How do I teach my baby to pass wind?

Claire - posted on 06/08/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My 5 week baby strains to pass wind and it causes him great discomfort. I have cut all gas producing foods from my diet as I am breastfeeding but this hasn't helped much. It is almost as if he doesn't know how to get rid of his gas. Any ideas would be great. thx

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i hold my little 3week old in her "pooping position" when i see her struggling with wind and she almost always lets out a few good farts or does a crazy wet poo. I just hold her under her arm pits with feet pressed on my tummy so that she's in a kind of squatting position, with her chest/head leaned forward, not straight up. This should help ur baby too as it also worked for my first born. good luck :)

Leanne - posted on 06/21/2010

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As crazy as it sounds when my little guy does that I sit in on my lap (like he is sitting on the toilet) and he usually settles right down. The position of sitting on the toilet is a natural position for your body to have a bowel movement urinate and pass gas.

J'selle - posted on 06/22/2010

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I was having the same issue with my son and i tried all the techniques and nothing was helping (i think he was scared) so i tried mylacon drops and it sort of forced him to pass wind and now he does it by himself , he is most definatly not scared anymore!!!!

Candi - posted on 06/19/2010

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This is a very normal issue with newborns. The reason being the muscle at the end of the intestine has to relax in order for them to pass gas. Many newborns do not relax this muscle causing them discomfort. It will get better with age. You can assist in them passing the gas by taking their legs and rotating them into their stomach in a clockwise motion. Hope this helps!!

Kim - posted on 06/10/2010

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I have that problem with my little lady too.. I push her legs up against her chest when shes on her back, and then pull them down and push them up... if that doesn't work I gently rub her tummy/ groin area... normally I get blown away after a few cycles of the leg pumps... Good luck

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Sara - posted on 11/24/2015

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Just give him babies magic tea and also drink by yourself to pass it through your supply to your lo. It's safe and healthy for newborns because it is organic and herbal tea.

User - posted on 09/04/2014

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My son is two weeks old. He burps fairly easily but still gets terrible wind that he goes red in the face trying to pass. He poops many times a day. I have cut out foods, done baby massage, etc etc. I am EBF so just haven't tried meds/liquids other than telement drops which made it worse. Occasionally he vomits (this is not just spit up) if he gets very distressed and worked up.

Heather - posted on 06/21/2010

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When my daughter has problems to where she is so uncomfortable she can't sleep and just screams I give her colic calm, it is like gripe water, it is all natural and FDA Approved. This made her poop and helped her fart, she slept afterwards too. I love it, because it is natural and not a medication. Also, we use Hyland's Colic Tablets they are all natural.

Leanne - posted on 06/21/2010

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try sitting her on the toilet several times a day for a few minutes. If that doesn't work my mom said to try kerro syrup and water it acts as a stool softener/laxative.

Candi - posted on 06/21/2010

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Liala- if you are breastfeeding it is normal for a baby to go this long without a BM, if you are not breastfeeding you need to see her Dr about a stool softner. One way you can help when she is trying to pass the stool i how I listed above, rotate her legs bent into her stomach in clockwise movement. You can also try adding 1 bottle of water perday to her routine, I am not a fan of meds what so ever but mylicon drops may help as well.

Laila Virginia - posted on 06/19/2010

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am having problem with my 1 month girl on passing her stool....it takes for her almost 3 days before passing it and with the help of putting suppositories....i pity my daughter when i see her trying to push down her stool but to no avail...discomfort were on her seriously....pls help...any advices dear great moms.....

Elizabeth - posted on 06/13/2010

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My lil' one sometimes does too. I do what previous poster, Kim does. Rubbing his tummy and pushing his knees toward his chest. Hope these help!

Anna - posted on 06/13/2010

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I think the straining thing is pretty normal in newborns - I remember my daughter strained, too (both with toots and poops!), and now my son is doing the same. I think sometimes if I gently rub his belly it helps, or with burps if I sit him up with one hand supporting his front and the other patting or rubbing his back. Good luck!

Joelle - posted on 06/11/2010

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have you tried mylocon? Also you can move his feet in the bicycle motion and that should help

Margot - posted on 06/09/2010

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Hi Claire, have a look at the 'Burping' section on www.baby-medical-questions-and-answers.com, some good techniques there combined with some patience should do the trick! Good luck.

Amanda - posted on 06/08/2010

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My little guy has the same problem. What we do is put him on our chest and rub his back almost pushing on it going up to kind of help him, and than to patt him right between his shoulder blades. After a few minutes his lets out a nice burp :) Another way that works is to put them on there bellys on you knee and patt the same spot. Hope this helps.

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