Gas is a quite common problem among toddlers . But when gas does not pass easily, it leads to pain Babies suffering from gas problems is a major concern since their digestive system is under-developed. They inhale a lot of air while breast/bottle feeding, due to excessive crying and also during teething.
Some causes of gas in toddlers include use of antibiotic medications, lactose intolerance, eating foods that increase flatulence, not chewing food thoroughly, swallowing large amounts of air while eating or drinking and not drinking enough water.
Immature digestive tract that results in rapid movement of the food through the digestive tract, not allowing adequate time for absorption is another common reason behind gas in small children.
To Prevent gas formation in babies:
Make sure the head of the baby is in a higher position that his belly while feeding. This prevents the gas settling in the stomach.
Bottle feed with a smaller hole. Large holes can pass out a lot of milk at a time resulting in baby sucking a lot of air bubbles along with milk.
Burp immediately after every feed.
- Avoid giving fatty rich foods.
- Like adults, children can experience additional gas when they eat vegetables like beans, broccoli, and cauliflower. Make sure you don't overload him with too many gas-inducing veggies at consecutive meals.
Some of the Home Remedies:
Asafoetida is an excellent gas pain reliever due to its antiflatulent properties. It also aids in digestion.
- Keep up the liquid intake. Make sure that your child drinks enough water throughout the day. It will prevent constipation. It will also encourage passage of gas.
- Burping after every feed:
Infants who are breast fed must be burped after every feed.
- Exercise your child’s legs in a gentle cycling motion between feedings. This creates pressure on the stomach to help expel gas.Encourage your child to engage in moderate exercises like walking, running, jogging and dancing.
There should be a gap of at least one hour between feeding and exercise. Also, do not allow your child to lie down immediately after eating.
Massage is another good choice for the parents of a toddler who suffers from gas pain. Massaging the stomach will help relieve the trapped gas out of the intestine.
- Rub some warm olive or mustard oil on your hands.
- Gently massage the toddler’s tummy in a clockwise direction for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Then massage the back for 2 minutes to help relieve gas and promote sleep.
- Repeat several times a day.
- Avoid letting your child consume more of Cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, onions, peas and potatoes.