Solutions for When a Newborn Baby Farts a Lot
Most cases of gas or constipation will ease gradually as the baby’s digestive system develops more. However, there are still cases when parents need to intervene.
When To Go to the Doctor
If your baby farts a lot, has not pooped at all for a few days, and is under 6 weeks old, take your baby to the doctor right away. In rare cases, not having a bowel movement can be a sign of a more serious health problem. You may observe other symptoms such as:
- Abdominal distention
- Crying too much
- Does not suck or eat
- Curls back as if in pain
Babies over 6 weeks of age will occasionally get constipated. Take your child to the doctor if they have not had a bowel movement for more than a week or if they experience constipation or hard stools too often.
After taking your child to the doctor, ask the doctor if you should try home remedies for your child. Some of these remedies include the following:
- Give your baby extra food. You can try giving your baby extra breast milk or formula if they are willing to eat.
- Give your baby water. Especially for babies over 6 months old, you must give them a little water to drink. You can also ask your doctor if you can give baby laxative juices like apple or pear juice. Giving water to babies older than 6 months can also help soften stools.
- Adjust the diet. If your baby is already eating solid foods, you can give them more fiber-rich foods to help them pass stools more easily.
- Give your baby exercise. Your baby may need exercise to make bowel movements easier. Move your baby’s legs in a cycling motion to aid digestion . You can also try holding your baby in a standing position so they can “walk” on your lap.
- Give your baby a warm massage and bath. You can try massaging your baby’s belly and body to help relax and open up tight muscles in the abdomen. You can also try giving your baby a warm bath to help them relax.
- Medication. If you’ve changed your baby’s feeding, diet, or exercise routine and the constipation doesn’t go away, your doctor may recommend infant glycerin. This medicine can improve your baby’s bowel movements, thereby helping them to be more comfortable and sleep better.
The reason why a baby farts a lot may be different depending on the age and nutrition of the baby. You need to identify this cause so that you can help your child improve their condition.
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