Looking for Natural Remedy for Gas

Updated on December 26, 2015
T.D. asks from Howell, NJ
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My daughter, who is almost 3, occasionally gets gas pains so bad they have her doubled over in tears for up to 1/2 hour. She eventually "works it out", but I was wondering if any of you Moms out there have any natural remedies for gas up your sleeves. For those of you who have suggested lactose intolerance, I'm sure that's not the issue. These pains are very infrequent - only twice in the past 6 months has this occurred. It's probably due to an over-indulgence of dairy before naps on occasion. It's upon waking that the pain hits. I'm not willing at this point to remove dairy from her diet.

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Thanks for all the good suggestions for natural remedies such as tea! Thankfully, I am not worried about lactose intolerance. The kid is a dairy junkie! Milk, yogurt, cheese, etc. get consumed with ease and she has predictable, normal bowel movements daily, with no diarrhea or loose stools. This "gas" problem is rare but when it does occur, I'd like to be ready with some natural remedies, and now I'm better prepared for next time! All of my daughter's dairy is organic and for that reason I would not switch her to Lactaid milk.

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C.S.

answers from Rochester on

Silly, BUT....have her stick her bottom into the air and crouch the rest of her down low. Can be done while hanging her head off a bed and her belly on the bed or done while in fetal position with knees on the floor. Just get the bottom into the air, the higher the better!

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L.S.

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I had the same problem with my daughter for years. Camomile and Peppermint tea did the trick every time. She can drink it warm or cold. She'll feel better in no time.

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S.C.

answers from New York on

Try having her lay on her belly for a little while, the gentle counter pressure on her abdomen can help the "bubble" to move. You can also try having her lie on her left side and then her right side for a few minutes at a time, it helps the air to "rise" into her descending colon. I use this all the time for myself, my kids and my patients and get lots of success, toots...whatever you want to call it :)

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A.E.

answers from New York on

Friends of mine have found success with Mylicon drops-all natural.
Since your child is 3 you can also soak a washcloth-warm-in chamomile tea and put in on her tummy while you hold her. It is very comforting and also helps adults too.

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Z.F.

answers from New York on

My mother-in-law helped me with this problem when my now twenty year old son was an infant.
Anise tea - You can use anise stars or seeds - should be found in most supermarkets in the seasoning section - USE this instead of tea leaves. My mother-in-law would add a tiny bit of sugar for taste - this is optional.
Bring water to a boil add anise (stars or seeds)let steep until a light yellow color.
Be sure to Cool it down. I put this tea in a baby bottle for my son when he was an infant. It seemed to sooth his gas.
Also check with your pediatrician - your daughter may be allergic to milk or other foods. We later found my son was Lactose intolerant.

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M.T.

answers from New York on

Hello T.,

You may want to try acidophilus powder. It's healthy bacteria that the gut uses for many functions. There are several kinds made just for kids, such as the one made by a company called Nature's Way. You can give it to her several times a day. It is very safe, and helpful for constipation as well.

Take care,
Michele

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J.B.

answers from New York on

HI T., I am a crohn's patient, so I know all about gas pain, it is so terrible!! I find that sitting in a fetal position as you rock her back and forth might help, as well as getting her to walk around to get the gas to move a little. Teach her breathing techniques to inhale through her nose and exhale through her mouth (while she is on the potty) might help. When all else fails call your dr, they might be able to give you more suggestions and you might want to try changing her diet to a lactose free diet or cut down on the number of gasy foods she eats and make sure she is not constipated!! Good Luck.

J.

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M.K.

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T.,

Help her work it out, by bicycling her legs and working her belly by pushing on it and roughly massaging it,

Lay her on her back and then grab both her ankles, one in each hand and her feet on your belly, both legs together
and push her knees into her belly,
at some point the "FART" will POP out.

Also telling her to sit on the POTTY helps her relax enough to PUSH OUT the FART like a POOP.

Stay away from Broccoli, onions, and nuts,
Do a YAHOO search for GASSY FOODS, and try and avoid them.

Also very helpful is OATMEAL, it helps her POOP easier, which obviously UNBLOCKS the bowels.

M
Mother of 3

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P.J.

answers from New York on

My older son went through that as an infant and toddler. The greatest thing in the world were the Mylicon drops. (and they word just as well in the generic pharmacy brand for a LOT less cost). I have even found that if I have bad pain it is the only thing that works for me...so I am still keeping them around the house...he's now 15 and my baby is 9! Easy to give because it is in a dropper. As they get older you can just give more than one dropper full. They taste fine too!

