Burping a baby: A necessity
Burping a baby is often seen as a necessary, but sometimes difficult, part of taking care of a newborn. Although it may take some time to master the art of burping, it is an important part of keeping your baby healthy and comfortable. This article will provide you with some tips and tricks for burping your baby like a pro!
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What is burping a baby?
Burping a baby is a process of gently patting or rubbing the baby’s back to help release gas. This is often done after feeding, but can also be done throughout the day as needed. Burping can help relieve some of the discomfort that babies feel when they have gas. It can also help prevent them from spitting up.
How to burp a baby?
It is important to burp a baby after every feeding, whether breast milk or formula was consumed. The process of digestion can cause pockets of air to become trapped in an infant’s stomach. These pockets of air can cause discomfort for the baby and may lead to spit-up or vomiting.
To burp a baby, hold the infant upright against your shoulder and pat or rub the baby’s back in a clockwise motion. You may also need to hold the infant’s chin to keep him or her from swallowing too much air. Burping usually takes just a few minutes and will help your baby feel more comfortable after eating.
The benefits of burping a baby
Most parents are familiar with the necessity of burping a baby. But, did you know that there are benefits to burping a baby beyond just preventing them from spitting up? Burping can help to lessen gas pains, and even improve your baby’s sleeping habits!
Here are some of the benefits of burping a baby:
-Prevents spit up: When a baby drinks milk, they swallow air along with it. This air can build up in their tummy and cause discomfort. Burping helps to release that air and prevent spit up.
-Lowers risk of SIDS: A study published in the journal Paediatrics found that babies who were not frequently burped had an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The theory is that the air swallowed by babies can cause them to suffer from stomach distention, which may lead to SIDS.
-Helps with gas pains: Babies are prone to gas pains because their digestive system is still developing. When they swallow air, it can get trapped in their tummy and cause discomfort. Burping helps to release that air and relieve gas pains.
-Improves sleep: If your baby is uncomfortable from gas pains
How to know if your baby needs to be burped
Most parents are familiar with the tell-tale signs that their baby needs to be burped: they start to squirm and cry, and may even arch their back. But how do you know if your baby is simply uncomfortable, or if they really need to be burped?
Here are a few things to look for:
1. Your baby is taking long pauses between sucks. This usually means they need to take a break to burp.
2. Your baby is making grunting noises. This is another sign that they may need to burp.
3. Your baby seems fussy and is having trouble settling down. This may be due to gas, and burping can help relieve the discomfort.
If you’re not sure whether your baby needs to be burped, err on the side of caution and give them a try. You may be surprised at how much better they feel afterwards!
Burping a baby is an important part of their after-feeding routine. Not only does it help to release gas, but it also helps to prevent spit-up and colic. While some babies may be more resistant to burping, with a little patience (and maybe a little bribery in the form of a favorite toy or food), most babies can be easily burped.