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Is it painful for babies to have gas?

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Nicholas D'Avanzo
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

It can be painful if the baby has copious gas.
Frequent burping and the use of antigas drops help alleviate discomfort.

In brief: Yes

It can be painful if the baby has copious gas.
Frequent burping and the use of antigas drops help alleviate discomfort.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Babies don't seem to get pain from a little bit of gas.
However, if there is a lot of gas, and/or the tummy is bloated, then the baby will be uncomfortable or in some pain. Also, if gas in the intestines is squeezed from both ends (think of a long balloon squeezed from both ends), then the middle section gets expanded and causes pain. Babies who seem to have tummy pain should see the doctor.

In brief: No

Babies don't seem to get pain from a little bit of gas.
However, if there is a lot of gas, and/or the tummy is bloated, then the baby will be uncomfortable or in some pain. Also, if gas in the intestines is squeezed from both ends (think of a long balloon squeezed from both ends), then the middle section gets expanded and causes pain. Babies who seem to have tummy pain should see the doctor.
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Actually, the answer is yes and no.
Having gas is a natural part of digestion. Unfortunately, some babies have difficulty passing gas without extreme fussiness.If your baby passes gas without difficulty, don't worry about it. If they have gas and are " colicky" consult with your pediatrician for remedies.

In brief: Yes

Actually, the answer is yes and no.
Having gas is a natural part of digestion. Unfortunately, some babies have difficulty passing gas without extreme fussiness.If your baby passes gas without difficulty, don't worry about it. If they have gas and are " colicky" consult with your pediatrician for remedies.
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics

In brief: No

I don't think so.
Passing gas is a part of life, and really-- it doesn't hurt. I can surprise and upset a baby because it might feel "weird", but i don't think it honestly hurts. Reassurance and humor ("you sound like daddy!") are the best "cures" for gas. Babies who continue to fuss with gas usually have parents who are worried about gas. Babies can tell when you're worried, and they'll worry too.

In brief: No

I don't think so.
Passing gas is a part of life, and really-- it doesn't hurt. I can surprise and upset a baby because it might feel "weird", but i don't think it honestly hurts. Reassurance and humor ("you sound like daddy!") are the best "cures" for gas. Babies who continue to fuss with gas usually have parents who are worried about gas. Babies can tell when you're worried, and they'll worry too.
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