How To Help Your Windy Baby
Some babies need very little assistance to release wind, while others need a little bit more help. We look at the causes of wind and how to to help your windy baby.
Babies can be very windy individuals. And for some infants, trapped wind can be very uncomfortable. We take a look at the causes of gas and why it causes pain and discomfort, and more importantly how you can relieve your little one’s symptoms.
What Causes Wind In Babies?
Wind is simply the air that becomes trapped in your baby’s stomach and they need someone else’s help to get rid of it. There are many different ways that air can get into your baby’s digestive system from taking in too much air during a feed or even crying can cause air to become trapped.
How Do I Know If My Baby Is Suffering From Trapped Wind?
Your baby might draw his legs up to his chest and thrash around after a feed. He might also break off in discomfort halfway through a feed.
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How To Help Your Baby
Feeds – Your baby can swallow air with her milk when she feeds. Babies need to be burped frequently, particularly if they are fast feeders or if you have a fast milk flow.
- Keeping your baby as upright as possible helps to reduce wind.
- Gentle stomach or back rubs, or a warm bath may also help to relieve wind.
- Simeticone drops: Simeticone drops are a supplement that can be added to expressed breast milk before a feed. The drops are designed to help release bubbles of trapped air in your baby’s digestive system.
- Always burp your baby after a feed.
Babies have trouble bringing up wind because their immature digestive systems allow air to travel further into the tummy, which makes it harder for it to come out. This is why it is important to always burp your baby after a feed, although you may have to experiment with different positions before he finally lets out a burp. Some babies hiccup, which helps to get rid of wind, so if your baby hasn’t burped after a couple of minutes it probably means he doesn’t mean to. However, if he seems to be in discomfort, keep trying.
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My little girl has terrible trouble getting her wind up. I started baby massage and found it brilliant for bringing up her wind. If that doesn’t work try some gripe water. - Gillian Burke
- Sit upright and hold your baby against your chest with her chin on your shoulder while you support her bottom with one hand. Gently pat your baby’s back with your other hand.
- Hold your baby sitting up, in your lap or across your knee. Support your baby’s chest and head with one hand holding your baby’s chin in the palm of your hand. Rest the heel of your hand on your baby’s chest making sure that you are holding your baby’s chin and not the throat. Pat your baby’s back gently with your other hand.
- Lay your baby on your lap on her stomach. Make sure that her head is supported and that it’s higher than her chest. Gently pat her back.
If you find your baby struggles a little to get up wind here are a few tips you can try from www.breastfeeding.ie
- Walking with your baby in your arms or in a baby sling, the upright position gently helps to relax them.
- Put a gentle little bump or bounce in your walk.
- Skin-to-skin contact may relax baby and wind may break more easily.
- Try the ‘magic baby hold’ – this gets best results when done by the dad, grandfather or uncles. Baby’s back is held against dad’s tummy, with baby tummy resting on dad’s crossed arms. Baby’s legs and arms gently fall either side of dad’s arms. Baby will love this position.
- Try again to feed baby, breastmilk actually contains some natural elements, which act like a pain relief for baby which may help with wind discomfort.
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Do you have other tips on how to wind your baby? Tell us in the comments below.