10 Tips to Get Your Child to Burp

I have been thinking about this a lot lately.  Since my milk supply is more than my baby can handle, he often swallows air and needs to get those burps out.  Sometimes its quick, sometimes it takes 30 minutes.  Sometimes it includes a little projectile vomiting as the burp pushes the milk out.  Sometimes he falls asleep and it isn’t until he wakes up that he screams “I have to burp, pick me up!”  At 4 months it sounds more like “Whaaaaaaaa, whaaaaaaaa!” The clearest sign my baby needs to burp is that he will scream when laying on his back or even just the motion to put him down.

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We have all seen the image of a mother holding her baby upright and patting its back to burp.  This is not always the most effective way of burping a baby.  Every baby is different and so if may take some experimenting to figure out what will work today.

Check out this article from http://newborncare.com for

10Ttips to Get Your Child to Burp

SOURCE:  http://www.newborncare.com/blog/10-tips-to-get-your-child-to-burp/

New parents quickly learn that gas is the enemy. Knowing that your child is experiencing discomfort is upsetting enough; the resulting screams are simply icing on the cake. The first step in combating gas is preventing it by getting your child to burp; here are ten pointers for helping your child expel any swallowed air.

  1. Be Gentle, But Not Too Gentle – While you certainly don’t want to be too rough, lightly tapping your child’s back isn’t likely to result in a burp. Firmly and rhythmically patting your child is key.
  2. Sit Up With Your Child On Your Chest – Positioning your baby so that he’s resting on your chest with his chin on your shoulder is one of the more popular burping positions. A tip: don’t forget to put a burp cloth over your shoulder to protect your clothes from inevitable spit-ups.
  3. Place Your Baby In an Upright Position – Sitting your child upright on your lap, supporting their chest and head with one hand while patting with another may be more effective; just be careful not to apply any pressure to delicate throats.
  4. Lie Them Flat on Your Lap – Some babies burp more easily in a prone position, flat on their bellies in your lap. Patting their back while holding them this way is another favorite; don’t be afraid to experiment with burping positions. As long as your baby’s head is supported and airways aren’t blocked, anything goes.
  5. Burp During Feeding – It may be more effective for your baby to burp periodically throughout feeding, rather than waiting until the end of a bottle or breastfeeding session. Babies who are fussy and seem disinterested in feeding despite having consumed less than expected may need to be burped before finishing.
  6. It May Be Necessary When Baby Isn’t Feeding – Because babies tend to swallow air when they cry for extended periods, colicky babies may need to be burped even when they haven’t been feeding.
  7. Follow Your Instincts – While advice from friends, family and baby books can be invaluable, it’s also important to do what works for you and your baby. Experimenting with burping positions, timing and other aspects of the situation may be more educational than all of the advice and book lessons combined.
  8. Bounce Very Lightly – Bouncing your baby gently during the burping process may also help him expel gas; however, it’s imperative that you do so very lightly. Shaking or bouncing your baby too roughly can cause serious injury.
  9. Gas Drops May Help – If burping is difficult for your child and gas is becoming a problem, commercially available gas drops and gripe water may be a valuable weapon in your arsenal. It’s important to continue burping your new baby; gas drops should be used as a last result.
  10. Be Persistent – Some babies may burp with minimal effort, while others require more attention. Persistence will pay off, though it may be frustrating after a late-night feeding that interrupts your sleep.

About Dr. Nancy

Dr. Nancy is a childbirth educator and has coached numerous women through their pregnancies, births, and in caring for their young children since 2001. She has been practicing family, wellness chiropractic since with a focus on prenatal and pediatric chiropractic and caring for the whole family.
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One Response to 10 Tips to Get Your Child to Burp

  1. Luke says:

    gas drops should be used as a last resort* (not result)

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