Excessive Flatulence In Children
Flatulence in infants is a common occurrence, gas which is a natural byproduct formed after digestion of breast milk which contains lactose. While sucking milk little amount of air is also gulped, this also contributes for flatulence in infants. Food eaten by a lactating mother also may be a cause for flatulence in infants. Therefore gas producing foods like legumes, cheese, milk, butter, and yogurt should be avoided by a lactating mother.
Flatulence in older children is result of lactose intolerance, incomplete evacuation of stools and eating gas producing foods like legumes, cabbage and spinach.Flatulence may be associated with pain in abdomen in children. Pain in the abdomen is due to the pressure built up by the gas in the intestine.
It is easier for a pediatrician to recognize the flatulence problem in older children, than in infants as they can tell about their complaints.
Treatment of Flatulence In Infants And Children
- Burping the infant after every feed is necessary; it helps to expel the little amount of gulped air when sucking milk.
- A mild massage on the tummy of an infant can also help to soothe the problem.
- Baking soda or sodium bicarbonate is used in gripe water brands available and is sold as a dietary supplement. It is not recommended for children below 5 years.
- Cloth wrapped warm water bottle on infant’s abdomen for 10 to 15 minutes may be useful in treating flatulence in infants.
- Homeopathic medicines carbo veg is often beneficial for flatulence in children. It should be given to the child after the doctor’s consultation.
- Avoid giving child who is having flatulence problem dairy food, legumes, broccoli and cabbage. They are rich in fiber and therefore may cause more gas.