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How To Deal With A Baby Burping/hiccups/spitting Up

What is Burping?

Feeding a baby whether it is breastfeeding or bottle-feed is an exciting experience for any new parents.  Babies should be made to burp once or twice during a feed to get rid of the air that babies tend to swallow during a feed. If not done so may lead to crankiness, spitting up, and gassiness to the baby. 

Some babies burp immediately after a feed and some take long. Bottle feeding babies swallow more air than breastfeeding babies.

Do not be very picky about burping your when she falls asleep having a feed, as this is fine as long as your baby is comfortable.
If your baby is bottle-feeding, try to burp her once in every 2 to 3 ounces (60-90ml) of milk feed.
If your baby is breastfeeding, try to burp her when she switches breasts.
Pause and burp your baby when she cries or fussy during feeding and at the end of the feeding.

How to Burp a Newborn Baby ?

Sit upright and hold your baby against your chest and your baby’s chin should rest on your shoulder and try to gently pat on your baby’s back with the other hand.

Position your baby sitting up in your lap or your knee and gently pat on your baby’s back.

Lay your baby on her stomach by putting her on your lap and gently pat her back.

Try keeping your baby in an upright position for 5-10 minutes for the first six months or more after a feed to prevent milk from coming back up.

What is Baby Hiccups?

Hiccups occur when diaphragm gets irritated. Most of the babies hiccup from time to time but this is quite normal and no need to worry about it. This usually bothers parents more than baby. If hiccups happen during feeding, try changing your baby’s position or give your baby the burp.

Try to follow the below tips to help your baby with hiccups:

Try feeding your baby little and slowly, this way the diaphragm gets time to relax and gets back to its normal position.

Dip a pacifier in a sugar soup and place it in your baby’s mouth or try giving your baby something to eat if your baby is enough old or can try with gripe water.

Try engaging your baby in any activity, this works for some.

Try keeping your baby entirely upright by holding your baby’s hands as if you get her to stand.

What is Spitting Up?

Spitting up is another common problem with many infants. This may mean the baby has eaten enough food or has some discomfort. This may be bit messy sometimes but quite common and needs no concern at all. Some infants spit up more and some are completely out of this phase, as each baby is unique so is her health conditions. 

This may be practically impossible to stop completely spitting up, but the below tips may help decrease the frequency of spitting up:

Try feeding leisurely at a calm and quiet environment.

Try avoiding any interruptions, noises, bright lighting, and other distractions during feeds.

Try to burp your bottle-fed baby every 3 to 5 minutes during feeds.

Try to avoid feeding your baby while she is lying down.

Try to hold your baby in an up-right position for 10-15 minutes after each feeding.

Do not fly or play aggressively with your baby immediately after a feed.

Feed your baby only when she is hungry.

If your baby is bottle-fed then make sure the hole in the bottle nipple is neither too big nor too small.

Always keep your baby’s head higher than her stomach. This prevents her from choking if in case she spits up when sleeping.

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