3 questions to learn if your baby's gut is healthy.
By: Megan Landrum | April 2021
Losing sleep over baby farts? You are not alone. Babies often pass gas more times in a day than a healthy adult. Although the frequency of your baby’s farts may concern you, when toots are not causing discomfort, they are a completely normal and healthy part of digestion. However, if your little one is having trouble passing gas, it can result in bloating, irritability, colic, and even sleep issues. Let’s look at two common causes of baby farts and how to find relief.
1. Trapped Air
It is very common for babies to swallow excess air during feeding. When that air becomes trapped in their tummy, it causes gas. Resolving this is typically straightforward and can be addressed in a few simple ways.
▶ Solution: Burp your baby both during and after each feeding. Allowing baby a chance to get some of that swallowed air out once or twice during the feed can reduce the amount of air that becomes trapped, lessening gas. If you are breastfeeding and have a forceful letdown, you may consider working with a lactation consultant on solutions to manage milk flow at the beginning of each feed. This may decrease the amount of air baby swallows when gulping to keep up in those first few minutes after latching.
2. Newborn Gut Deficiency
Research published in 2021 found that 90% of babies in the U.S. are missing a critical strain of bacteria, B. infantis, needed to develop a healthy gut. Newborn Gut Deficiency is the lack of this important bacterium, which is known to improve digestion and help baby breakdown components of their diet. Without B. infantis in baby’s gut, bad bacteria can thrive, and poor digestion often results.
If your baby has persistent gas that is causing discomfort and irritability, she is likely one of the 9 out of 10 infants missing B. infantis. This is not your fault! Unfortunately, due to decades of necessary and life-saving modern medical practices such as c-sections and antibiotic use, most moms no longer have the key good bacteria, B. infantis, to naturally pass on to their baby. Although there was nothing you could have done to prevent Newborn Gut Deficiency, there is a solution.
▶ Solution: Feeding Evivo Baby Probiotic once daily during the first 6 months of life is a clinically proven way to restore beneficial B. infantis to your baby’s gut. Evivo is a key component to establishing healthy digestion and helping your little one pass gas with ease.
If painful gas is still a concern after trying the suggestions above, talk to your pediatrician to rule out more serious digestive problems that may require additional management by your healthcare provider.
As the old saying goes, “the more you fart, the better you feel.” Here’s to helping baby pass that gas and feel like the happy little one you know they are.
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