6 Natural Ways to Treat Infant Gas

Nicole Fabian-Weber

crying babyInfant gas. Everything about those two words sounds so minuscule. But when your baby is suffering from it, it feels like just the opposite. The crying; the discomfort; the lack of sleep. It feels like something so much worse!

Fact is, most newborns, particularly between the ages of 1 and 4 months, suffer from gas. Their immature guts are still developing, making digestion difficult. It doesn't matter if your little one is breast- or bottle-fed -- infant gas isn't discriminatory.

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If your baby is suffering from gas, first of all, I'm sorry. Been there, and it isn't fun. But here are 6 natural remedies that may help alleviate baby's discomfort. So everyone can be happy.

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1. Baby massage. There are a million and one YouTube tutorials on how to relieve infant gas via massage. And with good reason -- it really does help! When my daughter was tiny and had gas, I used to lay her down on her changing table and do the "I Love U" massage technique. I can't say it was a miracle and prevented any and all gas from happening, but in the moment, it definitely seemed to do the trick.

2. Gripe Water. The "traditional" medicine prescribed for infants suffering from gas is Mylicon, but there are artificial colors, preservatives, and additives in it, so for those wanting to take a more natural approach, it doesn't foot the bill. Mommy's Bliss Gripe Water, however, is a combination of herbs and other natural ingredients to soothe gas, and it doesn't contain gluten, starch, dairy products, or wheat.

3. Consider your feeding technique. If you're nursing, you may want to talk with a lactation consultant to ensure that baby's mouth is properly latching on properly and that each feeding is neither too fast nor too slow. If you're feeding from a bottle, try using an "anti-gas" bottle, like Dr. Brown's Natural Flow. Also, your baby should always been on an incline when eating, with his mouth above his belly.

4. Burp mid-way through feeding, when he slows down. By burping baby mid-way through a feeding when he slows down, as opposed to pulling him off the breast or bottle, you're avoiding frustrating your hungry baby, which can cause him to swallow more air, causing gas.

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5. Baby bike ride. It makes complete sense. Lay your baby on her back and pump her legs back and forth. The motion can help alleviate gas and air pockets in her tiny belly.

6. Tummy time. If your baby is old enough for tummy time -- and they enjoy it -- do it more often. Regular tummy time, not just after eating, can help babies pass gas quicker.

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