It is not easy to be a mother, questions and doubts always arise about how we should do certain things or if what we do, we do it correctly or not. That’s why I always rely on my mother, she makes everything easier. One afternoon, I came home and my baby didn’t stop crying, nothing I did calmed him down; but, she immediately managed to fix it and explained some things that I would like to share with you.
Gas in babies is something that must be very careful because if they are not expelled correctly or not handling in the proper postures, it will make them to retain gas causing colic in the little ones.
What are gases in babies?
Gases in babies are characterized as an accumulation of air in the child’s intestine, which when not expelled correctly can cause pain and discomfort, making them more vulnerable in their digestion. From the moment babies are born, they will always need help from their caregivers to expel them, a procedure that must be carried out correctly and with right positions to avoid air retention in the stomach.
To remove gases, the times in which they must be expelled must be identified, since some babies need to do so in short periods of time, before changing breasts or when they finish eating. The baby’s reaction to eating should also be identified, if he feels uncomfortable or has discomfort during his feeding, this will determine if he has to expel gases every five minutes or at the end of milk intake. This expulsion of gases must always be carried out in appropriate postures, determining which is the one that can help more the baby.
What are the most recommended positions?
- One of the recommended positions is to place them straight, on the chest at the level of the caregiver’s shoulder, while gently clapping on their back, keeping them in that position for at least 20 minutes always after feeding.
- Place them face down with one hand on the stomach, gently clappig them on the back to expel air and retained gases.
- They can be sit down while holding their chin, gently clapping them on the back, it is important to be careful with the spinal column while they are put in that position.
How do we know if my baby has already passed gases?
The way to determine if babies have expelled gases is to listen to them make small burps, where it will be very normal for them to throw small amounts of milk through their mouth. This happens because of the immaturity of their digestive system that does not allow them to retain yet the vomit.
- After they finish eating, it is not recommended to play with them, or shake them, since this will make the little ones swallow air and retain gases, it is better to keep them calm, move them gently while they are placed in position for the expulsion of gases.
- It is also not advisable to lay them down after having eaten, since this position will not help them to get the gases out, it is better to put them vertically immediately after feeding them.
- If they present discomfort due to the accumulation of gases, it should be helped by means of frequent exercises with their little legs in the form of a bicycle or with massages.