Your baby hasn’t stopped crying – but they’ve been fed, cuddled and burped. Now what? Your baby may be suffering from gas or reflux; two very common problems suffered by new-borns. Fortunately, we love all things baby here at Babocush, and we’re here to help your baby’s digestive woes with some of our top tips on how to ease your baby’s tummy discomfort.
Gas is caused by a few different things
It can be produced by the baby swallowing air bubbles during feeding, or baby’s digestive system breaking down sugars in the large intestine. Gas happens whether baby is bottle or breast-fed, although some babies tend to develop gas when they’re breastfed due to their mother’s diet. Certain vegetables such as broccoli, beans, brussels sprouts and cauliflower have been linked to excess gas production in breast-fed babies, so mum might alter her diet if it includes a lot of these gas-forming vegetables.
Feed your baby before they begin to cry for food
If they start to cry, it normally means at this point baby cannot wait any longer to be fed, and will eat much faster, causing more air to be swallowed during feeding. Feed your baby at a leisurely pace, and try to ensure that they do not eat too fast. If baby seems uncomfortable or squirmy during the feeding, try burping them halfway through, and feed again once they’ve brought up a little bit of wind.
Babies spit up – a lot
Don’t worry, as this is normal. Experts suggest that almost half of newborn babies spit up daily. It’s a common occurrence, and no reason for concern. However, if your baby vomits after feeding, this could be caused by a range of medical issues. If your baby vomits more than three times after feeding, or the vomit has a strange colour, make sure to notify your baby’s GP to get to the root of the problem. Monitor your baby for lactose intolerance if they continually cry, vomit or spit up after feeding. This can be temporary or permanent, but can be a source of discomfort for many a crying baby.
Burping your baby usually solves at least some of the discomfort
There are various ways to burp your baby; over the shoulder, on your chest, sitting upright or across the knees are all common methods, and many parents try a few before they settle on a method that works for them and their baby. A gentle tummy massage can also help solve pain caused by a gassy stomach. Simply lie baby on their back and rub their tummy in small, gentle circles. Bicycling baby’s legs can also help to relieve excess gas.
At Babocush, we’re experts in fussy babies
Our unique baby cushion is ideal for soothing gassy, colicky babies, by holding them tummy down, with their head to the side. This position helps relieve gas, reflux and colic, as well as stopping the startle reflex often experienced by newborn babies. It’s a great investment for parents and baby alike – giving everyone time to relax. We hope our one-of-a-kind cushion can help your babies tummy discomfort – why not give it a try?