9. Fiber-rich Foods
To prevent gas from developing, include fiber-rich foods in your child’s diet. Fiber aids the digestion process and helps food move faster through the intestines. It also helps prevent constipation.
- Some of the best fiber-rich foods for children are bran, whole grains, berries, celery, squash, and oranges.
- Avoid giving your child too many refined and processed foods, which have had the natural fiber removed.
Breastfeeding mothers should also include fiber-rich foods in their diet.
10. Eliminate the Triggers
Certain foods may make your child more prone to gas and stomach pain. Identifying and eliminate these foods from your child’s diet.
- Some foods that can cause gas are cabbage, kale, cauliflower, broccoli, beans, onions, peas, pears, peaches and prunes. Avoid feeding your child these common trigger foods.
- Avoid foods that are high in fat and sugar. They are unhealthy and can lead to gas.
- If milk and milk products cause gas, avoid them for 1 or 2 days.
- Do not allow your child to drink soda and carbonated drinks.
- Breastfeeding mothers should avoid hot and spicy foods.
- Do not overfeed your child.
- If breastfeeding, burp your child often.
- If your child has gas pain after having milk products, talk to your doctor about lactose intolerance.
- Breastfeeding mothers should pay attention to their diet and avoid foods that contribute to gas.
- Reduce the amount of air your child swallows by asking him to eating more slowly.
- Teach your child to chew food thoroughly before swallowing.
- Have your child lay down on his left side to help ease gaspain.
- Gently hold your child’’s feet up for a few minutes to help expel stomach gas.
- Avoid solid foods for a few hours. Give your child small amounts of mild and bland foods like rice, applesauce or crackers.
- Do not allow your child to chew gum, suck on hard candies or drink through a straw if he is prone to gas or experiencing gas pain.
- Slowly introduce probiotic yogurt into your child’s diet to improve digestion and prevent gas.
- Give your child enzyme-rich foods like 1 or 2 slices of pineapple, grapefruit or papaya to improve digestion.
- Do not give any medicine to your child without first consulting a doctor.