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Gas Pain (Children)

Medically Reviewed by Renee A. Alli, MD on November 15, 2021

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.

Show Sources

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Abdominal Pain."

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Feeding Problems in Infants and Children."

Administration for Children and Families: "Troubleshooter's Guide to Crying Babies."

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