Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Day 99 - Gassy Baby

Today's Tip - If your baby is gassy all the time, try altering your diet if he's breastfed, or talk to your pediatrician if he eats formula

All babies have gas, there's just no way around it. But if you notice your baby belching or passing gas constantly or waking themselves out of naps, it could be something in their diet. Breastfed babies might have an issue with something in mom's diet. Try eliminating one thing every few days to see if you can find the offensive food. Dairy, citrus fruits and juices, nuts, cabbage, onions, and broccoli are likely culprits.

If your baby is formula fed, they could have a problem with cow's milk or soy, depending on what you've got them eating. Talk to your pediatrician about what formula is right for your infant.

You should also call your pediatrician if the gas continues past their first birthday, or if there's vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, bloody stools, or rash along with the gas. They could be symptoms of serious intestinal problems.

In the meantime, the most likely solution is to let it pass, burp your baby to lessen the air bubbles in their stomach, and hold them on their stomach if they seem uncomfortable.

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