How do I?

Jennifer - posted on 05/30/2010 ( 55 moms have responded )

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How do i get my son to burp? He's three weeks old and i have a hell of a time getting him to burp!!! Its really hard to get him to burp, i sit and pat him on the back for what seems like forever and nothing...and then he gets all fussy and cranky because he gets tummy aches and ends up spitting up...any suggestions?

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Melissa - posted on 05/30/2010

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I would sit my son on my lap and slowly tilt him from sided to side and front to back. It was really relaxing for him and it seems to work the air bubbles out. He had reflux so there was always spit-up with him. With my daughter I would rub her back and that seemed to work really well for her.

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Rebecca - posted on 06/04/2010

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Rub his back or the top of his head in a circular motion. I had a hard burper that would spit up (which was more like throw up in the quantity) when finally burping until we found rubbing. It relaxes the muscles necessary to allow the air to escape. We had less spit up. Learned the head rub from some NICU nurses.

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my daughter practically didn't burp at all until about 3 months old. She got a lot of tummy aches, but tummy time seemed to help it pass out the other end. i also used kolic drops once a day when it seemed the worst because it says for tummy upset on the bottle. Eventually she started actually giving me burps some of the time. Don't worry, he'll learn to bring up that gas one way or another, eventually

Samantha - posted on 06/04/2010

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I had a similar problem with my daughter. I used to sit her on my knee, lean her forward chin in my hand & gently bounce her. Worked every time!

Carol - posted on 06/04/2010

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sit him on ur knee and bounce or put him in the car and ride down a bumpy road or pat his butt instead of his back. my youngest would never burp if u patted his back.

Miranda - posted on 06/03/2010

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My pediatrician told me that I should cup my hand when I would burp my son. I can't remember what he said it did, but it really seemed to work. Also I remember it taking up to 3 minutes sometimes to get a burp out of him (which is normal). You could try placing him in a sit up position on your lap with your hand underneath his chin as a support and then pat him on his back to get a burp up. That worked best for us, I would also cup my hand and got a burp each time! Good luck!

Katy - posted on 06/03/2010

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There's gas drops called Mylocon (sp?) though I don't know that they did or didn't work any. There are different methods of burping a baby, might as well try them all till you find something that works.

It sometimes helped to put a large pillow on my lap, cover it with a towel or burpcloth where his mouth would be, & lay him down on his tummy then gently burp him from lower back to upper back.

Or could try same thing, on your arm while standing. Cover inner elbow area with burp cloth, & lay him across your arm, belly down. He will be safe with your body on one side, and your hand on the other side to pat his back.

Walking or slight bouncing while burping him, sitting him up on your knee, and up on your shoulder, are also all some ways you might try.

Hope this helps!

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You could try bouncing gently on your knee, lay him on his tummy and pat his back or even rub his back, starting from his lower back on up. That always seemed to do the trick. Another thing I do is burp more often, even if they don't burp at least they're stopping to take a break for a little bit

Megan - posted on 06/03/2010

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I use to have to walk around and burp my son and that usually worked every time although sometimes it took awhile I think the movement of walking helps them burp. They also make gas drops you can give him!

Kristi - posted on 06/03/2010

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When you burp him, make sure his shoulders are flat against your chest, with his chest against yours. You may want to lay his arms slightly raised on you. Gently pat his back and rub it in a gentle upwards motion. This should push the air up out of his stomach. Also try using the Avent bottles or the Playtex bottles that require the bags, if you are not breastfeeding. They produce the least amount of air buildup in the baby's stomach.

Jessica - posted on 06/02/2010

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I always used to Sit My daughter on my lap and sit her up straight which put a small amount of Pressure on her belly. Did that for about a minute then rubbed her Back and Soon after she would burp

Teigha - posted on 06/02/2010

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I had similar problems when my son was that young. He would not burp and then would get the hiccups. Finally my doctor informed me that I was patting in the wrong place. He showed me to firmly pat Bryson on the lower left hand side which he stated is where the stomach is. It's worked like a charm. Also, it sometimes helps to lay them on their stomach and pat to create some pressure or to slowly role them forward and let the bubble be pressed to the top. Hope htat helps!

Samantha - posted on 06/02/2010

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have u tried laying him on you knee on patting his back. or patting his tummy for a while and then a little rub! good luck

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Sit with him sitting straight up by supporting him with your hand on his back and under chin and gently move him forward and back.With him in a straight postion and his tummy stretcthed up it will make burping easy&relieves pressure on his tummy...After i had my first the midwife showed me how to do this and she burped while doing it..the baby that is lol.

Angel - posted on 06/02/2010

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Try walking with him and pat while walking.. or if you have stairs try walking up and down the stairs.. That worked for me as my daughters were the same way :)

Stephanie - posted on 06/02/2010

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you could try the over the shoulder or trysitting him in an upright postion in your lap with your hand under his chin and pat him on the back

Maryka - posted on 06/02/2010

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With both my kids, I've put them on my knee, holding their face between my thum and index finger - making sure that their airways are open. I would gently shake them on my knee, and with the other hand a rubbed their back - only up-wards. I got the suggestion from a friend, and it did the trick for me!!! Good luck.

