Baby Emma kicks her legs up, clenches her fist and works up a wail that leaves her face red and blotchy. She’s uncomfortable, frustrated and tired– a bad combination. Her pleading eyes lock with mine, and we both know that there will be no peace until she cuts the cheese.
Classic signs of a gassy baby include clenching their fists and kicking their legs upward. They fuss and look uncomfortable or irritated. Issues with a baby’s trouser trumpet could stem from transitioning to solid foods, certain types of foods, eating too quickly, improper feeding and not enough burping.
As a nanny, sometimes I can give the baby gas drops and sometimes I can’t depending on what parents have on-hand and what medications or supplements parents want me to give their children.
While gas drops are nice, there are other methods to achieve a baby cheek squeak. Here are the five ways I cajole baby bottoms to let it rip.
- Bicycle kicks are my most effective method to inducing the one-gun salute. Bicycle kicks are so effective that I’ve incorporated them into our after mealtime routine to prevent gas build-up and discomfort. Lay your baby on their back, and gently move their legs like they are riding a bike. Click here to see this method in action.
- Tummy Time helps babies move gas bubbles and strengthens their head, neck and back muscles. I cannot stress the importance of tummy time enough, and, like bicycle kicks, I make time for this activity several times throughout the day.
- Baby Bouncers offer a new position and more freedom for babies to move their legs on their own. Although I haven’t read anything from an expert on using bouncy chairs to assist with the butt bazooka, babies tend to break more than wind in these seats.
- Massages provide comfort and ease pressure. When a baby is too fussy to do bicycle kicks, tummy time or the bouncy seat, my next tactic is to coax a duck quack by gently massaging the baby’s belly or back. Here’s a video tutorial about massage techniques for baby digestive issues.
- Soothing techniques such as swaddling, swings, pacifiers, walking and bouncing can help calm and relax a fussy baby. It may be easier for a relaxed baby to slip out a stinker than a fussed up, fist clenching crier, so give your baby what best helps soothe them. Even if they take a nap instead of letting out a booty belch, you can come back to remedies like bicycle kicks and tummy time once the baby is calm and refreshed.