Burping in Children
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Burping in Children


**Section covers Burping in general and for babies

Are you worried or concerned about your kid burping? Don’t anymore.Burping, also known as belching is nothing but the release of gas from the digestive tract through the mouth. It is usually accompanied with a typical sound and, sometimes, an odor.

When you eat and drink, you don’t just swallow food or liquids alone but you swallow a little bit of air as well. This air contains gases like nitrogen and oxygen which build up in the stomach as a large gas bubble that can sometimes cause discomfort.

Hence burping helps to avoid any discomfort by releasing the excess air and it’s not a cause to worry.

Causes:

As you now know, swallowing air while eating or drinking makes you burp. Below are a few scenarios where you tend to swallow more air.

  • Talking while you chew your food
  • Drinking soda or any carbonated beverages
  • Eating too quickly
  • Chewing with your mouth open

When should I burp my baby?

Always burp your baby when feeding time is over. But there is no need for burping if she is content or falls asleep during or after a feed.

Burping your baby when she slows down after finishing the first breast and before switching on to the next is a good idea. Also, if you feel that she seems uncomfortable during a feed, take a break and make her burp to avoid any discomfort.

It’s often recommended to help/make your baby burp at least up to her first six months.

How to burp my baby?

It's a good idea to burp your baby after she eats. If your baby gets fussy after eating, you'll want to burp her fast. Below are a few easy tips to which help you to make your baby burp to avoid any discomfort.

Sit upright and hold your baby against your chest.It’s easy for your baby to burp if she is held upright since gas leaves the digestive tract quicker. Position her on your shoulder, her stomach making contact with your body and rub or pat her lower back with your hand. Gentle patting on your baby’s back should help her burping.

Position your baby so she is sitting on your lap. Make your baby sit on your lap and with your hand supporting her head, neck & back since she cannot hold herself up. Use your other hand to rub her gently on the back. Please make sure to check your position of hand to avoid holding her throat or making it hard for your baby to breathe.

Face down across your lap. Make your baby lie face down on your legs. Support her head to make sure it’s slightly higher than the rest of her body. Then gently pat on her back to help her burp. Switch the position if she isn’t burping in few minutes. Even if she is not burping for a long time, please do not worry. It’s not obvious that she should burp every time you feed. But it’s a good practice which helps her to avoid any discomfort. Also make sure to have a burp cloth or burp pad by your baby's mouth which helps to catch any spit-up.

How to reduce excess burping or gas from your body?

Burping is absolutely normal. If your child still feels too much embarrassed about it and want to reduce the excess gas, you can ask him/her to try the following ways.

  • Limit air swallowing by eating slowly and not talking while eating. Instead of quickly gulping your food down, chew it slowly and thoroughly.
  • Do not use a straw to drink water or any juices as it makes you to swallow more air than usual.
  • Avoiding carbonated beverages like soda, soft drinks and beer helps you as they all promote air swallowing.
  • Reduce or avoid chewing gum.

When to call your doctor:

Burping is very much normal and not a condition to worry about. A professional advice might be required only if it becomes a chronic problem.

So whenever you feel that your baby is burping excessively or more than usual please do consult your pediatrician. He might ask you about her diet for the past week and any abnormal symptoms to diagnose the condition. With that, he may suggest some dietary or any position changes when you feed her.

Points to remember:

  • Burping doesn’t mean that your baby is full. It’s only because she has swallowed a lot of air while she was fed and it only makes her uncomfortable.
  • Normal burping in babies right after feeding or eating food is quite normal and it isn’t a case to worry or be concerned about. Pediatricians even advice parents to make their child burp after eating to avoid any discomfort, gastric problems and crankiness.