Find Information About:

Drugs & Supplements

Get information and reviews on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements. Search by name or medical condition.

Pill Identifier

Pill Identifier

Having trouble identifying your pills?

Enter the shape, color, or imprint of your prescription or OTC drug. Our pill identification tool will display pictures that you can compare to your pill.

Get Started
My Medicine

My Medicine

Save your medicine, check interactions, sign up for FDA alerts, create family profiles and more.

Get Started

WebMD Health Experts and Community

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.

  • Second Opinion

    Second Opinion

    Read expert perspectives on popular health topics.

  • Community


    Connect with people like you, and get expert guidance on living a healthy life.

Got a health question? Get answers provided by leading organizations, doctors, and experts.

Get Answers

Sign up to receive WebMD's award-winning content delivered to your inbox.

Sign Up

Health & Baby

Font Size

Gas in Babies

Excessive gas in babies is normally caused by air swallowing during feeding rather than a problem with the milk. You can prevent most excessive gas with effective burping.

How to Burp Your Baby

  • Don’t try to burp your baby when they are feeding greedily. That is likely to upset them, make them cry, and cause them to swallow even more air. Pick a time when they slow down or are taking a break.
  • Use the burping position they appear most comfortable with. There are three basic positions in which to gently pat and rub your baby’s back:
    1. Over your shoulder
    2. Sitting on your lap, facing out or to the side
    3. Lying face down on your lap

Note for Bottle Feeding

To avoid air swallowing during bottle feeding, make sure that the air is always at the bottom of the bottle, not at the nipple area. This ensures the air doesn’t get swallowed.

Persistent Gas

Less commonly, gas may signify a mild digestive problem. If this is the case:

  • Check with your doctor or health visitor about changing your baby’s formula.
  • If you are breastfeeding, avoid certain foods, such as cow’s milk products.
  • Try an antigas medicine (although their effectiveness has not been proven).
  • Try infant massage between meals:
    1. Place your infant facing you on your lap.
    2. Move the legs around as if he or she were riding a bicycle.
    3. Rub warm oil on the baby’s tummy and gently massage.

When to Worry About Baby’s Gas

If your baby’s irritability is severe and chronic, you should suspect something other than gas as the culprit. And if your child is not growing well, the gas may be an indication of a significant digestive problem. See your baby’s doctor to discuss any concerns you may have.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Roy Benaroch, MD on 0/, 014

Today on WebMD

mother on phone holding baby
When you should call 911.
parents and baby
Unexpected ways your life will change.
baby acne
What’s normal – and what’s not.
baby asleep on moms shoulder
Help your baby get the sleep he needs.

mother holding baby at night
mother with sick child
Chinese mother breast feeding newborn baby girl
Track Your Babys Vaccines
Baby Napping 10 Dos And Donts
Woman holding feet up to camera
Father kissing newborn baby
baby gear slideshow