The Best Remedies for Gas & Reflux

Your Baby’s Digestive System

Isn’t it wonderful how babies are such uninhibited little creatures? Adults have to mind their manners, refraining from uncouth behavior such as belching or passing gas in public, whereas babies let loose naturally. They can’t help themselves — eating is their favorite pastime and their digestive system is getting used to food.

Other than crying, these noises are some of the few sounds your makes early in life, and they tell you a lot about what he wants. Surprisingly, spit-up can be equally revealing. So get your burp cloth ready, because you’re about to decipher your baby’s varying digestive needs.

Q. Why all the gas?

A. It comes from two sources: harmless bacteria breaking down undigested sugars in the large intestine, and swallowing air during crying and feeding.

Some breastfed babies may produce excessive gas when their mothers eat gas-forming vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussels sprouts, beans, and onions. (If you’re eating these foods and notice your baby is gassy, you may want to limit them in your diet.)

Feeding babies too much fruit juice can also cause gas, as well as bloating, tummy pain, and diarrhea.

Easing Your Baby’s Gas Pain

Q. Can I alleviate my baby’s gas pain?

A. You can help prevent gas by feeding her before she cries, a signal that she’s too hungry to wait any longer to eat. When you do feed her, use a leisurely pace, because rapid feeding increases her intake of air. If you are breastfeeding and your milk is letting down briskly, you may need to remove your baby for a moment and let the spray of milk slow down so she can manage the flow. If bottlefeeding, check the nipple opening to be sure it isn’t too large or too small. Bottlefed babies usually swallow more air, especially when the bottle’s nipple isn’t full of milk.

But if, despite your efforts, your baby seems uncomfortable, gas may be the reason behind her fussiness. You can help trapped gas move by gently massaging baby’s tummy in a clockwise motion while she lies on her back. Or hold your baby securely over your arm in a facedown position, known as the “gas hold” or “colic hold.” Still no relief? Ask your pediatrician about trying the over-the-counter anti-gas medication simethicone, sold as Infants’ Mylicon Drops, which may help move gas through the intestines.

Q. How often should I burp my baby?

A. For most babies, burping midway through the feeding and afterward will release any air bubbles. Try burping your baby during his natural pauses in feeding, such as when he slows down after finishing the first breast. While a few babies need to be burped more frequently, many parents make the mistake of disrupting feedings with unnecessary attempts at burping. This prolongs the feeding time, frustrating a hungry baby, which can increase air swallowing.

Trapped air can cause immediate discomfort, make a baby feel full before he has finished his feeding, or pass into the intestines, causing flatulence.

There are several good positions for burping your baby. Use the one that works best for you:

Support your baby upright over a burp cloth on your shoulder and firmly pat his back.
Sit him upright on your lap with your hand under his chin to support his chest and head. Lean him forward slightly while you rub and pat his back.

Lay him across your lap on his abdomen, with his head slightly higher than the rest of his body, and firmly rub and pat his back.
If he doesn’t burp after a few minutes, resume feeding him, and if he acts uncomfortable, try burping him again.

Spit-Up and Vomit

Q. Why does my infant sometimes spit up after feedings?

A. Feeding your baby is gratifying, but it also can be a messy experience, considering that as many as half of all healthy, fullterm newborns spit up daily.

The medical term for spitting up is gastroesophageal reflux, abbreviated as GER or simply reflux. With GER, stomach contents (including food, saliva, air, stomach acids, and other digestive juices) back up into the esophagus and sometimes out the mouth. (Some infants with GER may even vomit.) Reflux typically occurs after eating, when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) muscle, which separates the esophagus from the stomach, is relaxed.

In infants, GER peaks at 4 months, equally affecting nearly 70 percent of breastfed and bottlefed babies. (Babies have small esophagi, which are vulnerable to increased abdominal pressure from crying, straining to have a bowel movement, or coughing.) In most instances, they outgrow the condition between 6 and 12 months of age, after they learn to sit up, begin eating solid foods, and spend more time in an upright position.

A more severe form of GER, called gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), affects about one in 300 infants. GERD occurs if frequent reflux of stomach acids causes injury to the lining of the esophagus. A baby with GERD is likely to spit up or throw up more than usual, choke or gag, arch away from the bottle or nipple, or be irritable during and after feedings. See “How is GERD treated?” section for more information on this condition.

