The One Thing You Didn’T Know About Burping Baby: When To Stop Burping Baby?
Concerned About When to Stop Burping Your Baby? Follow These Five Quick Tips to Do It Right Every Single Time
As a new parent, you're concerned about a million things: Is your baby still breathing when he goes to sleep? Is she still hungry? Is he crying because he's too gassy?
That latter question brings a lot of worry to newbie parents because their wee ones cannot burp without assistance. That's where you come in and can help them release the gas bubble caught in their gastrointestinal system -- leading not only to more comfort for their little bellies but also preventing more serious conditions. Getting the answer to this question is critical.
If you don't know when to stop burping baby, you're going to learn today. We've got five quick tips for you that will help you gain confidence in helping your baby burp after every feeding -- and give you peace of mind. Let's get started with these five simple tips that will make you a baby burping pro!
Tip #1: How Do Those Bubbles Get into Baby's Stomach?
There are three main ways gas gets into a baby's stomach, and the more you've got these down, the better you'll get at noticing your baby's discomfort and addressing it with burping techniques:
First, a baby may swallow air too quickly. This happens frequently with babies who are eating via a bottle. When you nurse a baby, there is more of an opportunity for the baby to rest and to take time in the feeding. Sometimes a baby using a bottle will suction the milk or formula much too quickly, producing gas in the stomach.
Second, a baby may have some digestive issues as a result to the milk he or she is consuming. This has largely to do with a mother's diet. Of the most offensive foods to a baby's stomach are carbohydrates, beans, vegetable such as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, and soda. Some of these food items obviously are very healthy, so you can't cut them all out of your diet. But just knowing is power to you because you can start paying attention to the food items you are consuming that may aggravate your baby's belly over time.
Third, your baby may be experiencing gas because he or she is having an allergic reaction or developing food intolerance to your milk or formula. Track how your baby reacts to the food you are giving him or her, and talk to your doctor about diagnosis. Some baby's have a dairy intolerance that upsets the stomach and makes them gassy.
Tip #2: When Should I Burp My Baby
Doctors recommend you burp your little one whenever there is a break in the feeding cycle. That's going to be different for every baby. Sometimes your baby will get tired and will fall asleep. It takes a lot of work to feed when you are that little!
Other times your baby will be hungry and you'll feel certain he or she is done. If you've tried to burp your baby for at least four minutes, he or she may not need to. But you'll want to try!
Whatever the timeline -- whether in between breaks or at the end of meal time -- make sure you give your baby a chance to burp. A good time to gauge this is trying to burp your baby whenever your switch sides. If you're using formula in a bottle, try burping babies from newborn age up to six months old after you've fed them about 2-3 ounces.
But you also don't have to stop there. Burping after mealtime is the most critical time to burp your babe, but they can develop gas throughout the day, so doctors also recommend you try to get a burp here and there throughout the day.
At least until you better understand your baby's biology and customary way of reacting to milk or formula, you should try to burp your little one even when he or she is at rest or isn't showing signs of discomfort. We really don't know how much air gets trapped in their bellies.
Tip #3: At What Age Do I Stop Burping My Baby?
Again, every baby is going to be different because their digestive systems are developing at different rates. However, most babies are going to stop needing your burping help between four and six months old when they begin eating solid food.
A baby's digestive system is sensitive and if you're baby continues to need burping past this stage, it's important that you talk to your doctor about he or she is developing. You'll also want to look out for what is normal and abnormal burping.
Burping is something very natural for a baby to do as its digestive system is developing. Also normal is passing gas and the normal rotation of stools. What is not normal if burping is accompanied by other drastic symptoms like vomiting or a temperature of more than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you see other symptoms along with burping, you'll ant to get your baby checked out by a doctor right away, as there may be an illness or condition at work that needs medical intervention.
Tip #4: I'm Burping My Baby, But It Doesn't Seem to Be Working?
This is a problem many moms face, but there is a solution. If you continue to burp your baby at all of the scheduled times but your baby doesn't seem to be happy, then you might need to try additional techniques to the gas in your baby's belly moving again.
One great way to do this is to give your infant a massage. Lay her on the floor with her back to the floor. Then, push her lets back and forth like she's bicycling. This helps those air bubbles circulate and encourages your baby to pass gas.
In addition, you might put your baby on her stomach while she is awake. This helps get those air bubbles circulating as well.
If you find that those two tricks are still not working, then you might want to consider some additional inhibitors that could be adding to the problem as follows:
First, what is the style of bottle you are using? You may want to switch to a bottle designed to eliminate as much air as possible in the bottle so your baby isn't consuming it. You'll find this in angled bottles.
Second, consider how you are preparing formula. Are you shaking your water and formula mixture with gusto? If you are, you're unnecessarily adding air to the bottle -- and that means more air potentially going into your baby's belly.
Third, make sure the bottle is not releasing the formula or milk too quickly. There are different tops for the bottles according to the age of your baby and the projected speed at which your baby can consume the formula or milk at that time. So make sure that matches your baby's development stage to avoid giving your baby too much at one time, leading to gas in the stomach.
Tip #5: Is There Anything Else I Can Do?
The answer is "yes," but talk to your doctor first. There are some over-the-counter medications that could help relieve gas in your baby, but your pediatrician really needs to weigh in first. You want to try to avoid medications when a baby is so little at all costs.
Sometimes, though, gas relief drops or an herbal remedy like gripe water may be able to alleviate some of your baby's discomfort. Gripe water is made from herbs that are known to calm the stomach, such as peppermint, dill and ginger. These solutions may or may not help your child, as every baby is different. That's why it's so important to check in with your doctor first.
At the end of the day, you may need to give it a little time. Your baby's digestive system is developing every day, and he or she is learning how to eat food and digest it. Some days may be better than others until he or she gets into a routine.
In conclusion, put your worries about your baby's burping to rest. By following these five effective and quick tips, you'll be on your way to feeling more confident and empowered while your baby will feel happy and comfortable.
If your little one is crying, then it's a good sign something is wrong whether she's hungry, wet or gassy. But don't wait until your baby is crying or just after mealtime to burp your baby. You never know when those gas molecules are going to inflate your little babe's stomach, so make it a routine part of your day to burp your baby in between mealtimes, too.
With time, you'll become the pro we know you can be and you'll be able to get a little more shut-eye in-between those meals. Hang in there, New Parent! You're on your way with these five tips for gauging when to stop burping baby.