Babies can’t tell us when they’re feeling sick or uncomfortable, and sometimes you feel like you need a degree to decipher just what your tiny human needs. Midwife Pippa Hime looks at one of the reasons your baby may be unhappy.
Babies cry for many reasons. It’s their way of communicating. They may be hungry. They may have a dirty happy. And, they may have gas – babies hate gas! It makes them desperately uncomfortable and they can’t deal with it themselves. The tiny bubbles of gas create painful pressure in your baby’s maturing digestive system. They need you to help relieve the pain and eliminate the causes.
What could be causing gas in my baby?
Gas in babies is unavoidable. They take in small amounts of air when feeding and this needs to be winded out of them after a feed. It is best to ensure your baby’s latch is good so they limit the amount of air they take in when breastfeeding. Excessive crying can also mean they will be windy as they swallow mouthfuls of air when crying. For some sensitive babies, your breast milk can make your baby gassier.
Just like food or supplements can give you gas – the same happens with babies. These are the obvious gassy culprits:
This is by no means absolute, but if you find your baby is desperately uncomfortable and you happen to have eaten a bowl of cabbage try avoid these gassy triggers.
Certain supplements such as fenugreek and spirulina can also cause gas and discomfort in baby.
What should I do?
The best thing to do if you suspect the food you have eaten, or the supplements you have taken, is causing gas in your baby, is to eliminate it and see if it makes a difference over the next couple of days. If your little one is getting better, they could be intolerant or allergic to the food or supplement you have eliminated. If you notice no difference, return to a normal diet.
Pippa is a Registered Professional Nurse and trained as a Registered Midwife at Chris Hani Baragwanth Hospital. She has extensive experience in all things baby related with a special interest in preparing couples for the exciting journey of parenthood as well as supporting them in the weeks that follow the birth. She and her husband Richard are the proud parents of Becca age 6 and Tom age 4. Pippa has a comprehensive private clinic service that includes Childbirth Education classes, a Well Baby Clinic including Immunization as well as Post Natal and Lactation support. With over 5 years of running a private clinic facility and raising 2 children Pippa comes with a wealth of knowledge and first-hand experience of parenthood. Learn more about Pippa Hime