Posts Tagged ‘gas’

What causes gas in breastfed babies?

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Dad calming babyEveryone has gas, adults and babies alike. Gas is a result of both swallowing air and the digestion process. If your baby has a lot of gas though, you probably have concerns about the cause and more importantly, how to fix the problem.

So what can cause gas in your baby?

  • Anything that could cause your baby to swallow air: This includes crying, sucking a pacifier and eating from either the breast or a bottle.
  • A forceful letdown: If you’re nursing and have an oversupply of milk, your baby may take in too much milk at one time and swallow air. Changing positions, nursing frequently or expressing some of your milk before latching can help.  Reach out to a Lactation Consultant for assistance.
  • An intolerance to proteins in your diet: Most breastfed babies do not have allergic reactions to their mom’s milk. However, if food allergies run in your family, you should discuss this with your lactation consultant. The proteins from foods such as cow’s milk and peanuts pass through breast milk.  Also, be sure to watch your baby for any allergic reactions such as green, mucus-like stools with signs of blood.

What can help your baby’s gas?

  • Change your position while feeding: Tilt your baby up so her head is higher than her stomach. This will allow air to come up and out and milk to go down more smoothly.
  • Burping more often: Try burping during as well as after a feeding. If you are switching breasts, try burping before moving your baby over to your other side.
  • The bicycle: Lay your baby on her back and move her legs in a bicycle motion. Tummy time can also help put pressure on your baby’s stomach to relieve gas.
  • There are over-the-counter medications that may help relieve your baby’s gas. Ask your baby’s provider for a recommendation.

If your baby has excessive gas, there may be other reasons why it is happening. Reach out to your baby’s provider or your Lactation Consultant for an evaluation.

Have questions? Send them to AskUs@marchofdimes.org.

Gas problems – and I don’t mean gasoline

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

big bellyDo you feel rumble rumble then notice a sudden magical disappearance of friends or family? Gas – another joyous side effect of pregnancy.

During pregnancy, hormones relax the muscles in your digestive tract. This slows down your digestion and can cause gas to build up. This extra gas leads to bloating, burping, passing gas, discomfort, and pain in the belly—especially after a big meal. (So how did Thanksgiving work out for you?)

Certain foods can make gas worse, but these vary from person to person. Some of these foods include some starches (like pasta and potatoes), some fiber-rich foods (such as oat bran and beans), foods that contain certain sugars (like cabbage and cauliflower), and dairy products (milk and cheese), especially for women who have trouble digesting these foods.

So what can you do to help keep the lid on? Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of a few large meals. Don’t eat in a hurry. Take your time, chew your food thoroughly, and don’t talk while eating. Avoid drinking from a bottle or straw. Cut down on carbonated beverages. Don’t gulp while drinking. Avoid chewing gum or sucking on hard candy. All this will help you take in less air, and less in means less out.

Keep a food diary to help you find the foods that cause problems. Cut back on these foods, if possible, while being sure to eat healthy foods.  And cut back on fried and fatty foods, which can add to bloating.

Talk to your health care provider before taking over-the-counter medicines for your gas and bloating symptoms. Some medicines are unsafe during pregnancy and may harm you and your baby.

If changes in the food you eat and your habits don’t help, talk to your doc, nurse or midwife. Call immediately if gas feels like labor contractions (coming and going regularly, every 5-10 minutes), or if gas pain is accompanied by blood in your stool, severe diarrhea, or increased nausea and vomiting. Something else may be going on.

Colic

Friday, January 1st, 2010

90915564_thbIf your baby cries and cries, no matter how you try to comfort her, the cause may be colic. About one-in-five babies develop colic – usually between one and four months of age. They cry constantly, often extending or pulling up their legs, or passing gas. Sometimes their tummies are enlarged with air and gas from crying. There’s no one cause of colic, but there are many different ways to ease your baby’s discomfort. One way is to walk her in a soft-sided baby carrier that you strap to the front of your body. You can also try laying her tummy-down across your knees and gently rubbing her back. The pressure against her tummy may relieve her discomfort. Breastfeeding moms can ask their pediatricians about a change in diet or eliminating specific foods since your baby’s colic may stem from . Keep in mind that colic usually disappears by four months of age, no matter what treatments you try. For more information from American Academy of Pediatrics, click here .

Mylicon Gas-Relief Drops recalled: Possible metal fragments in bottles

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Johnson & Johnson-Merck has recalled approximately 12,000 bottles of Infants’ Mylicon Gas-Relief Dye-Free Drops (non-staining). The drugs are sold in 1-ounce plastic bottles and were distributed through October 5, 2008. Mylicon is sold at retail stores and pharmacies. 

Some bottles may contain metal fragments produced as the drops and bottles were manufactured. According to J&J-Merck, if any medical problems occur, they are expected to be temporary and not require medical treatment.

Two lots of the drugs have been recalled:
   * Product Code 71683791111-1, Lot SMF007, expires September 2010
   * Product Code 71683791111-1, Lot SMF008, expires September 2010

The recall does not affect Original Infants’ Mylicon Gas-Relief products (1/2 ounce and 1 ounce) or Infants’ Mylicon Gas-Relief Dye-Free Drops, non-staining, (1/2 ounce).

For more information, click here.

ABC’s of a healthy pregnancy, A-G

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

Healthy babies come from healthy pregnancies.  Having a healthy pregnancy starts before a woman plans on getting pregnant.  To help increase your chances of having a healthy baby, follow these ABC guidelines to a healthy pregnancy.

A:  Avoid hazardous substances such as mercury and alcohol that can be harmful to your unborn baby.  Stay away from other environmental factors that can put your health at risk.

B:  Breastmilk is the best food for most babies during the first year of life. Join a breastfeeding group or talk to a lactation consultant before giving birth to answers any questions or concerns you may have.

C:  Calcium is needed for strong healthy bones.  When you don’t get enough calcium, your body will take it from your bones and give it to your baby. Be sure to get enough calcium in your diet.

D:  Drugs, whether they are over-the-counter, prescribed, dietary supplements or illegal substances, can harm your baby and may even cause birth defects.  Stay away from all street drugs. Talk to your provider about any medications you are taking to make sure they are safe during pregnancy.

E:  Eat healthy and exercise. You only need 300 extra calories per day to support your baby’s growth and development, so make healthy food choices.  Unless there are medical reasons to avoid it, pregnant women can and should try to exercise moderately for at least 30 minutes on most, if not all, days.

F:  Folic acid is very important. Take a vitamin supplement that has 400 micrograms of folic acid BEFORE getting pregnant to reduce your baby’s risk of developing birth defects.

G:  Gas or feeling bloated is common in pregnant women.  Identify the foods that bother you and take your time when eating to help prevent excessive gas.

Visit us next Thursday to continue learning the ABC’s of a healthy pregnancy, H–Q.