5 Tips and Remedies for a Baby That Farts a Lot
My baby farts a lot! It’s so explosive sometimes that it became an ice breaker. I previously thought that it must be in the genes. My husband likes to drop bombs, and we can’t help it but to literally take cover.
But my little buddy’s gassiness became persistent, so I got curious. After digging around, I was able to remedy my baby’s belching and farting spells. If your child sounds like mine (pardon the pun), here’s what I found.
All That Gas: Why Does Your Baby Fart A Lot?
Farting is common in infants and small children. Farts don’t hurt. Your child’s farts are usually harmless and odorless unless she looks and sounds colicky. If she looks happy and isn’t crying, then she is alright. Farts just mean that your baby has lots of gas. There are a lot of reasons behind your baby’s farts:
# Mom’s food
If you are breastfeeding, your baby’s gas is most likely due to the food that you have eaten. Whatever mom eats get passed into her breastmilk. Consuming gas-producing food such as citrus fruits, cabbage, lettuce, legumes and cow’s milk can cause your infant to have lots of gas. Your baby can also swallow air while breastfeeding or feeding through the bottle. Your intake of caffeine-containing drinks can also make your baby gassy.
# Baby’s crying
Your little drama queen kid can inhale a boatload of gas while crying. Your child becomes fussy because she is uncomfortable. He will then swallow lots of air, making him cry more. It’s a tiring cycle, so I suggest that you soothe baby immediately, don’t let the crying go further.
# Baby’s first intake of soft solids
You might observe that your little kid can fart a lot after his first try of baby cereals. You introduced something new into her system. It will take some time (a week or two) for her tummy to get accustomed to this type of food.
Teething can make your child fussy. She will cry more due to pain, and as a result, she’ll take in more air into her stomach. Soothe your baby during her teething stage by giving her some teething toys.
Tips To Minimize And Remedy Baby’s Farts
1. Hold the bottle well
If you don’t keep your feeding bottle at the right angle, chances are your baby will take in lots of air. His tummy will look bloated. He might also vomit or drool lots of milk after feeding. Hold the bottle in such a way as to minimize air pockets. It will also prevent colicky episodes.
2. Don’t give too much gas-forming foods
Babies are not mini-adults. Their digestive system is still growing. They can’t eat just about any type food out there. Some foods must be avoided if you don’t want your child to be fussy, gassy and to fart a lot. These are some of the most common gas-forming foods:
- Carbohydrates – complex carbohydrates such as potatoes, wheat, corn and other starches.
- Veggies – beans, broccoli, asparagus, onions, lentils, cauliflower, cabbage, sprouts, radishes, celery, green peppers, artichokes and other cruciferous greens
- Fruits – oranges, peaches, pears, raisins, prunes, apricots, appleso Whole grains – nuts, oat bran, wheat, barley and flax seed
- Milk – cow’s milk, soya milk and almond milk. Lactose intolerance can also make your child gassy and colicky. I advise against giving your child cow’s milk, soy milk, and almond milk until such time that he is fully weaned of formula or breastmilk.
Rubbing your little one’s stomach can help with expelling gas. Apply pressure on your baby’s tummy or put him lying on his belly. Massage your baby’s abdomen with an organic mustard oil or coconut oil to relax him and expel his excess gas. It also helps to move your baby’s legs bicycle-style to stimulate gas movement.
4. Warm compress
Use a warm towel to help ease out belly pain and gassiness. Dip a small towel in a small basin filled with warm water. Place it in his stomach. Repeat this several times during the day.5. Oral dropsSome mothers are using Simethicone to ease out gas and reduce baby’s farting. Talk to your child’s doctor and get a prescription before trying out any medications for your child.
When Should You Go And See Your Baby’s Doctor?
Farts are normal, but you must be observant nevertheless. If you see these signs on your child, better take her to her pediatrician within the day.
1/ Vomits or have soft watery stools at every feeding. If your baby throws out most of her milk after feeding, there’s something wrong. If your baby farts a lot and has watery stools, she can get dehydrated. Diarrhea is also a sign of infection.
2/ Has some streaks of blood on stool. It helps to look inside your baby’s diaper to check her stools, especially during her first months of her life. Gassiness and blood on the stool aren't normal.
3/ Fussy, colicky and refuses to calm down. If your baby is crying incessantly for hours, chances are she is colicky. Check her tummy if it is bloated.
4/ Baby is belching, farting and has a fever. If your child appears warm to touch, check her temperature with a digital thermometer. If her temp is 101 degrees F or higher, then take her to the doctor without haste.
Don’t worry if your baby farts a lot. Farts are usually healthy; it is even good to know that your baby can expel gas, as compared to holding them all in. The best way to minimize and remedy your baby’s farting episodes is to reduce his intake of gas-forming food stuff. Continue breastfeeding and avoid giving your infant cow’s milk. Observe your child and ask your doctor if you are unsure. Farts are normal, it just means that your child’s tummy is healthy.