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I have a newborn (10 days). She seems to struggle with a lot of gas several times a day (first question, is this too much!?). How do we help her pass the gas more quickly and easily? She does get it out eventually, but we feel kinda helpless. We have tried moving her legs and pressing them against her abdominal muscles, but that doesn't seem to really do the trick. Any tips? It seems to cause her a bit of pain. Oh, and for more info, she's breastfed and her stools are mustard yellow and not really very solid. She has several stool diapers a day as well as wet ones.

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Anecdotal evidence from my baby (Now 9 weeks):

  1. Your Diaper & Stool issues are perfectly normal.
  2. The Wiggling of legs is supposed to help, a little side to side motion should help also.
  3. Look up "Baby Massage" to help her relax.
  4. The Babies internal plumbing is still getting started. Dont expect things to run perfectly straight away!

If in doubt consult a Doctor.

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+1 especially for points 4 and "5". –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Jul 26 '12 at 13:38
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As mentioned above, gas in = gas out. Make sure you've burped your little one right after a meal to help. My sister has happily used some sort of gasX like thing for infants, but I'll have to get back to you about what it is called.

On days that gas on the other end is still problematic, you can try a baby yoga move I learned that worked wonders on our little one (six years ago now). It is also supposed to help with constipation. It may be similar to what you've already tried, but it used to help our Alice get all kinds of gas out of the way and she would immediately feel better and then poop not long after when she was constipated.

Lay her on her back and speak softly and cooingly to her to relax her. Gently bend her knees so they are together. Move her knees - holding her lower legs - in a clockwise circle. Make it so her knees gently press into her lower abdomen while you do this. The clockwise part is the REALLY important part and if rubbing baby's tummy isn't working, the leg circle thing often still does.

The move is from the book, "Itsy Bitsy Yoga"

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We had similar situation with our little one. Here what we did:

  • gentle massage of belly, clockwise
  • burping, he can burp after 5-10 minutes after feeding
  • in 0,5 hour after he ate or later carry him in your arm on his belly, so that his belly will be in your hand.
  • since you are breastfeeding - check your diet. Make sure not to eat things like beans, fresh bread, all types of cabbage (broccoli and cauliflower included). Processed food is not good too.
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Diet: it could also be milk products... –  Torben Gundtofte-Bruun Nov 21 '12 at 19:09
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I agree with @Torben, it's much easier to prevent the baby from getting too gassy in the first place by burping as once the baby has gotten gassy there's not much you can do to help them get it out. There are some remedies you can try to help the baby burp better like infocol and dentinox (in the UK, not sure about other places) and these may work, but it's much more about technique and persistence. My first child took up to 45 minutes to get a burp out of using every known and some invented techniques while my second one takes 45 seconds and I don't even have to try!

Also, I've had good luck with infant probiotics in aiding digestion, but really burping is the key. It takes time with some children so be patient and get yourself comfortable. Set yourself up on a comfortable spot with some cushions and settle in as long as it takes. Think of it less as a chore and more as some cuddle time between you and your child. Good luck and enjoy as before you know it they're walking and talking!

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It may be obvious except to new parents, but make sure to burp the baby after every feeding. Some babies also need to be burped once or twice during feeding. The point is to get the air out of the stomach before it goes into the intestines.

Baby massage is also often helpful: gently rub the belly in a circular motion; clockwise when facing the baby. This helps move the bowels in the proper direction.

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Yes to these for sure, although some gas is caused by digestion (my pedi said especially before 3-4 months when the intestines mature), and burping will have no effect on that gas. Also many breastfed babies really don't burp all that much. –  justkt Jul 26 '12 at 13:43
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@justkt, thanks for that last bit. Our baby doesn't burp a whole lot (she does, but not as much as I expected). So your comment is reassuring :) –  kentcdodds Jul 26 '12 at 15:27
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