Babies are naturally gassy. They burp, fart, and poop. They release gas more than adults do. In fact, most of the babies fart on an hourly basis. That’s a lot of farting, don’t you think? What could be the reason behind this?
A baby’s digestive system is still developing. The food she takes may not be broken down properly as her digestive system is still learning its function. It’s still trying to cope up with the demands of her body to efficiently move the food through. This results in extra gases being trapped in the baby’s intestines and this is why your baby farts excessively.
Most of the babies are gaining weight fast because they feed a lot. This is just normal because babies need to grow and they need all the nutrients they can get from their food. They actually gain about 140 to 200 grams each week so it’s no surprise that they want to be fed a lot. As they grow, their appetite increases as well. And it goes on.
Aside from regular growth, there are other reasons to consider why your baby has excessive gas resulting in farting so much.
Other culprits are the intake of extra gas while breastfeeding, drinking formula with air bubbles, drinking too quickly or too slowly, and crying for extended periods. If you already started your baby with solid food and other liquid like citrus juices, then, that could also be one of the reasons for the extra gas.
Other Reasons Why A Baby Farts Excessively
Growing digestive system: Remember that your baby still has an immature digestive system. It’s still in the process of learning to function and the proper rhythm of digesting so that food will move through efficiently.
If your baby feeds, her tiny digestive system doesn’t even down the food properly resulting in gases to be trapped in her intestines. The extra gases will be released in form of farts and burps. As your baby gets older, she’ll be able to digest food better and this situation will be corrected.
Bacterial imbalance in the body: Babies are born with clean guts. That being said, it means they don’t have probiotics (beneficial bacterial flora) yet.
These probiotics consist of good bacteria that will help process the nutrients from the food that babies eat. Give your babies a few months to properly digest their food (breast milk or formula) and the excessive farting will eventually stop.
A research in the Netherlands concluded that babies have a higher number of “Proteobacteria” which produces gas causing pain. This bacteria causes gas formation which will result in excessive crying and farting.
But once your baby picks up “good” bacteria from the (breast) milk, she moves on from this phase and gets moving with the development of her system.
Incorrect breastfeeding postures or feeding techniques: Breastfeeding does not go well at first for some moms. This is a skill that is learned over time. The same goes for babies. They will end up swallowing too much air if they latch poorly or have a hard time keeping up with too much supply of your milk.
If this is the case for you, try switching breasts every now and then while you are feeding. You can also try different positions, where both of you can be comfortable while breastfeeding. Just make sure to place your baby’s head higher than her stomach.
If you are bottle-feeding, try checking the artificial nipple that’s not too fast or too slow flowing. It can also help if you will position your baby in a vertical angle. Doing this will regulate the flow of milk into their mouth without collecting a lot of air while feeding. After feeding, do not forget to burp your baby.
First solid feed: Parents get excited to feed their babies their first solid food. Who wouldn’t be? But this can actually cause babies to become gassy since their digestive system only got used to milk. This will then require their system to work more and lead to the release of gas after the feeding.
You also need to carefully choose the food that you are feeding your baby. There are foods that are harder to take and digest for them.
Ceaseless crying: The outside world can be extra challenging for babies. They got used to the comfort and warmth inside their mother’s womb that they become overwhelmed with the changes after they have been given birth.
All of this may cause discomfort to babies that will lead them to incessant crying. And crying causes gas to enter their bodies resulting in excessive baby farts. Attend to their needs immediately to avoid the drama!
Like mother, like daughter (and son): If you are gassy, then most probably your baby is gassy, too! If you are breastfeeding, there is a possibility that the food you eat may be passed on to your baby via your breast milk.
If you are fond of eating garlic, egg, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, beans, potatoes, rice, bread, and other starchy food then these may be causing your baby’s farts to stink. If you are too worried, change your diet and stop eating these foods for at least 3 days and see if it changes your babies farting patterns.
Use of antibiotics: If your baby is under medication, this may also cause to excessive farting because antibiotics often terminate microflora in their intestines. If you are taking antibiotics, you can pass that on to your baby by breastfeeding. This can also cause your baby to become gassy.
This is something you shouldn’t be worried about. This is still considered normal and after going through this, your baby’s digestive system will be strengthened and more developed.
Should I Be Worried That My Baby Farts So Much?
Being gassy for babies are normal because they are still working on developing their digestive system. And farting is a normal reaction to this. If she farts a lot, it doesn’t mean that something is wrong. It could just mean that she is gassy and she is releasing the extra gas through farting.
These are some indicators when your baby has excessive gas:
This might give discomfort to your baby but this is just normal. Her digestive system will be developed as she grows older.
What Can I Do To Relieve My Baby’s Gas?
If you are still breastfeeding, you still need to watch out for your diet, too. There is a possibility that your baby consumes that also through your breast milk.
Is it normal for babies to be gassy?
Yes, it is normal for babies to be gassy for one reason: their digestive system is still immature. Their foods are not even down as expected that cause gases to be trapped in their tiny intestines resulting in gassy babies.
Do babies fart a lot?
Yes, this is normal and a natural occurrence. Babies are very vulnerable to swallowing extra gases while nursing and crying. And they release the gas through burping and farting. So, you should get used to those little sounds coming from your baby’s cute butt.
How can I relieve my baby’s gas?
There are several ways to help your baby release extra gases. Here are some tips that you can follow: