It can definitely be upsetting if you have noticed that your baby cries when she farts. You don’t want your baby’s tummy to hurt, and you want to be able to alleviate any discomfort your baby feels.
The good news is that there are eight tips you can try if farting makes your baby cry. Be sure to keep in mind that all babies pass gas, which is natural and necessary. However, if your baby cries while passing gas, there may be more going on that must be addressed.
Rub the Tummy
One tip to try is massaging your baby’s stomach. If you think your baby’s tummy may be cramping when she is passing gas, your little one might find some relief if you lightly rub her tummy. Place your baby on her back on your lap or on the floor in front of you, and use one hand to rub in a circular motion to see if this helps your baby stop crying. Some babies find relief from stomach cramping if you massage the sides of their stomachs as well. These soft massages can also be calming for your baby, which means the crying may ease.
Slow the Bottles
Some babies may find relief from gas and the associated pains if you slow down the rate at which your baby drinks her bottle. For example, when you feed your baby, her bottle, stop after three to four minutes to make sure your baby burps. Your baby needs an opportunity to burp and get the gas out of her system while she eats. Pat your baby on her back until she burps and then resume feeding her the bottle. Simply giving your baby a few breaks during her feeding time may help her, so she doesn’t cry when she passes gas.
Check the Diet
Another tip to try is to carefully evaluate your baby’s diet to see if there are certain foods or drinks that cause painful gas for your baby. One easy way to do this is to keep a food journal to record exactly what your baby eats and when your baby cries when she passes gas. You can use the food journal to see if you can find a correlation between a certain food and an increase in painful gas. Be sure that you are only feeding your baby foods that her tummy is ready to handle. Follow your pediatrician’s guidelines for introducing new foods to ensure that your baby is eating and drinking what is appropriate for a child of her specific age.
Make Dietary Changes
If you can link a certain food or drink to painful gas in your baby, you may find that you need to make changes. For example, some parents find that after talking to a pediatrician, they need to change the type of formula they are giving their babies. Some babies simply tolerate soy formulas better, so a simple change of formula can alleviate the crying and painful gas they have. These are decisions that should be made with your child’s doctor to ensure all of your child’s nutritional needs are met.
Keep Your Baby Upright
Some babies have more tummy troubles and related crying spells if they lie down immediately after eating. These babies need to remain upright for a little while before they lie down after eating.
This simply means that it might be a good idea to schedule a little playtime between meals and nap time or meals and bedtime. You may have to work to keep your baby awake for a few minutes after eating, or you may have to hold your baby upright on your shoulder for a little while before you put her down to sleep.
Check for Poops
Another good idea is to be sure your baby is pooping regularly. Your baby might be crying when she passes gas because she needs to poop but can’t. If you think your baby might be constipated, call your pediatrician to see what he or she recommends. There are several treatments a doctor can recommend to help ensure your baby is well hydrated, which will ease the pain associated with constipation. Once the constipation is under control and your baby is pooping normally again, the crying spells may go away when your child farts.
Think of Other Issues
Be sure that you are correlating your baby’s cries directly to passing gas. Be open to the idea that your baby may be crying for another reason other than gas. Perhaps you only notice the cries when your baby is farting. There are many other reasons your baby might be crying even though you think it might be related to farting. For example, if your baby is crying after eating while farting, it could be because you fed her too much or because she is still hungry. Another example is that your baby might be crying because she is tired and irritable and the farting is keeping her awake. While crying and farting may be happening at the same time, the two might not be related at all.
Try a Distraction
If your baby seems to be having a particularly rough time crying and passing gas, you may want to try to distract your baby from the discomfort. You might do this by singing to your baby to soothe her, holding your baby close to your body to provide feelings of warmth and protection, or handing your baby a toy that plays music or lights up to shift her focus from her body to something else.
Another good distraction to try is to shift your baby’s position. If your baby is lying on her back, help her roll over to get some tummy time. If your baby is sitting, help your baby stand up to see if that alleviates the discomfort. Sometimes a change in scenery can help your baby find something new to focus on, which might be just what your baby needs to work through these issues.