You know the signs that your baby has gas. She may burp, have a rumbling or distended tummy and cry irritably. Tummy troubles are common in babies and can be caused by food sensitivities, an immature digestive tract or improper feeding practices. All she can do is cry about it, but you can try several things to get her a little more comfortable.
A Little Medicine
Although simethicone gas drops aren't always effective,
according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, they may be worth trying to
ease your baby's discomfort. Talk with your pediatrician and follow dosing
instructions carefully. New York-based pediatrician Dyan Hes recommends an
ounce of chamomile tea with a bit of brown sugar for gas problems. Chamomile
tea can relieve gas and colic symptoms according to the AAP.
A Tummy Rub
Try placing the baby on his tummy, which can break up gas
bubbles, says the AAP. Place him over your knees and rub his back as you move
your knees gently. Another option is to lay him on his back and move his legs
in a bicycle motion to get the bubbles moving. Five or 10 minutes of movement
is generally enough.
Sometimes, the only things that seem to comfort an irritable
baby are the most simple of comfort measures, notes the AAP. Swaddle the baby
in a thin blanket or walk with her in a baby carrier. Play soothing music or
turn on a fan to provide some white noise. All these activities distract your
baby from her discomfort and help soothe her if she's overstimulated, suggests
Preventing gas pain from developing is often a simpler solution
than soothing an uncomfortable baby. If you breastfeed, pay attention to your
diet to rule out any food sensitivities, such leafy greens, that may be causing
your baby to have gas, Hes says. Charles Shubin, pediatrician at Mercy Medical
Center in Baltimore, Maryland, suggests feeding with the baby while he's
leaning to his left. Lean him to his right to burp him. Shubin says this
minimizes the amount of air -- and gas -- that gets past baby's stomach.