When you are a new Mom and your baby is in pain or suffering from colic, you can feel helpless and want nothing more than to make the pain go away. Read on to learn the things that helped my baby the most with his tummy pains.
During the first three months after my baby was born, it seemed like he constantly had a tummy ache and there was not much I could do to relieve his discomfort. I researched everything I could find and tried many different techniques to help him. I compiled the techniques and products that I found helped the most.
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. These techniques helped in my situation with a baby with tummy problems but may not work for everyone. Talk to your baby’s doctor if you are concerned with your baby’s crying to rule out more serious issues. This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase an item through my link, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you- thank you!
Listening to your baby cry, you can feel so helpless. It can make you feel like a bad mother and can make the transition to motherhood even harder. If your baby suffers from colic or tummy problems, I hope some of these tips can help to bring a little bit of relief to you and your baby.
Again, I am not a doctor. If you are concerned about your baby’s health, reach out to your pediatrician right away to rule out any serious conditions.
How to help relieve gas or reduce colic symptoms:
1.) Bounce on the edge of a bed with your baby in your arms upright, while patting his back- this can greatly help to get the baby to burp.
You can also raise the baby in the air, and jiggle him up and down gently. This can help the air bubbles to rise and get a burp easier if you do not have a bed nearby. *When I say “jiggle” I mean to slowly and gently raise and lower the baby in the air with both hands, over your lap.*
Warning- Once I started bouncing my baby on the edge of the bed, he no longer wanted to be put to sleep any other way. Now, even when I am not trying to get him to burp, he falls asleep very quickly if I hold him sideways with a pacifier in his mouth and bounce him.
Sitting on the edge of a bed like that for extended periods of time is definitely hard on your back. Try to pay attention to your posture when doing this to avoid lower back pain.
2.) Lay your baby on your legs, with his tummy over your right leg. Support his head on your left leg and with your left hand. Gently jiggle your right leg and pat his back with your right hand to help relieve gas.
My Dad originally showed me this technique and it really helped my little guy when his tummy was hurting him. It was amazing, as soon as he got in that position, he stopped crying.
This was a tad difficult for me to do on my own the first time. Have your partner or someone else help you for the first time to get the baby in position safely.
3.) Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water Night Time– Like many moms, I swore by this gripe water. It is amazing for an upset tummy. I especially like the night-time gripe water to help in getting my tough sleeper ready for bed. You just put the recommended dose at bedtime in a bottle or directly in the mouth if breastfeeding. I also used Mommy’s Bliss Gripe Water during the day.
4.) Little Remedies Gas Relief Drops– This can be taken up to 12 times a day, just make sure to measure the recommended dose with the enclosed syringe. I put several drops in each of my son’s bottles to help with his gas. He has always been a very gassy baby and this definitely helped to lessen the discomfort.
5.) Babies’ Magic Tea– This tea really is magic. It can help relieve gas, colic, and upset stomach. I made this in the morning and added some to his bottles throughout the day.
6.) Happi Tummi Colic and Gas Relief Waistband– this is great to help ease discomfort from tummy aches. You heat the bag in the microwave and place in the pouch. You then put the pouch over the baby’s belly. ALWAYS follow all directions on product, never overheat, and test on your wrist before placing on baby, over clothing.
7.) Add a probiotic such as Gerber Soothe Colic Drops– My baby’s doctor gave me the green light to introduce a probiotic at 8 weeks. Check with your doctor to see if this may be a good option for your baby.
You can also try changing your baby’s formula to something like Enfamil Gentlease
8.) Hold baby in a “football” hold with his belly against your arm and his head resting in your hand. Your arm should be between his legs. Having the baby on his tummy can help to ease some of his discomfort.
I was not able to hold my baby in this position for very long, especially as he got bigger. If you are having trouble with this or are afraid you do not have a good hold on baby, get your spouse or a partner to help you.
9.) Do “bicycle kicks” with your baby’s legs, straighten the legs and then gently push upward towards the belly, bending the knees to help expel gas, one leg at a time. I also bend the knees, bring up to baby’s belly, and gently rock the knees side to side lightly against the belly.
This will help to ease discomfort and expel gas, bringing instant relief to baby.
10.) Give baby a warm bath. If the baby’s tummy is not fully submerged in the warm water, place a warm washcloth over the tummy. When nothing I did helped my baby’s tummy ache, a warm bath would always help to calm him if only temporarily.
I love this baby bathtub because it allows baby to be kept at an incline without the hassle of a mesh sling. This allows the baby to be safely submerged in warm water. NEVER leave your baby alone while in the tub, even for a second. Pre-position everything you will need before the bath: towel, washcloth, onsie, diaper, swaddle, baby lotion, etc.
I hope these tips help to ease some of your baby’s discomfort. Have any tips to add that helped with your baby’s gas or colic? Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear about it!
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