Life’s a Gas

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

Unfortunately for Brandon, all it really means is that he's left feeling very uncomfortable with all that wind in his tummy. It happens on a daily basis too, poor fella.

We've found that the best way to deal with the problem is to first try and rub some kind of Chinese ointment on his tummy to relieve the wind (I'll try and find out the name of that oil). If that doesn't work and he's still fretful and crying, we lie him on his back and move his legs about so that he's cycling in the air, and lift his legs over his tummy. It has worked marvelously to get gas out of his system. A teaspoon of gripe water also helps, but we try to keep that as a last resort. What amazed us was the amount of air that he had in his tiny body--no wonder he was wailing so badly! It doesn't help that the crying adds on to the problem as well.

Han's got oodles more patience than I do, so it's a huge blessing that he's around to calm Brandon down and take his time to figure out how best to handle him. Apart from the wind and the usual needs (to feed, diaper change, telling us he's too tired or overstimulated, or he wants a bit of a cuddle), he doesn't seem to cry for much else.

I guess the important thing to remember is that babies cry because that's their only way to communicate. They don't enter the world with hidden agendas or malice--they're not here to rob their parents of their lives, and neither are they able to get 'angry' when their needs are not met. The parents just have to take up the challenge of learning how to decipher what their little one is trying to tell them, and keep learning day by day.

3 Comments

#1Gravatar imagemiaow! says:

hey hun… try a tummy rub? vicks is good for cough’s etc… ask yr mum.. she shud know, there is a think-necked bottle that comes in a thin tin… good for rubbing around the navel and the back of baby’s heal, rubbing upwards just before calve. see if this helps hun

also watch yr food intake… less ginger, brocolli, beans, soya bean etc is recommended for you coz maybe it’s adding to baby’s wind…

#2Gravatar imagemiaow! says:

ooh… but be careful of baby’s navel as it’s still kindda raw, no?
so a bit of a distance to the navel…

mmmwah

#3Gravatar imageAsad says:

hmm… sorta sounds like the opposite of CPR…

oh well, Always Better Out than In, right??? 🙂

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