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When Can I Stop Burping My Baby
Comfortable: You can stop once you see the baby appears comfortable and you can no longer elicit any burps. ...Read more
Swallowing air: All humans burp. Its a fact of life. We swallow air along with our food and when we swallow a lot, some of it may come back out in the form of a burp. You only notice in a baby because they aren't good at it and so it stands out more dramatically than in older kids. ...Read more
Head up: Tummy gas needs a chance to come up and be vented. Gravity will hold the feed down and with the head upright, it is only a matter of time. Baby will swallow a bit of spit now & then, unfolding the stomach entrance & allowing air to vent if properly positioned. I like to hold baby up on my forearm facing out, cradeling his/her chest with my hand, head up. A pat on the back is not always needed. ...Read more
My 7week old infant has reflux and is on meds but is still having bad reflux. Besides keeping her upright and burped well. What can I do?
No pain & is happy?: If a young, refluxing baby is already on meds, getting burped, being held upright (with nothing pressing on the tummy), the question becomes: is there good growth and no pain? If the baby is happily growing despite spitting every feeding, it's ok to keep watching along with the pediatrician. Sometimes one can try switching to small, frequent bottle feedings to regulate the intake per feeding. ...Read more
My sister's infant having breath problems after feeding. Not frequently but I think it has to do with burping and nasal cleansing?
My babies burp smell like rotten egg he is vomitting and has diarrhea but he has no fever and he is only 6 months old?
GASTROENTERITIS...: Give him sips of pedialyte for each diarrhea and vomiting. Continue, if breast feeding, if on formula, make it 2/3rd diluted, extra fluid, rice cereal, some yogurt, don't force solid food. Make sure he pees at least 4-6 times/day. If any worsening, check with his pediatrician. ...Read more
My infant is 1week 3daya old not having reg. Bowl movements and isn't burping after feeding I've given him gripe water&still no help what meds to giv?
Define & use natural: If breast fed, stooling less often& skipping days I would leave it alone if still soft. Bf infants can stool a little every feed or a crib full once a week. Bottle fed kids are expected to go daily. I've had success with undiluted prune or apple juice, 1oz once or twice daily. Water may also help ...Read more
We have a month old infant who is gassy. We do our best to aggresively make him burp but within an hour after feed, he gets up crying from gas pain. Are there any other remedies?
Some possibilities: Babies swallow air- when they eat, suck or cry. During feedings, try to burp him in between every ounce, or between nursing on each side. Hold him upright (on your shoulder) for 15-20 minutes after feedings to help allow the air to rise up and escape, and not get trapped under the milk. Try a lactose free formula. Try simethicone (gas drops for infants). Check with your doctor if this continues. ...Read more
Varies? 6-12 months: It is more important to burp very young infants as they have trouble doing it themselves. Once they get a bit older, sometimes as early as 6 months, they can burp well on their own. That would be when you can stop burping them. ...Read more
I just had a baby at 34 weeks. Whenever it's time to burp him, my arms get really weak and makes me constantly stop. What is going on?
My premature baby, born at 32 weeks and now 4 weeks old, has just come home from the nicu. We notice she stops breathing while burping.
Premature infants are developing their pattern of breathing, and it is not uncommon to have short pauses. If there is a pause longer than 15 seconds or any distress/color change, an apnea test can be useful in determining the cause.
If there is a pattern during sleep, observe your daughter for pauses, and discuss with your PCP. Note any upper airway noise or movement of her arms/legs. ...Read more
Maybe... Cause?: Involuntary belching after a meal is normal, caused by release of swallowed gas after distension of the stomach with food. Magenblase syndrome is postprandial epigastric fullness & bloating, relieved by belching. Aerophagia (accumulation of gas due to air swallowing) is common with anxiety, hypersalivation from gum chewing, smoking, drinking, oral irritation. In some, belching can become habitual. ...Read more
Indigestion?: When there is bad breath not associated with poor dental care, it often is some type of maldigestion, ie, something about the way your is digesting what you're eating. If there is no abdominal pain, then a course of probiotics might be helpful. Consult you're doctor if the smelly gas persists ...Read more
Burping issues: Involuntary belching after a meal is normal, caused by release of swallowed gas after distension of the stomach with food. Magenblase syndrome is postprandial epigastric fullness & bloating, relieved by belching. Aerophagia (accumulation of gas due to air swallowing) is common with anxiety, hypersalivation from gum chewing, smoking, drinking, oral irritation. In some, belching can become habitual. ...Read more
Good question!: Although you think this is a simple question, it's more controversial than you think. Some pediatric gastroenterologists think burping is a waste of time, but I always like burping, and it gives both the burper and the burpee a sense of satisfaction. My favorite technique: over the shoulder with gentle patting of the back. The nursery favorite: sitting baby in her lap with gentle back rubbing. ...Read more
Chronic heartburn: If it has been going on for a while, then it is considered chronic heartburn, or Gerd. There is not a definite length of time, since most people cannot pinpoint an exact time that it starts. I would say if it has been going on for more than 3 to 4 months, you should be evaluated by your doctor or a gastroenterologist. Good luck. ...Read more
Assume the need: All infants swallow air of variable amounts during feeding. An infant may slow the feed or squirm as they feel bloated, if so gently place them in a burp position & let them. Some burp easily & some never seem to burp. I only work hard on burping if they tend to wet burp a lot. If they feed well enough to grow normally, I wouldn't worry about the burpless infants. ...Read more
When time is right: Most parents stop burping their babies between ages of 4 to 6 to 9 months. When babies start to burp on their own after having a bottle, signal you can try and stop burping. Often when babies sit up unsupported they are able to burp on their own so you can stop burping them. Babies who tend to have a lot of gas or reflux will sometimes need to be burped until they are older ...Read more
Burping: You may be forming excessive gas or may not have normal transit of just normal amounts of gas. Forcing yourself to burp only causes you to swallow more air which aggregates the problem. Take simethicone after meals to prevent gas buildup. Drinking hot water breaks gas down and moves it along, also. See your MD or a gastroenterologist as needed. ...Read more
Position: The best position to burp a baby is lying on his/her stomach across your lap with the body angled about 30º head up. This puts the air bubble on top due to the kidney shape of the stomach with the esophagus entering in the middle. That said, not all babies swallow air when they feed, so they don't all need to burp. This is especially true in breast fed babies. ...Read more
Burping: Burping probably a normal response- resulting in letting out of air by relaxing the esophageal sphincter. It may occur more frequently when you eat in a hurry, or use of carbonated beverages. When eat hurriedly you tend to swallow more air which has to be expelled. Frequent belching may also be due to acid reflux, hiatal hernia, peptic ulcer disease etc. These need to be addressed if excessive. ...Read more
Natural Soothing: Chamomile is soothing, calming. Make an herbal tea with chamomile: steep 1 teaspoon chamomile in 1 cup hot water for 10 minutes; strain, cool; 1 ounce every few hrs for soothing effect. Also consider aromatherapy: calming, soothing essential oils are lavender, chamomile, and lemon balm. 2-3 drops in a steam vaporizer water for soothing effect. Caution: keep infants and toddlers away from steamer! ...Read more
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