The first time I heard about burping babies was when my mother told me that she had been advised to do so. She said that if I didn’t burp her baby, he would die. I remember thinking that this sounded like a load of nonsense. How could a baby not burp? But after hearing this advice, I did try to burp him. He wouldn’t burp. So I tried again and again. Finally, I gave up. I just couldn’t get him to burp. It seemed like every time I tried, he’d start crying. After a few days, he stopped crying and began eating normally.
Burping a baby is not only important for health reasons, but also because it helps him/her learn to swallow properly. Babies who don’t burp often may choke on food or drink later in life.
How to Burp a Baby Who Won’t Burp
Burping is a natural reflex that occurs when a baby swallows air. Babies swallow air while they sleep and sometimes wake up feeling uncomfortable. When babies feel discomfort, they may start crying and try to burp. If a baby does not burp, he/she may have a condition called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). GERD causes stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus.
How to burp a newborn
To help your baby burp, place him/her on his/her belly. Place your hand over the baby’s mouth and gently push down on the top of the chest. You should hear gurgling sounds coming from the baby’s lungs.
Why do babies burp?
Babies burp because their stomachs produce excess gas. Gas builds up in the stomach and then flows out through the esophagus. To prevent babies from having GERD, make sure they drink plenty of water and breastfeed frequently.
What if my baby doesn’t burp?
If your baby doesn’t burp after several attempts, call your doctor. Your doctor may recommend medication to treat your baby’s reflux.