Every mum knows a windy baby is a grumpy baby! Avoid the tears by finding the right baby burping technique to settle your little one.
Your baby’s digestive system can give you endless worries in the early days. But there is a way to work out what’s making him uncomfortable – and how to get him happy again.
If your baby gets air trapped in her tummy, he’ll feel uncomfortable and unable to settle. ‘For some babies wind can be incredibly painful and upsetting,’ says Childcare expert and Founder of childcareisfun.co.uk Fi Star-Stone. ‘It can take time and patience to soothe them and dislodge the wind, but after every feed, you should ensure you get 3-4 big burps. You can do this in several ways but it's really about finding out what works for you and your baby.’
HOW TO BURP YOUR BABY...
There are several different ways to wind your little one. Get the technique right and it could provide instant relief for your little one….
THE CLASSIC RUB
Sit your baby on your lap facing to the side or facing forward. Support your baby with one arm under his tummy and your hand supporting his chin. Lean him forward slightly and rub his back up and down quite quickly with your free hand.
PAT A BACK
Gently pat your baby's back while they are sitting in the position mentioned above. ‘Patting can help to dislodge stubborn wind,’ says Fi. ‘But be careful not to pat your baby too hard!’
THE ARM LIFT
Childcare expert Fi Star-Stone says, ‘One of the best ways of helping my little ones’ stubborn wind was to lift them gentle under their arms then gently rock them side to side.’ Make sure you’re careful to support your baby's head though.
Lay your baby tummy-down on your lap supporting her head with your hand. ‘Ensure she is safe and secure and not in danger of rolling off your lap – then use your free hand to rub her back gently up and down or in circular motions,’ says Fi. ‘Lots of little ones like this technique but be warned – it can bring up a sicky burp after a feed as there is pressure on their tummy.’
BABY STILL UNCOMFORTABLE?
If your little one’s stubborn wind is still leaving you wanting to tear your hair out, there are plenty of other tricks you can try. ‘Elevating the head end of the cot when putting your baby down for a nap after a feed can really help windy babies,’ says Fi. ‘Winding during, as opposed to after, a feed (especially for bottle fed babies) can help as well. Sit them upright half way through a feed and try to burp them, then continue to feed. If you are bottle feeding – try to use anti-colic bottles.’
Massage is a great baby calmer and can help your bond to grow stronger. What’s more, it’s pretty easy once you know what to do. Your newborn will be in the mood for a massage around 45 minutes after a nap and feed. As you build confidence, try ‘soothing strokes’, where you move your hands from just above his belly button towards his hips, one after the other, to help move wind through the bowel. Fi says, ‘Baby massage is a great way of soothing your little one and dislodging their wind. Some medicines, like Infacol are also hugely helpful if given to your baby before a feed. It helps your little one bring up their wind by making their wind bubbles bigger and therefore easier to pass.’