It is important for fathers to remember; gas and bowel discomfort are a primary source of pain and angst for children in the early days.
While in most cases mothers take the lead in baby feeding, if a father is taking over burping duty or even bottle feeding the child to give his partner a break, it is important to do it right.
While these tips and methods provide a general guideline, it is important to seek the advice of a qualified medical professional or childcare expert before attempting them.
1. Over your shoulder
This is the most popular method and requires you to simply hold your baby over your shoulder. Face your child outward and use one hand to rub their back to bring out the gas. It may be necessary to encourage and manoeuvre the gas to come out. Switching shoulders might do the trick.
2. Sitting on your lap
Sit your baby on your lap and support their chest and head with one hand. Support their chin in the palm of your hand and rest the heel of your hand on their chest. Do not grip their throat. Use your other hand to gently pat their back and help release the gas.
3. Laying on your lap
Lay your baby down on your lap, with their belly against you. Give their head the necessary support and make sure it is higher than their chest. Rub or pat your baby’s back gently.
Our guide is meant to outline the need to know facts. Always consult with a qualified medical professional or childcare expert when taking important decisions regarding your child’s health.
Reviewed by: Julie Mallon
Date reviewed: 6th January, 2019
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