Does your child have frequent bouts of cramps and gas pains? Watching your baby suffer from gas discomfort and cramps is not easy. However, you can try different safe, home remedies and measures to give your child relief from the gas trouble. Over-the-counter medications can be a great help initially, but in the long run you should rely on the simple measures that quickly give results without any need for treatment. However, in case, the gas pains are excessive, you should consult with the doctor as they may be caused due to illness or food allergies.
Treating Gas Pains in Babies
- Overfeeding the babies can also cause gas pains and cramps.
- Make sure that you feed him frequently, but not over-feed him or it will surely cause gas trouble.
- After feeding, it is important that you hold your baby upright so that he can burp and the gas is released.
- This certainly helps reduce the gas pains in small babies who do not move much.
- If the gas problem persists, rock the child gently and move his legs in a cycling motion.
- Massaging the back of the baby lightly in a circular motion or rubbing it can also cause the release of gas.
- In extreme pain, place a warm bottle or a towel (check it first on your hand to ensure that it is not too hot) on the tummy of the child.
- If you are using formula-feed for your child, it may be causing the stomach pain. In such cases, you must contact his paediatrician who may advise to switch over to a soy-based formula or even almond or soy milk if the child is above one year old.
- Lactose intolerance can be one of the reasons causing pain and cramps. Your doctor may check your family history and advise accordingly.
- If you are nursing the baby, experts may recommend you to avoid excess intake of cabbage, tea, broccoli, and other foods contributing gassiness.
Treating Gas Pains in Children
Hot Drinks Soothe Cramps
For children above one year, hot drink can prove to be wonderful in relieving gas pains. Give a hot drink such as a hot tea with peppermint leaves and ask him to drink, sip by sip every now and then. According to Kymythy Schultze, a nutritionist, this will soothe the child’s stomach and give relief from cramps and gas troubles. University of Maryland Professor, Dr. Kevin Ferentz, has said that hot drink helps the stomach to expand providing a leeway for the gas to expand thereby contributing in the release of gas.
Although the expansion may cause a bit of discomfort initially, within a few minutes the gases will start releasing and your child will start feeling better. In case of infants, nursing mothers can drink hot beverages.
Exercise to Release Trapped Gas
Make sure that your child gets enough exercise. Sometimes, laziness and immobility can lead to excessive gas pain. Encourage him to exercise so that the trapped gas can be expelled and he is free from the discomfort. The exercise need not be intensive, a short walk or a jog after the meal can help release gas. According to a professor of pediatrics at the Tulane University, Dr. George Sterne, gas problems usually occur in children who eat while lying on the couch. To avoid gases, encourage your child to be active on the dining table and even after the meal.
Introduce Food Enzymes
Preventive measures are much more important than treatment. You can ensure that your child does not suffer from gas and cramps by introducing natural food enzymes in his daily diet. You can add a few drops of these enzymes to the meal of your child. Certain fruits such as pineapple and papaya contain anti-gas, enzymes in large amounts. Making your child eat these fruits frequently will ensure that he does not suffer from gas problem or cramps.
Try Giving Simethicone
An over-the-counter medicine, it reduces bloating and releases trapped gas. Simethicone breaks the large gas bubbles into smaller ones making the release of gas easier. The medicine is available in both infant and children’s formulations and hence can be safely given to the children of all ages. However, you must follow the instructions on the package and in case your child suffers from any allergy use it only on the recommendation of the caregiver.
All these measures will surely help you to control the bouts of painful gas and cramps in your child.