All babies have gas or wind to some degree. Gas can cause bloating, cramping, burping, flatulence and of course, crying. Trapped gas or excessive gas production in your baby can cause significant discomfort and can lead to great distress in your baby, and can present in a similar way to Colic one of the causes of Colic.
Possible Causes include:
- An over active milk ejection reflex (the milk comes out too fast for your baby to swallow) while breast feeding, can cause your baby to gulp and swallow, which increases the amount of air they swallow.
- An imbalance between the fore and hind milk in a breast feeding mother can cause significant discomfort and gas in a baby. This is often caused by a baby that snacks often, but never feeds for long enough to get the hind milk.
- The bottle you are using could be causing your baby to swallow too much air while feeding. Special anti-colic bottles are available on the market, and we hope to include some in our Product Directories soon.
- If your baby feeds with a curved spine or is slumped down, it could cause gas to become trapped.
- Excessive crying can also cause your baby to swallow air. The problem that occurs with Colic is that the baby cries a lot already and as they cry they can swallow more air, which worsens the situation.
- A lactose intolerance or allergy to the protein found in cow’s milk, in a formula fed baby, can cause excess gas in your baby’s tummy- as she struggles to digest the milk.
- In the same way, a breast fed baby, can react to substances in the mother’s breast milk, most often caused by the consumption of dairy products, but it can be caused by other food allergies. Refer to the section on Food Allergies and Intolerances for more information.
- Gas is also caused by the normal breakdown of undigested food.
- Gas can also be caused by gastric problems such as Reflux. Please see the section on Reflux for additional Information.
Please be sure to take your baby to your Health Care Practitioner to confirm that the crying is as a result of Colic and not some other medical condition.
I will however try to give you some practical suggestions on how to get through this very difficult phase in your baby’s life!