How To Burp Your Baby
Does your baby get cranky while feeding or after feeding? It’s probably because with that milk they swallowed some air, making them feel uncomfortably full. Try these baby burp tips and positions to bring the air up and make room for the full meal of the baby.
What is Burp?
During breast milk or formula feed, babies tend to swallow air bubbles. These air bubbles are trapped in the digestive tract of the baby-making them gaseous and uncomfortable. Burping is the method of releasing the gas from the digestive tract through their mouth. However, there are other factors that may add to achieving a baby’s digestive system in these air bubbles, some of which are discussed below.
3 ways in which babies swallow air:
While feeding milk: A bottle/breastmilk feed needs a child to suck continually during which the air bubbles may enter their system
Food: this scenario holds great for a child that has already begun on strong feed. Some foods generate gas while breaking down in the intestine.
Allergies: Allergy or intolerance to certain kinds of food can also contribute to gas formation in a baby’s stomach.
Why Does Your Baby Burp?
When the air bubbles stuck in the stomach of a baby, it leads them discomfort and pain. They feel complete and bloated and therefore squirm or scream, signaling that they need your assistance to provide some relief. It is advised to burp infants even if the child is not getting fussy. Burping is regarded to be quite useful for infants, particularly for those with frequent gastrointestinal issues. It is also widely thought that breastfed infants may not require as much burping as a formula-fed child because they tend to swallow less air during a feed.
Baby Burp Tips:
A few tips to assist you effectively burp your child:
- Always keep a burp cloth or bib between your outfit and the baby’s mouth, protect your clothes.
- In case the child spits up, keep a cloth, diaper or bib handy.
- For most children, a soft pat or rub might get the burp, but some need a slightly firmer hand.
- Focus on the back of the baby’s left side, where the stomach of your little one is located.
Fussing in the center of feeding can be caused by swallowed air discomfort, and ongoing fussing can cause her to swallow more air— leading to more cranky and potentially coughing up. Instead, immediately attempt to burp child to see if it’s an air bubble in her tummy that causes her to protest.
Best Positions For Baby Burp
There are three basic ways for baby burp: face-down on your lap or sitting up on your shoulder. Trying all three to see what the job is best done for your little one is a good idea.
1. On your shoulder:
Strengthen your baby against your shoulder. Use one hand to support her bottom and pat or rub back with the other.
2. Face-down on your lap:
Place your baby tummy down across your lap (their stomach will be on one leg, their head turned sideways on the other) with one hand holding baby securely, patting or rubbing her back with the other.
3. Sitting up:
Hold your child on your lap in a sitting position, leaning forward slightly. Support the head and chest of the baby with one arm while patting or rubbing with the other arm.
Once your child has excellent head control, when you stand and walk, you can attempt to hold her upright in front of you. To apply light pressure, place one hand under her bottom and the other arm across her tummy. The motion can help to release any trapped air bubbles in addition.
How often are you supposed to burp my child?
How often you burp baby relies on how you feed her: if she feeds a bottle, burp baby at least once, about halfway through feeding, or more frequently if she appears to be fussy or takes a long time.
When breastfeeding, burp when switching from breast to breast to create space for more milk (remember that a child with swallowed air may stop eating and refuse to change breasts just because she feels uncomfortably complete). Does your newborn manage just one breast at a moment? Burp on the same breast mid-feed.
What should you do if your baby doesn’t burp?
Some babies don’t swallow a lot of air, so they’re just not frequent burp. Other children are passing gas enough not to burp at the same frequency as a typical infant. If your little one isn’t a big burp, doesn’t seem to be bothered by gas pains exceptionally, and gains weight for her age at the correct rate, it’s nothing to worry about.
If your child feeds well but is gassy, then there is no cause for concern. Babies tend to burp usually because they are still developing their digestive systems. Only if they don’t burp, you’ll have to make sure they do that. If you think this is essential, do not hesitate to consult a doctor.
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