Fussiness & Gas
Moms often describe their babies as being fussy. Some of the more common reasons for a baby to be fussy include overstimulation, fatigue or diaper rash. Sometimes, babies may be fussy because they are gassy and this makes them uncomfortable.
Another reason for fussing may have to do with tummy size. So, remember that too much milk may cause fussiness or spit-up.
What causes gas?1
During the first few months of life, a baby’s digestive system grows and matures. It is not uncommon for some babies to become fussy or gassy after feeding.
Occasional gas is completely normal. The two most common causes are:
- Swallowed air: Babies swallow large amounts of air when feeding and crying. If the air is not burped back up, it passes into the digestive tract. This trapped air can make baby uncomfortable.
- Digestion: Gas is a natural part of the digestive process that occurs when food is broken down.
How can you tell if your baby has gas?
Your baby may show signs of excessive fussiness during and after feedings and appear uncomfortable, pulling her legs towards her chest.
Here are some tips you may want to try:
- Try burping your baby, in case she has air in her stomach.
- Try using a different bottle or nipple.
- Massage her tummy.
- Try gently moving her legs in a bicycling motion.
Your baby’s tiny tummy may need some time to adjust as it grows and matures. Similac® Partially Broken Down Protein is our tummy-friendly and easy to digest†* formula. Similac® Partially Broken Down Protein is made from 100% whey protein that’s already broken down into smaller pieces. By partially breaking down the protein, the first step in protein digestion has been started for your baby. It is designed to be easy for your baby’s little tummy to digest† while providing the nutrition he needs to grow and develop.†
Please note that this is not meant to replace any information or advice from your baby’s doctor or nurse. Should you have any questions or concerns about your baby’s condition, contact your health care professional.
Discuss with your health care professional before making changes to your baby’s diet.
†*Similar to other infant formulas.
Infant Gas: Preventing and Treating It. WebMD 2014. Available at: www.webmd.com/parenting/baby/crying-colic. Accessed on: 08/11/15.