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Gas can make your newborn cranky and difficult to manage. Certain foods cause it and should be avoided. Also, here are some home remedies and great tips to relieve your baby's gas problem
Ruchi Agarwal, a mother to a baby girl, was often confused about her baby's behavior. Her daughter would start crying suddenly and without reason. A worried Ruchi consulted a doctor and it was then that she found out her daughter had gastric issues.
A new mother may struggle to know what's making her baby upset and irritable. But it's generally just gas in your baby's tummy that makes him uncomfortable for a few seconds while passing the gas. Babies usually pass gas several times every day. And certain foods cause gas in babies. Read more to know about the symptoms, causes, and remedies for gas troubles in infants.
A gassy baby may burp or fart, get fussy, bloated, may cry due to stomach cramps, or have a hard tummy. Gas pain can also be identified if the infant arches his back and curls up his legs.
Infants have small and gentle tummies which can get upset very easily. Newborns experience gas pain as their intestines are not yet mature.
Infants swallow air when they feed on a breast or a bottle, or when they suck a pacifier or even when they cry.
Babies who are not crawling or sitting up yet, are more likely to suffer from trapped gas. Once they begin moving, the gas seems to pass more easily, relieving the child from distress.
The infant's digestive system takes a while to adjust to the formula and gas trouble is caused.
When new solid foods are introduced, babies tend to experience digestive distress, especially with certain food groups.
As your child reaches 7-8 months, you might start him on solid food, and to make food interesting for him, you start introducing different kinds of food. However, always keep in mind that some foods can cause serious gas problems in your child as his digestive system is not yet fully developed. Also, some foods break down slowly. It's very important to feed nutritious meals to your child but you need to pay heed to gas-producing foods too. Here's a list of foods that can make your baby feel gassy.
|Foods that can cause gas in babies|
These foods have a high content of sugar and carbohydrates, which make digestion difficult for your baby. This indigestible material goes to the child's large intestine where it is processed by the gut bacteria. This in turn leads to the production of excess gas.
Although the foods mentioned above may result in gas formation in babies, they also contain a lot of healthy nutrients which babies require. Check out these simple tricks to help you with this fix.
If you are breastfeeding, be careful of what you eat as your diet can hugely impact your baby's digestion. Remember that foods that make you gassy may not necessarily make your baby gassy too. Dairy products like milk, yogurt, curd, or ice cream, fish, corn, eggs, peanuts may cause gas, so consume these foods in moderation to avoid affecting your baby.
Slight changes here and there and tweaks to how your feed your child, can make your baby free from the uncomfortable gassy feeling. Here is a list of things you can do to avoid gas formation in babies.
These tips and tricks, along with your care, will ensure that your little one does not have any digestive troubles. However, if the symptoms persist or if your baby is in continuous distress, visit a pediatrician at once.