Let’s say your baby is very uncomfortable and feels unsettled. And you are tensed about that. The truth is that the colic, which you have to face, is inevitable. But did you ever think why, seriously? The baby isn’t crying or being irritated for nothing!
Colic can be reduced to a large extent and in that winding, a baby properly plays a vital role.
So, don’t worry as we will discuss each and everything related to winding a baby and make sure that you understand it well. :)
First, let’s define what is colic!
What Is Colic?
According to Wikipedia, Baby colic, also known as infantile colic, is defined as episodes of crying for more than three hours a day, for more than three days a week, for three weeks in an otherwise healthy child. Often crying occurs in the evening It typically does not result in long-term problems. The crying can result in frustration of the parents, depression following delivery, excess visits to the doctor and child abuse.
In simpler terms, it is the crying of a ‘healthy and fit’ baby without any reason. Which does nothing other than to serve your anxiety. And it is generally periodical.
It is to be noted that colic occurs to every 1 baby out of 5. So, it’s not a medical threat for the baby. But as I said before it can be very irritating.
Signs of Colic
There are no fixed signs which indicate colic but the following points are generic:
- The baby is always irritated
- Loud and very intense crying and or screaming
- Regular timing which you can predict prior to the baby’s colic begins
- The baby’s fists may be clenched and the abdomen will become a little tight
- The crying will be around 3 hours each day
It generally lasts for up to baby’s around six months of age and starts at the age of six weeks.
Now, let’s get into the baby winding and burping chapter. :-)
Is Winding A Baby important?
As babies drink all of their calories, they tend to take in a lot of air. That’s the reason for burping the baby. Not doing so may contribute to increased uncomfortableness, irritation, restlessness and reveal signs of flatulence. It also occurs during crying and yawning of the baby.
It occurs generally for up to 6 months as the baby’s digestive system takes some time to develop and mature. The amount of help the baby needs for releasing the wind varies from baby to baby but you should keep doing so as not doing it may lead to the aforementioned consequences.
How To Wind A Baby?
Whilst you burp/wind the baby, keep continuous gentle patting going on the backside of the baby with your arms, as it is the most important thing to do while attempting to make a baby burp.
Every baby has different needs and that’s why you need to switch all the techniques and see which one works for you fine. The three commonly practised techniques are as followed below.
- Placing your baby on your shoulder: This is the most common, effective and frequently used techniques among parents as it yields the most efficient result. You can follow the techniques by simply placing your baby firmly against your shoulders and patting her back with a hand whilst you support your baby with the other arm.
- Putting your baby upside-down: Yeah, all you have to do is put your baby’s tummy on one of your legs and make sure that the baby’s head is turned either sideways. Then start the smooth patting session. Which your baby will generously love for sure.
- Hold while your baby is sitting on your lap: All you need to do here is just make your baby sit on your lap. And gently pat your baby
Just keep on trying each of these and hopefully, your baby will indicate whichever they like and prefer.
Your baby may be awakened due to accumulation of gas. Then this technique will prove to be worthy. If your baby doesn’t burp and is comfortable with it, you should eventually stop the winding/burping process.
Tips To Wind A Baby
- Firstly, always make sure that your baby isn’t drinking formula from a bottle while it’s empty.
- Always keep a cloth handy nearby as there are high chances that your baby will vomit the formula or milk one day.
- Continuously pat on the back while your baby consumes the formula, or you breastfeed to lessen the intake of the air.
- When your baby starts to get fussy during feedings of milk or the formula make sure to pat him/her and make your baby burp so that you can create some space in that tummy for the meal. If you don’t do so, more uncomfortableness will make her even more unlikely to consume the meal and ultimately vomit.
- Don’t change the formula which you feed to your baby frequently; it may cause unsettled feelings for the baby.
- Always make sure the bottle in which you are feeding doesn’t have air bubbles even when it’s full you can remove any bubbles by simply waiting.
- Always feed with a slight tilt in the angle while your baby drinks the milk because it will ensure that only the milk flows in.
Your only job now is to—make sure that the baby isn’t uncomfortable. If you seem to see any signs of restlessness—wind after each feeding and during feeding session at least once. Lastly, when you see that your baby is no longer burping and is fine with it maybe, it's time for you to stop patting your baby.
Thanks for bearing with me!
Have a good day!
-Team, Designer Baby UK