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S.L.

answers from Binghamton on

You could try boiling some anise seeds (NOT star anise)into a tea. Strain the seeds and add a little sugar or honey. It works for other kinds of upset tummies too.

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R.S.

answers from New York on

Hi, my name is R.. I noticed your asking bout remedies for gas, one that I've used in the past was fennel tea. Real simple, but some fennel seeds boil them in water and have her drink it. It has a licorice taste to it. But, if she has gas that's this painful maybe talk to your ped. she could have other issues, like maybe lactose intolerence? Hope I helped some!

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F.N.

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My oldest daughter used to get terrible gas pains also, when she was very young. Her pediatrician recommended charcoal tablets and it helped tremendously. I would buy the capsules and mix in something sweet. The charcoal absorbs the toxins causing the gas pains. If I'm correct, I believe I only used the capsules 3 times, since the pain went away. You could probably get similar results from giving your daughter charred toast...burnt black. That, by the way, is excellent for any kind of stomach upset.

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C.B.

answers from New York on

When clients of mine say "I absolutely LOVE such and such.." it is usually a food I know they are sensitive to.

When I read "the kid is a dairy junkie" I immediately thought, it's got to be the dairy that is giving her gas. Dairy is very difficult to digest for most folks. Unless you have Northern European roots,chances are big that dairy will give you problems. It is very simple to test. Just take out all dairy for about 6 weeks or so and then reintroduce and see if the gas is gone and then comes back with the dairy.
If it is not dairy, it might be wheat, like someone else said. Being a food detective and writing down everything she eats and how she feels afterwards might be super helpful.

One can ease the sypmtomps with different teas and other methods but the wisest thing to do would be looking for the underlying cause.

All the best!

C.

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C.R.

answers from New York on

I know you have gotten a lot of responses but I have to chime in! Ever try BEANO? It's all natural and it really works for us. Put 5 drops on a spoonful of food (doesn't taste bad just sweet) at every meal and it breaks up gas before it starts. You can find it in most supermarkets in the gas relief aisle.

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P.S.

answers from Albany on

Hi. Not sure about any other remedies but my son had the same problem as an infant. Walmart has infant drops i believe called little tummies.(i used it when he was an infant and he is 3 now) helps children with gas.
Your child may actually be lactose intolerant. Some vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, stuff like that can cause it also.

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B.C.

answers from New York on

Hi T.,

My sister had the same issues with my nephew and found
out that he was lactose intolerant. Try cutting out
regular dairy from her diet, and giving her lactaid milk.

It could help!

Good Luck.

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Q.A.

answers from New York on

My family and my husband's family give children Anise tea from three months on. It helps with digestion. It helped my son a lot because from his first day in the hospital the nurses told me he would have problems with gassiness. Have you already ruled out that she may be lactose intolerant or sensitive to certain foods?

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S.D.

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My pediatrican suggested giving my little one Mylcon before she eats something that may not agree with her. My daughter suffers from acid reflux. If you believe that the dairy is the problem, try Lactaid. They make both milk and cheese products.

Good luck.

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D.F.

answers from New York on

Hi.
I know exactly what you are going through. It's frustrating to watch a toddler bend over in pain. I went through it when my middle child was 7.
Even though your child consumes loads of organic milk products, they may still be allergic.
Here's what I found, maybe it'll help for you
....Eliminate milk products for 1 week. Slowly add back into the diet (prefarble one new item a day - yogurt 1st day, cheese the next, etc)and she what she may be senstive to. My son can tolerate yogurt, cheese & ice cream but NO milk or sour cream. Symptoms can take 8 hours to show signs of sensitivity.Since you are at home with her, you can monitor any symptoms.
....After seeing what the child is sensitive to, I added a product called stomach soothing complex.It's a peppermint & ginger product. Taken with a meal (whole tablet or crushed into pudding or applesauce) it really helps digestion and alleviate gas & bloating. You can get it at www.shaklee.net/farina/product/20601

Seems like this may be alot of work, but it is well worth it to not see your child in pain.
Good Luck.
D

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E.L.

answers from Buffalo on

Have you ever tried eliminating dairy? Kids can be lactose intolerant also and dairy is very hard to digest. My kids drink Rice Dream Vanilla Ricemilk and love it. I use it in recipes also with great success.
E.

