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    How to help baby’s tummy problems

    Baby tummy problems? If only they could tell you what’s wrong. Until we locate a baby whisperer, here are a few ways you can help an unsettled baby. 

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    • Talk to your doctor if you think that baby’s crying or discomfort is excessive. Read our checklist on what to do if your baby has colic for more tips
    • Make an appointment with a public health nurse or lactation consultant. They can help you to identify if there are ways to tweak your feeding technique that will help baby be more comfortable.
    • Try doing “bicycle legs” with baby’s legs to activate their little digestive system and help them pass gas.
    • Make sure to do tummy time with baby, even if they protest. Tummy time can help baby pass gas and relieve belly discomfort.
    • Try giving them a warm bath.
    • Try clockwise tummy massages after a bath to help move things along. Read our checklist on how to give a baby massage
    • Try burping baby after every feed by holding them upright and gently rubbing their back  until they seem more comfortable.
    • Try burping baby when you switch breasts, if breastfeeding, or after each 1 oz of breast milk or formula from a bottle.
    • Help a bottle-fed baby swallow less air by making sure there is no air in the nipple and by holding the baby upright in your arms while feeding.
    • Try different feeding positions to find out what suits baby best. For different breastfeeding holds, check out our guide to getting comfortable while breastfeeding.
    • Try carrying baby upright, perhaps in a baby carrier, and walk around a little after feeding. 
    • Talk to your doctor about whether your baby’s tummy problems are normal and what the potential causes may could be. Read our tips for your baby's happy healthy tummy.
    • Consider your own diet if you are breastfeeding. Talk to your HCP about how your diet could be affecting baby.
    • Talk to your doctor if you’re worried your baby might be lactose intolerant. You can read up on the symptoms of lactose intolerance here.

    Sources:

    Health Link BC. Burping a Baby. https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/not42086 Accessed August 2020.

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