Gas pain is common in infants and children and rarely a cause for concern.
Call Doctor If:
- Your child seems to have little energy.
- Your child moves around much less than usual.
- Your child can't be conforted or is inconsolable for two hours or more..
- Your child vomits blood or green or yellow liquid.
- Your child has blood in their stool.
- Your child's abdomen seems to be distended and causing pain.
How to Treat Your Baby's Gas Pains
1. Adjust Feedings
- Don't overfeed your child.
- Hold them upright during and after feedings.
- Burp your infant often.
2. Move Your Child
- Rock your child gently.
- Move your child's legs as if they were pedaling a bicycle.
3. Massage Your Child
- Rub your child's stomach lightly.
- Lay them across your lap and pat their back.
4. Apply Warmth
- Place a warm towel or water bottle on your child's tummy. (take care it is not too hot)
5. Review Feeding
- If formula-feeding, talk with your pediatrician about switching to a soy-based formula or, if your child is older than 1 year, soy or almond milk. If an older child has gas pain after having milk products, talk to your doctor about lactose intolerance, especially if there is a family history of it.
- If you're breastfeeding, you don't need to be concerned about your own diet causing gas pains in your baby. There's no evidence that a mom's diet has an effect on gas in babies.