Learn what to do if your baby becomes fussy or gassy after feeding.
When a baby is born, his digestive system is still maturing, and continues to develop over the first several months. Because of this, you may experience a gassy or fussy baby. It's not unusual. These symptoms may be the result of a feeding intolerance or sensitivity.
Another common cause for gas is swallowed air. This occurs when babies swallow large amounts of air while feeding or crying. If the air is not burped back up, it can become trapped in the digestive tract, making your baby really uncomfortable. Your baby's stomach may look bloated or it may feel hard to touch or tense. He may pull up his legs (or lock them out straight), clench his fists and pass gas.
Here are some tips to help ease your baby’s fussiness and gas:
- Try burping him, in case he has air in his tummy.
- Give him smaller and more frequent feedings.
- Make each feeding as calm and relaxed as possible.
- If your baby is swallowing too much air during feeding, check the nipple to see if it is clogged, or if he's ready for a faster-flow nipple.
- Also check the angle at which you're holding the bottle during feeding. Always tip the bottle downward into your baby's mouth at a 45° angle with the nipple full of milk, not air.
- Avoid interruptions during feedings.