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Nothing is worse than seeing your little one fussy due to gas pain. I myself hated seeing my daughter deal with gas pain.
Therefore I spent a lot of time researching and trying new things to give her some relief. Until I finally found the perfect plan!
So today I’m going to share with you how I was able to relieve my baby of gas pain.
1. Burp often
In order to help relieve your babies gas pain you may be required to burp them often and frequently during feedings.
I made it a habit to stop and burp at a minimum of 3 different occasions during E’s feeds.
If you want to try to burp every ounce, or set a timer for 5 minutes when timer goes off stop and burp.
Especially if you notice your little one is getting squirmy that is a good indicator that they may need to burp.
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2. Gas drops
If you feel your baby is still suffering from gas pains I suggest speaking to your little one’s pediatrician as they may recommend gas drops.
I talked with E’s pediatrician and they suggested we try using gas drops. After putting the drops in the formula before each feed I could tell the pain eased up.
While E was in the NICU she experience the worst gas pain. I learned to do tummy massage with her to help relieve the pain from her physical therapist. I swear it truly helped.
You can do what’s called the bicycle. Which is pumping your babies legs gently back and forth just like a bicycle.
Do the “I Love U” stroke. I had never heard of this before and so glad her PT showed me this.
I- First you will trace the letter “I” down babies left side.
LOVE- Then trace an upside down “L” while stroking the belly from babies ribs on the right side to the left and down to the left hipbone.
U- Lastly you will form the letter “U” starting with the right hipbone up to the right ribcage to the left ribcage and ending at the left hipbone.
4. Change equipment
Try switching the formula you use. I wouldn’t recommend switching up the formula frequently as that can upset your little ones tummy even more.
The two formula’s I would recommend are Enfamil Gentlease and Similac Sensitive. I know there is a lot of debate on which is better Enfamil or Similac. I can’t speak on Similac as I have only personally used Enfamil for my baby.
I personal use Enfamil Gentlease. The reason why is because E used Enfamil in the NICU and I personally wanted to stick with the same brand. I thought sticking with the same brand would make the transition from one formula to the next smoother.
How, I transitioned the formula is if your little one is taking 6 oz per feeding. Then do 4 oz of the original formula and 2 oz of the new formula. Try that for 5-7 days. If no issues then go from 4 oz of the new formula and 2 oz of the original formula again for 5-7 days. If no issues, I would then fully transition the 6 oz to the new formula.
Another thing you may try to switch up is the bottle. I personally use the Dr. Browns originals. You need to find the best bottle for your baby that reduces the amount of air swallowed during feeds.
Why I love Dr. Browns
- is they have an internal venting system located in the nipple collar that funnels air through the vent and out above the milk
- closely mimics breastfeeding
- allows your baby to feed at your own pace
Also, make sure you are using the correct nipple size for your baby. Not sure what nipple size to use, click here to read more about Dr. Browns nipples.
5. Sit upright
Besides gas pain, Emerson is a notorious for spitting up. My rule of thumb with her is after each feed I sit up right with her for 15 to 30 mins to prevent her from throwing up.
I wait a good 30 mins after each feed before I attempt tummy time. That allows enough time for her belly to settle after digesting her bottle.
I hope these tips help your little one find some relieve in their gas pain. What do you find that works for your babies gas pain?
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