A burp is loveable not annoying. But only if that sound comes from your baby! That all important burp from your baby gives you immense satisfaction that your baby had a good feed. Fact,letting out gas is so crucial that one of the first things your healthcare provider teaches you is how to make a baby burp.
A burp is the release of gas from the esophagus through the mouth. Sometimes burps bring out contents of the baby’s feed. These are called erps. If you don’t burp your baby he may turn cranky due to trapped air bubbles.
While some experts think it is not necessary to burp a baby always,I recommended you do it regularly. But burping a baby is not an easy task to accomplish. It’s all in the technique. This is precisely why I have come up with various ways to burp your baby. If one doesn’t work,try the next!
Why Do Babies Need To Burp.
Whether it’s formula milk oror mothers milk,babies swallow air when feeding. These bubbles of air get trapped in the tummy causing crankiness,spitting up and gassiness in baby.
Gulping and fussing indicates that the baby is swallowing air along with milk. The foods you eat could also result in gassiness in the baby.
- Burping helps release this trapped gas,enables baby to settle down and to feed longer.
- Frequent burping helps release the air and frees up room in the baby’s tummy.
- Burping helps if the baby is possetting (regurgitating curdled milk), colicky and has GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Ecessive burping is seen in babies withwith acid reflux.
You might burp the baby enthusticaly but it might not work if not done at the right time.
When To Burp Your Baby.
Burp your baby after a feed or in between feeding sessions. Some babies burp a lot while others rarely do.
Therefore, burp your baby whenever he needs it or seems uncomfortable. For instance, if a baby squirsquirms,wriggles,cries or pulls away during a feed, try to buro him. In general,burp a baby:
- When you switch between breasts.
- Half way through the bottle or every 60-90ml.
- Every 15-20 minutes during a feed.
- If you hear too much gulping,interrupt the feed and burp the baby.
- Burp your baby frequently if he is gassy.
- If your baby is fussy during the night but not interested in feeding, he may be gassy. Help him burp.
Do Bottle-fed Babies Need more Burps?
Bottle fed babies tend to suck in a lot of air. Milk from bottle flows faster than from mothers breast,forcing the baby to gulp in air between close gulps. On the contrary, breastfed babies usually suckle slowly,taking enough time to swallow. Hence babies who feed on mother’s milk don’t need to burp as often as bottle-fed babies.
However, both bottle-fed and breastfed babies can have trapped-in wind. So burping help.
Now comes the big question, “how exactly do I burp my baby”
How To Burp a Baby
Burping isn’t an easy task. If you too feel the same, you haven’t tried the right method yet.
Then what is the best way to burp a baby? The one which is effective and comfortable for both you and your little one. Try one of the ones given below:
1. On the Chest or Shoulder.
- Sit straight and hold baby against your chest.
- Let his chin rest on your shoulder.
- Support his shoulders and head with one hand and rub his back with the other.
- This will relieve him of the trapped bubbles.
As an alternative, hold your baby on your shoulder so that his tummy is slightly pressed. Support him with one hand and pat rub his back using with the other. Create gentle pressure on the tummy to coax the burp out. This position suits well for a baby with head and neck control.
*note that baby is breathing comfortably.
2. Burping on the Lap.
- Make your baby sit on your lap facing away from you.
- Support his chest with your hand and hold the neck and head up using your fingers but not blocking his throat.
- Slightly lean the baby forward and pat or rub his back gently.
3. Burping With Face Down.
Put your baby on your legs with face facing down,right across knees,at the right angle of your body.
Use one hand to support baby’s chin and jaw. Keep his head higher than the rest of the body to avoid blood rushing to his head.
Pat or gently rub on his back using the other hand.
1. Put a burp cloth or an old towel or a muslin bag on you. Babies spit a little milk when burping and it’s perfectly normal.
2. Burping a sleeping baby is not different from burping a baby who is awake.
After feeding,practice burping for 10-15 min. You can try longer if your baby has GERD.
If the baby does not burp,it means he is not ready for it or does not need it. Do it later. But if he seems uncomfortable, keep burping or switch to a different method. Changing the burping position helps move the air bubbles.
But what if no technique works? If stroking or rubbing does not work for your little one,try a warm bath or a gentle tummy massage. While massaging,slightly rub your fingers on the tummy in a clockwise motion.
When To Seek Medical Advice.
If your baby is upset after burping,the problem might not be the trapped wind. If the little one is vomiting large amounts after feeding,seek immediate medical help.
Why Do Babies Cry While Burping.
Sometimes air gets trapped when your baby tries to burp. This could lead to discomfort and crying spells,besides wheezing,crankiness,irritability and coughing. This crying spells could range from mild to extreme. Do not panic. Rather try out different techniques until baby comes down.
Tips To Minimize Gulping Of Air.
Follow the following steps to prevent your baby from swallowing alot of air during feeds.
1. Sitting position. Make your baby sit in an upright position during feeds.
2. Pick the right bottle. If you use a bottle to feed your baby,pick an anti-colic bottle. These are designed to prevent baby from sucking air. Also, select a bottle with the right hole size.
3. Mixing Formula. While preparing the formulae feed,do not shake the mixture vigorously. Shaking generates air in the bottle. Rather,allow the mixture to settle before giving it to the baby.
Note that none of these measures can totally prevent the baby from swallowing air.
When Do You Stop Burping the Baby.
Burp the little one untill he turns six months old. After that, he would learn to feed without swallowing much air hence outgrow the need to burp.
There is no fastest way to burp a baby. All you need is patience and the right technique!
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