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Tips for Soothing an Infant With Gas

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.

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Magic Distraction

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 the AAP.

Prevent Gas

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.

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