How to Ease Gas in a Toddler

Gas can cause bloating, abdominal pain and a knotted feeling in your toddler's stomach. Because toddler's like to graze on their food while trying to play throughout the day, they can swallow in excessive air. Swallowed air contains gases such as nitrogen and oxygen, which can contribute to gas buildup. Other gases, including carbon dioxide and methane, form when food is digested, notes Kids Health. While it's okay to have gas, gas accompanied with diarrhea and vomiting could allude to underlying medical conditions such as food allergies and being lactose intolerant.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Simethicone drops


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      Foods like cauliflower and broccoli can create gas.
      Foods like cauliflower and broccoli can create gas.

      Observe what your toddler eats. Certain foods can trigger gas. French fries and eating too many vegetables can trigger gas. It also helps to not load your child up on excessive vegetables at every meal, notes Baby Center.

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      Juices contain sugars that can cause gas.
      Juices contain sugars that can cause gas.

      Watch what you let your toddler drink. While having one cup of juice a day is acceptable, drinking too much juice can lead to gas. Ensure that your child drinks enough water, which can help ease constipation. Constipation can add to your child's discomfort if this is what's causing his gas.

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      Get your toddler to eat sitting down.
      Get your toddler to eat sitting down.

      Remind your child to chew her food slowly. Instead of letting your child play and eat, have her sit at the table with you.

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      Massage your child's tummy, recommends pediatrician Dr. Sears. Massaging your toddler's tummy in a clockwise motion can help alleviate gas pain.

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      You child might be lactose intolerant.
      You child might be lactose intolerant.

      Note if your child's gas becomes worse after he drinks milk. Your child may need to limit his dairy consumption to help ease his gas.

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      Consult with your pediatrician.
      Consult with your pediatrician.

      Ask your child's physician if you can administer simethicone drops, which breaks up gas bubbles. Alternatively, giving your toddler a bath can help comfort her.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid giving your toddler carbonated drinks.
  • Seek immediate medical assistance if your toddler develops pain on his lower right abdomen that increases, especially when you apply pressure to the affected area. This could be a sign of appendicitis.
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