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Getting Rid of Baby Gas Fast
Baby Gas: A Real Pain in the Tummy!
Baby gas is one of those lousy things that happen to every baby. It's a fact of life, and trust me, with three little ones, I know! The joys of colic and gassiness make parenthood a little less than idyllic . . . but there is hope.
First of all, rest assured that at some point, your baby will stop needing you to burp him and will actually get out his own baby gas! (this usually starts between 4-6 months of age) Secondly, this page is here to help. I`ve compiled a bunch of resources on getting rid of baby gas here from my own experience, both as a mom and several years spent babysitting and working as a nanny, plus more from other parents in the know.
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Gripe Water: A Miracle for BabyÂ´s Gas
When my little sister was just a baby, she had baby gas. I remember it well because I was 12 and got the wonderful job of spelling my mother off on long nights! That kid could scream. We tried everything from rocking to pedaling her little legs. Nothing worked. She screamed. And screamed. And screamed some more.
Finally, Mom remembered that she had a bottle of gripe water. This little bottle had come in a basket from the Welcome Wagon when they heard about the arrival of the new little one, but since she had never used gripe water before, Mom put it away and forgot about it.
That little bottle was a miracle in disguise. The ingredients were all natural, smelling of licorice (which I've since learned was from the anise seed) and slightly sweet. A few drops of that stuff turned a writhing, screeching infant into a calm, cooing baby girl who smiled and giggled at us.
My mother ran out and bought three more bottles, just in case.
So, if you have baby gas problems that just aren't going away, you ought to try gripe water. It really does help. (it's also good for teething problems, but that's another blog!)
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Give Your Baby Medicine Faster and Easier
Trying to get medicine down a baby's throat is a real pain and usually ends up with bright pink medicine (why can't they leave it clear?!?) all over the baby and you. We used to measure the medicine and put it in a bottle nipple and have the baby suck that, but it's still messy. So, when a friend gave us a Munchkin medicator with our third, it was AWESOME! You can measure right in the medicator and there is NO mess. Plus our baby liked it and tended to suck long after the medicine was gone, which kept him happy.
Baby Gas Techniques for Relieving Tummy Pains
Often, if a baby doesn`t burp up that air, it turns into bubbles of gas that travel through his little intestines, causing discomfort that can`t be alleviated by simply burping.
There are a few methods of moving the baby gas along and getting it to come out and ease the pain.
Massage is a good way to go, rub your baby`s belly gently with a circular motion. Running your hand gently down toward the pelvic region can also help relieve pain caused by baby gas.
Another way to get rid of baby gas in the intestines is to lay the infant on her back and take hold of both lower legs, then move them in a jogging movement. This helps to stimulate the movement and you`ll hear little farts pretty soon!
Encourage your little one to keep his bottom in the air . . . gas is light and tends to move toward the upper regions, so this can help get rid of gas.
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Learn Baby Massage to Prevent Baby Gas
In this completely updated version of her renowned classic, Vimala McClure, founder of the International Association of Infant Massage, and its premier proponent in the United States, helps you master the techniques of infant massage so you can incorporate this joyful and wonderful healing art into your baby's life.
Another Way to Help Your Baby
This colic relief tummy band uses herbs and heat to help your little one feel better and to ease gas problems. It's very easy to use and can be used over and over again.
Baby Burping Positions
Baby gas goes bye-bye!
Looking for some original ideas on how to burp your baby and get the gas out? HereÂ´s a list I have put together:
The Shoulder Pat: Just like it sounds, put the baby with his head on your shoulder and pat. Very basic.
The Arm Burp: Hold the baby on one arm, with her head at your elbow, your hand between her legs and use the other hand to pat firmly.
The Lap Pat: Sit the baby in your lap, facing to one side and pat him on the back.
The Knee Bounce: Sit your baby on your knee and bounce her up and down. Not too roughly, but with a little jar in each bounce to help bump that baby gas out.
The Lap Tap: Lay your little one face down on your lap and pat his back firmly. Watch out for spit up with this one!
The Jiggle: Put the baby up on your shoulder, the same as for the Shoulder Pat. Then walk around the room, bouncing slightly on each step. This is good for burp-resistant babies!
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The book includes detailed advice on the proper way to swaddle a child, the difference between a gentle rocking versus shaking and more. According to the author, virtually all babies will respond to these strategies although some trial and error may be needed to find the most effective calming method.
Why Your Baby Bottle Could Be Causing Gas
What is baby gas? It`s basically just air that gets into that little tummy and the baby has a hard time getting back out. Often, the baby`s bottle can be the cause of this air getting in.
When babies gulp air along with their milk, they end up with gas. Certain bottle types are more likely than others to cause this problem, namely those that have straight, hard sides. If not held at just the right angle (usually rather difficult to do without wrist fatigue), air gathers in the nipple where the hungry infant sucks it down.
Instead, look for bottles that have flow control and a chamber where the milk is held before being released, angled bottles and those with plastic liners to help reduce the amount of air that your baby swallows.
The Drop-Ins Premium Nurser is a sleek, contoured bottle that holds Playtex Drop-Ins liners, which collapse for an air-free feed. This unique system has been clinically shown to help reduce gas, colic, and spitting up. The pre-sterilized, disposable liners collapse to keep air out of the bottle and your baby's system. After each feeding, the liner is discarded, so there is one less thing to clean.
Feel free to share tips and stories about your run ins with baby gas!