Symptoms of Gas in a Baby at Night

By Jayde M. Nichols
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Gas pain in babies can be uncomfortable and upsetting. It can be caused by a number of reasons, such as the breastfeeding mother's diet, the type of infant formula being used or even from the baby swallowing air while crying. Parents must learn the symptoms of baby gas and make an effort to prevent and treat the problem and keep their infant comfortable.

Crying

Crying is a baby's main way of communicating that something is wrong. Crying shows that a baby is in some sort of discomfort, such as gas, and needs help from his parents. Parents of babies who cry a lot should attempt to soothe the baby by breastfeeding, rocking, singing and talking gently. Crying that goes on for hours each day should be checked by the family doctor, although in most cases it is caused by colic and will end by 12 weeks of age.

Spitting Up

Spitting up is a sign of gas in babies. Babies with gas tend to burp often, leading to extra spit up after feedings. Parents should try to burp their babies as quickly as possible after feeding to relieve some of the gas and prevent spitting up.

Pulling Legs Toward Body

A baby who pulls her legs toward her body, usually while crying and clenching her fist, is likely to be dealing with gas pains. Parents can help to ease the gas pains in a baby by holding her ankles while she's lying on her back and gently moving her legs as though she's riding a bicycle.

Trouble Sleeping

Gas in babies can interrupt peaceful sleeping. Parents should make every attempt to relieve or prevent a baby's gas before he sleeps. Use gas relief methods, such as burping the baby, bicycling her legs and giving over the counter gripe water, to prevent gas and allow the baby to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Flatulence

Flatulence is an obvious sign that a baby is suffering from gas. At signs of flatulence and gas, parents can try to change the baby's diet to prevent gas problems. Breastfeeding mothers can try an elimination diet, where wheat, dairy and fibrous vegetables are removed from the diet. Parents who choose to feed formula may ask the family doctor about which type of formula would work better to prevent gas.