Gassy Babies: Normal or Not?

Gassy Babies: Normal or Not?

Gassy babies can be normal.  Babies eat around the clock.  In reaction to eating around the clock, their bowels are moving around the clock producing endless gas.  But if it seems like your baby is uncomfortable or extra fussy, and they keep squirming and pulling up their legs, they may have some gas that refuses to pass.

What may help with this? You could try a gentle tummy massage, bicycling their legs, or giving your baby a warm bath.   To help prevent gas, try to burp your baby regularly during feeds and after feeding.   If your baby is using a bottle to feed, try to keep the nipple filled with milk to help your baby avoid swallowing air.  If you are mixing a formula bottle, let it settle before giving it to your little one; the more bubbles in the milk, the more gas your baby may have.   Make sure when feeding your baby, that the head is higher than the stomach.  Allowing your baby to get tummy time daily encourages movement in your child and this helps mobilize gas.

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