Relieving a gassy baby without medication
Do you have a gassy baby?
That sometimes inevitable gas a newborn comes with can leave any parent at their wits end trying to find a solution. You feel helpless sometimes not knowing how to make your baby feel better. A gassy baby puts so much extra stress on your little one and it’s parents. As some of you have already read, I had a colicky baby. The horrible gas started first and then it turned into full blown colic. We tried many things for gas before treating the colic.
I was never a fan of giving my baby an more medications than absolutely necessary. We did clear a few over the counter medications with the doc but never used them more than once. If it wasn’t going to make a noticeable difference I wasn’t going to keep pumping it into my little one.
I did, however, find a few things that worked great for my baby! If you are like I was and searching desperately for answers online, I hope my experience can shed some light on you situation. Here we go!
Being on your little ones belly can put enough pressure on them to help make gas more comfortable. Gravity also help gas pass faster when baby is on its belly. We used to put our baby boy over his boppy pillow with his pillow directly under his stomach a lot. Being held in a “football position” with his head by the bend of my elbow was also one of his favorites. Occasionally we would put him over our knees and gently rock out knees back and forth. We never put him on his belly to sleep or nap. If he was fighting gas during the day we would let him spend tummy time to relieve the gas.
Get those legs moving!
Our little guy would quiet right down when we started moving his legs up and down and bicycling them around. He did need more pressure when pushing his legs up than I thought he did at first. Your baby will let you know when you are putting too much pressure. Also, try rocking your baby’s legs from side to side. Our baby would always let our more gas pushing his legs to the right than the left. It is amazing how much you can relieve your little one this way!
Belly massage is one technique my mom used quite often when watching baby boy. You should use a clockwise spiral motion, starting from the outside and working towards the belly button. When I massaged my baby’s belly, it was after his bath while I was putting lotion on him.
Find the way your baby burps the best.
Not all babies can be put on your shoulder with their back patted to burp. With my son I had to sit him on my knee and lean him forward, putting one hand on his chest and the other patting his back. He would only burp if I was bouncing him on my knee and patting his back at the same time. Find what works for your baby to help get that gas out easiest after and during feedings. Taking care of it while feeding or directly after keeps baby from being uncomfortable longer.
Find the right bottle
The type of bottle you use can make a world of difference. We tried many different types of bottles before finding out that Dr Browns works best for our baby’s stomach. The less air your baby is sucking in, the better. The way the bottle is made may also not necessarily be the problem, but how well you baby can latch onto it. Experiment with different ones to find out what is best for your little one. Even if you think what you have works great there’s nothing wrong with making sure.
The last thing we did almost crosses into the medication category. Grip water was one of our all time favorites for upset stomach, hiccups and gas. It even helped with the colic a slight bit. Its an all natural supplement that contains ginger root and fennel seed extract. This got rid of those hiccups(that would eventually cause him to spit up) pretty much instantly!
Better belly days are ahead!
These things helped out little man tremendously! With a knowing what movement, positions, massage, bottle and burping technique worked we were able to prevent a lot of unneeded pain for our baby. After we discovered he had colic, our doctor suggested we try the gerber soothe colic drops(you can read about that experience here). Now that my baby boy is going on 9 months the gas isn’t as much of an issue. We still have some days we lay on the couch pushing our legs around get relieve the pain but those are far and few between anymore. Let me know what helped your little one as well, any advice is always welcome!