Why does baby wind cause pain?

ColicCalm, NZ

Why does baby wind cause pain?


Normally, wind is not a problem and causes no pain or discomfort because it is quickly and easily pushed through the digestive system. However, babies are born with a very immature gut. Most experts agree that for the first thirteen weeks of life outside the womb, the newborn digestive system is literally just learning to function. Muscles that support digestion have not developed the proper rhythm (peristalsis) for moving food efficiently thought the digestive tract. Furthermore, newborns lack the benevolent bacterial flora (probiotics) that develop over time to aid digestion and complement the work performed by enzymes secreted in the digestive tract.

Wind has buoyancy and gas pockets can become trapped in the upper and lower intestines. The gas acts like a cork, impeding or halting the flow of gastric juices and built-up pressure causes painful bloating and swelling of the abdomen. Baby’s immature digestive system is unable to cope effectively. When gas pockets form in the stomach, this can cause the stomach to distend but is also the main cause of hiccups.

Some medical researchers assert that infant wind and colic are unrelated but we don’t agree with this theory. In our experience of helping hundreds of thousands with infant colic, wind and reflux these are usually manifestations of one simple thing; a baby’s immature digestive system and persistently reoccurring trapped wind can most definitely be a source of colic.

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