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How Do I Help My Baby with Gas

Tips for Parents When the Baby Has Flatulence – Air, or other gases can enter the baby’s stomach when it is crying, drinking, or just breathing. Even if it does not have enough milk, flatulence in the baby can cause an unpleasant feeling of fullness that does not feel good.

How do parents recognize their child’s flatulence?

In about 20 to 30 percent of all otherwise healthy newborns can lead to sudden, persistent cry attacks whose cause has not yet been clarified clearly.

Some babies have to fight with the air in the stomach and a little bit of bread after each meal is obligatory for them. Others have hardly any problems.

It can happen that the baby suddenly stops sucking at the breast or drinking from the bottle. Instead, he grimaces and starts to cry. Also, loud protest, in which the baby squirms and makes faces, as soon as the mother wants to lie down after breastfeeding, is common. This although based on flatulence, often the babies just have to pee. Read more about it in our diaper free article.

This stressful situation, which many parents also know as three-month colic or the term ” writing baby,” Some experts point to an increased tendency to flatulence due to the not yet fully matured digestive system of the baby

Do bottled babies get flatulence more often than breastfed children?

Midwives confirm: the problem of “flatulence” is less pronounced in nursing infants than in newborns who are already bottle-fed after a few days. This is primarily because breastfed children can control the milk flow of the breast to a certain extent themselves, suck comparatively slower and therefore swallow less air.

Another reason: When babies are properly placed on the chest, the anatomy of the smallmouth fits perfectly with the breast. The air has no more room.

A baby bottle swallows significantly more air due to the suction design. Therefore, parents should pay attention to the following during feeding:

  • The inclination of the bottle is optimal when the milk has completely displaced the air from the nipple.
  • Do not feed the baby in a lying position, but in a semi-upright position.
  • After each meal let the child break open in peace (peasant).

The remedy can also provide here appropriate suckers, which are modeled on the female nipple, for example, the Medela Calma by the company Medela. 

Attention! Even breastfed babies often have to make a “peasant.” Especially if the mother has a strong milk donor reflex and the child drinks fast.

How can parents help their baby make a peasant?

Parents should not be overly afraid of flatulence. There are three postures to help the baby regurgitate:

Over the shoulder

While a crook safely supports baby’s butt, his head lies over Mom’s or Dad’s shoulder. The freehand strokes or gently knocks on the back of the child.

The flyer handle

The baby lies prone on the forearm of the adult, with the head being supported by the hand.

Upright sitting

The baby sits out on the lap of a parent. His back points to the belly of the adult. Now reach under baby’s arms and tilt his upper body slightly forward. The free hand can easily caress the back or gently tap off.

The best way for parents to try out is to take the most comfortable attitude for themselves and their baby. And should the little peasant leave a lot of time, it usually helps to change positions in between.

Because of flatulence to the doctor?

Most babies simply grow out of the awkward phase. As soon as they become agiler and able to move on their own, the times of bloating are over due to too much air in the tummy.

However, newborns who suffer from severe flatulence or babies who develop conspicuous symptoms from one day to the next should be introduced to a pediatrician. Here are some symptoms that make a quick doctor’s visit necessary:

  • Flatulence with cry attacks after each meal
  • liquid, foamy or splashing stool
  • extremely sturdy bowel movement (rabbit droppings)
  • drinking refusal
  • the baby is not growing

This could be behind the flatulence in conjunction with the other abnormalities a serious illness struck, clarified by the pediatrician and if necessary treated.

Important! The younger the baby, the less time should elapse between the appearance of the complaints and the doctor’s visit.

Parents who get scared or stressed because of the problems should also join their baby to the doctor. Especially moms and dads of writing babies often need professional advice and support. Even a few sessions or a visit to a Schreiambulanz can bring significant relief.

Tips for prevention and treatment

  • Nursing mothers should refrain from flatulent foods is often heard advice, but can not be proven by evidence. The same applies to breastfeeding. Of course, if he likes you, you can still drink him anyway.
  • When feeding with the vial, no foam from shaking may be left in it.
  • Sometimes it is worthwhile experimenting with the hole size in the bottle nipple to let in as little air as possible.
  • Light, circular stomach massages clockwise, possibly with caraway oil, relax baby’s stomach. An audible “pups” indicates that the flatulence literally “dissolved” in the air.
  • Midwives often recommend homeopathic remedies for frequent flatulence, such as Chamomilla, an extract of the chamomile plant. Also, cumin pods are suitable.

If the pediatrician identifies a food intolerance, he will recommend the special food. At this point, any experiments on their initiative prohibit themselves. A corresponding change in diet is exclusively under medical supervision!


  • Bloating in the baby usually occurs as a result of swallowed air, which migrates into the digestive tract and there makes for an uncomfortable feeling.
  • The best way to prevent bloating is to take the “peasant” after each meal.
  • In case of unclear or particularly severe complaints, the rapid visit of a pediatrician is recommended.

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