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Foods that Cause Gas in Babies that You Need to Avoid

Taking care of a gassy baby is undoubtedly challenging for parents. Especially when you are a new mom, searching for pain relief may keep your thoughts busy. Blame it on the food that your baby eats and try to get rid of it! Do you know that mostly, the foods that cause gas in babies are usually those that you feed her frequently?

It is essential to be aware of what you feed to your baby. Food is often the culprit of stomach aches.  Familiarize yourself with the foods that cause discomfort to your child. Your knowledge can prevent unnecessary medical situations.


What would you expect?

You may find it hilarious at first when your little one creates big noises when expelling gas. Natural as it may seem, farting babies for me is like watching a comedy movie. If the culprit is the food that your baby ate, most likely, the gas will pop out around two hours after the meal and will continue to do so for another two to three days until it goes away.

However, when the crying kicks in, it would not be fun at all. When the gas has difficulty in passing, it accumulates in the tummy and causes much uneasiness. Sometimes it causes pain, especially to babies.Take note of these foods below. They are prone to causing gas in babies. All have natural sugars and fats that humans find it hard to digest, thus causing flatulence.

  • Beans:  Oligosaccharide
  • Artificial sweeteners: Fructose  
  • Dairy: Lactose (that may affect babies that are lactose intolerant)
  • Garlic: Fructan
  • Cabbage: Raffinose
  • Peanut butter: Trans Fats
  • Spicy Foods: Increases acidity in your tummy thus causes gas.
  • Bran: Insoluble fiber
  • Oatmeal: contains a high level of fiber
  • Apricots: Sorbitol
  • Prunes: Sorbitol
  • Peaches: Sorbitol
  • Pears: Sorbitol
  • Plums: Fructose
  • Cauliflower: Raffinose
  • Broccoli: Raffinose

I found it worrisome knowing that these foods are the cause in making my baby gassy. You see, all on the list are healthy and is essential for my little one’s diet. Cutting off these foods is just like depriving my child’s nutrition. The foods on the list are best to keep my baby from constipation.

Hence, I continue to feed all of it to my baby. Gas has been a part of my baby/mom experience after eating these foods, but in truth, gas is always present the moment your kid starts eating solid food. Nevertheless, when gas is causing pain, I recommend asking for help from your pediatrician.

Milk formula may also cause gas in babies.

When you are not breastfeeding, most likely you may have given your baby milk formula that has ingredients that cause gas. Remember that most formulas are from cow’s milk. Some babies are sensitive to cow’s milk protein. Signs that your baby is one of them shows gas, vomiting, diarrhea, pain, and rashes. You can ask for recommendations from your pediatrician for milk formulas that are suitable for your child.

Your baby may show reactions from the food that you eat.

Do you know that as a mom, you must also be careful about what you eat? Whatever you eat may affect your baby too. This is especially true when you are breastfeeding. After eating, you will digest the food in your system, and after a few hours, it will pass through your breast milk that is for your baby.

Therefore, you need to be vigilant about what you eat. If you notice that your baby is gassy, try to remember the food that you ate lately. Track it down and take note. Eventually, you will be able to memorize the food that causes gas in your baby.


You may have already put in mind all the foods that cause gas in your baby but do not forget that it is not just the main culprit. Any food that you introduce to your child may cause gas after she eats it for the first time. In due course, your little one’s digestive system may outgrow the allergy or sensitivity and can eat without any side effects of being gassy. However, you may adjust the portions you feed and take it slow.

As a mom, there are many concerns that you need to remember, particularly in feeding your baby. Food has several effects on your baby not only to health and nutrition but also to behavior. Do you have a list of your little one’s favorite food? You know, mothers know best!

Sarah Palmer

Hi! I'm Sarah. My husband and I have a beautiful little girl; plus we’re anxiously awaiting the arrival of Baby #2, so this is a very exciting time for us. Throughout this amazing journey called Parenthood, I’ve learned so much and love sharing my experiences with other parents at SarahsLovelyFamily.com. I'd love to share my discoveries with you too!

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