Babies with gas or an upset stomach will be uncomfortable but usually don't need medical attention. However, Baby Center recommends that parents contact their baby's pediatrician if he appears ill. Common causes of stomach pain and gas in infants include colic, reflux, a stomach bug, food intolerance, constipation or an intestinal blockage. Many home remedies can ease symptoms and help a baby feel better. Parents should talk these treatments over with their child's doctor before using them, to be sure an appropriate method is being used.
Give it Some Time
According to KellyMom.com, a baby has an immature immune system at birth and may experience gas as her system finishes developing. If a parent cannot find a cause of the gas or stomach pain, giving it time will often result in an alleviation of the symptoms. However, if a baby is in severe pain. she needs medical intervention right away because an intestinal blockage may be present.
A gassy baby may get relief from a parent lightly massaging his tummy. AskDr.Sears.com, says that this can help move the gas bubbles along. Placing a baby in a warm bath will also soothe his belly and make him more comfortable and relaxed.
According to Kids Health, babies who are gassy or fussy may be full of air that was swallowed as they ate. Taking breaks during feeding sessions to get a baby to burp will help reduce the buildup of air in her belly. Lightly patting her back until she burps while holding her upright against a shoulder or across the lap is a good way to get the air out. Using a cloth under her chin will prevent spit-up from getting on clothes or furniture.
Several gas and upset stomach medications are available for babies. The most common medication is a simethicone drop, such as Mylicon. It works by breaking down the gas bubbles in a baby's stomach and intestines. KellyMom.com says that the medication may be effective in reducing gas bubbles but doesn't always reduce crying associated with the gas and upset stomach. Use simethicone drops as advised by a baby's pediatrician.