The Joys of being a new mom are endless; as are the stresses. Some new mom’s expect a hard baby! I know I did. I was sure that my first baby would cry and fuss all the time. Boy was I wrong. The most mayhem he causes is the funny noises he makes and all the rolling and getting into things. But some moms aren’t as lucky as I was.
When you bring your newborn baby home, it is an exciting time. The first two weeks home are expected to be hard because your baby is getting into a good feeding and sleeping routine. But what happens when the sleepless nights and non stop crying do not go away? Your baby could have gas.
All babies have gas. It’s a natural byproduct of digesting lactose, proteins and other nutrients contained in breast milk and formula. Gas in newborns and infants can result in several factors, not just one simple thing. If you’re breastfeeding your baby these things could be linked to your baby’s gas problem; eating cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, radishes etc.), and having excessive acidity in the maternal diet. Dairy in the diet can lead to intolerances with dairy, soy, and peanut butter. If breastfeeding, a mother can test how these culprits may be affecting your child by religiously eliminating all dairy, soy and peanut butter from her own diet for two weeks. Reintroducing soy first, then a cooked milk product, such as hard cheese or yogurt, should be done very slowly to monitor your baby’s tolerances.
Air bubbles during feeding can also create gas. It is important to burp your baby every 3 to 5 minutes if bottle feeding, or between breasts if breastfeeding. If you have a very abundant milk supply, your foremilk tends to be higher in water content and lactose, which can make baby’s stomach cramp, creating more fussiness.
Some treatments that can be used are; Simethicone, Sodium Bicarbonate, Essential Oils and Herbal Extracts, and Homeopathic formulas. Make sure you see a medical professional for a correct diagnosis and treatment for your baby.