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How to Relieve Gas in Babies

Gas pain is quite common and is the likely culprit if a baby is constantly crying and in distress. While it is a usual occurrence, there might be some days when your little one can cry inconsolably for hours. So how do you usually relieve gas in babies?

As a parent, let me share with you some insights to identify signs of gas pain and tips on how to sooth your baby when it happens.

Soothing a Baby’s Gas 

It is natural for a baby to pass gas, they may even do it loudly. This is because babies’ gut is still in formative stage during the first months after birth. It is also the reason why they fart a lots. Here is some solutions:

1. Help Baby to Burp

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Burping releases the excess pressure and air out of baby’s body.

The popular method is to hold baby upright. Have a wash cloth ready at you shoulder and position him facing you, with his mouth touching your shoulder. Gently massage baby’s back until you hear a burping sound.

You may also burp him through a seated position. Sit him on your lap and gently rub his abdomen and back.

You need to help him burp at the middle and after feeding. If baby has not burp right after feeding, lay him down for about 5 minutes and try burping him again.

2. Use the right feeding position and feeding bottle

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Never allow baby to lie down flatly during feeding. Incline him through a pillow or a folded towel.

Check the feeding bottle to ensure that air has not accumulated at the nipple area. A few baby bottle brands has a build-in design to prevent air from mixing with the milk. Invest for a bottle or two that can do the trick, a little extra dollar is worth it.

3. Massage baby’s abdomen in a clockwise position

Gently massage baby’s tummy to help lodged gas and pressure to exit his abdomen. A good massage can immediately release baby’s gas, through a fart or two.

Experiment with various gentle massage techniques, you will later see what is most effective for your little one. You may use a little baby oil to warm baby’s tummy, especially if the weather is chilly.           

4. Warm baby’s abdomen

A warm towel placed on baby’s lower tummy will ease cramps, similar to how we are relieved by a warm compress during our menstrual periods.

You may also do it by rolling a warm water bottle atop baby’s belly. A heat pack or warm rice sock will be just as effective. Try to immerse baby in a warm bath to ease his discomfort. Baby will welcome the warmth, it will also help him to sleep.

Tighter swaddling will also help to deliver more pressure to baby’s tummy while warming him in the process. Take care to do any of these suggestions gently and watch baby for any signs of discomfort.

5. A little tummy time might do

Babies experience more colic episodes when they are not spending enough time on their bellies. This happen if baby is seated or lying on his back the whole day.

To ease pain, some pressure brought about by lying or crawling (if he is ready) will help to push the extra air out. Stroke baby’s back while he is lying on his stomach to facilitate expel of gas.

This will also help him to relax. Remember to do tummy time at least 20 minutes after he is done with his milk, not before or immediately after feeding.

There is nothing wrong with allowing baby to lie on his tummy for hours at the crib. It might be the most comfortable position for baby so just let him be. Just be sure that there is no loose threads or large toys that can potentially suffocate or choke him.

6. Essential Oils                                  

There are some oils available at the drug store specifically indicated for abdomen massage. They relieve gas and pain brought about by diarrhea, colic and indigestion.

If you are using them on your baby for the first time, as your doctor for a go signal.  Some oils might look harmless but they can be too potent for your baby’s skin.

Conclusion

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Child-rearing takes lots of practice and patience. It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of gas pain to be able to apply the correct soothing techniques.

The best way prevent gas pain is to put your baby to sleep in a quiet bedroom, with comfortable temperature and no distractions. The first months of baby’s life is the stage when he is most likely to be gassy or colicky.

Your baby needs your care and attention since the best that he can do to communicate is to cry. Give him all the rest and pampering that he need during this time. Be calm, this is just a phase.

So despite messy shirts and sleepless night, this is still a memorable time. Before your know it, your child has already grown right before your eyes.

Reference: 
http://kellymom.com/parenting/parenting-faq/gassybaby/

http://www.babycenter.com/0_gassy-tummy_10393850.bc

How to Relieve Infant Hiccups?

​Hiccup isn’t serious. But it is something to be understood so that we may ease baby’s discomfort. What causes this and how to relieve infant hiccups?

Moms are perplexed with baby hiccups, because they usually appear and disappear out of the blue. Baby may even start his first hiccups while still inside mom’s womb!

Hiccups is a condition that happens due to sudden contractions or spasms of the diaphragm, the muscle over the stomach and underneath the lungs. But usual as it may seem, when it happens regularly and on extended time, it can get worrying.