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J.G.

answers from New York on

I don't have any natural remedies, but perhaps you can try and find out what is causing the gas. Dairy, perhaps? I would definitely talk to her doctor about it. ps - we have a daughter that is about the same age whom we too have decided will be our one and only!

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C.D.

answers from New York on

T. have you checked to see if your daughter has a milk allergy or an allergy to white flour. It is easy to check by eliminating these foods from her for at least 1 month. We witched my son to Lactaid Free milk and cheese. Today these products have been greatly improved and they really taste good It really helped my youngest. He is 26 and still allergic to milk. Good luck Carol D.

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D.G.

answers from New York on

There could be a homeopathic remedy that would work for her; there's a book about homeopathy by someone called Panos or maybe a local healthfood store can help you figure out which remedy to try. Exercise, especially bike riding, is always good (or have her lay on her back and "bicycle" her legs when the gas pains hit). We started using simethicone for our son this fall. It's on over-the-counter pill that you chew. It's basically sand, and as you digest it it helps to break up any gas bubbles in your stomach or intestines so the gas can pass out more easily.
The best thing, of course, would be to figure out if there's a reason why she's getting the gas pains: a particular food, for example.
Good luck!

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D.K.

answers from Syracuse on

You could try peppermint tea at these times, it tastes good and kids love it. catnip tea is also good.also anise is great for that. She is a-little young for the actual side but instead have her suck on a piece of black licorice (mess but works.) When my daughter was younger she had this problem alot and we found through trial and error that if she knelt on the floor and bent her upper body down to the floor and raise butt in the air (like a cat) having her butt raised will help to release gas. If she has gassy watery stools at the end of these episodes, talk to dr.

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J.V.

answers from Syracuse on

Try Spearmint or peppermint tea. It worked wonders for my very gassy daughter! The mylacon or simethicone gas drops did nothing for her. I read somewhere that the tea helped, so I tried it...1/2-1 tsp. (2.5ml-5ml). I gave it to her just after her bottle.

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A.F.

answers from New York on

my son had a similar problem, i would lie him on his back and bring his knees up to his chest and move both his legs in a circle. it helped-but he was an infant. why not try mylicon? also, see what she is eating, might be a food allergy.

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K.R.

answers from New York on

T. - My son had similar experiences at around the same age and what I thought was simply gas was actually severe constipation. Check her stool and if it is hard, try natural laxatives. Other than that, keep a food diary of everything she is eating and try to pin point what is causing the issue - tomatoes, chocolate, mild allergies to milk, wheat etc. can all cause it. Good luck!

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S.M.

answers from New York on

Ginger tea is always helpful and contains no caffeine, very good for digestion and if she doesnt like taste give it a little honey for some sweetness, no sugar, sugar makes you even more gassy. Have you tried gripe water? you can use on toddlers and adults, if you can find the organic one it is better contains agave a natural sweetener vs. sugar or corn syrup. Another idea which she might like its extra time with mommy, give her belly massages, whether or not she has gas this will help get things moving often, after massage have her drink water or the tea, this will help the process. Always massage belly clockwise, that is how the intestines go downward.

hope this helps

S. M.

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A.B.

answers from Jamestown on

I used a "gas drop" for my son when he was an infant. I am not sure what they are called but they worked almost instantly. They come in a bottle and all you do is give them a drop or two and the gas goes away....I found them at walmart in the "gas" section. He was an infant when I used them so I am not sure how they work with a 3 yr old. Check them out-I know I was so gratefull that someone had told me about them....

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C.E.

answers from New York on

My mother always gave us either one of these...
Anise,
Chamomille,
or
Hierba Luisa also called lemon tea.

They are the best at calming, and great for stomach issues including belly aches, and gas relief - specially Hierba luisa. It is hard to find, but they do have some online herbal stores that you can purchase a bag from.. here is a link I just found.
http://www.urpimaca.com/urpimarket/fever.html
I never ordered from there, but if you can find someone that has that herb, it is the best.
I grow my own plant, and it comes in handy.. I love it.

Another website that tells you more about natural remedires: http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/15/35...

As a child, I use to love these teas. I remember the calming effect they had on me, and I use them for my kids. I use to love them so much that I would drink them for bedtime, etc. They are very safe, and belive me, if you tried them too, you would like them.
Well, good luck with your baby.

God bless,

C.

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L.D.

answers from Albany on

Have you tried some warm prune juice? I don't like it but had that problem after having my first son and when they warmed it, the taste wasn't so bad.