Claire - posted on 06/02/2010

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My sons both battled with wind. With my first son I used tissue salt 8 (Magphos) which I crushed with a plastic spoon and put a pinch on his tongue before and after feeds. My new son seemed to get the wind lodged always on the same side and I took him for some chiro which has really helped. It is very gentle and has worked wonders.

Jessica - posted on 06/01/2010

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lay him on his back and slowly rub his tummy this helped me with my son who never burped and i we also had other tummy problems but this does him ALOT

Kerri - posted on 06/01/2010

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With my daughter i would kind of tickle her back from the bottom all the way to the middle and that burp would come right out!

Raysha - posted on 06/01/2010

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If putting him on your shoulder doesn't work, put him on your knee in the sitting position and pat his back if after a few minutes, he doesn't burp, lie him on his back for a few seconds then try again. That's the only way I could get either of my kids to burp.

Lindsay - posted on 06/01/2010

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one thing I noticed was that you have to hit them with a lot more force than you really think.. I wasn't good at burping my son, i always had to get my husband to do it, luckily our son didn't need to be burped for very long, and only ever had one instance of painful gas.

Kelli - posted on 06/01/2010

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My son was a tough guy to burp too, my husband usually had to do it, he was successful whenever he sat him up in his lap facing the side, he'd put his hand on his chest with his fingers supporting baby's chin, and pat his back. I've also heard that if you lay him tummy down across your knees and gently bounce while you pat his back it helps, and also try holding him up higher to where your shoulder is putting pressure on his tummy, that'll help get things moving. When I first had my son, I found that I wasn't patting him hard enough or in the right spot.... so you might be too gentle.... of course, don't hurt him either... it's a tough one. :) good luck!

Adrienne - posted on 06/01/2010

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My youngest son is now 10 weeks old and I dealt with the same thing when he was around 4 weeks old. First we tried different bottles because he wasn't latching on right to the ones we used with the other boys. It worked for about a day but he burped faster for us. But then he was still very fussy and cranky so we tried a different formula but he wouldn't take to another one for a few days but we finally got him on Enf. A+ Gentle Ease. He now burps almost right away and isn't fussy or cranky any more and it's been two weeks now.

Sorry for the story. But if feeding him formula try changing the bottle or the formula.
I hope you find something that helps you out! Good Luck! :)

Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2010

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After a few ozs try to burp him. Or wait until he's done the bottle and tip him back so he's about half way to your legs then raise him and try again. It will help bring the bubble up. Also try rubbing in a circular motion or use the tips of your fingers and do like a scratch motion like you were tickling him almost...it's hard to describe, um lets see. Put your hand on his back with just the tips of your fingers and bring them in to meet each other in the middle of his back. Try to pat a few times then do step one all over again. It gets easier as they get older. I stopped burping my second child around 6 months, she just did it on her own as soon as she sat up straight.
If he is spitting up a lot, then try to burp after every 2 ozs. My first child had this issues even with breast milk. Some babies don't know when they are full so if you aren't against it try offering a pacifier after the second boob has been given a tug(if he is BF) If not try after 2-3ozs at his age. Once he gets older you'll know when he's done and so will he. I didn't use a pacifier with our first, i was dead set against them but did some digging and found it's good for babies who don't know when to stop eating, so we got a few for our daughter and she never touched one after she was 2 months.
Good luck and congrats!!

Vixi - posted on 06/01/2010

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i used to sit my daughter up half way through her bottle and support her neck and back then slowly tilt her from side to side. This dislodged the wind and hey presto! xx

Morgan - posted on 06/01/2010

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I would lay my daughter across my knees and pat her back ..... that also works for when they gas pains....

Hope it helps...

Kristina - posted on 06/01/2010

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I had the same problem until I switched to a gentle formula. Then my daughter just burped herself.

But if that isn't your cup of tea (aka you're breastfeeding) sit the baby up on your lap and put pressure on his belly while patting him on his back. That should help.

Liz - posted on 06/01/2010

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Place a towel over the inside of your lower arm. Hold baby like a football, with his head in your hand. Gently pat his back and see if that helps.

Deanna - posted on 06/01/2010

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Try putting him on his tummy on your lap and pat his back. The pressure from the front and the tapping from the back should help. Maybe pat a bit harder than you are. He can take a bit more with the patting. Another thing is gripe water. It will not hurt him. Give just a tiny bit. It will also help with the tummy ache. I was the same when I was a baby. Spitting up is okay, so don't worry about that. Unless he has a temperature.

Heidi - posted on 06/01/2010

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Try putting gas relief drops in his bottle before feeding. I babysat my nephew when he was 3 months old and since birth he had a problem relieving his gas. It's an OTC medicine but ask his doctor first... Good luck and hope this helps.

