When your newborn seems gassy, implement soothing techniques.

How to Soothe a Newborn With Gas

by Kathryn Hatter

A newborn’s tiny digestive system sometimes has trouble acclimating to life outside the womb. While you probably will not succeed in avoiding all signs of gas, you can help your little one by reducing some of the painful gas symptoms. Soothing your newborn’s gas can be a trial-and-error process to find the remedies that help your baby feel more comfortable, relaxed and happy.

1 Burp your baby carefully, suggests the WebMD website. Increase your burping effort to ensure you conscientiously bring up any air bubbles your little one may have swallowed during a feeding. Various burping positions include over the shoulder, lying face-down on your lap, and sitting on your lap while you support the baby’s front with your hand. Pat your little one’s back gently or rub to bring up the trapped air. Laying your baby down for about five minutes after eating and then burping him may also prove effective.

2 Help your baby pass trapped gas that is likely causing discomfort, advises the American Academy of Pediatrics HealthyChildren.org website. Place your baby on her back on a firm surface and grasp one ankle in each hand. Move your little one’s legs in a gentle bicycling motion. You also might place your baby on her tummy for supervised tummy time to help trapped gas move out of her system.

3 Consult your child’s physician about administering simethicone gas drops to your little one. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests infant gas drops might provide relief for a gassy baby. Babies can receive up to 12 doses of gas-relief drops each day, the AAP advises. Simethicone drops are sold over the counter under various brand names; ask your doctor if you have questions about dosing. This remedy may or may not help your newborn.

4 Use hands-on soothing techniques to comfort your fussy baby. Gently bounce or jiggle your baby in your arms while you walk with him. Play music or white background noise to calm your baby. Rock your baby in a rocking chair. Place your baby in a swing or vibrating bouncy seat. Buckle your newborn in a car seat and take him for a drive in the car. Swaddle your baby snugly and hold him close while talking or singing to him. Give your baby a pacifier to provide him with desired non-nutritive sucking.

Items you will need

  • Simethicone gas drops (optional)

Tip

  • A newborn’s fussiness generally peaks in intensity at six weeks old and then decreases steadily thereafter, states the Palo Alto Medical Foundation website. Seek additional advice from your baby’s physician if your child seems to be suffering and you cannot console her. The physician may recommend dietary changes if you are breastfeeding or formula adjustments if you formula feed.

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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