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Causes of Gas Problems in Babies

Gas problems

in newborns and infants are well known for making the new parents go berserk in the first few months of the baby’s life. All infants suffer from such problems to a certain extent. However, the signs of discomfort due to gas like bloating, frequent spit-ups etc can explain why the baby is fussy all the time.

Crying Newborn

Symptoms of Gas Problems in Babies

  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Swelling of abdomen
  • Frequent split ups
  • Hiccups
  • Flatulence
  • Colic Pain
  • Excessive passing of gas
  • Extreme fussiness

Causes of Gas Problems in Babies

  • Swallowing air while feeding

    : The baby may swallow in a lot of excess air while feeding. It is very important to burp the baby immediately after the feed. Bottle fed babies sometimes suck in extra air due to the nipple being too small or big. It is essential that you have a nipple which is the right size for the baby.

  • Food allergies

    : The baby may have some intolerance to certain proteins in the breast milk or the formula. Some lactation specialists opine that the traces of cruciferous vegetables, pulses or legumes from the mothers diet can cause the baby to develop excess gas. Acidity in the mothers diet from citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes etc can also cause the baby to have the said symptom. The baby may also have lactose intolerance where the baby is hypersensitive to the milk protein.

  • Hyper Lactation syndrome

    : Sometimes the baby may be gassy due to hyperlactation syndrome. The mother may be having an abundant supply of breast milk. The baby latches on and sucks very fast. As a result gulps a lot of air in the process. Another reason, would be that the baby feeds mostly on the foremilk. Foremilk is the milk which comes out first. It is high in water content and has a high lactose content. The baby that suffers from this syndrome has increased indigestion and gas problems.

  • Over stimulation

    : Over stimulating the environment of the new born with lights, sounds, touch, talking and other activities may cause sensitive infants to show symptoms of fussiness, lack of sleep, indigestion and excessive gas.

  • Excessive Crying

    : Babies draw attention towards them only by crying. So any discomfort, be it hunger, a need for a diaper change or being too warm or cold would be communicated by crying. Very often babies gulp a lot of air while crying. This can also aggravate intestinal gas.

  • Early Weaning

    : Introducing solids early on before the recommended age of six months can cause digestive problems. The baby’s delicate digestive system is not ready for solids. The digestive system needs to be ready to break down the food with different enzymes and absorb the nutrients. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends absolute breast feeding till the age of six months.

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