The gases in the baby usually appear two weeks after birth due to the fact that the digestive system is still in the process of developing. However, it is possible to prevent or decrease the formation of gases in the baby, in addition to preventing the onset of cramps, which normally accompany the gases.
Thus, to relieve the baby’s gases it is recommended that the mother be careful with her food and massage the baby’s belly, for example, so it is possible to decrease the gases and relieve pain and discomfort. Check out other tips that help lower baby’s gas:
1. Massage the baby’s tummy
To relieve the gases, lightly massage the baby’s belly in a circular motion, as this facilitates the release of the gases. In addition, bending the baby’s knees and lifting them against the belly with some pressure or imitating the pedaling of the bicycle with the baby’s legs helps to reduce the discomfort of gas in the baby. Check out other ways to relieve baby’s cramps.
2. Properly prepare baby’s milk
When the baby no longer drinks breast milk, but rather the milk formulas, it is important that the milk is prepared according to the instructions that appear on the milk packaging, because if there is too much powder in the milk preparation, the baby may have gas and even constipation.
3. Give the baby more water
When the baby is fed canned milk or when he starts to feed solids, he should drink water to help decrease the gas and facilitate the expulsion of feces. Know the amount of water indicated for the baby.
4. Properly prepare porridges
The gases in the baby can also be caused by adding too much flour in the preparation of porridges, so the instructions on the packaging label should always be followed. In addition, it is also important to vary porridge and include oatmeal which is rich in fiber and helps to regulate bowel function.
In addition to following these tips, it is also important when the baby starts solid feeding, to give him high fiber foods like pureed vegetables and fruits like pumpkin, chayote, carrot, pear or banana, for example.
5. The mother must reduce the intake of foods that cause gas
To reduce the gas in the breastfed baby, the mother should try to reduce the intake of foods that cause gases such as beans, chickpeas, peas, lentils, corn, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, cucumbers, turnip, onions, a raw apple, avocado, melon, watermelon or eggs, for example.