Does Your Baby Suffer With Gas?

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Baby Stories |

Discovering what is needed for each baby’s development:    

 Does your Baby Suffer with Gas?

Clearly, Julia delighted in her 7-week old daughter. She and Stella were in tune with each other. Stella was a healthy baby, developing well. My purpose was to introduce any missing elements that would enrich her life and share supportive techniques with Julia.

When Julia greeted me at the door, she cradled her baby in the crook of her arm. She was positioned in a way that made Stella’s head fall slightly backward over her mother’s elbow. Each time Julia picked her up her head fell backward. At this stage of development the baby’s head needs support. Many parents, understand this, unaware that they perpetuate this position. This was true for Julia.

She laid Stella on her back on the floor. Stella’s ribs, chest and belly were expanding easily with her breath until she suffered from gas. Her belly tightened, she cried, she spit up and periodically passed gas.

Her legs remained long while lying on her back. I gently brought her knees toward her belly and kept them there. When I let go, Stella’s legs fell to the floor. With her knees bent over her belly, I very gently squeezed the tight muscles of her lower leg. The muscles gave up their urge to tighten and her leg softened. I bent and extended the ankle, sensing the moment when she allowed me to bend it. She began to rest with the knees over the belly and the feet off the floor, kicking them.

Two of Julia’s friends arrived to meet the new baby. As they took turns holding the baby, she became very distressed. She was experiencing the pain of gas. I intervened by bringing her knees to her belly. I placed my other hand across her belly. Very gently I brought the outsides of belly a little closer to each other and stayed there. This allows the tightening to relax and she found immediate relief. She was happy again. Julia practiced bringing the Stella’s knees to her belly, and used the techniques of squeezing, tapping, bending and extending the ankle. She helped her daughter to soften the muscles of her legs, bringing them to be free to bend.

Stella and Julia enjoyed these new movements together. Now was the time to share ways for to support Stella’s head while lifting her. We marvel at the women that have raised or cared for many children and how they do this smoothly and effortlessly. It is a practiced skill. Julia practiced how to pick Stella up in one move, cradling all of Stella with her head fully supported. She mastered this and in our next session Stella’s head was no longer arched backward. She could turn her head in each direction with ease. I encouraged her to teach her husband this technique.

Next week, when I arrived to visit, Stella’s head was no longer tilted backward. She spontaneously turned her head freely to each side. She could now balance her head. Julia learned, too. She now spontaneously cradled her baby’s in varying transitions and positions.

Tips for gas:

Bring baby’s knees to belly – you can do this in varying positions: with your baby lying on the floor or on your lap.

Shorten the distance from between the sides of the belly by softly pressing the two sides toward each other. This takes over the work of the contraction and will often release it. Move slowly and be patient.

Bring receptive touch to you baby’s belly, feeling the expansion of the in breath and the settling down of out breath.

Tips for supporting the head:

Often the key to mastering developmental movements is in the transitions. Be particularly aware of your newborn’s head position while you pick them up and move them into your arms, a car seat, to bed, etc. Practice picking up your baby and bringing them down. This makes the movement and position more comfortable for you. You will be more likely to do it spontaneously. Your connection is so close at this stage. Often, when you are uncomfortable you baby is, too.