Watching a baby struggle with tummy pain can break any caregiver’s heart. Luckily, there are several relief options to help alleviate the gas built up and soothe the discomfort.
Get things moving
When an infant is in severe discomfort, using simple exercises such as the “baby bike ride” can help move gas along physically.
Simply lay the baby on their back and move their legs in an up-and-down pedaling motion. This helps move gas along physically, but also helps soothe and calm nerves in the intestines.
Rub your thumbs on your infant’s belly (just under the ribcage) using small circular motions. This easy technique can help get things moving by helping gas bubbles work their way through the intestines.
The colic carry
Lay your baby tummy-down across your knees or hold your infant under their belly with your forearm, and gently massage the baby's back. The pressure on your little one’s tummy can help relieve the pressure from gas.
Infant gas drops
Talk with your pediatrician about all natural infant gas drops or gripe water. There are many organic brands that are generally considered safe for all babies, newborn and up.
The gentle pressure on the baby's tummy can help relieve gas. Waiting at least 20 to 30 minutes (or when gas starts) before doing tummy time will let the baby formula settle and keep the baby from spitting up.
It is important to always supervise your baby during tummy time. Be extremely cautious to never allow your baby to fall asleep on their stomach, since tummy-sleeping puts babies at increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Probiotics / Prebiotics
A new baby's digestive system can often be sluggish and easily build up gas due to an imbalance in the gut microbiome, which is a collection of beneficial bacteria in the gut. By giving infants probiotics and prebiotics to help correct this imbalance, parents and caregivers can help to reduce gastrointestinal symptoms.
After checking with your baby's pediatrician, over-the-counter probiotics and prebiotics made especially for infants, can be added to a little one’s diet in liquid or powdered form.
For organic prebiotic and probiotics that are specially designed to perfectly balance your baby's gut flora and mimic the nutrition found in breast milk, caregivers often choose European baby formulas such as HiPP Dutch and HiPP German. Each of these nutritionally exceptional baby formulas contain both prebiotics and probiotics as standard ingredients.