Babies with loud painful sounding cries have gas?

NO – Why would gas pains go away with car rides or a vacuum cleaner? Only 2% of babies have serious stomach problems. Many babies sound like they’re in pain but like smoke alarms, they can only make one sound to attract your attention.

9 Responses to “Babies with loud painful sounding cries have gas?”

  1. EllenShane Says:

    My husband started saying that our son must have inherited his sensitive stomach because he just wouldnt stop crying. He thought it must be gas or acid reflux. But pretty soon we figured out that the crying was due to colic and gas had very little to do with it.

  2. krew2u Says:

    yes ellen – colic and gas are not always related. sometimes gas contributes to crying but its an old wives tale that gas is the main cause of colic.

  3. Amy F Says:

    true – gas doesnt necessarily cause colic – but it can still be really painful for your baby and cause a lot of crying whether he has colic or not. i learned a lot of good techniques for dealing with all kinds of crying – gas related and otherwise – from the Happiest Baby dvd.

  4. FHS-4801 Says:

    Basically all of you are repeating the same things as what Dr. Karp is saying… But when my bestfriends younger sibling cries like that, it’s merely because she needs you, or wants you. Either way, someone’s going to be there.

  5. Dr_Karp Says:

    Good conversation…sure babies feel tummy sensations…but I would say it is very uncommon for them to have tummy pain (unless the baby has a food allergy, is really constipated with hard poops…or in the uncommon case of acid reflux). Fussy babies often quiet with car rides and jiggly walks (and the 5 S’s)…and obviously these wouldn’t help you if you had stomach pain! The big fooler here is the gastro-colic reflex. This is not painful, but for some babies it is upsetting and makes them arch, double-up and cry after eating…these babies are usually the same ones who cry as an overreaction to someone laughing too loud…or the phone ringing. THese kids usually calm in minutes or seconds with some well done 5 S’s.

  6. Dr_Karp Says:

    Hi Carly, Please watch The Happiest Baby DVD and use out specially engineered CD of soothing white noise (use that for all naps/nights for the first year)…this approach helps most fuss babies…even those with colic…but you have to do the techniques correctly (exactly as shown on the DVD) for them to work well. And, if it doesn’t you should check with your baby’s doctor to make sure there is no medical problem. I hope that helps, Dr. Karp

  7. Dr_Karp Says:

    Hi Natalie, Thanks for writing. It is so hard when little babies cry like that. Fortunately, that’s EXACTLY what The Happiest Baby was designed to help! Watch our DVD and use our white noise CD all naps/nights (for at least the first year) and you have a very strong chance of seeing immediate benefit (dramatically reduced crying and adding at least an hour to his sleep).
    Let us know how it goes for you!

    Dr. Karp

  8. Dr_Karp Says:

    Hi Stephen, Sure kids can feel tummy sensations (if you want, you can read much more about gas, constipation, food allergies…and the important gastro-colic reflex in The Happiest Baby book)…they can jolt a baby awake…and even make a baby suddenly fuss…but, they shouldn’t cause prolonged crying (in other words the 5 S’s should stop this type of fussing very fast). I hope that helps clarify things, Dr. Karp

  9. Dr_Karp Says:

    Hi Liza,
    Unfortunately, I cant give medical advice on this site. I would continue with the evaluation…did they recommend a trial of no gluten…no dairy?

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