Flatulence In Babies: Why Does My Baby Fart A Lot?

Flatulence In Babies: Why Does My Baby Fart A Lot?

3 Jan 2023 | 3 min Read

Manisha Pradhan

Author | 251 Articles

If you’ve been wondering why does my baby fart a lot, you’re not alone. Most new parents have this question because babies tend to fart a lot even though farting and gas are natural for both adults and babies. That’s because their digestive system is still developing. 

When a baby has gas, tiny bubbles develop in their stomach or intestines, sometimes causing pressure and stomach pain. There is nothing to panic about as many babies are not bothered by flatulence, but sometimes they can become restless, cranky and cry inconsolably. Try using a tummy relief roll-on to provide instant relief to your baby. 

It’s also important to understand what causes a baby to fart a lot and how to deal with it. Read on to find out.

What Causes Your Baby To Fart A Lot? 

It’s natural for parents to worry when a baby farts a lot. But as mentioned above, there is no need to worry unless your baby seems very uncomfortable. Sometimes babies swallow more air which causes gas and they relive it by farting. Their digestive system is also still developing. Some of the other causes for a baby farting a lot are:

  • Insufficient Bacteria Flora 

In the initial days after a baby is born, they lack sufficient bacteria flora that helps them to digest breast milk. It is only after the initial first week after their birth, that a stable bacterial flora is established. 

  • Lactose Intolerance And Allergy 

In some cases, casein or whey present in baby food can cause babies to fart a lot. Some babies are also allergic to milk protein, which causes gas.  

  • Wrong Feeding Techniques 

One of the main reasons why babies fart a lot is the wrong feeding technique. When the feeding technique is incorrect, whether breastfeeding or bottle feeding, babies tend to swallow a lot of air, which forms air bubbles in their intestines, causing them to fart a lot.

Symptoms Of A Gassy Baby 

It can be worrying if your baby is experiencing pain while farting, but if you pay attention to some of the signs and symptoms of a gassy baby, you will be able to correctly soothe and calm your baby and also know when you need to seek medical help. Some signs and symptoms of a gassy baby are: 

  • Bloating of the stomach.
  • Stretching out the body and arching the back
  • Constant crying 
  • Frequent burping
  • Clenching the fists 
  • Problem urinating
  • Blood in stools 
  • Vomiting

why does my baby fart a lot?
Massaging a baby helps to give them relief from gas/ Image source: freepik

What Can  I Do If My Baby Has Too Much Flatulence? 

Some simple remedies can give instant relief to your gassy baby. Here’s what you can do:

  • Get the right size bottle for your baby
  • Help your baby burp
  • Give your baby a tummy massage 

Farting is a natural way of releasing gas from the body for babies. But if your infant is experiencing a lot of pain and discomfort, along with the symptoms mentioned above, it is advisable to consult your paediatrician immediately.

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