However, babies who appear irritable (they keep on changing position or pulling their legs up) during and after feeding usually really need burping. To help them, move their legs gently up and down in a bicycling motion.
After Burping Baby
You’ll know you have a successful feeding (and burping baby) session if your baby appears content and comfortable. At this point, you can spend some time with them playing or attend to their other needs, such as changing the nappy or bathing.
When to Seek Medical Help
You need to bring your baby to a pediatrician if they frequently become fussy during and after feeding sessions. Other signs to watch out for include:
- Fever; especially if they are less than 3 months old
- Inconsolable crying
- Swelling fontanelle
- Problems breathing
- Pale or flushed skin
- Appears to have trouble swallowing
- Refuses to eat
- Persistent vomiting
- Progression of abdominal distention
- Absence of bowel movement for 5 days
Burping baby is an essential part of baby feeding to avoid the buildup of excess gas in their body, which might make them irritable, fussy, and squirmy. The good news is, there are many ways to burp a baby: you can do it while they’re leaning on your shoulder, seated, or lying down. Spitting up and vomiting a little milk is normal when you burp them.
In most cases, you can stop burping baby once they reach 4 to 6 months, but until then, it might be a good idea to stock up on towels for burping baby.
Learn more about Baby Care here.