Baby Hiccups: The reason behind

1. Age 

Hiccups is happens more commonly to babies. The hiccuping episodes tend to lessen as they grow, though adults can still hiccup from time to time.

2. Excess Air and Pressure

Hiccups usually occur after eating. It can be due to an irritated diaphragm and a full stomach due to both food and air intake. It sometimes happens when baby is in a rush to drink milk, gulping down lots of air while feeding.

3. Out of the Blue

Sometimes, we can hardly point out the reason behind hiccups. What’s important is to check if this episode lasts for no more than 10 minutes. If there is a possible medical condition behind baby’s hiccup, his hiccuping episodes are usually more frequent or longer than ten minutes.

How to Get Rid of Infant Hiccups?

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Old parenting wisdom usually says that we must just let baby hiccup as it will just pass. But as it turns out, there are lots of remedies that we may adapt to ease and tone down baby’s hiccup, here are they:

1. Burp

When baby hiccups, it is a sign that baby need to burp. This is because most hiccups coincide with the end or near end of baby’s feeding session. Newborn and babies usually have a harder time passing gas and burping helps.

Try to rub baby gently by patting baby’s back while he has hiccups. Same with burping, put a little pressure on baby’s tummy by letting his tummy lean against your chest during burping. Take note to do this gently, avoid slapping baby at the back or using too much force.

If you are breastfeeding, burp baby during breast switches. Pause and burp him before you re-position him to the other breast.

You may also let baby play on his stomach while inside the crib. The added pressure at the tummy area will help to expel out excess air at the abdominal cavity, thereby reducing the cause for hiccups.

2. Slow Down During Bottle Feeding

If baby’s hiccuping happen at feeding, it is a cue for you that baby must take his milk slowly(paced bottle feeding).

This is important because hurried feeding makes baby swallow more air than is necessary. A distended tummy with lots of milk and air may irritate the diaphragm, causing hiccups.

 It will be helpful also to check baby’s feeding bottle angle. It must be positioned so as to reduce air intake through an upright angle.

 Alternately, allow baby to sit upright during meals. A 45 degrees position at feeding time may help to reduce the incidence of hiccups.

Remember; make sure that baby is fully comfortable before you start the feeding session. Latch baby well and see to it that there is a seal around your breast during feeding. You must not be able to hear load gulping or gurgling sounds if baby is latched on properly.

After feeding, avoid over stimulating baby. Refrain from playing with baby for at least 30 minutes after his meal. Do not make baby do playtime activities such as bouncing up as this can also irritate baby’s full stomach.

In case baby is vomiting during his hiccups, try asking your doctor for advice.

3. Try Giving Baby Something to Nimble or Eat

If baby is already eating soft foods off the plate, try feeding him to ease his hiccups. The swallowing action can also regulate an irritation diaphragm.

Eating any type of food will do, just take note to watch baby for any signs of choking. Take note also to observe proper meal portions and timing.

If baby frequently hiccups after eating, try to decrease the volume of his food. A baby’s stomach is still developing; hence they can only tolerate so much. You may halve his plate volume, but then feed him these small amounts every two or three hours.

4. Suck a Pacifier

If there is one way to immediately relax diaphragm in a minute, it is through sucking a pacifier. Give baby something to suck to help ease or stop the progression of baby hiccups.

Read our review to get the best pacifier for your baby:
5 Best Pacifiers For Breastfed Babies: A Complete Review​​​

Baby may sometimes hiccup after prolonged crying. This happens because he might have taken in lots of air. Comfort baby if he is crying so as to reduce incidence of baby hiccups. Sucking a pacifier may also help to soothe baby.

5. Massage Baby

 A soothing back massage might be just what he need to stop is long hiccup. A good back rub will help baby to relax and may stop is crying episode.  

While baby is seated, use upwards motion to move your hand from baby’s lower back all the way to the shoulder. You might need to massage baby for a few minutes before his hiccup can be eased.

6. Try Giving Baby Some Gripe Water

Gripe water from one country to another are usually made of varying set of herbs and contents, but they function just the same.

Gripe water is made for stomach discomfort and colic but it can also be effective for hiccups.  Read this article to know how to pick a good gripe water for your baby.

Baby Hiccups: Patience and Knowledge Sharing!

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Baby hiccups may look cute but it is something that we moms must be able to understand and decode. You must be observant and take note baby’s hiccups characteristics such as length of time, intensity and if baby looks in pain or uncomfortable.

