Is your kid suffering from gas problems? If so, you're not alone. Many parents worry when their children have gas or stomach pain. After all, it's tough to see our little ones in discomfort. The good news is that gas and tummy pains are common in infants and usually nothing to worry about but unfortunately for some babies this can be a sign of something more serious like acid reflux or GERD, both of which need treatment by your pediatrician . So here are some tips by Dr. Nishant Bansal , Consultant Pediatrician and Neonatologist, Motherhood Hospitals, Noida on what you can do at home if your infant has gastric trouble.
Keep A Food Diary
For a week track everything that baby eats as well as any resulting gassy episodes/ poops etc This will help give you an idea of which foods may trigger issues
Burp Your Baby After Each Feeding
It’s important to burp often during feedings (and even between meet scheduled feedings) to release air bubbles that result from drinking milk too fast Some doctors recommend the “cradle hold” position over the shoulder for best results To try this position , sit upright with baby lying across chest supported by one arm, use other arm to pat gently until he belches.
Sometimes less is more. When a baby drinks too much milk too fast she takes in extra air to watch closely for spit-up or vomiting soon after eating.
Try Different Positions
Hold the baby upright rather than horizontally, this applies regardless if you are bottle feeding breastmilk via syringe directly into the mouth or breastfeeding. Try gravity -assisted positions such as sitting up sideways on your lap.
Peppermint Tea & Chamomile May Help Soothe Stomach
These herbs have long been touted as helpful agents against intestinal spasms. That said there isn’t definitive proof they work but many moms find them helpful.
An Infant Massage May Also Do The Trick
Gently massage your child's tummy in a clockwise direction starting at the belly button and work outward using light pressure finally bring your hands back towards the navel.
Make Sure You Get Moving Too!
Yes Walking around with baby actually helps move things along. Check in with the doctor in case symptoms persist despite trying these self-care measures and if vomiting occurs frequently with blood and severe abdominal pain. If over-the-counter medications aren't effective and medical intervention hasn't helped get relief, consider another opinion.
Apart from the aforementioned remedies, a warm bath might also relieve tummy pain caused by gas. Just take out some lukewarm water in a tub and give your baby a bath with it. This can be done if your child gets gastric issues frequently. If none of these tips work for your baby, consult a paediatrician for relief. Gas problem might be a sign of an underlying disease. Do not ignore it for long and seek medical aid.
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