Babies, by nature, are gassier than grown adults. That is because their bodies are still unable to digest the foods the way adults do, which is why they often pass gas either through burping or farting.
However, the foods that you eat may be a huge culprit in this. If you constantly need to bring more baby diapers because your kid is either passing gas or suffering from diarrhea, then you may want to look at the foods that they eat.
In today’s article, I will talk about some common foods that may cause gas in babies.
First Things First
For you to know what foods may cause gas in your baby, then you have to first look at yourself because they are most likely patterned in your image and likeness.
What I mean to say is that the foods that may cause you to have more gas than usual are also the foods that may cause gas in your babies as well.
Foods that Can Cause Gas
Why do you think babies are susceptible to gas? Well, for you to understand that better, you need to understand the process of digestion. So, whenever your kid eats something- may it be a fruit, grains, or vegetable- those foods will pass through their gastrointestinal tract and into their stomach.
Their stomach will do the heavy lifting and would digest the foods that your baby ingests. Once that is done, it will reach the small intestine in which it will produce carbon dioxide and hydrogen. There are some foods, however, that will create more gas than others simply because their bodies are unable to digest them the way they should be digested.
Some common examples include:
- Brussels Sprouts
- Citrus Fruits
- And Many More
Keep in mind that babies are naturally gassier than adults. It is usually not the fault of certain foods, but if you suspect that it is indeed caused by said foods, then you can expect them to pass gas after a few hours of ingesting the culprit.
Because of the naturally slow digestion process of babies, you can expect these foods to be in your baby’s system for about 2-3 days.
What You Should Do
I know that your first inclination after reading this article would be to eliminate all of the foods that were just mentioned earlier, but do not cross off everything. By doing so, you are also limiting the nutrient-dense foods in your baby’s diet.
According to Dr. Ari Brown, if you limit fiber and nutrient-dense foods in your baby’s diet, you are running the risk of inching them closer to having constipation, which is a far more serious condition for babies than gassiness.
The best thing you can do would be to find out the foods that your baby produces more gas with and then limit it a bit (but do not completely eliminate it). Doing this will help them get even more acclimated to the foods that they eat.