A Whole Lot More Than Spit-Up

Unlike spitting up, vomiting can be a symptom of a wide variety of medical problems, ranging from a bacterial or viral infection, to a cow’s milk allergy, an intestinal blockage, or a head injury. Repeated projectile vomiting that begins around 3 to 5 weeks may be due to a thickening of the muscle where the stomach empties into the small intestine. This condition — known as pyloric stenosis — requires immediate medical attention and minor surgery.

Notify your baby’s doctor if your infant vomits after two or three consecutive feedings; has blood- or yellow-stained vomit; has a swollen or tender abdomen; refuses to drink; or is vomiting along with having other symptoms.

What to pack in your hospital bag for delivery

Now’s the time to gather together all the essentials you’ll need during labour and birth and for after your baby is born. Even if you’re not planning a hospital birth, you may need to go in unexpectedly, so try to have a bag packed by the time you are about 36 weeks pregnant.
Hospitals vary in their policies about what you are allowed to bring with you when you have your baby. You may want to take a few items from home, such as your own pillows, to make the environment more personal. But be aware that hospitals can be short on space.

If you want, pack two bags: one for labour and the hours immediately after your baby is born, and another for a stay on the postnatal ward.

If you’re driving to hospital, you could leave the second bag in the car. If you have a straightforward birth, you may leave hospital on the same day and not need the second bag at all.

What should I pack for labour?

Your birth plan and maternity notes.
Dressing gown. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labour. You’ll also need one on the postnatal ward. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better. A dark colour or a busy pattern will help to hide any stains.
Backless slip-on slippers, that are easy to get on and off.
Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labour.
Old nightdress or T-shirt to wear in labour. It will probably get a bit messy, so don’t buy anything specially to wear in hospital.
Massage oil or lotion if you would like to be massaged during your labour.
Birth ball. This can help you to labour effectively. Check whether the hospital has the right size for you. If not, take your own. Remember to bring a pump so your birth partner can inflate it for you.
Lip balm. Your lips can dry out quickly on a warm labour ward.
Snacks and drinks for you while you are in labour. Isotonic sports drinks are good, or take some glucose tablets to keep you going.
Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, or a tablet computer.
Hairbands or a clip. If you have long hair, you may want it tied up.
Pillows. The hospital might not have enough to make you really comfortable. A V-shaped pillow can give you extra support when breastfeeding your baby.
TENS pain relief machine, if you are planning to use one.
Music. Take your MP3 player or a CD player and some CDs. Some hospitals provide their own CD players, but check first.

What should my birth partner pack?

Water spray or a hand-held fan, to cool you down while you’re in labour.
Comfortable shoes. They may be pacing the corridors!
A change of clothes. Your birth partner might not get the chance to have a shower for quite a while!
Bendy straws, to help you to have a drink during labour.
Swimwear, if they want to join you in a birth pool.
Mobile phone and charger. If their mobile has a stopwatch/timer function, they can use it to help time your contractions. Or if they have a smartphone, there are apps available that can do the job for them.
Digital camera or camera phone to take photos or a short film of the birth and early moments with your baby.
Snacks and drinks. You don’t want a dehydrated, hungry birth partner looking after you. If they bring some snacks and drinks with them, they can stay with you, rather than leaving the room to search for food!
What shall I pack for after the birth?

A going-home outfit. You’ll need loose comfortable clothes to wear while you’re in hospital and for the journey home. It will take a while for your tummy to go down, so you’ll probably still need your maternity clothes when you get home.
Handouts about how to get breastfeeding started, which you received at your antenatal classes. If you have a contact card for a breastfeeding counsellor or specialist, take that with you too.
Nursing bras. Bring two or three.
Breast pads.
Maternity pads. Bring a couple of packs.
Nightshirt or T-shirt. Front-opening shirts are useful in the early days of breastfeeding.
Toiletries. Decant these into smaller bottles, or buy travel versions, to save on space in the postnatal ward. You may sweat more after birth, so take a deodorant.
Towels, hairbrush, toothbrush and toothpaste.
Old or cheap knickers, or disposable knickers. Don’t bring your best ones as they will get messy. Big cotton knickers can be useful if you end up having a caesarean, as they won’t rub your wound. The NCT sells brilliant stretchy knickers that are comfortable to wear over your scar.
Arnica cream. Although there’s no conclusive evidence that it works, some women report that arnica cream helps to reduce bruising and helps the healing process. Don’t apply the cream to broken skin.
Eye mask and earplugs, to help you sleep on a brightly lit, noisy ward.

What should I pack for my baby?

