Helping babies pass gas is something that every new parent has to go through. With new babies especially, babies will get uncomfortable at some point and need your help.
I have compiled a list of some of my favorite methods to help babies pass gas as well as a few tips on how to decrease gas before it even starts.
Curious to see the best tips and tricks to help babies pass gas? Keep reading…
How to Help Babies Pass Gas
There are so many ways to help babies become more comfortable when they are trying to pass gas. Here are my top 3 tips to calm down your baby and help them relieve any gas bubbles stuck in their system.
Rocking or Bouncing
The movement stimulates the womb for your sweet baby and helps move any air bubbles that are causing discomfort. Additionally, the comfort of being close to you will stimulate some endorphins to calm the baby down even more. I also learned from my nurse in the hospital to hold their two feet then push down (bending their knees) towards their belly and hold for 20 seconds and repeat 3-5 times. It actually works!
When air bubbles get caught in the intestines, some babies’ nerve endings are just too immature for that sort of stimulation. When you rub in a circular motion on their tiny tummies, it can help calm their nerve endings and help pain be reduced.
This is one of those must haves for any new moms. After the first few weeks with your newborn and gas becomes more frequent, having gripe water can be a lifesaver. It works by having the baby orally ingest a few drops. Then, the water and herbal combination works together to break down any excess gas.
Prevent Gas in the First Place
For any parent, preventing gas in the first place is the best solution for you. Here are some of the best tips to help stop any production of gas in the first place.
Change Babies Bottle
Did you know that different bottles are designed for different types of mouths? What was great for one kid may cause your little one to swallow more air when feeding, which can cause a lot of gas discomfort.
Just like the bottles, not every type of formula is going to meet the needs of every baby. If you have chosen to formula feed, the formula may contain an ingredient that your baby is allergic to. My niece, for example, couldn’t digest dairy and was extremely uncomfortable after drinking formula with lactose in it. My sister tried this trick and it helped my niece be able to relax more.
Look into your own diet
When I was breastfeeding my first born, when I ingested any fake sweeteners, it would go into my milk and affect her greatly. There was a little bit of trial and error to figure out what it was- for some women it is dairy, others gluten. If you are hoping to help your babies stop producing so much gas, looking into your own diet can be beneficial.
You got this. Use your intuition and these simple tips listed above to help everyone feel better.