She is the absolute apple of your eye, so sweet and pretty that you could just eat her up. You love to show her off to friends, family, or random strangers except for one very embarrassing reason: your beautiful little baby farts a lot 🙁
Is this normal? And what can you do to help it? Below, we have a list of 9 interesting facts about your little bomber (and some that are a little gross).
Babies have a weak digestive system and may fart a lot just as part of their regular eating process. Many mothers have stopped breastfeeding and switched to formula, or vice versa just to find their lovely little one is still just as gassy as ever.
In most cases, it is not a problem, and will settle down in the next few months as your baby’s digestive system matures. If your child is only unsettled before and during the hot wind but is smiling and happy in between, then there is no need to concern.
Anything that you put into your little one could cause a gassy reaction because up until now, your child has only been used to what came through your body or pre-sterilized bags for breast milk. Everything else is foreign to them.
They could be gassy because of formula, herbs, medications, solids, or any other foods. Your baby is getting used to new food and the gas can be a common side effect to this. Again, if she is not terribly distressed, don’t worry too much about this.
If your little one gulps down too much air, this could result in too much gas in her small belly and become the problem. Burping your baby more often can help, as can letting her be upright for a bit longer after feeding, instead of just laying him straight down to sleep.
The reason for this could be when you breastfeed, your baby holds the bottle at the wrong angle, or she swallows a lot of air when crying.
If you have too much milk or it’s coming out too fast, your baby can gulp down a lot and taking in air at the same time. In this case, you should try letting her head and throat higher than your nipple, so that your milk has to flow uphill to get to her.
You can also try methods of reducing your milk supply or feed smaller amounts less often. More information can be found here.
If you are breastfeeding and your baby has a wind problem, it could be something that you’re eating that makes him gassy. Bear in mind that most babies are not bothered by a food type that their mother eats.
As a general rule, breastfeeding moms should not cut out healthy food groups. However, your little one may be reacting directly to something in your diet.
If your baby is getting enough to drink and is putting on weight, try not to get too stressed about finding which food is making them fart. And do not stop breastfeeding if she is just windy without any other more serious side effects.
In case you try a series of elimination diets to get to the smelly food culprit, have a look at the list of foods you may have been eating that make your little one become a stinky fart machine:
If your baby is showing other symptoms of food sensitivity, you should consult with your doctor. Also, you can learn more about elimination diet here.
Thrush in your baby’s mouth can also cause gassiness. This is a common condition and your baby is fine, but most likely will need to be treated, as may your nipples. You can click here to get more advice on NHS.
Babies, for whatever reason, only poo every few days will likely be gassy in between. If your little one is not in pain and the stools look normal when they come out, then there is no need to be worried about.
Also, you can massage and bicycle her legs for relief. Go here for some lessons in baby massage on Babycenter. However, if you feel that your baby is constipated or in unreasonable discomfort, don't hesitate to ask your doctor.
Chronic baby farting is one thing, but the slightly embarrassing trait becomes a serious issue if it causes your child a lot of pain. Farting on its own is not something to concern, but if your little one is angry or colicky, it could make her distress.
As a result, they may not be getting enough nutrient intake, and you should immediately seek help from your doctor. Also, you can try colic drops, probiotics, homeopathic remedies or gripe water which is extremely helpful for gassy fussy baby.
A couple of things that won’t cause a breastfed baby to be gassy include when you has carbonated drinks or has a stomach upset in general that is making you gassy. Click here to see more information on Parents.com.
Your baby is so little, and when she is in any kind of distress, you can be naturally very upset. You only want your little one’s discomfort to be relieved, and then there will be more peace for everyone.
Amy Duncan is the founder of KindMommy, a blog where she's providing helpful information about pregnancy and many useful tips for young parents. Besides writing, Amy loves to cook and travel with her friends and family. You can also find Amy on Twitter (@AmyKindmommy).