Why does my baby cry when passing wind?

Parenting is a unique and marvelous journey filled with ups, downs, and what the heck moments. During this experience, you encounter many puzzling questions about your child’s behavior. One such query that parents commonly have is why does their baby cry when passing wind? If you’re one of those inquisitive souls looking for answers to this question, then buckle up because we’ve got some amusing insights.

The Fart Factor

Farts are an inevitable reality of life that can’t be ignored. They come out at the most bizarre times without warning or concern for where you are or who’s around you. Everyone from James Bond to Albert Einstein farts; it’s just a biological function of our body. Similarly, babies also fart due to their underdeveloped digestive system.

Fun Fact: Did you know that on average adults pass gas 10-20 times per day while infants could do it over 50 times per day?

The Science behind Flatulence

In simple terms, flatulence happens when air gets trapped in your belly and needs a way out; That way generally falls within two categories: burping or making noise coming down past the rectum (Insert medical term here). Babies often suffer from wind (gas) as well since their gut isn’t up-to-speed like ours.

Types of Gases Involved In Farts

Everyone knows fart terminology itself is humorous to say aloud—and so let’s examine types of gases involved –

Gas Type Characteristics
Methane Flammable; odorless
Hydrogen Less than Ideal Smell but Safe
Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Non-Toxic and Partly responsible for causing Bloating

Infant Gut At Work – Causes Of Gas

Your infant might be crying during flatulence because different factors cause increased gas in the bowel.


If your infant is swallowing air during feeds or has bottled up air bubbles, then that causes pressure and discomfort for the baby. Typically you’ll notice crying fussiness, and arching of their back from taking in excess air with feeding.

Faulty Digestion

Babies have a delicate digestive system that can’t process every type of food given to them; as such undigested food is converted to gas in the intestine.

When To Get Concerned

There are times when your infant experiences wind but unlike regular situations where it passes after a few minutes things might take an unexpected twist if you spot symptoms like:

  • A bloated tummy
  • Vomiting excessively
  • Diarrhea

These could be signs indicating an underlying infection, issue or allergy associated with digestion. If you observe these warning signs immediately visit your child’s pediatrician since they’re trained professionals capable of diagnosing medical problems and giving proper treatments without trial-and-error that Google search may provide.

What Should I Do To Help My Infant?

Here are some tips which would help soothe mild flatulence issues during infancy –>


Burping is essential as it helps eject burps by letting out displaced bubbles caused due to excessive bottle-fed formula intake(5). Parents need to know several ways on how they can burp their infants.

Two very common methods include:
1) Sit up straight either with support or alone at around thirty-degree angle post nursing time. Patting on infants back gently supports movement of trapped gas bubbles upwards and outwards through mouth/nose.

2) Hold the infant facing toward you (with its chin resting on our shoulder), rubbing its back gently while applying controlled pressure so trapped gasses come out via mouth passage.

Changing Feeding Techniques

Incorporating certain changes while bottle-feeding children can be incredibly helpful in preventing trapped air bubbles from entering their tummy:

  • Pause Regularly: Let your little one take breaks every three to five ounces of milk fed so there is less rushing through bottle feed intervals.
  • Positioning Of The Baby: It’s better if the baby isn’t sitting bolt upright while feeding, because that causes excess strain and can allow gas build up(6). A propped position or even recline-on-incision setup could help avoid exertion on digestive muscles.

Some Food items To Avoid

Babies might exhibit gut pains due to some food their body cannot digest. These specific ones include –

  1. Certain types of Legumes
  2. Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli/cauliflower/brussels sprouts/seeds
  3. Fruits with high fiber content (eg Prunes)


To sum it all up, now we know that babies cry during wind pass because gasses produced cause pressure in the intestines leading outburst of tears/crying/fussiness/worried faces etc., therefore making them uncomfortable fun fact; adults also do feel gassy after a large feast or when eating excess high-fiber diet . On top of this parents need to investigate subtle signs and care about digestion for keeping baby happy while they are flatulent beasts!

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