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P.B.

answers from New York on

Yoga. When my kids or I have gas pains, I do yoga twists and do them for my kids. I also give them Childrens' Acidophillus(sp?) in their night time milk. Of course, finding the culprit causing the gas in the first place is key. Vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, etc cause lots of gas.

Yoga twists-Lie flat on your back on the floor, bend knees up put arms out (like an airplane) then turn knees to the right, breath in and out and hold for 5-10 secs, repeat on the left. Then put one knee down, twist the up knee to opposite side gently (making the #4 with your legs), hold and breathe. Come back to center and switch knees.

I hope this helps.

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P.F.

answers from New York on

I don't have any suggestions other than watching that she doesn't eat such gassy foods--sodas, certain veggies, etc. I also think she should see a gastroenterologist. She should not be having such bad pains that she doubles over. She may have food allergies or something else going on.

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R.R.

answers from Rochester on

You should have her tested for lactose intolerance (or just remove dairy for two weeks and see if her episodes stop). If she has been on antibiotics in the past few months, try children's acidophilus (a probiotic- healthy bacteria that strengthen immune system and aid immensly with digestion). I make a digestive aid tea for my children with equal parts crushed fennel seed, anise seed, dill seed, and some liquid ginger extract (find in the herbal tinctures in natural section or natural food store), and honey to taste. Works wonders.

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R.G.

answers from Syracuse on

I am a mother of four and with them all I have used baby wise from http://www.1-800homeopathy.com/products/details.html?prod... I have used it with my son who was colic at 6 wks of age and with my 8 years old when she gets gas from certain foods. What is nice with it it helps with those growing pains and teething, diarrhea, gas, vomiting, nausea, and irritability as well. Hope this helps and it is cheap too. It has Camomilla, calc phos, colocynthis, jalaps

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P.C.

answers from Glens Falls on

Hi, Tracy. My son, who is now 10, began with gas related stomach pains around 3 as well. We tried everything and they only became worse. After visiting 2 pediatricians with no help, someone suggested taking him off of wheat. We tried that for 2 days and what a difference, as we tended to eat healthy, using wheat bread as well. We took him to a chiropractor who also tested for food allergies. Sure enough, he has sensitivity to wheat products. Now he stays off of wheat, and has no problems. If nothing else works for you, try taking her off of wheat...just keep in mind that wheat shows up in many food products...hot dogs, condiments, gravy, bread, etc. Hope this helps.

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N.L.

answers from New York on

I do have a natural remedy.. but it is Hispanic ingredients and I'm not quite sure what the English translation is for one of the pruducts. But basically what you want is to make a tea with "anise de estrella" (approx 2-3 of them), also a little "anise de cumino" and a pinch of oregano. If you go to any Spanish Bario they'll know exactly what it is b/c it's quite common. Works very well and is very natural. Hope that helps!

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S.C.

answers from New York on

My daughter suffered from colic and someone suggested chamomile tea. It was like a miracle. She was young so I gave it to her in a bottle. A sippy cup would do the trick too. Good luck. I hope she feels better soon.

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B.L.

answers from New York on

Hi T., Did you ever heard of the Dr. Brown bottles. They help with the gas for the babys. I bought them for my kids, they work great. They sell them in Walmart and Target. Hope that helps you.

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K.G.

answers from New York on

Check out Karo Syrup (the clear white syrup) for gas on google so you don't have to just take my word for it. I used to add karo into my son's bottles and drinks and IT REALLY WORKS!!! Not much, usually just a table spoon. Also, I fed him the prunes baby food even up until he was around five. You can give them teddy grams to dip into it as a snack. the prunes are sweet and make for a double purpose snack. Hope this helps...

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R.M.

answers from New York on

Tracy, my daughter also suffered from gas pains on a daily basis, try this natural tea, you can buy it at your local grocery store in the spice section it's called Aniz, boil 2 cups of water for each floret and add 1 tea spoon of sugar.Since she's 3 you can add a little more of the tea...you can also mix the tea in her favorite drink in case she doesn't like the taste, it's very soothing for moms as well... it helped me tremendously...

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A.R.

answers from Boston on

The best natural remedy to soothe a baby from gas is babies magic tea. It did great to soothe my child with gas pain.

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P.N.

answers from Glens Falls on

It sounds like you will have to start keeping close track on which foods cause this. Milk is definitely one of the biggest problems. (dairy in general) Have you read about the most common food allergies/problems? Wheat is another big one...
good luck !

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