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Doctor insights on: Why Do Some Babies Have More Gas Than Others

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Why do some babies have more gas than others?

Why do some babies have more gas than others?

Digestive issues: Babies are born with all systems in tact but not fully mature. Many enzymes needed for digestion are not mature until 6-9 months. Many babies are also not colonized with beneficial bacteria in the birth process, and good bacteria aid in digestion.All these can lead to poor fermentation and digestion of food and hence more gas. ...Read more

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Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more


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How to relieve infant gas?

How to relieve infant gas?

Simethicone: Over the counter simethicone drops (mylicon or infant gas drops). Are perfectly safe. The dose is 0.3 ml every 3 hrs as needed. If you are breast feeding take a look at your diet. Anything that makes you gassy may have the same effect on baby! If symptoms continue on the drops, talk to your pediatrician. Good luck! ...Read more

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When babies have gas, does it hurt?

When babies have gas, does it hurt?

Yes: Sometimes the gas causes the gastrointestinal tract to stretch to the point where the pain receptors are activated.So yes , gas may cause pain. But not always. ...Read more

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Is it painful for babies to have gas?

Is it painful for babies to have gas?

Yes: It can be painful, if severe, but mostly it is just discomfort. When babies suck, they do so vigorously, and if they suck in air while feeding, that air must be burped out, or else travel the bowel till it passes as gas on the other end, which can cause cramping. When feeding, keep the head higher than the stomach, burp often, get a good seal, and keep bottles upright to stop air/fluid levels. ...Read more

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How early can an infant take gas drops?

How early can an infant take gas drops?

Any age: Children's gas drops (most contain Simethicone & others are "homeopathic") are often okay to give to young infants, including newborns. However, you should read the indications & instructions for any product and consult your Pediatrician if you feel something more serious could be going on. ...Read more

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Can mirilax cause gas in babies?

Can mirilax cause gas in babies?

Not really.: Gas in babies is either swallowed air, or from incomplete digestion of food. Miralax (polyethylene glycol) has nothing to do with this. ...Read more

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Do infant gas drips cause constipation?

Do infant gas drips cause constipation?

No: Infant gas drops (simethacone) do not cause constipation. There are simply a soapy material that allows gas bubbles to join together.Failure to stool on a regular basis, intake of foods like applesauce or cereal are more likely culprets. ...Read more

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Does gas drops vause babies to get constipated?

Does gas drops vause babies to get constipated?

Probably not.: For most babies, simethicone oral drops are used. There are no reported side effects for this medication. However, if the need for the gas drops involves constipation, perhaps that should be addressed as well. Certainly anything is possible; however, in my 30 years of pediatric office practice, I have never had a parent complain to me that simethicone drops constipate. Another gas medicine might. ...Read more

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Prevacid (lansoprazole) solutabs making gas worse in infant, help?

Prevacid (lansoprazole) solutabs making gas worse in infant, help?

Infant colic: Prevacid (lansoprazole) is not known to cause gas. It is used to reduce acid and thus treat reflux to prevent the esophagus from getting inflamed. It is normally given to children more than 1 years old but is commonly used for newborns. If you are right, i would suggest simply using half the dose for a day or so and see if the "gas" is gone. If not, stay on the Prevacid (lansoprazole) and change your infant's diet. ...Read more