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Burping a Baby

When your baby is relaxed he will expel wind easier than if he is tired, jiggled constantly or kept awake too long after he should be asleep. Physical tiredness and stress will tense the tummy rather than relax it – air becomes trapped and difficult to expel.

Keep your baby’s back vertical or horizontal rather than curved. If he hasn’t burped but is ready for sleep, put him to bed anyway, even if it means getting him up to burp when he cries in 30 minutes time. He will have relaxed during this time making it easier for him to burp.

Some anti-colic or wind mixtures work well if there is no other problem. Check with a health professional to determine other causes before giving your baby these mixtures.

Learn more in ‘mum, baby & toddler – together we learn’ ( paperback)

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