Infant Gas: Preventing and Treating It
Infant Gas: What to Watch Out For
A baby’s gas can sometimes be a sign of a gastrointestinal problem. For example, reflux doesn’t always involve spitting up, so it may be mistaken for gas, according to Shu. Here are three ways to check for a larger problem:
Watch your infant’s poop patterns. If the baby is constipated or has diarrhea, it could point to a GI problem. A sign might be a change in their pooping pattern -- having many more stools or a lot fewer. Or the consistency may change -- the poops are getting harder or looser. Either could point to a digestive problem.
Keep tabs on your baby’s general emotional state. If your baby is content most of the time, odds are nothing’s wrong. But if they won’t feed or sleep, and you can’t get them to calm down, it could be more serious.
Watch for other symptoms. Symptoms such as fever or blood in the stool also point to something beyond ordinary gas.
Contact your pediatrician if your infant shows any of these symptoms. Most likely, though, your infant’s gas is nothing for you to worry about. “Usually, the parents are much more disturbed by it than the baby is,” Shu says.