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Gassy Baby

Gas is very common in babies, affecting more than half of all newborns within the first two months of life. It peaks in babies at 3-6 weeks of age. Gas bubbles form when babies swallow extra air during feeds. This causes them to cry and swallow even more air. Mothers who breast-feed should pay attention to their diet and eliminate gassy goods such as cabbage, beans, broccoli, brussel sprouts and caffeine. Some formulas may not suit baby; a switch should be considered. If baby otherwise displays no other signs of ill health, is gaining weight normally and doing well is most likely suffering from gas.


Constipation is a situation where the stool is firm, dry and pebbly. This can last for an undetermined amount of time but is usually not serious if treated properly.

Remedy? Signs?

Consider carrying your baby more throughout the day, more so in the evenings to reduce their crying. The gentle jostling seems to help gas make an exit from the system. Sometimes hold baby gently but securely over your arm in the face down position, known as 'gas hold' position. Tummy time also helps baby; pressure placed on the abdomen eliminates the gas from the system. Laying baby on his back and bicycling his legs in the air also helps. Burp your baby after every feed. Avoid vigorous play with your baby after their feeds; instead encourage quiet time after feeding baby

Burping techniques?

By proper positioning - keeping the lips well flanged around the nipple for breast feeders, or by keeping the bottle from accumulating air in the nipple for bottle feeders, air entry may be reduced. Ensure you are using the correct teat size. Too large a teat will cause baby to drink too fast and small teats will cause them to gulp air. Frequent burping say once between each ounce for bottle feeders, or twice per breast for breast feeders will help eliminate much of the air that made it to the stomach. Burp your baby up against your shoulder, face down across your lap, or sitting upright on your lap, supporting her head and chest as you gently pat her back.

Consult with your pediatrician if the problem becomes difficult to handle despite your efforts.

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