Mum's burping hack to help release gas in under a minute is 'foolproof'

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Burping or winding a baby during or after feeds is essential, but it isn't always straightforward.

Parents will understand the upsetting sight of their little one in discomfort from trapped gas, and the helplessness that comes when nothing seems to bring any relief. However, some babies find releasing wind easy while others need a bit more assistance.

The NHS recommends several positions to assist your baby with burping. For instance, you can place your baby over your shoulder, with their chin resting on it while your hand supports their head and shoulders. Gently rubbing and patting their back can coax out a burp. But what if this doesn't seem to work?

Mum Ebby Moyer has devised a 'foolproof' method, which she claims never fails to wind her baby. In a recent TikTok post, the mum-of-one discussed the crucial role of burping newborns, which she described as "underrated".

She explained: "Because if they are upset, and they've already been fed and changed, chances are they need to burp, and if they need to burp. If they can't get the burp out it will turn into gas, and that is way more difficult. They will be way more upset."

According to Ebby, if a gentle pat on your baby's back isn't bringing forth a burp, don't be led to believe they have no wind to release. Instead, you may "need to change your technique".

Ebby shared a "secret, foolproof burping technique", which you can watch firsthand over on her TikTok account @ebbymoyer.

In the video, Ebby is seen cradling her newborn on her knee, supporting them with one arm across their back and chest. "Then rest their head between your fingers," she advises viewers.

Next, Ebby lifts the baby, placing her second hand "under the butt". She adds: "Just wiggle them around."

Immediately after doing this, her baby releases a large burp and appears noticeably more content. She goes on to say: "If that doesn't work I usually sit them down and I smooth my hand over their spine to straighten it out, and he usually does a big stretch. Then I'll rock him side-to-side and around in a circle. Because you want to make space in their tummy."

While still supporting his chin, Ebby then pats the baby's back. If these methods don't yield results, the mum continues to change positions - even placing the baby over her shoulder. "You just kind of keep them moving around. You don't want to keep them hunched up."