Mother and Baby

Trapped Wind: Expert Videos

We all know a windy baby is a grumpy baby. Avoid the tears with the expert video guide to winding...

Nicola Joseph, Health Visitor says: The aim of winding is basically to help baby bring up their wind because as a baby you’re not actually able to bring up that wind yourself.

Mum 1: Along her back, I just rub upwards. I’m starting from the bottom to try and get any of those air bubbles. The other thing I’m doing is rubbing in circles, I use this part of my hand (heel) and I also just to patting. I start from right at the bottom and work my way up to top.

Nicola says: When they're little this is the time when they need you to help with a gentle patting or rubbing on their back and there are several different winding positions that you can use to do this. Sometimes though, you may find that the wind doesn’t come out at all then, so you could lay baby down on the floor, change baby’s nappy and hopefully having them in that lie down position will help to dislodge some of that wind. And as you bring them back up, you put them into a position that your comfortable winding in and try again.

Mum 2: So this is one option of winding basically, there’s obviously quite a few different ways you can do it. But I sometimes try doing across the lap. Make sure you’ve got a firm grip on your baby. I think you can only really do this if their necks aren’t still quite wobbly. So I would just rub very gently his back and you wait for him to do a burp. I think he did a little one then, which is good. Sometimes he doesn’t do a burp, so that’s fine as well. I’ve give it at least five to ten minutes of winding to see if he’s going to burp or not.

Katie, Cow & Gate midwife says: Depending on how you’re feeding your baby, it’s a good tip sometimes to remember that breastfed babies not all of them need winding and you don’t have to stop the feed even if they do need winding. You can wait until they’ve finished the feed before sitting them up and gently rubbing their back, that’s absolutely fine. Although sometimes if you’re formula feeding your baby, it’s sometimes a good idea to stop part way through the feed and sit them up and make sure they’ve got no more wind.

Nicola says: With a bottle fed baby, just to remember that when they are feeding to make sure that their mouth is around the whole of the teat and to have the teat as filled with formula as possible. Because all the gaps that you see in the teat that don’t have formula in are generally gaps of air that baby will be sucking in. And as you get closer to the end of the bottle, and they’re draining it, when it’s just a little bit of the froth left, take that away from baby because then they will suck in lots of air.

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