Using your observations, you can at least deduce the reason and know how to relieve infant hiccups

It’s OK to initially let baby hiccup on his own, for it usually stop without any intervention.

As with my other parenting advice, my best bet is using either one or a combination of remedy suggestions as outline above. Avoid old wives’ tale like cure such as startling baby or pulling his tongue, as they are not effective.

Remember, hiccups go away in its own. But most of all, one thing that you must have with you at all times is one word: patience.

Do you have other suggestions to cure baby hiccups? If yes, please share your thoughts in the comment section below! 

How To Clean Toddler Pillows? A Detail Guide

Your toddler uses their pillow daily. Their pillows are often drenched in saliva, sweat, and oil or food stains. It’s essential that their pillows are always clean to not only keep them comfortable, but to avoid allergies and rashes.


So, how do you clean pillows? Is there a proper way to wash and dry them?Keep reading to discover the best way to clean toddler pillows, with tips and tricks along the way.

Also, find out when it’s probably best to just throw them away (plus, some recycling tips.)

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Storing Pacifiers Properly: A Complete Guideline

Pacifiers are God’s gift to parents as these helps their babies calm in so many ways possible. These also contribute to the physical development of your little one as it keeps babies away from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

With this importance, we urge ourselves to invest to getting the best pacifiers, and of course, properly maintaining these to avoid any harm that it can further cause to our babies.

As we want to keep our babies healthy and content with the comfort given by pacifiers, it is imperative to know how to properly clean and sterilize it. 

After knowing those things, we now go to the “how’s” of
storing our pacifiers. The next sections will explain the further details on pacifier storage.

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8 Safe Co-Sleeping Positions for Your Baby

Within the first months after birth, you’re going to co-sleep with your baby at least a few times.

It’s natural to have your regular sleep schedule disrupted with an infant. With co-sleeping, it’s easier to reach your baby and feed or comfort them without having to get up out of bed.

Experts also say that the safest place for your infant to sleep in the first six months is in a Moses basket or cot in your room.

If you’re seriously considering co-sleeping, what are some things that you should know? Most importantly, how do you ensure the utmost safety when bed sharing with your little one?

Your sleeping position can mean the difference between life and death.

Keep reading to learn more about safe co-sleeping positions.

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Co-Sleeping vs. Bed Sharing: Which is Safer for Your Baby?

While breastfeeding your baby at night, you may tend to feel sleepy and doze off.

This may have lead you to wonder whether co-sleeping is an option for you and your baby. Co-sleeping is a bit of a hot topic in parenting communities and many pediatricians warn of safety risks

However, there are many benefits to co-sleeping, too. It’s a great bonding experience for parents and their baby. It aids in restful sleep and makes it easier to comfort and feed baby during bedtime.

So, should you consider co-sleeping or bed sharing? What are the differences between the two?

We’ll discuss co-sleeping vs. bed sharing, the pros and cons, plus safety tips and myths to help you make the right decision for your family. Continue reading

5 Tips for Toddler and Baby in a Room

Are you expecting a baby, staying in a new home, or you simply want your children to grow closer as siblings?

Whichever the reason, you are considering placing baby and toddler in a room to sleep near each other. But is room-sharing going to work?

Just thinking about having two or more kids sharing one room for a night can be overwhelming. You may be worried over several things such as how baby and toddler sharing a room will affect their sleep. Will they even sleep at all?

Don’t worry. We’ve listed down a few tips to guide you and make the room-sharing as easy and smooth as possible for the whole family.

In this article, we’ll discuss whether it’s even possible for toddler and baby to share rooms, how to prepare your toddler, some room sharing tips, and more.

Before we talk about tips on how to prepare your children for room sharing, let’s first ask: Can toddler and baby sleep in one room? Continue reading

How To Practice Safe Co-Sleeping and Breastfeeding

You may be putting your baby to sleep alone in the crib at night.

Then when your baby cries, you drag yourself out of bed, pick up your baby, sit down to nurse, put her back in the crib, and return to bed while hoping for a full night’s sleep.

It’s natural for babies to frequently wake up in the middle of the night.

Whether they’re hungry or want to be close to their mothers, this behavior has caused many families to consider sharing a bed and co-sleeping. This is especially true for breastfeeding mothers.

Although, co-sleeping may have its benefits it can be a safety risk, too. If you’re thinking of co-sleeping with your breastfed baby, learn more about general safety guidelines to ensure a safe sleeping space

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