||What causes babies to get wind?
- Wind is caused when air is trapped in baby's tummy and is made worse as baby cries vigorously to get the pressure out of there and takes in more air.
- Bottle-fed babies have more trouble with painful wind, mainly because the feed is taken in more quickly along with air as baby gulps the milk.
- Baby has less control over swallowing speed.
- Air is gulped in when baby is feeding, crying or simply breathing.
||How do you solve it?
- Check the size of the hole in the bottle-teat. If it is too big then baby is gulping formula and air in too quickly.
- Tilt the bottle when baby feeds to ensure the milk is covering the teat-hole completely. Be especially vigilant as milk levels drop.
- Avoid letting baby slip down into a flat prone position when feeding.
- Try giving smaller, more frequent feeds to help prevent and break up the wind.
- Massage baby's tummy gently after feeding. Start around the belly-button and gently massage outward in a clockwise motion with your hand laid flat. Do not press down hard.