Although some gas in toddlers is normal, it should pass easily and without discomfort. Excessive gas in the digestive system may become uncomfortable for some little ones. Read on to learn about our mom-approved tips for natural gas relief for toddlers.
Foods that may cause excessive gas and lead to toddler gas pain include those with high fiber, such as whole grains and bran, sweeteners in processed foods like high fructose corn syrup and xylitol, carbonated soda, and some vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, and beans. Dietary triggers that are specific to each individual may also contribute to gas. To identify potential triggers, start with a 7-day diet diary for your little one. If cow milk seems to be a trigger for gas, try swapping it out for Kabrita Goat Milk Toddler Formula*.
If using formula, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends allowing formula to settle for a few minutes after shaking (mixing), to reduce the number of gas bubbles in the formula.
If bottle-feeding your little one, it’s important to choose the most age-appropriate bottle. Liquid flowing too quickly or too slowly from the bottle may result in gulping too much air, creating gas in the digestive system. Ensure the nipple hole is the right size for your baby, or try using a vented nipple or a bottle with a full vent system.
To help expel gas comfortably, lie your baby on their back and bring one knee close to their belly, with the other extended, then switch. Alternate legs for a few minutes like riding a bicycle to help move gas in the digestive system and help with toddler gas relief. This is a good time to sing to your baby, too!
Probiotics are good bacteria that are important for optimal digestive health. Studies have shown that probiotics may help with functional gastrointestinal symptoms in children.
*Not suitable for children with a cow milk protein allergy