How To Treat Infant Gas

Colic issues are common for all newborns. Some of the babies have a higher amount of gassiness than the others. Some infants are more comfortable in releasing the gas formed than the others.

However, whatever the type of issue maybe – gassiness is a common problem for all infants.

Before thinking of any particular treatment, what needs to be determined is the reason or the source of the gassiness. There are a numerous ways in which gas can possibly get in an infant’s digestive system.

Gas gets formed in the infant’s digestive tract from that very moment when the baby gets the first formula milk or breast milk drink. This gas in newborns is the natural by product from the digesting proteins, lactose, and all other nutrients that are present in the formula or breast milk.

Although with a hint of confusion, but it is suggested by a certain group of pediatricians and as well by some specialists in lactation that the trace of gas producing foods like some legumes and vegetables may as well get passed through the mother to the kids.

Then there is another school of thought that warns about the excess acidic content in maternal diet, like the citrus juices and foods, as well as tomatoes that are high in acidity can also irritate the infants. The logic originates from the fact that presence of high volume of dairy products in the diet of the mother can lead to lactose intolerance in the babies. According to the pediatricians the milk-protein in the cheese, milk, butter, ice cream, yogurt and other dairy products is to be blamed.

Another common reason for infant gas issues is air bubbles accidentally entering the baby’s system through mouth. This issue commonly occurs at the time of suction done by the baby while nursing.

Hence, it become really important for the mother to maintain an interval of three to five minutes for making the baby burp during each feed, or at times even while switching breasts. In case of the baby being fed from the bottle, a notice to maintaining the correct size of nipple is extremely necessary.

In case of the nipple hole being too big, it will cause the baby to suck in too fast. While, if the hole of the nipple is too small, it results in the baby gulping air.