burping?

Brittany - posted on 05/06/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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my son never likes to burp but I know that all babies need too...i have tried many ways and i can hardly ever get him to give me a good burp he is eating 6oz at a time , he gets hiccups all the time(which i heard was normal) but they make him mad and up set him then he cant get rid of them, any thoughts? also at what age do you not have to burp a baby?

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Rosie - posted on 05/13/2010

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I think I may be able to help! :) First of all, my little guy NEVER burped on demand. I would get so worried and carry on and on trying to get one from him...nope! He would burp whenever he wanted to, which usually meant 30-45 minutes after eating just randomly.

Regarding hiccups, he used to ALWAYS get them after eating, so bad it would cause him to cough and choke :/ I read that it can be because of over-eating, the tummy gets too full and starts irritating something or another. So, I started pulling him off just a little earlier--and WALA! It did the trick. He only gets hiccups 1-2/wk now! Hope that helps!

Myra - posted on 05/12/2010

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You stop burping them once they can burp on their own...it can be up to year old, even. Most can burp on their own though, by 6-8 months; some sooner.

With my littlest, I sit her on my knee, hold her like she's just sitting there looking either at me or away from me, and lightly bounce her. I get the best burps from her that way. She just wouldn't really burp very well any other way, and if I put her on my shoulder, she'd just explode all over me. But sitting up lightly bouncing, she not only burps well, but also very soon after starting...usually 10-15 seconds.

Sarah - posted on 05/12/2010

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My daughter is 3 1/2 months and sometimes she burps on her own. I try to burp her but if she doesn't after a little while of treying I wait and when she gets fussy I try again and she burps. Good Luck!

Agnieszka - posted on 05/12/2010

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as for burping i do the same as Melanee. walking works better than patting in my opinion.
as for hiccups - it might mean that he's cold! my baby would have hiccups many times a day when i was taking care of him my way and now when i'm at my mother's place in a cold country (we were in Florida before) and i let her decide what he's wearing, he doesn't have them at all. try to dress him up some more (even though you might think it's too much! unless it really is and he's sweating:) ) or just warm him up whenever he gets them

Marla - posted on 05/11/2010

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Try just sitting him upright for a minute or two during his feeding and just rub upwards on his back. Also, use Dr. Brown's bottles to reduce the burping concern. Otherwise, as long as he is eating enough, I would not worry! Good luck!

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Agnieszka - posted on 05/16/2010

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i've never heard that it could be because of overheating?? with my little guy it always helps when i cover him all up in blankets for a while.(even though in the beginning i'd laugh hearing that it means that he's not warm enough, i just couldn't understand how hiccups could have anything to do with being warm or cold)
could it be because of being too cold OR too hot?:-O :-)

Debbie - posted on 05/10/2010

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My daughter just turned 4 months on the 9th May and I havent burped her since she was around 6weeks. She never brought up any wind from the top end, and she was fine with it. She has always had the hiccups, even before she was born, so that is quite normal for her, though they seem to be not happening quite as much now. You just have to do what is right for you and your little one, as the saying goes, a mother knows best. This is my 6th child, and all of them have been different when it comes to bringing up their wind. Good luck

Anita - posted on 05/10/2010

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My daughter just turned 4 months and it was almost instant at 3 and a half months that she didn't need to be burped in the middle of a feed. It sounds as if she had the same problem as your son (uncomfortable and squirmy which I was told was because my girl didn't latch on to the bottle correctly or lost her sucking reflex so it meant she was getting quite a bit of air in there). The easiest way for me to burp her is to bring my supporting arm down so that it lays her flat on her back across my legs. I leave her there for a minute or so and then slowly bring her back up to sit up straight. It is almost instantaneous and you often don't even need to rub or pat them. In fact, my doctor and the child health nurse said that often patting or rubbing their back can make them tense up and they often won't burp that way. Hope that helps :) Good luck!

Kara - posted on 05/09/2010

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ive found that after feeding my baby ill leave her lying down for a couple of minutes to let her tummy settle, the sit her up straight and rub her back a little- 90% of the time she brings up her wind, and sometimes i dont even need to rub her back it just comes straight out- hope this may help you :)

Rachael - posted on 05/09/2010

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hiya my son is 15 wks and i still burp him .He is having 6oz try puttin him on your left shoulder with both his arms over your shoulder his tummy is on the left side so it opens up the whole air way to his tummy,i do shoulder, knee,shoulder knee when he's on my knee i rock him from side to side and back and forward i never bounce him up or down as this disturbs the milk too much which makes him have hiccups.also always keep him semi upright after a feed my son has 2 books under legs of cot so its on a tilt this helps lots.\hope this helps.x

Heather - posted on 05/09/2010

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My sister-in-law had a doctor from South Africa I believe, and he told her that there they NEVER burp their babies. A baby can burp on their own most of the time, you just have to keep them upright for a while and it will just come out. That being said, I still do burp my 4 month old daughter, mostly because that's some cuddle time I get with her throughout the day. Lots of times I can't get her to burp though, and she just does it on her own a little while later. As for the hiccups, Keagan got them a lot, and I was told that when they are newborn, they get them because their lungs and digestive system aren't completely developed and that supposedly helps, and they don't hurt like it sometimes does when we as adults get them. But if your baby is getting frusterated (Keagan sometimes does) I suggest just giving him a couple teaspoons of gripe water...seems to work for me! Good luck, and Happy Mother's Day!

Melanee - posted on 05/08/2010

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My middle son hardly ever burped. I always tried up until the age that he was eating solid foods and holding his bottle by himself. But since he wasnt really a burper instead of just patting his back and really trying to get a good burp out, I just held him up right for about 10 to 15 mins rubbing his back and walking around with a few pats mixed in there. If he burped great if not it was just "our time" Sometimes I would try to burp him and nothing would happen but as soon as I put him down he got fussy and I would pick him up and the burp would come out! He also got hiccups all the time but he also jugged his bottle lol. When he had the hiccups sucking on something while I held him up right seemed to help him get rid of them quicker.

Kelly - posted on 05/06/2010

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It really depends on the baby. With my first daughter I stopped burping her around 3 months because she was able to burp on her own, never spit up, and wasnt uncomfortable. With my lil one who is 4 months now I HAVE to burp her. If I dont she spits up or is just purely uncomfortable. So if he seems okay then dont stress the burping. But I would still continue to try for a minute or so after he eats.

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