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Natural Remedy for Infant Gas Relief

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Sarah Collins has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Penn State-University Park and formal education in fitness and nutrition. Collins is an experienced blogger, editor and designer, who specializes in nutrition, fitness, weddings, food and parenting topics. She has been published in Arizona Weddings, Virginia Bride and on Gin & Pork and Bashelorette.com.
Natural Remedy for Infant Gas Relief
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A baby is most likely to suffer from gas pains at 3 to 6 weeks of age, according to Dr. Alan Greene, in an article for Parents.com. The gas is typically due to the infant swallowing extra air during feedings, but a mother's diet can play a role, too. You don't need to turn to medication immediately; instead, soothe your baby through natural remedies.

Examine Your Diet

If your baby is breast-fed, you might be able to remedy gas problems by eliminating foods from your diet. The foods that can make a baby gassy depend on the infant, just as certain foods can make you gassy but leave others feeling fine. If you notice an obvious reaction from your child after feeding, remove that food to see if it makes a difference, says Kelly Bonyata, a board-certified lactation consultant. Gas-forming vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and beans in the mother's diet can cause gas pain in breast-fed infants, according to Dr. Marianne Neifert, in an article at Parents.com.

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Power of Burping

Because most gas is caused by swallowing too much air, it makes sense that burping your baby midway through feeding will help remedy the problem. The key, however, is to burp in natural pauses in feeding, such as after he is finished feeding on one breast. By disrupting a feeding to burp, you prolong the time he spends eating -- and that can lead the baby to swallow more air.

Rub Her Tummy

If burping isn't working, remedy the pain by helping the trapped gas move. Lay your infant down on her back and gently massage her tummy in a clockwise motion. If this doesn't work, put her in the "gas hold," also known as the colic hold -- that is, placing the infant, chest down, on your forearm. Support her head with your hand and place her legs on each side of your elbow. Use your other hand to support the baby, and walk around.

About Herbal Remedies

Certain herbal remedies, such as mint tea, might help a baby's gas; however, Bonyata doesn't recommend using these options in young babies. These products haven't been tested in infants for safety nor effectiveness, so it can be dangerous and cause a reaction. Additionally, feeding anything other than breast milk or formula to an infant can disrupt the intestinal flora, making a baby more susceptible to injuries.

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