Jessica - posted on 06/01/2010

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burp him for a little while, then hold him straight up right after you stop patting his back. thats how i had to burp my daughter, otherwise she didnt burp most of the time....but you may have to try alot of different positions cuz different babies burp different ways

Kristina - posted on 06/01/2010

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my son had acid relfux and the nurses told me after feedings give him some mylocon((baby gas drops)) and put him over my should and burp him that way for about 30 min....ecspecialy before you lay him down...it seemed like for me everytime my son was finally asleep i would put him in his bed and he would wake up with spit up everywhere so this method helped me alot

Rebecca - posted on 06/01/2010

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have you tried lying him across your legs and gently bouncing? and if all else fails there is mylacon drops (not sure if that's spelled right)

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i found it easiest to sit my daughter up in my lap, holding her cheeks/chin in my one hand, and burp her with the other. the health nurse showed me how to do it. she would never burp if she was on my shoulder, but sitting she would.

Sarah - posted on 06/01/2010

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i have worked in a daycare for 5 years. i found that bending the child side to side and back and forth while rubbing their back to "work" it out seemed to work best for most of the kids! sometimes they just need a lil activity to help them burp!

Jami - posted on 06/01/2010

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or the gas drops before feedings. when nothing else worked with my oldest, that did!

Jami - posted on 06/01/2010

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I always use the sit hold...I will put my hand on his chest and sit him on my leg and sit him up. if that doesn't work I will gently shake my leg up and down.

Jayne - posted on 06/01/2010

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sometimes just walking around with them for a while will help. so long as they are upright, they won't get upset, and the gentle movement helps the air come up
i just put my little girl in a baby carrier and get on with my day :)

Kerry - posted on 06/01/2010

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Have you thought about a bit of gripe water? you can but it from most pharmacies and it works like a charm!

Monique - posted on 05/31/2010

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I always used Mylicon drops. I put them directly in the bottle and you could watch the gas go away.

Amie - posted on 05/31/2010

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My daughter is now 7 weeks old and i had problems with her burping. she would cry because it caused her pain, i tried all the burping styles and still had a hard time trying to burp her and would be attempting to get a burp up for sometimes hours at a time and sometimes right up to her next feed. At 3 weeks old i took her to the doctor and was recommend gripe water which is a natural product and has been used for over 80 years, you can get it from the chemist. this helped her to burp a little easier but the burp was still quite small and she still seemed quiet unsettled. She has Colic and i have also tried her on infacol you also get this from the chemist and in most supermarkets (this makes all the little air bubbles in the stomach turn into one and then come out as either a big burp or fart. I tried this product and it didnt really work for her, it just made her scream harder so i decided to try infants friend which worked immediately and we have no more painful tummy now, it has been a life saver and it helps with bowel movements and keep them regular it relaxes baby and can be used when teething. You can also get this from the chemist it costs about $11.50 and i just used a little dropper to put some into my daughters mouth before each feed. Infants friend is also a natural product and has also been around for a long time. During the night when my daughter woke up for a feed it would take up to tow hours each time to settle her to sleep, and she would also wake up many times through the night crying from pain (caused by wind in the belly) and had only 20 mins sleeps during the day as she would wake up and i would need to try to burp her due to trapped wind in belly which is very draining especially because i am a single mother but since using infants friend she is sleeping beautifully and so am i at night, her burps are easier to get up and she settles back to sleep at night usually within the half and hour or so of waking and having a feed (wake, nappy change feed burp and back to sleep). It is safe to use from birth and i definately recommend it if you are still having problems. good luck

Elyce - posted on 05/31/2010

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I used the firm rub up her spine motion with a little gripe water it helped the bubble form and come up or a little infacol with her milk she is now a very happy baby and burps alot easier i hope this helps

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I agree w/Nikki. I bounced my son and that pretty much worked every time. Although I would try like Sara and do different things each time. I suppose after feeding it was just natural to put him up to my shoulder and try to burp like that, then I would bounce. Sometimes I would just go straight to bouncing...its just nice to have them snuggle up to you :)

Melanie - posted on 05/30/2010

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I have twin girls and one of them, the minute I bring her up to my shoulder she lets out huge burps. My other daughter has a tougher time and has a lot of issues with spitting up. I'll sometimes pat her gently up on my shoulder. If that doesn't bring up the burps then I'll lay her down on my lap for a minute or so and then bring her back up. Laying them down sometimes seems to bring up the bubbles. Also try sitting your son on your lap with your arm across his front for support then using the ball of your hand rub from the tail bone upward along the spine in one slow and slightly firm motion. My daughter also likes the Mylacon drops but I think it's more the taste of them than anything else that seems to calm her.

There are also some good online video tutorials on burping babies that I used to figure out how to burp both of my girls at the same time after tandem nursings. Best of luck to you and yours.

Nikki - posted on 05/30/2010

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i would sit him on my knee and bounce him while holding him while he sat up straight he would just burp on his own it was the only way that worked for us

Sara - posted on 05/30/2010

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I had to use a diff. technique almost every time I burped my son. We would start w/ him over my shoulder, then we would move to him sitting on my lap while I would hold his chin in one hand and pat his back w/ the other, then if this didn't work I would lay him on his tummy over my lap and pat his back. I would also sometimes have to rub his back in circles to get anything to move!

If nothing works and he ends up getting a tummy ache give him some Mylacon drops. They're TUMS for babies and they work wonders!!!

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