Relieving Trapped Wind In Babies
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Wind pains is one of the most common problems in newborn babies. At the beginning, my baby would cry at night and I would just think it is always for no apparent reason (which is not far from the truth sometimes!), but, my mother suggested the baby has got wind, that is when I actually started making a link between their wind and them waking up. This is not a new problem and all babies will have it because their digestive system is still developing and learning how to digest food.
Here are a few things I tried and researched to try and get rid of wind in my baby and the pain that comes with it.
First, the basics: Burping and excess air
I won't spend much time on this one but I think despite being told about it already, sometimes I was just tired and thought it would be better if my daughter fell asleep already not to do it to avoid her waking up. I was wrong, burping did not wake her up, and, it helps prevent her getting bloated.
Your baby might also be swallowing a lot of air while breast feeding (you can notice them gulping sometimes). A simple tips is to try and change their position to make it more upright or sit them on your lap if they can sit. If they are bottle-feeding, make sure you get a bottle with small/few holes for a slow flow of milk.
If the problem seems to be a lot of reflux, changing the position can also help with this. Try a pillow under the mattress they sleep on so the upper part of their body is slightly higher than the lower. Remember, no pillows in the crib. Also, consult with a doctor if that is an issue.
This is the easiest way to help your newborn baby with flatulence, wind and constipation. You can encourage tummy time by making sure the environment is safe and that there are plenty of toys available to entertain them. It is also good for their development as they will later start rolling over then crawling as they build up their muscle strength.
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Exercises and massage
The simplest is what is called the bicycle exercise. You basically get your baby lying on their back and gently bend each thigh towards their tummy. You can also massage their tummy as in this video:
Is it the food?
I have not actually tried those but I know people swear by it so you might as well give it a go.
Please get some advice on this from a health care professional or ask a doctor. There are different over the counter medications available for trapped wind but please make sure you check if it is suitable for their age, the dosage, etc. I have tried gripe water for wind with my daughter because everyone was telling me how good it is. Unfortunately, it did not work for her. What did work to some extent, was Infacol. It is not a magic cure but I noticed it helped relieve her wind pain sometimes. However, during my research, I found studies that found that Simethicone (the active ingredient in Infacol) was not effective in relieving trapped wind.
If non of this works and you think this is still a problem, it is worth seeing your doctor/GP/family practitioner to get more advice.
Common Questions And Answers:
Can the food I eat make my baby gassy?
Can I eat fish while breastfeeding?Yes. According to the British Nutrition Foundation, you do not need to restrict your fish or tuna intake except the following (this is an excerpt from their website):
- Don’t eat more than one portion of shark, swordfish or marlin a week (this advice is the same for all adults).
- Don’t eat more than two portions a week of oily fish.
What about you? What works for your baby? Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions, suggestions or ideas.
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