Baby is writhing in discomfort, and you don’t know how to relieve him of his intestinal pain? Does baby fart a lot and cry? Don’t worry too much… we explore the reasons that can give baby gas, and we give you tips to help him feel better!
Gas problems related to breastfeeding
If a baby is breastfed, the most common reason for gas and discomfort is poor breastfeeding or latching position, which causes the baby to swallow air along with the milk. Sometimes, the mother’s letdown reflex is too strong, leading to the same problem.
To reduce gas related to breastfeeding, check the most commonly used breastfeeding position, if necessary, with the help of a lactation consultant to find a more suitable place. This could be a serious concern if newborn not pooping but passing gas. She can also ensure you have a good ejection reflex and give you tips if it’s too powerful. You can also watch this video which provides advice on breastfeeding positions.
Intolerance or allergy
As newborns’ stomachs are very fragile, many are sensitive to food intolerances and even specific allergies, which can be temporary or last a lifetime. Sometimes, these gases are quick and do not require intervention on the mother’s part other than to relieve the baby of his discomfort.
How do you relieve the baby’s tummy aches?
To reduce or eliminate intestinal gas caused by an intolerance or allergy, the breastfeeding mother can start by eliminating foods suspected of causing gas, such as anything with caffeine, cabbage, etc., and increasing its fibre consumption. If this is not enough, you should contact your doctor so that he can suggest the appropriate approach to the situation. For example, it could be a special diet, a change of milk if he drinks formula or even a prescription for anti-colic medicine to relieve infant bloating and gas.
Sometimes temporary gases bother him, and you need quick and practical solutions to relieve him. Here are some proven tips that will help you minimize the discomfort of your infant with gas:
- Babywearing and skin-to-skin
- Put his belly against your forearm to rock him gently.
- Gently massage your abdomen.
- Lay him on his back and make him do the movement of the bicycle with his legs
- Use a Béké-bobo magic bag
- Put a warm cuddly toy on his belly.
- Please give him a probiotic product to help his intestinal flora. Several moms have said they have seen a significant improvement in their baby’s well-being with this product.
- Consult a professional such as an osteopath, acupuncturist or chiropractor specializing in newborns.