How to Burp a Baby/ four Easy Ways to Burp a Baby

How to Burp a Baby

Babies are so delicate that for new parents, sometimes it becomes very sturdy to manage them. The toughest part is to make the small one burp.

But no need to worry anymore. Read this article and try any of the four ways mentioned below on how to burp a baby.

How to Burp a Baby

How to Burp a Baby

But let us first know why it is essential to make a baby burp?

While drinking milk a baby swallows a little air. If these air bubbles get trapped in the tummy of the small ones it causes discomfort. Also, even before the baby’s stomach is full, the air entering the baby’s tummy renders her the feeling of fullness,and she may not drink milk adequately.

Thus, it is essential to take a break while feeding or switching on to the other breast and make the child burp. In comparison to the breastfed babies, bottle-fed babies need more burping as they swallow more air while feeding. So when the bottle is half emptied, it is better to give a small break and make the baby burp. If your baby spits up often or suffers from gastroesophagealreflux symptoms, you will find burping them very beneficial.

Four Easy Ways to Burp a Baby

1.By holding the baby on your shoulder or chest-

This is the most common way to burp a baby. For this hold the baby against your chest in such a way that her chin rests on your shoulder. By supporting the baby with one of your hands, pat her back. You may also rub her back.

By holding the baby on your shoulder or chest

By holding the baby on your shoulder or chest

2.Gently pressing baby’s belly to your shoulder-

For this hold the baby high, so that the baby’s belly is pressed by your shoulders. This will create a gentle pressure to coax out the burp. Now by supporting the baby with one of your hands, pat her back with the other hand. While doing this, make sure that the baby is breathing comfortably. Also, do not slump the baby too far. It is better if while you check the placement of the baby’s head in the mirror.

Gently pressing baby's belly to your shoulder

Gently pressing baby’s belly to your shoulder

3.Making your baby sit on your lap-

Make your baby sit on your lap with her face away from you. With one of your hands support her body. Your palms should support her chest,and your fingers should support her jaw and chin. Now by making your child leaning forward pat her back.

Making your baby sit on your lap

Making your baby sit on your lap

4.Baby across your knees-

Place your baby across your knees with her face down and her body perpendicular to your body. By supporting her jaw and chin with one of your hands, pat the baby’s back with the other hand. While doing so make sure not to lower the baby’s head lower as compared to rest of her body.

Baby across your knees

Baby across your knees

While making the baby burp, do not tap the baby’s back roughly, but also do not be very gentle as light tapping won’t give you any results.

If your child sleeps while feeding does not bother much about the burp, but make sure to tap her for 10-15 minutes before you make her lie in her bed on her back.

We hope you find this article helpful. Happy parenting.

Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta:  Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.

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