Out of all things you need to shield your baby from, gulping in excess air is one of them. Now, you would think, how and why would your baby gulp air. Well, several activities make your baby swallow excess air, including eating, suckling, and crying. This is a problem because babies with gas buildup may appear irritable and uncomfortable, with a firm abdomen and excessive fussing. The good news is that there are easy ways to relieve your baby of the gas. Here in this article, we have discussed some easy ways to help your child stay comfortable and eliminate the gas trapped in their stomach. Read on to know them all.
1. Do The Bicycle Pedaling
To do this method, place your infant on their back and hold the legs up. Then, using very gentle motions, make them move their legs in a pedaling motion. If your infant is constipated, this action may help them pass the gas and stimulate digestion.
2. Try A Tummy Massage
The goal of the gentle belly strokes is to transport the air trapped inside the intestines toward the bowels, thus giving your baby some relief. To prevent throwing up, wait at least half an hour after feeding your infant and before beginning the massage. Then, stop and try again at a different moment if your baby’s arms are stiff or they aren’t gazing at you. Maintain eye contact as you get a massage. Use very light strokes, to begin with. Then, you can gradually raise the pressure if your child appears content.
3. Try The Hands Of The Clock Action
Think of your baby’s belly button as the clock face. Start with your palms pressed together at 7 or 8 o’clock and move them in a clockwise semicircle to the right. When massaging your infant, your hands should move in tandem.
Using alternate hands, gently press the baby ribs and down the entire belly is a great way to soothe a newborn.
To do this, flatten your thumbs on either side of your baby’s belly, just above the belly button. Then, separate your thumbs by pressing in and moving them apart gently. This will shift the building gas in their belly up and come off as burbs.
6. The ‘I Love You’ Method
Here is how to go about this method. First, make an “I” on your baby’s right side of the belly, close to the navel. Then make a slanted “L” shape at the top left corner of the stomach, then slide over to the right side and then down a particular side. At last, draw a “U” upside down. Start with your baby’s lower left corner and work your way up. Then, keep going across the middle and along the right side. This is an effective way to push out the excess air that may cause your infant discomfort later.
To do this, place your fingertips on the left side of your baby’s abdomen, just above the belly. Then, stroll softly to the right while gliding both fingertips across the body. This will help release the trapped air in their abdomen and push it out of their body.
How To Make Your Baby Burp
When your baby swallows too much air while being fed, it may bother them in the form of gas. You may assist them in releasing it by having them burp it out. Here are some easy methods to burp your infant.
Use a bib or towel to catch any spit-up before it ruins your baby’s clothes. Pat your infant on the back while holding your hand in a cup. This may be easier for your baby’s skin than keeping your palm flat. Burp your infant while you’re feeding them and afterward. Put your infant in your lap and lean them forward, so their chin rests on your shoulder. Hold your baby up with one hand and stroke their back soothingly with the other.
Place your infant on your lap. Hold up their torso and neck with one hand. Rub one palm on your baby’s chest while holding their chin in the palm of your hand. Use your other hand to gently stroke your baby on the back.
Place your infant on your lap by keeping their tummy down. The baby’s head should be held above the level of its chest. Once they are comfortable with the position, give them a little pat on the back and see the gas escape in the form of burbs.
Who would have thought that gas could be one of the primary reasons your infant faces discomfort. However, thankfully these methods to help your child release gas are considerably simple. So, which of these methods do you find the most effective for your newborn? Let us know in the comments section. Happy parenting!