Babies are beautiful, sweet, endearing, miraculous little beings who enrich and delight our lives. This is a very good thing to remember during those times when we realize that babies are also little noise- and mess-making machines, and that we spend half our lives calming the noise and cleaning up the mess. Then there are those times when we actually want our children to be gross, for their health's sake. That's why it's useful to know the signs that a baby needs to fart, so that we can help them be as comfortable as possible.
There's no getting around it: Babies fart... a lot. It's normal for infants to pass gas anywhere from 13 to 21 times a day, according to Web MD. What makes them gassier than the average Mobil station? A major cause is the air that they gulp in when they feed, suck on pacifiers, and cry. A baby's developing digestive system also makes it difficult for them to process food and expel gas in the early months. The result: Air gets trapped in their tender tummies, and, as Shrek famously noted, "Better out than in, I always say!"
Most of the time, babies are pretty good at relieving themselves, as we can tell by the distinctive and oh-so-polite noise. But there are times when they have difficulty getting the gas out, and that can be mighty uncomfortable. Since an infant can't say, "Beg your pardon, Mom, but I've got a bit of a tummy ache and could use a little help," it's up to us to watch for telltale signs like these: