Farting is the most common problem among infants. Some of the most effective home remedies to prevent farting in infants include frequent gentle oil massages, change in breastfeeding mother’s diet, oral drops, heat fermentation, tummy time for the baby, ajwain, Asafoetida, cumin and garlic.
A colicky baby can break your heart. You may spend hours trying to comfort your baby or stop him from crying without knowing the reason. Babies generally do not cry incessantly unless something is bothering them. And, one of the chief reasons behind their pain and discomfort is gas. This is because your baby’s digestive system is still immature and cannot digest certain proteins found in breast milk. It is also quite normal that babies intake a lot of air while feeding which worsens matters.
14 Natural Home Remedies for Gas Relief in InfantsRelieving your baby from gas problems is easy. While most mothers resort to gripe water and OTC oral drops, we suggest the use of simple home remedies that are highly effective in combatting gaseousness in young babies.
Massaging your baby’s stomach can ease pain and help provide relief from gaseousness to a great extent. Applying soft pressure on the tummy and the thighs does great wonders. For the massage to make a difference, it is important that it is done 2-3 times every day.
Lay your baby on a soft surface or else on your lap before giving a massage. Use suitable baby oils as your baby’s skin is gentle and a harsh oil can lead to rashes. You can keep the diapers on while giving a massage to offer relief from bloating.
Bicycling your baby’s legs
- Follow this with an oil massage
Apply coconut oil on your baby’s chest. Massage down from chest to belly. Ensure the massage is relaxed and slow. Your baby may try to straighten her legs or show little tenseness. This is not abnormal. Talk to your child while you massage her and you will find her more calm and cooperative.
- Heat fermentation
Heat can help ease gastric pain and put your baby at peace. Use a soft cotton towel to give heat fermentation to your baby when you find him particularly uneasy. Dip the towel in warm water, test for warmth, and place it on your baby’s stomach. You can gently press the towel down and repeat through the day.
If the baby is old enough for tummy time, do it at least 2-3 times in the day. Your child will love tummy time and the gas in her stomach will be easily let out too!
- Mustard oil massage
The benefits of mustard oil are numerous. But a handful of people know how useful the oil can be in treating gas in babies. Use a few drops of mustard oil to massage your baby’s stomach every day. Mustard oil will help relieve gas and also strengthen bones and promote better sleep.
Bishop seeds or Carom seeds
Asafoetida or Hing
Cardamom or Elaichi
This is a remedy that you can use to treat babies aged 6 months and above. Cumin is said to contain Thymol that triggers the pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes. This helps your child digest what he has eaten faster. Simply boil half a teaspoon of cumin seeds in some water. Drain the water and feed it your child at regular intervals.
- Change your feeding patterns
Simethicone gas drops made by several brands are available in most drug stores can be used to reduce baby farting. However, you should not resort to buying OTC drugs without talking with the pediatrician. Besides, Simethicone based drugs do not have much effect on gas produced in the digestive tract.
Being calm and talking to the baby in soothing tone
Between 2 weeks to 3 months babies go through a phase where gassiness, crankiness, spit ups and colic pain increases, especially in the evenings and night. Baby tries to seek the nipple to pacify herself and in that process she some times ends up overfeeding and being more gassy. Some times she may have genuine growth spurts and parallel feeding bursts. Parent will slowly understand and be able to differentiate between hunger and crying for pacification.
Avoid giving nipple for pacification. Soothe the baby by other means. Firstly, by being calm yourself and then talking to baby in a gentle soothing tone. A warm water bath in the evening would also help. Meet pediatrician if it is still bad
If your baby is farting too much, it means she has a lot of gas in her tummy. If a gentle massage and gripe water doesn’t make things better, see your pediatrician immediately!