Gas

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In The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems, Tracy Hogg describes gas symptoms and gives ideas on how to treat it. Here are good points from the book as well as some of my own (pages 110-111).

WHAT IS GAS?
Gas is air. It will come out either through burping or passing gas. For some babies, gas can be very painful, just like it can for some adults.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF GAS IS A PROBLEM?
Look for these signs:

  • Baby brings legs up to his chest.
  • Baby scrunches up his face.
  • High pitch to his crying. This was the biggest sign to us that McKenna had gas. It was a shrill cry of pain.
  • Baby will look like he is panting.
  • Baby might roll his eyes.
  • I have also noticed that baby will squirm around a lot.

HOW DO YOU TREAT GAS?

  • Burp. When burping, gently rub upward on his back on the left side using the heel of your palm.
  • Burp. Try having his arms over your shoulder, dangling down. Then have his feet straight down. If baby is still in the curled up newborn stage, you might have to straighten his legs for him.
  • Bicylcle. Lay him on his back and bicycle his legs.
  • Pat. Hold him against you and pat his bottom.
  • Pressure. Lay him on your forearm, face down, and put gentle pressure on his tummy with your palm.
  • Burp. I know, how many times can burp be mentioned? I am sure to burp McKenna efficiently and often. I also give her one final burp right before I put her down for a nap. She has always burped the easiest while she is swaddled.
  • Towle Method. There is a colic/gas management method for relieving gas. The description is long. See the files in the Chronicles Yahoo! Group (link to group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chroniclesofababywisemom/) link to group’s files: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chroniclesofababywisemom/files/).
  • Gas Drops. Simethicone drops can help. I have found them to help immensely. Both Brayden and McKenna had/have gas, and these drops were/are a life saver. Here is a definition from wikipedia.org: Simethicone is an anti-foaming agent that decreases the surface tension of gas bubbles, causing them to combine into larger bubbles in the stomach that can be passed more easily by burping. Simethicone does not reduce the quantity of gas in the digestive tract, it only increases the rate at which it exits the body, but does not prevent gas formation in the intestine. However, simethicone can relieve pain caused by gas in the intestines by decreasing foaming which then allows for passing of flatus. Simethicone is not absorbed by the body into the bloodstream, and is therefore considered relatively safe.” My belief, based on observing my kids, is that simethicone drops work well over time. I think they are best applied consistently and help prevent gas pains. I use the store brand from Walmart (Equate Gas Drops) and find they work very well, and they are a lot less expensive than name brand (Mylicon Drops).
  • Gripe Water. Gripe water is great for alleviating pain immediately. Here is the definition from Wikipedia.org: “Gripe Water is a home remedy for infants with colic, gastrointestinal discomfort, teething pain, reflux, and other stomach ailments. Its ingredients vary, and may include alcohol, bicarbonate, ginger, dill, fennel and chamomile. It is typically given to an infant with a dropper in liquid form, and adults may also take gripe water for soothing intestinal pains, gas or other stomach ailments.” Notice that some contain alcohol, but not all do. If you don’t want your baby having alcohol, be sure to read ingredients before purchasing it. I have been really happy with the Baby Bliss gripe water. It works really well and has no alcohol in it. I don’t even administer a full dose.

If your baby has gas, do what you can to alleviate the pain. You will have a different, happier baby if you do!

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10 Comments

  1. Mrs. Haid
    September 3, 2009 / 6:03 PM

    Did you give the mylicon drops right after each meal? Or at night?

  2. Redheads
    September 3, 2009 / 6:32 PM

    My DD is 7 months old. I wish I had known about the gripe water. I did use the simethicone drops with success though. Now that she is 7 months old, would it be worth it to still go out and get gripe water? Is she past the "gassy age"? She does still get hiccups on certain days. Yesterday, for example, she got hiccups before every nap, and before bed! Wierd!

  3. Plowmanators
    September 17, 2009 / 1:28 PM

    Mrs. Haid, I give it after each meal.

  4. Plowmanators
    September 17, 2009 / 1:30 PM

    Amy (Redheads), I am undecided. McKenna is running low on her gripe water and I am not sure if I will buy more or not. She gets hiccups all the time, and I love having it to get rid of them, especially when she gets them right before a nap. A 7 month old isn't as gassy as a newborm, in most instances.So I am unsure what to say. I have been debating with myself for a while now 🙂

  5. Gwyn
    July 25, 2011 / 9:49 PM

    Wondering your thoughts on this. My 11 week old occasionally wakes early with gas. Usually putting her legs to her belly helps alleviate that, and she will stop crying and be her smiley self. Should I try to get her to go back to sleep at that point? Today she woke half hour early, we were able to get the gas out (and a diaper change) within 10 minutes – so only 20 minutes until her next feeding time. Should I have tried to get her to go back to sleep? If so, how? Or, should I have fed her early? Thank you so much, any advice you can give would be helpful!!

  6. Plowmanators
    August 12, 2011 / 4:59 AM

    Gwyn, at that point, I would probably just get her up. But I might hold her and rock her to see if she would doze until normal feeding time.

  7. Elyssa's mom
    November 19, 2013 / 3:05 PM

    My almost 3 week old is waking consistently every 3 hours at night after I put him to bed at 7:30pm. I would usually do a DF anyway around 10 so I understand that feeding. But the ones everytime after just result in him only nursing a few minutes, falling asleep, and then promptly spitting up. When he wakes he is grunting squirming and fussy. Then the third time he wakes it is always around 4-5am and he just farts for an hour and fusses and squirms. He will fall asleep in my arms but the moment I put him back in bed he is back at it again. I cannot figure out this and how to help him settle. I can't even determine if he really needs to eat because he just spits up and refuses after the first 5 min. These early morning issues are wearing me out and I would love to just get a consistent 4-5 hour stretch in the nighttime. Our daytime routine is perfection so I am not sure why the difference in the MOTN

  8. Candace
    April 7, 2014 / 5:21 AM

    I have the exact issue as above and would love ideas.

  9. Jenna
    December 27, 2014 / 9:10 PM

    My 6 week old seems to have a lot more gas issues at night. He generally seems to be fine during the day so we let him CIO and he usually goes to sleep after 5-10 min. He is okay at bedtime (around 7:30) and cries for a few minutes then goes to sleep but after the DF and for the rest of the night he is grunty and seems in pain so we allow him to sleep in a bouncy seat which seems to provide relief. Should we continue to wait to CIO at night due to gas? Or are we creating mixed signals with day and night being different. We are still able to usually avoid rocking him to sleep- he usually falls asleep either with the vibration of the bouncy seat or a paci but it takes a while.

    • Valerie Plowman
      December 29, 2014 / 4:41 PM

      It could be witching hour rather than gas that is the isse. See my post on witching hour for more on that. If you do think it is gas and not witching hour, some gas drops and/or gripe water throughout the day will help.

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