Two or three sleepsuits and vests.
Baby blanket. Although hospitals are very warm, your baby may need a blanket if it’s chilly outside when you leave.
Nappies. Your newborn will go through as many as 12 in a day.
Muslin squares, for mopping up any milk your baby brings up (possetting).
One pair of socks or booties.
Hat.
One outfit for the trip home (all-in-one stretchy outfits are easiest).
Baby car seat. Some hospitals won’t let you leave by car without one.
Jacket or snowsuit for winter babies (remove before placing your baby in a car seat).
Once you’ve got your hospital bag organised, remind yourself of the first signs of labour so you’ll know when it’s the real thing!

The Impact Of Pineapples In The Diets Of Pregnant Women & Their Babies

Our main objective today is to shed light on one particular fruit, we think all pregnant mothers should have in their diets: The Pineapple. The tropical pineapple is one of the most outstanding nutritious fruits of all-time. No wonder it is the second most popular fruit in North America.The fruit is jam packed with a near-infinite supply of powerful nutrients and other health promoting substances for the expectant moms and for their growing babies.
Here is a complete breakdown of our research findings about the Pineapple, and most importantly, its roles and impacts in facilitating a smooth pregnancy and an even smoother delivery by the moms. Our inspiration to feature the pineapple was sired by the need and the desire to quell and allay the fears and the worries a majority of the moms face with respect to whether eat or not to eat pineapples during their pregnancies.

We were really taken aback at some of the horrendous myths and misconceptions surrounding this fruit and we saw it fit to write an in-depth review of the pineapple fruit. Expectant moms are always finding themselves faced with so many different advice and counsel. They are often bombarded with conflicting and confusing advice on what to eat and of the foods to avoid. The World is now a day’s apparently full of ‘expert dietitians’ who claim to know all when it comes to the best foods for the moms.

Just go online today and search for something cliché and something generic for instance, ‘best and worst foods during pregnancies’ and you will be astonished by the overwhelming number of responses and advice you get from the self-proclaimed nutritionists and dieticians.

Fortunately for us, though, we have stellar trusted website and domains, Sites with an impeccable proven-record of assisting with not only the expectant mother’s diet concerns but, with any other health and wellness concern, for that matter.

Healthy Mothers Give Birth to Healthier Babies

Expectant moms always have to bear in mind the need and the importance of eating foods and fruits that will have the most profound positive impact to them and to their growing babies. Moms should always remember that unlike was the case before they were pregnant and they were only eating and drinking to satisfy the dietary needs of only their cells, tissues and other body organs as well, now they have double of everything to satisfy every time they eat.

At the same time, the same moms are vehemently warned by the doctors and by the experts against eating too much and consequently putting on too much weight. Being overweight happens to be one of the biggest risks any expectant mom could face and keeping the weight in check is arguably the number one priority for all to-be moms.

Now, how on earth are pregnant people expected to keep their weights within certain narrow limits with all the raging hormones in play and still be eating enough food to nourish all the needs and wants of both them and their growing unborn babies?

That’s quite the quagmire right? Actually, it is not as complicated and as hard as it looks from the outside looking inwards. Moms are able to strike a perfect, near-harmonious balance and go ahead to experience a really peaceful and healthy pregnancy just by being knowledgeable and informed about the right amounts of nutrients to ingest.

A Brief History of Pineapples

The first ever recorded mention of the word, ‘pineapples’ was way back in the year 1398. The name was most likely inspired by the physical resemblance of this newly discovered fruit to pine cones.

According to some historians believe that the juicy and the succulent fruit trace its origins to Brazil, South America. The fruit found its way to the tables of the mostly European royalty courtesy of the famous explorer and discoverer, Christopher Columbus. Columbus is rumored to have used the pineapples to both cure and prevent the onset and the generation of the disease they referred to as the Sailors disease aka what we now call Scurvy. Many years are said to have passed before the fruit finally became a delicacy meant to be partaken and enjoyed by the common folk.

Meet the King of Pineapples!

The popularization and the commercialization of the fruit came about thanks to the gallant efforts made by one, James Dole. Dole is said to have embarked on a quest to see to it that pineapples would be readily available and sold in all the grocery stores not only in his Hawaii hometown but all over North America as well. And, he was mighty successful with his venture.

