check them for gas before running to the nearest medical emergency center.
One thing anyone taking care of a baby should know is that babies can get gassy very easily. It is very normal and common for a baby to pass gas over 12 times a day. It may seem like a lot but there is an explanation as to why, Babies swallow air a lot. They swallow air when they feed, either from a bottle or during breast feeding. They swallow air when they swallow on a pacifier. They also swallow a lot of air when they cry. All this air that is taken in by the baby gets trapped in the baby’s stomach and abdomen. You can tell if a baby has accumulated gas through:
Sometimes you will notice your happy baby fuse a little while they get rid of some gas, it is absolutely normal and they wont cry or be irritable as the gas has been released. You will probably notice less and less of these situations as your baby grows older and the digestive system develops.
The position of a feeding baby will determine how much gas they will take in while they feed. Child experts say that when a baby is feeding, their head should be kept in a position high than the stomach. When a baby is positioned this way, the milk that they take in will go through and find room at the bottom of the stomach, at the same time the air inside the digestive system will rise above the milk thereby making it much easier to burp out. A nursing pillow can be very useful in securing this position and make it comfortable for the baby while he or she feeds.
Generally, burping a baby will take care of any gas problems that they may have. It is an easy skill for any parent to learn. To ease gas pains in a baby, you should burp the baby during and after feeding. If the burp does not happen then, you can lay the baby down on their back for a couple of minutes then attempt burping them again.
Another way to ease a baby constantly suffering from accumulated gas is to change the equipment you use for feeding them. For example, when feeding by the bottle you can change to a slower and more contained flow nipple.
A gentle body massage and work out can help a baby release trapped gas. You can start by putting him or her on their back and move their legs in a ridding bicycle like motion then go ahead and make them lie on their stomach for a while while you rub their back.
There are foods that can give your baby extra gas. Most of the times you will not be able to identify these foods yourself so it is always best to talk to your doctor about it. The doctor will point out the culprit foods and help you replace them so the baby does not miss out on the nutrients that they need to grow and develop.
When you breastfeed, it is important to watch some of the foods that you personally eat. Some of the food you eat like dairy foods and caffeine are absorbed into the breast milk and when the baby feeds on that milk the substances contained in it will be troublesome to digest and result in gas.
Babies that feed on formula are very much susceptible to gas and changing the type of formula that you give the baby can go a long way in relieving the baby from gas pains.
There some medications that are sold over the counter that can help soothe a gassy baby. You can talk to your doctor of a local pharmacist before administering the medication to your bay, they will recommend the best suited medication for your baby. This is very important if the baby is already on some kind of medication or treatment. You do not want to give the baby something that will interact and affect the medication that they are taking.
As discussed above, gas in babies is very common and easy to deal with, but there are times when you should be worried and go see a doctor. For instance, when your baby does not poop that is a sign of a digestive problem unless they are exclusively breastfed.
Bloody stools and vomiting are also cause for concern in a baby suffering from gas. The first thing you should do is take the baby’s temperature to see if there is any fever or not. A visit to the doctor is highly recommended if your baby has these extra signs on top of the gas problems.
By knowing your baby and their routine, you will be able to tell if there is something wrong and be ready to take care of the baby. Remember baby gas is very common and trying the above discussed methods can go a long way in soothing the baby and avoiding an unnecessary visit to the doctor.