A 32-year-old male asked:
is gripe water (gas relief drops) safe to give to a 2 1/2 week old infant?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Johanna Fricke answered
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
They don't work. : Babies swallow air when crying & bottle-feeding. Till ~ 6 weeks, their intestinal smooth muscle does not coordinate propulsion of liquid & air. Use the "football hold". Put baby on your forearm, head at your elbow,face down. Press your palm against his tummy, flex his hips, encircle one leg with your fingers & roll him gently against your chest. Tilt head up to burp, tush up to pass gas.
Answered on Dec 28, 2017
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