Stop Infant Gas before It Starts
You can’t entirely prevent infant gas. But you can minimize it. Use these tips from Mylicon® to reduce the chances your baby will suffer from excess gas.
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FEEDINGSAs the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The same holds true with infant gas. Just by being mindful of a few things before and during feedings, you can help stop infant gas before it leads to all that fussiness, squirming and crying. Start by using these six simple tips today.
TIP #1: LIMIT AIR INTAKEBabies tend to swallow a lot of air during feedings. That air often becomes excess gas. If you breastfeed, be sure your infant is properly latched. Using a bottle? Tilt it to completely fill the entire nipple with milk or formula so your baby isn’t just sucking air. (links to “Facts” blog)
TIP #2: FIND THE RIGHT NIPPLE FLOWNipples on bottles have different flow rates. To minimize gas, choose one that matches your baby’s feeding style. If your baby chokes, coughs or has milk dripping from their mouth during feeding, the flow rate may be too high.1 With a flow rate that’s too slow, your baby will reflexively suck harder to feed – which leads to gulping down more air.
TIP #3: USE GRAVITY TO YOUR ADVANTAGEThe way you hold your baby during feedings matters too. Position their head higher than their stomach to encourage any gas bubbles that form in their digestive tract to rise and come out as a burp.2 It’s a much easier exit than the other way out.
TIP #4: TAKE FIVE DURING FEEDINGSBurping can help your baby expel swallowed air before it gets into their belly. Try burping every 5 minutes or so during feedings and again once they’re done.3 (Brush up on your burping techniques by watching our sponsored video on bundoo.com.)
TIP #5: CONSIDER THE FORMULAThe majority of infant formulas are derived from cow’s milk.4 If your baby is sensitive, or outright allergic, to proteins in cow’s milk, they can become extra gassy. Hypoallergenic formulas are easier to digest because those irritating milk proteins are already broken down. (Since true hypoallergenic formulas are expensive, you might try a soy formula first. But about half of all infants who have milk allergies will also have sensitivity to soy-based formulas.5)
TIP #6: WATCH YOUR DIETIf you’re breastfeeding, the things you eat may give your baby a stir. Foods like beans, broccoli, cabbage, dairy and spicy foods6 can cause more bloating, burping and gas in breastfed infants. Try eliminating these foods one by one from your diet until you find the culprit. But do so under a physician’s guidance. You want to be sure you’re getting the nutrition you need.
BONUS TIP: PROMOTE A HEALTHY GUTWhen used on a daily basis, probiotic drops promote digestive health by supporting the beneficial bacteria in your baby’s gut. A healthier gut may lead to less gas for your little one. Infants’ Mylicon – Daily Probiotic Drops can be added to formula, breastmilk or dispensed orally. (Use as directed. Do not exceed 1 dose – 5 drops – per day.)
1 Selecting Your Bottle Nipple Level. drbrownsbaby.com. (Accessed September 2019.)
2 Henry, Anita K. and Wood, Stephanie. Signs Your Baby Has Gas and How to Treat It. parents.com. (Accessed September 2019.)
3 Rivers, Kristie Treating Infant Gas. bundoo.com. (Accessed September 2019.)
4 Infant Formula: Your Questions Answered. Mayo Clinic. mayoclinic.com. (Accessed September 2019.)
5 The Formula Conundrum webmd.com. January 2002. (Accessed September 2019.)
6 Can I Eat That? I’m Breastfeeding webmd.com. (Accessed September 2019.)