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Baby 2 gas relief – lessons learned?

Aerin snoozing
Snoozing baby doesn’t have time for gas problems

When Maggie was a wee one she was a gassy lassie, in other words pissed off for unknown reasons, angry, passing more gas than Exxon. Rage face and an ass that would explode and a vomiter.

But it always seemed to be that her stomach was bugging her.

We went through a lot of formulas, enfamil, Target gentle stomach brand, something in a yellow container, I don’t remember, it wasn’t helping particularly well and the Gripe Water seemed to help a bit for gas relief, but it was not an end-all-be-all solution. She was burping up much less foul smelling burps, so there was that.

Rage baby raged, we’d pat her on the back, put her on her tummy, and generally see spews of milk flying back out a few times a day. It wasn’t particularly lovely.

From observation of Maggie and reading some on stomach issues I decided with Aerin to not let her be awake more than an hour or two at a shot before swaddling her and making her snooze.

Using this handy chart, and going by a slightly older baby as Aerin goes more with the six weeks schedule than the four, we instituted a forced calm down period if baby has been awake more than the timeframe.

Forced calm down involves either cuddling or hogtieing (swaddling,) and trying to bore her to sleep. This usually works, may take a few, but it does tend to calm the beast, and a calm beast doesn’t seem to rage out and fart with clenched fists of rage.

If you’ve got a newborn and are looking for some gas relief, check that schedule in the chart, set a timer, and when you’ve reached it start putting baby down for a nap.

It’s free, and the worst thing you should feel like is that you’re a horrible parent for wanting your child to get some rest so they’re not incredibly gassy.

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.