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My daughter is suffering from gas pains. We have taken steps to reduce them, which were moderately successfull. Still, I'd like to know when will baby's gas pains go away?

When will the baby stop feeling pain during bowel movements and passing gas? What are your experiences? When did your children stop fussing/crying because of that?

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An answer to this question is difficult to google. I tried, I succeeded (though the source is not very trustworthy IMO), but I still think the question is worth asking on this site. –  Dariusz Jan 4 '14 at 17:57
Umm. . . my sixty something father-in-law still has a lot of gas pains, but then he eats chili burgers for breakfast (Is there a way to make a smiley that indicates disgust with an odor?) While not an answer, this may be of use to you in helping to alleviate baby's discomfort: parenting.stackexchange.com/q/5480/2876 –  balanced mama Jan 5 '14 at 2:50
I believe that your question can't be answered... "when" is just too specific of a question. I'm 36yo, for example, and still have pain from gas -- not because of poor eating, but I just have a sensitive body and can feel too much. If diet is proper and the child's body is ready, the pains will go away, but there's no guarantee and "when" just can't be answered. –  Jeremy Miller Jan 16 '14 at 14:56
@JeremyMiller thanks for the remark. I made the question a bit less strict. I'm really hoping for some answers. –  Dariusz Jan 16 '14 at 19:23

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My little girl had some hard times from 0 to 3 months. After 3 months and few days, it disappeared.

There weren't much we could do to really stop it. We did some things to help, but somedays she would cry for one whole hour. The things that worked best were:

  • a warmed-up towel, etc, over her stomach
  • doing some massage by stretching her legs, then pulling it back over her stomach (slowly, of course)
  • giving her a little bit more breastmilk (more times each day, smaller quantities each time)
  • giving her a warm hug and walking, slowly, across the house, while speaking very low and very near her head, with a more grave voice
  • give her some Simethicone - Mylicon or similar - drops, after authorized by our doctor.

And, specially, keeping calm. Hear her crying kind of urged us to do something, but as time passed by we learnt that it was something natural to her, so all we could do was comfort her. And wait for the magical 3 months, more or less.

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My pediatrician said something similar - usually 12 weeks but sometimes up to 16. My older daughter had problems until about 15 weeks. My younger is 17 weeks and still dealing with issues. Some babies apparently will have them until they are more upright and mobile and the digestive system is done rapidly changing at 6 months. –  justkt Dec 26 '14 at 18:26

My two both had intermittent gas pains for the first three months or so, but worst was the first 6 weeks - from 6 to 12 weeks it wasn't nearly as bad, and after 16 it was fairly rare as we started solids around that time (had a brief bad period right after the first solids, and then no real problems after that).

It definitely depends on breastfed versus formula babies; the former have more constipation, the latter have more trouble with air-induced gas from bottles, from what I've seen from other parents.

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