He's So Gassy!

When your baby cries, he swallows air. When he sucks, he swallows air. To get the air out of his stomach he needs to burp, but he won't burp easily for two or three weeks. The result? He's gassy.

It is common to blame formula for your baby's gassiness. It really isn't the formula. It's that the baby isn't burping well yet. Please don't change milk because of gassiness.

All newborns are gassy. It's just another body system that needs time to adapt to life outside of mom's uterus. If you feel you need to do something about your new baby's gassiness, you can buy some mylicon infant drops (or the generic equivalent) over-the-counter at any pharmacy. Use the drops three or four times a day. They will make it easier to pass the gas. I have never heard of a baby being harmed by mylicon drops.

Really, what your baby needs is time to adapt to the very different world outside of mom's uterus. The digestive system is one of the slowest systems to adapt; it takes six to eight weeks. It will — so be patient.

Thanks to Janelle Aby MD, Stanford School Of Medicine, Newborn Nursery, and Lucille Packard Children's Hospital for the use of occasional photographs.