Has your child ever complained or cried due to indigestion or intestinal gas pain? While the occurrence of such problems is completely normal, it is important to know the signs of these ailments and how to take steps in comforting your child. In this blog we will go over such details and provide solutions!
First, let’s go over the variety of factors that caused your child to have more gas or ingestion than usual:
- Roaming around during meals
- Roaming around, playing with toys during meals and watching television, in this way they ignore the signals of the body and it also increases the chances of air consumption which is not good for digestion.
- Eating a lot of high-fiber foods, like cereal, or fatty foods, like French fries
- Some children consume a large amount of fiber and fat but their gut is sensitive to such things which ultimately leads to gastrointestinal distress.
- Ingesting a particular protein in formula or breast milk
- If your baby is breastfeeding and having gas pains, they may have an intolerance to a protein in mom’s diet.
- Eating certain vegetables
- Eating beans or broccoli can cause additional gas.
- Drinking a lot of juice
- Extra gas can be developed due to drinking more than one glass of juice per day. Some children have a hard time digesting fructose and sucrose in juice. As a result, it can bring on gas, or even diarrhea.
- Drinking a lot of soda
- Phosphoric acid present in carbonated drinks causes excessive gas and indigestion.
Now that we understand the possible reasons for increased gas or indigestion, let’s discuss possible solutions for the problem.
A child with gas typically has bloating, pain, or burning in their belly, and frequent burping or flatulence. They may also experience nausea. For example, it most likely only happens once in a while after eating a variety of snacks. Changing food habits is the best way to eliminate the gas pain as a variety of foods stimulate or trigger gas. However, this solution will not provide immediate relief for your child. We find it helpful for parents to know this information in order to prevent this issue from recurring often.
For more direct relief, over the counter medicines such as simethicone can be given to the child as it is safe in all ages. Antacids can also be given if indigestion and heartburn are also present along with the gas. But ensure that the antacids do not contain aluminum as it is not recommended for children.
We hope you have found this blog helpful when it comes to relieving chronic gas pain in our children. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, concerns, or if your child is complaining about gas pains: (201) GET-WELL.