Perhaps your little baby, while feeding, is swallowing air. This can cause discomfort and irritation, causing you to cry. Therefore, it is important to help you eliminate the accumulated gases.
Babies need to eliminate the gases correctly. If they don’t, they can cause discomfort and irritation , and of course, a major concern for parents. Therefore, in this article we tell you how you can help your baby to eliminate gases correctly.
Babies and gases
It is very common that a baby during the first months of life does not know how to control the suction technique perfectly. Therefore, you can also swallow air while feeding , especially if you are bottle feeding.
Thus, this accumulation of gases in your small stomach can cause discomfort. In fact, they will feel irritation and discomfort and therefore will cry.
The cramps are produced when gas accumulates in the digestive tract. It may be because they swallow air or by poor digestion.
These are the reasons why after each feeding it is important to help the baby eliminate the gases it ingested while feeding. In fact, it is very difficult for them to do this for themselves, so they need our help.
So, after feeding them, we must make the baby burp and eliminate the gases so that they do not produce cramps or malaise.
Types of gases
There are two types of gases that the baby can accumulate
Stomach gases. These are the most common and it is the air they swallow during feeding, as we mentioned earlier.
Gut gases . In this case, these are gases produced by poor digestion or some food intolerances. In these cases, after consulting with the pediatrician, he may recommend a change of formula.
How to help your baby eliminate stomach gas
There are several techniques and tricks that we can apply in order to help the baby to eliminate the gases correctly:
The position during breastfeeding is essential to prevent the baby from swallowing air with the milk. It is essential that when breastfeeding or bottle feeding, we put the baby in the correct position . This way you can suck better and swallow less air. For this:
The baby should open the mouth wide to catch not only the nipple, but also the areola. If he sucks only the nipple, he is likely to swallow more air during lactation.
Tips for burping and eliminating gas
Provoking the baby to burp is the most effective technique to help the baby to eliminate the gases correctly . However, there are certain more efficient positions for eliminating swallowed air. Among them, the best known are:
Place the baby on his chest with his head resting on our shoulder.
Sit him on his lap, his back to us and place our hand on his chest and his fingers on his chin.
Place the baby on one arm. Due to its weight, the belly will press against the arm, facilitating the elimination of air. However, remember that your head should be slightly higher than the rest of your body.
While the baby is in the correct position for burping, we should massage or gently pat him on the back.
In fact, we should help the baby to eliminate the gases in the ways indicated for about 5 or 10 minutes. However, if in spite of everything you do not hear the characteristic burping noise, do not worry, because sometimes this noise is imperceptible and does not mean that the air has not been eliminated. So, after 10 minutes of feeding, we can lay the baby down without any problem.
When to make the baby burp to eliminate the gases?
We proved that it is necessary to help the baby to eliminate the gases. But you will certainly be asking when to do this. Normally we should make the baby burp after feeding . However, in some cases, we may need to stop breastfeeding so that the baby will eliminate the gas and, only after that, continue with feeding.
If the baby is very restless during feeding, he may be swallowing air. Therefore, we can stop five or ten minutes for it to eliminate the gases and then continue.
In addition, we can also help you to eliminate gases when we change breasts.
In the case that you take a bottle , if you are restless, we can stop every 60 ml in order to help the baby to eliminate the gases and then yes, continue with the feeding.
The baby’s gums should not pinch the nipple. This way, the milk will not come out and it will only swallow air.