Natural babies need natural relief
Medicine free alternatives to helping your baby live a gas-free life.
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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Things we applied to our daily routine to help with acid refux and it’s resolve within Beans world.
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
What is Simethicone claims?
Simethicone allows gas bubbles in the stomach and intestines to come together more easily, which allows for easier passage of gas. It is used to relieve painful pressure caused by excess gas in the stomach and intestines. Simethicone is for use in babies, children, and adults.
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 – 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