Let me say that I hope I’m not the only parent that assumed babies would have a proportionally smaller gas production capacity. I knew babies got stomachaches from gas but I assumed that was just because their stomachs are so much smaller. I was wrong. My dainty little lady produces enough gas to float the Hindenburg. It’s amazing her stomach hasn’t exploded.
Unfortunately, all the other options for relieving infant gas are much more time intensive. If you are nursing it’s time to investigate your diet and eliminate possibly irritating foods like caffeine, onions, dairy milk, cabbage, etc. I must say I feel a little hypocritical recommending this because I always just assumed my diet rotated enough that whatever food bugged her wasn’t worth tracking down. I’m embarrassingly lazy when it comes to food. Of course, if your infant is on formula or solid food, you would apply the same investigation to their diet. Other solutions (as offered by HealthyChildren.org) include spacing feedings by at least 2 to 2.5 hours, introducing a pacifier (aka the original lifesaver) or laying your baby stomach down on your lap while rubbing their back (my husband would call this the tooting position).
On a lighter note, HealthyChildren.org wants to remind you that the crying will calm down to only one or two hours a night after a few months. For some reason they felt the need to follow that information with a reminder to let someone else hang out with baby for awhile if you feel your sanity starting to crack. Ah, parenthood.