Amazing Facts of the Pineapple

South East Asia, notably Thailand produces the highest percent of the global total tonnage of pineapples.
The fruit can only produce once per year and it does so thanks to pollination by the Hummingbirds, primarily.
The native Indians in Brazil, South America, were fond of using the fruit as a gift or as a token of friendship. To the Indians, the direct translation of the word pineapple is actually, ‘an excellent fruit’.
Every part in a pineapple is useful in one way or the other. The fleshy core is edible and nutritious to us humans, the remains after we extract the bromelain juice is used to feed and nourish animals with vitamin A.
In ancient times, young men from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and even from Honduras in the Caribbean would undergo the initiation rite of passage by running through a pineapple plantation naked.

The equivalent of 165 grams of a chunk of a pineapple will supply our bodies with up to 105% DRI/DV value of Ascorbic acid or Vitamin C. In addition, a cup of pineapple weighing 165 grams contains vital basic macro nutrients and calories needed for the proper growth and development of both the mother and their growing babies. They include:-
Proteins with a DRI/DV value of 2%
Carbohydrates with a value of 10%
Fats
Dietary fiber of DRI/DV values of 9%
Calories of a 5%
Apart from the micro nutrient, Vitamin C mentioned above, the fruit comes laden with other health enhancing vitamins namely:-

Water-soluble vitamin B complexes like vitamin B(11%), vitamin B2(4%), vitamin B3(5%), vitamin B6(11%), Folate(7%).
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin K
A cup of pineapple juice contains a vast array of the essential minerals our bodies require. They include, Boron, Calcium, Chloride, Chromium, Copper, Fluoride, Iodine, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorous, Potassium, Molybdenum, Sodium and Zinc. Even though most of these minerals are found in trace and in minute quantities they play a crucial role in making sure all proceeds well and smoothly all through the pregnancy period and beyond. Of the minerals mentioned, the most abundant is Manganese which has a recorded value of the DRI/DV of 77%.

Moving on, we now know that a 165 gram cup of pineapple syrup also contains the good, or the recommended fatty acids. The fatty acids available in the fruit include:-

Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-6 fatty acids
Monounsaturated fats namely the Myristoleic, Pentecostalism, Palmitol, Heptadecenoic and Oleic acids.
Polyunsaturated fatty acids namely Linoleic and Arachnoid acids.
Pineapples also contain essential and vital individual amino acids like Alanine, Arginine, Cysteine and Leucine. Finally, a pineapple will nourish our bodies with ash, organic acids and with sugar alcohols too, according to various massively trusted website.

Focus on Pineapples and Pregnancies

All of the minerals, vitamins, fatty acids and amino acids we have elucidated have their own unique roles to play in the embryo from the time it is conceived and formed and all along as it continues to grow and mature. Vitamin C the most abundant of the micronutrients for instance is responsible for making sure the following positive effects occur in the both the mothers and the embryos bodies and systems.

Vitamin C generates and repairs the body tissues
It promotes quicker healing of wounds
It is a strong anti-inflammatory agent which serves to exponentially improve and enhance our immune system responses.
It stimulates the growth and development of bones and teeth in our bodies.
Ascorbic acid is responsible for the detoxification of body cells as it is a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C has been observed to play an integral role in keeping the placenta clean and healthy and also making sure that the amniotic fluid environment is completely devoid of harmful toxins for the sake of the wellbeing of the unborn baby.
Courtesy of the water soluble vitamin complexes we have listed above, this fruit makes it possible for expectant mothers to have a fantastic water retention-water reuptake ratio ideal for the moms-to-be.
The fiber content in the fruit serves to deter any constipation in the soon-to-be moms
Vitamin B6 is a natural anti-nauseating agent that serves to deter the occurrence of the awful morning sickness in the expectant moms
Ascorbic acid will ensure the bloods hemoglobin levels stay in check and within the ideal/optimum levels by actively reabsorbing iron from the pineapples.
Vitamin C is responsible for elevating the blood levels of the unborn babies too.
Vitamin C will also see to it that the mother’s blood pressure does not soar upwards to potentially risky and dangerous levels both for her and for her unborn baby as well.
Basically speaking, it is Vitamin C that makes it possible for all of the vital components of the baby while it is in the placenta are induced and catalyzed to properly develop and then fully form. Here we are referring to vital components the likes of the bones, the tendons, the cartilages, the muscles and even the collagen needed for binding together the gum cells, the skin cells and the tendon cells as well.
Pineapples have the ability to help induce labor contractions in a delivering mom.
The adverse outcomes and repercussions of a pregnant mom whose diet lacks the Vitamin C in her diet include:-

A malformed fetal brain
Her gums bleed
A tendency of her capillaries and small blood vessels to rapture and tear leading to bleeding
The onset of the medical condition known as scurvy
The expectant mom experiences dry and rough skin lacking in supple moisture
It is equally important to note that it is indeed true what the wise adage says, ‘Even too much of a good thing-a pineapple-can be dangerous to our health and wellness!’

