Natural Gas Relief – how to help a gassy baby without medicines

Natural babies need natural relief

Medicine free alternatives to helping your baby live a gas-free life.

Gassy little baby

The natural remedies to treat gas that are to follow worked for us like a charm!

It seems that so many parents are so quick to go the medicine route in order to treat their little ones for gas. I, too, have a very gassy baby and hated to see her suffer! But before we turned to medicines of any sort we gave the natural stuff a go. It worked like a charm and now, we are gas and tear free – no drops needed!!!

How we treat gas

  • Burp – Burp often and persistently. Sometimes they come right out. Other times you may need to try and try again. Check out The Art of Burping Your Baby for more tips.
  • Bicycle feet – While holding your baby on your lap pump her legs into her stomach to help move the gasses along and out. Check out How to Do Gas Exercises in a Baby, by Pediatrician Dr. Wu
  • Toes to nose – With your babies feet in your hands, gently bring the toes to your baby’s nose. Some babies feet might not reach — don’t force it.
  • Ball roll – Bean loves this exercise! Check out this Baby and Me Yoga video on the how to’s.
  • Tummy time – Babyzone.com helps you with starting your baby with Tummy Time. It’s never too late!
  • Tummy rub – here is a wonderful video to get you started the right way – Baby Massage: Help For Your Baby Belly Blues
  • Feed upright – It’s best to hold your baby as upright as possible when feeding her. This will help prevent gas from going deeper into their systems
  • Keep upright after meals – Keeping your little one upright for at least 15 minutes will greatly help with gas issues! Take this time to dance and sing together. It’s great for bonding too!
  • Warm tummy packs – placing a warm compress on your babies belly can help relieve gas immediately. Leave this on the belly for as long as necessary. She should feel relief very soon! This is especially great to use at night!

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Beans Reflux Update: post treatments

Its heartburn!

Things we applied to our daily routine to help with acid refux and it’s resolve within Beans world.

Happy baby

Happy baby

She’s been a great, funny, sweet, sleepy baby so far. She does have another side to her though, as some of you know. She’s a bit, how shall I put it, Boss? She has cry spells that pierce your ears and make you want to run for the hills. Loud and especially angry at times she stood like a stiff little bean that you’re trying to console. It’s near impossible to hold onto her as she arches her back and screams through large, welling up tears. We danced and rocked, we soothed and talked, we sang and cycled little legs and nothing seemed to help. In previous posts I’ve talked about how we honed in on what the suspected issue may be (check out the questions to ask yourself when wondering what we wondered: Is Your Baby a Reflux Baby? take the quiz) And we went with heartburn.

It’s been about a week since we’ve visited the doctor with Ariella to find something to help her heartburn.  Continue reading

Reflux Baby: Beans treatment for heartburn

It seems that she was always crying. The Angry Bean was such a fitting name for the little one that it went well beyond cute. She was uncomfortable, stiff, spitting up and unhappy in general.

Ranitidine - heartburn treatment (Zantac)

Ranitidine – baby heartburn treatment (Zantac)

Taking some time to home-diagnose the problem we made an emergency appointment with our doctor. If you must, insist on a same day appointment! I know all too well how painful and uncomfortable heartburn can be. I dealt with it all of my pregnancy at the highest levels. It got to the point where I had to sit up to sleep at night because otherwise I seemed to have been drowning in my own stomach acids. There is NO way I could have the Bean deal with that for a moment longer than necessary. So we went to work in solving this issue. The appointment resulted with a prescription for Ranitidine aka Zantac for babies.

Are you wondering if your baby has heartburn? Take the baby heartburn/GERD quiz!

Once we had our prescription in hand, there were additional steps to take. Continue reading

Is Your Baby a Reflux Baby: take the quiz

Hiccups, spit up, and vomit, oh my!

There’s nothing worse than watching your little one suffer and not being able to do anything about it. 

Baby Bean spitting up milk

Spitting up all day. Could it be GERD?

We were dealing with lots of spit up and even more crying throughout the day. No matter how much burping we did or remained in an upright position after eating the spit up and crying came and never seemed to go away.
Bedtime brought more tribulations with, at times, massive throw up that seemed to projectile for feet at  time and even though the nose. It was heartbreaking watching Bean endure such harsh experiences within her tiny, helpless body.

Heartburn and reflux was one of the most prominent effects of my pregnancy, so, i know all too well what my nugget was going though. So, we began to problem solve. Continue reading