Gas in Babies

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Foods that May Cause Gas in Babies

It is completely natural for a baby to be gassier than adults. Their tiny bodies are unable to digest food the way adults do. They would usually pass gas through farting and burping.

The food that your baby or child consumes plays an immense role in their health. If your baby is gassy or has diarrhea, then this might be a result of a certain food that he or she is ingesting. As a parent, you should pay close attention to their diet. If you are concerned about your baby’s well-being, do not hesitate to contact the Mont Kiara baby clinic, Hibari Clinic. Alongside services adults, they also provide regular checkups for infants.

In today’s article, I will talk about some common foods that may cause gas in babies.

First Things First

Believe it or not, gassiness can be passed down from parent to child. That does not mean that it is contagious. What I mean to say is that foods that cause you, as a parent, to be gassy, may also be the food making your baby gassy.

Foods that Can Cause Gas

So why are babies susceptible to gas? To understand this, you must learn about the process of digestion. So, whenever your kid eats something- may it be a fruit, grains, or vegetable- those foods will pass through their gastrointestinal tract and into their stomach.

Their stomach will do the heavy lifting and would digest the foods that your baby ingests. Once that is done, it will reach the small intestine in which it will produce carbon dioxide and hydrogen. There are some foods, however, that will create more gas than others simply because their bodies are unable to digest them the way they should be digested.

Types of food may include:
• Broccoli
• Brussels Sprouts
• Oatmeal
• Bran
• Apricots
• Beans
• Cauliflower
• Pears
• Cabbage
• Plums
• Prunes
• Citrus Fruits
• And Many More

However, it isn’t always the fault of the food being consumed. Babies are known to be gassy. But if you do suspect that your baby’s gassiness if being caused by certain food, then consider eliminating the food from their diet. After consuming said food, your baby will most likely experience gas after 2 to 3 hours.

Because of the naturally slow digestion process of babies, you can expect these foods to be in your baby’s system for about 2-3 days.

What You Should Do

After reading the food list above, you may begin to consider eliminating all these edibles from their diet. If you do so, you would be removing nutrient-dense foods from your baby’s diet which would lead to constipation. If you require advice about the matter,  consultations are provided after check-ups at the Mont Kiara children’s clinic, Hibari clinic.

According to Dr. Ari Brown, if you limit fiber and nutrient-dense foods in your baby’s diet, you are running the risk of inching them closer to having constipation, which is a far more serious condition for babies than gassiness.

It would be best if you find out the foods that your baby produces more gas with and then limit it a bit (but do not eliminate it). Doing this will aid in getting them more acclimated to the food that they eat.