Risks Associated with Excess Pineapples for Expectant Moms

Over the years medical and nutritional experts have continued to caution and even warn the expectant moms about the real dangers of over partaking of this wonder fruit. Over indulging is thought to be associated with a remarkably higher chances and risks of a premature birth. Too much Vitamin C has also been strongly associated with the causation of diarrhea, bloating and accumulation of gas. In rare instances, consumption of higher dosages of Vitamin C has led to formation and development of kidney stones.

In the off-chance that the expectant mom suffers from gout, excess intake of ascorbic acid may exacerbate the condition and make it worse.At times, the eating of too many pineapples comes with the real risks of causing the expectant moms to suffer from skin rash and heavy menstrual cycle flows.

In conclusion

Pineapples are an excellent wholesome, tasty source of a whole bag load of powerful nutrients vital to pregnant moms and their unborn babies as well.Pineapples are highly recommended by the experts owing to the above mentioned benefits and rewards they provide to expectant moms and to us all in general.

Fruit fudge

Fruit fudge

This ‘fudge’ is a great finger food for babies as it easily dissolves in their mouths. Avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats and energy for growing bubs. They are also a good source of Vitamin C and potassium, as are bananas.

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  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 drop vanilla essence (*optional)
  1. Blend all ingredients together. Serve immediately as a puree, or freeze for a few hours and let your baby suck on themnotes
    • Only freeze these with popsicle sticks in them IF your child is old enough that they are not a choking hazard.
    • Mix in strawberries for another fruity twist.

Baby’s rice pudding

Rice pudding is a popular dessert no matter what your age. This rice pudding recipe has been created especially for babies and toddlers. Super-easy to make, it is creamy and delicious.

  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 1 cup warmed breastmilk or formula
  • A couple drops of vanilla extract
 method
  1. Combine all ingredients and cook very gently on a low heat for 10 minutes until the rice is heated through. Check the temperature before serving.

Baby First Foods, First Food recipes for Baby’s First Foods – The Best first foods to introduce to your baby between the ages of (4) and 6 months old

Baby First Foods, First Food recipes for Baby’s First Foods – The Best first foods to introduce to your baby between the ages of (4) and 6 months old

Did you know that your baby does not have to eat rice cereal as a first food?

Baby’s first taste of solid food should be a single ingredient, age appropriate food. A few wonderful choices for first foods for babies, as many pediatric resources are now acknowledging, are tasty and creamy avocados, bananas and sweet potatoes. These healthy and nutritious foods make really great first foods for baby because they are easy to digest and full of vitamins, minerals, fats and other nutrients a growing baby needs..

This page is full of recipes for fresh homemade first foods for baby and are idea first food recipes to introduce to your baby between the ages of (4) and 6 months old. Many parents still begin to introduce solid foods (complimentary or weaning foods) to their babies prior to the age of 6 months olds. These recipes acknowledge and accommodate this fact. Ideally, babies should have nothing but breast milk and/or formula during the first 6 months of life.

Nutritious and Tasty & Wholesome Baby Food for First Food Feedings

Avocado – a great first food for baby, avocados burst with essential fats and nutrients that a growing baby needs. Smooth and creamy, avocados are easily digested and well tolerated by most babies!

Vitamins: A, C, Niacin, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium

Step 1: Peel and take out the pit of a ripe avocado – do not cook

Step 2:Cut “meat” out and mash with a fork

Step 3:There should be no need to use a machine as just like bananas, avocados have a very soft consistency and texture. Avocados do not need to be cooked

Step 4:Add formula/breast milk or water to thin or add cereal (if desired) to thicken up.

Bananas – bananas are another great first food for your baby. Research indicates that bananas and their mucosal properties actually help coat the tummy and help aid in digestion. Bananas are sweet, which may help baby more readily accept the first food experience. Learn more about bananas and if it’s true that sweet fruits and veggies should not be introduced first.

Vitamins: A, C, Folate
Minerals: Potassium, Phosphorus, Selenium, Magnesium, Calcium

Step 1: Peel a ripe banana – do not cook

Step 2: Place banana in a food processor/food mill or blender and puree

Step 3: You can also mash the banana in a bowl using a regular fork – heat in microwave for 25 seconds prior to mashing for extra softness

Step 4: Add formula/breast milk or water to thin or add cereal (if desired) to thicken up.

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