Burping: Why Is It Necessary For Babies?

As a parent, you know that you have many required skills that need to be learned and developed for taking care of your precious little one. Changing their diapers, stopping them from crying, techniques to make them sleep; these are all the skills that a parent must acquire. But, also as a mother, it is sure fun to feed your own baby by your own breast milk and the baby food that you made for him/her that is necessary to be soft enough.

After the baby has been fed with his/her milk or soft food, there is a big possibility that the infant has swallowed air together with his/her food while eating. This gas will be most likely trapped in the infant’s gastrointestinal tract and is needed to be released as soon as possible. Babies cry and squirm to express what they feel every time; hunger, discomfort, wetness or boredom. This gas that is possibly in your baby’s tummy will result in discomfort, and it might be hard to know if the crying is because of this.

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Pediatricians highly recommend making the babies burp regularly even if they are not crying or squirming to show discomfort. It is better to have it during feeding breaks and after feeding. It is important to make sure that there is no gas trapped inside and that your child is feeling totally okay. Moreover, it is safer to have it that way because you don’t know how much gas your baby swallowed.

Your baby getting gas in their bellies are very natural. It is not something that should not happen, however, it is something you want to get rid of. The reason why it is possible to happen is because of the gas formation during the digestion, swallowing of the air during feeding and maybe it is caused by some allergic reaction.

Gas Formation During Digestion

Believe it or not, gas creation occurs naturally inside a baby’s body. Once the baby has consumed food, it goes down to the large intestine for the ‘breakdown’ process that is caused by the bacteria and will naturally create gas. In fact, food that is rich in carbohydrates is most likely to produce gas while the digestion. Most common big gas-producer foods are beans, sprout, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, gum, and soda. These foods produce more gas compared to other food. Good thing that a baby cannot eat these foods.

Air Swallowing During Feeding

Babies tend to swallow air when being fed. It is because they can swallow gas while sucking their drink from their bottle or from their mother’s breasts. This will cause the gas to go down to the baby’s bellies along with the food or formula that has been given to him/her. Pediatricians say that it is most likely to occur in bottle-fed babies and those who tend to eat or drink faster. However, that doesn’t mean breastfed babies are exempted. Of course, they also swallow some air, especially to those who are hungry enough to eat very fast.

Allergic Reaction

If you’re wondering if the baby can be allergic to his/her mother’s breast milk, it is most certainly no. A baby cannot be possibly allergic to the mother’s breast milk. However, he/she can be allergic to the mother’s diet. For example, cow’s milk is one of the most common culprits for this. Everything that the mother eats, all the nutrients from the foods has been converted and transported to her breast milk, whereas the baby can consume. Therefore, if a baby is allergic to some content of the mother’s milk, the negative feedback for the infant’s body would be most likely to produce gas and give the baby the discomfort. Nevertheless, daily tolerance for the child would be the best solution for this.

The air that your baby takes in during the feeding or whatever caused it can be painful for your little one. It will cause inconvenience, difficulties, and of course abdominal pain. This problem will not only trouble the baby but also you, as a parent. Go and pick up your baby and make him/her burp well to be gas excess-free.

Against your chest

This position is one of the common ones. You just need to sit upright and hold your baby up against your chest. You may support your baby’s body with one hand and the other to gently pat on his back. Make sure that your baby’s chin is resting on your shoulder, that way it easier.

On your lap or knee

Let your baby rest and sit on your lap or your knees. Support your baby’s body and head with one hand and pat his back gently until he/she burps and get rid of the excess air. Make sure to carefully support and grip your baby’s chin and definitely not the neck, to avoid the blocking of the airway. This method might sound complicated but it is surely effective.

Lay your baby on your lap on his/her belly

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In this method, you may simply lay your baby on your lap on his/her belly. In that way, it is easier for the stomach to get pressed gently and simply get rid of the excess gas. Make sure to support your baby’s head and gently pat his/her back.

There will be times in the near future that your baby will not cry because of abdominal pain. Is it normal? Of course, it is. It just means that your little one has grown older and has learned and adapted to eat without swallowing air.

Excess gas during feeding is completely natural. If your baby is growing healthy and eating lively, then you got nothing to worry about. It just means that your baby is still learning and adapting to the new environment he/she is in. However, if your baby has been vomiting large amounts after eating, it is most likely recommended to take your baby to the pediatrician. It is not normal to have symptoms like this since gassiness doesn’t come with such symptom.

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