Baby Flatulence

Baby Flatulence
Body Parts: Abdomen
Medical Subjects: Children's Health Digestive System

What Is The Baby Flatulence?

What is the cause of baby flatulence?

Baby flatulence refers to excessive gas in the gastrointestinal tract due to more air swallowed during lactation, or lactose intolerance, celiac disease, etc.

It is normal that there is a certain amount of air in the gastrointestinal tract. There is some air in the digestive tract of every healthy person. Everyone's sensitivity to flatulence is different, which is mainly related to the intestinal sensitivity, but has nothing to do with eating or the amount of gas produced.


What Symptom Does Baby Flatulence Have?

Usually, the baby with flatulence will show abdominal distension, vomiting, abdominal pain, excessive farts, belching and other symptoms. The child with lactose intolerance or celiac disease may also have stool foam and other symptoms.

Baby flatulence often occurs after eating milk. Babies do not express abdominal pain and are often manifested as crying and irritability. Older children, on the other hand, may express abdominal and upper pain.


How To Check For Baby Flatulence?

When the baby has flatulence, under what circumstances should go to the hospital?

  • Poor spirit (such as drowsiness, or less energy than usual when awake, or crying)
  • Crying irritability, mood is difficult to calm
  • Frequent vomiting
  • The vomit has yellowish-green bile
  • Jaundice
  • Significantly worse food intake
  • Slow or decreased weight gain
  • Blood in stool
  • Severe constipation
  • And so on

Also, if you feel your child is in a bad condition and you can't tell for yourself if he/she has flatulence, ask your doctor or see a doctor.

Baby flatulence is a subjective judgment, the tension of infants and young children abdominal muscle is small, the abdominal wall is relatively thin, so often appear bulging, especially after eating milk, so the child whenever there is crying or other similar uncomfortable performance (such as poor sleep quality), we are very easy to mistake them for flatulence. In fact, even a normal healthy baby will cry every day.

In addition, the baby's defecation and exhaust ability is not good enough, they will cry and suppress red face before or at the time of defecation or fart, also can be considered as "flatulence". Therefore, it is best to consult a pediatrician for face-to-face diagnosis and assessment when the child is uncomfortable or we think the child is uncomfortable.


How To Relieve Or Reduce The Baby's Flatulence?

  • Avoid swallowing more air when eating

Breast feeding should pay attention to the correct posture, should let the baby suck live most of the areola and nipple, so as not to suck in more air.

When feeding from a bottle, make sure that the hole in the nipple is not too large (this allows milk to flow out quickly) or too small (this can cause a blockage in the baby's feeding and cause more air to be swallowed). Turn the bottle over and add a few drops (about one drop per second) and stop, indicating that the hole in the nipple is the correct size.

Pause and pat the baby on the back every 5 minutes or so while feeding.

After each meal, hold the baby upright, such as lying on the shoulder of the parents for 20–30 minutes, and gently burp. Try to put it down after hearing the baby belching.

  • Avoid eating foods that produce gas easily

If it is suspected that the baby was given more food that produced more gas, try reducing or avoiding the following diet carefully:

  1. High fiber foods, fruits
  2. Vegetables that will produce more gas, such as blue flowers, onions, garlic, cabbage, purple cabbage, thistle and asparagus, etc..
  3. Starches, such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, noodles and wheat, etc..
  4. Milk and dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc..
  5. Soda, carbonated drinks and sweeteners, and so on.
  • Lactose intolerance causes flatulence in your baby

Lactose intolerance is suspected if the baby has abdominal pain, flatulence, diarrhea and vomiting after feeding (not everyone will have all of the above symptoms). Try switching your baby to a lactose-free milk powder.

  • Flatulence caused by celiac disease

Children who suspect or have a definite diagnosis of celiac disease (it should be judged properly by the flour doctor) should pay attention to avoid all kinds of foods containing gluten, such as all kinds of bread, noodles, cakes, all kinds of sauces, sauces and condiments, which may contain gluten. You should read the product composition instructions carefully when you buy them.

As for the flatulence caused by the above common causes, parents can take some measures to alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms caused by flatulence, such as massaging the abdomen of the baby, or making the baby lie on his/her legs to imitate cycling, or using the baby's exhaust stick to hold the anus to help the baby exhaust, etc.

It should be noted that if the above measures fail to relieve flatulence, or the flatulence is exacerbated, or the child is in poor spirit, has a significantly poor appetite, and does not gain or lose weight, he/she needs to go to the hospital in time to further clarify the cause.

In addition, in the rare cases of irritable bowel syndrome (rare in infants), infectious enteritis, abdominal malignant tumor, short bowel syndrome, congenital megacolon, and so on, treatment based on the specific etiology is required to finally relieve flatulence.

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