So, babies are the only ones allowed to release gas, belch and burp without any apologies. This is because babies produce a lot of gas due to their developing digestive system, and feel a lot of pain when it is trapped.
Some symptoms of trapped gas include abdominal pain or cramp, fussiness and crying as baby pulls his legs upwards, burping and belching, excessive spit up, hard, distended belly and flatulence.
Let’s look at some of the factors responsible for trapped gas in babies:
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Eventually, baby’s digestive system will be better able to handle gas as they grow up but before that, here are things you can do to make it easier for your baby.
When feeding, always keep baby’s head higher than the stomach whether you are breast or bottle feeding. This position allows air find its level at the top, making it easier to be released. If baby is bottle fed, tip the bottle slightly so that air can rise to the top, while milk / formula descend to completely cover the nipple.
Just as the name infers, baby gets to ride his leg in the air as if he’s riding a bike, with your help of course, as he lies down on his back. This can help to release gas.
From time to time, put your baby on his stomach so gravity can help push all the gas out. You can also put the baby across your lap with the head on one knee and stomach on the other.
Burp your baby during and after feeding. You can burp your baby over the shoulder or upright while rubbing the back or giving gentle pats to release trapped air.
Get a feeding bottle nipple that helps baby feed slowly. This will help prevent air from flowing along with the milk. Also, the slow feeding nipple will allow milk flow gradually and slowly so the baby has time to drink and swallow without gulping excessively.
Place a warm towel low on your baby’s tummy to help soothe the cramps or give a warm bath.
If none of these work, you can consult your paediatrician and ask to be prescribed a safe medication for your baby, although natural remedies would be preferred.
It can be heartbreaking to see your baby so uncomfortable and not be able to do much about it. In my case, it brought me close to tears. We switched his formula to one that had less iron and it helped, though we reverted when he became older.
Try to get your baby to drink some water as this will help stimulate the bowels to move. However, remember that this situation is a phase your baby will eventually outgrow.
Tags: Gas pain in babies, Remedies for trapped gas in babies
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Noted. Thanks MIM.
tnks so much mim,dis came wen I needed it most.am a ftm n my baby is 40days.most times,its d gas dat wake him up 4rm sleep. he’ll start squeezing his face n all dat. I hp did tips will help. I’ll appreciate if u can help with d kind of foodI sd b eating 4nw cos what I eat most times is rice, indomine, pap n tea. don’t kw if its OK.
Its not ok pls, you need to stock up on proteins, fruits and vegetables too. If its possible knock off indomie, enjoy your rice with vegetable sauce, curry stew, etc. Eat fruits too but be mindful of oranges or anything that can cause loose stomach so your baby won’t stool unnecessarily. Check google for ideal meals for nursing moms. Don’t forget to drink lots of water too.
Tnkx MIM for sharing
Well noted! Thanks MIM
Thanks a million
Thanks Admin! I just need this nw
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