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A 31-year-old male asked:

is passing gas healthy?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Flatus: Passing gas is a normal function of the human body. If excessive - get checked.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Define "healthy" ?: You make gas from air you swallow and add to it with gasses generated by germ action on foods you eat. If you consume more of foods your body doesn't digest as completely you are more likely to be more gassy. The digestive system is essentially a long tube that is not designed to absorb gasses. It must come out one end or the other. As such, it is normal.

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Is my baby gassy because I am drinking too much milk?

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Dr. Scott J. Wolfson
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No: There are many foods that are traditionally considered "gassy" during breastfeeding but milk and dairy are not often included in that list. A good way to see what may be having an affect on your baby is to make a food and gas diary and see which day and times your baby is gassy. Foods consumed in the hours before a feed are the most likely culprits.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What do I do if my baby has gas after feeding?

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Dr. Jonathan Jassey
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Besides burping...: Mylicon sometimes helps, sometimes does nothing. If gas persists and causing fussiness, baby should be checked for a milk protein allergy or see if there is a constipation issue.
A member asked:

Could my baby's diet be causing gas?

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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Yes: Breast fed babies can be sensitive to gas producing foods in mom's diet. These include foods like peppers, cabage, caffeine, chocolate, onions and tomato among others.
A member asked:

How can I lessen the amount of gas my baby experiences?

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Dr. Michael Pappas
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Good burp: Feeding in smaller quantities and burping between feeds will lessen stomach gas which will lead to other types of gas...If you know what i mean. Some people advocate simethicone drops to "break" the air bubbles up, but there is no medical proof that it actually works, but if parents wish to try, i don't discourage them.
A 39-year-old member asked:

Why do infants get gas?

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Dr. Laura Webb
Pediatrics 13 years experience
Multiple factors: Infants naturally produce gas as part of the digestive process. Gas is a natural byproduct of both breast milk and formula. Breastfed babies may also produce more gas according to what is in mom's diet. Legumes, some vegetables and sometimes dairy products may lead to increased gas in your baby. Babies also get gas from swallowing air during feeding. This is why burping is important.

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