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Expert urges parents not to rub their baby's belly to relieve painful gas


Danielle Manton-Kelly, from Dorchester, Dorset, took to TikTok to share a simple technique that can help to naturally relieve newborn’s from painful trapped gas

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Nanny shares digestive help for colicky babies or trapped wind

Winding or burping your baby is an incredibly important part of feeding as it helps to get rid of some of the air that gets trapped in their tummy.

A common way that people are often seen winding their baby is by rubbing their tummy in a circular motion.

But apparently, there is a much more effective way to offer relief.

Mum-of-four Danielle Manton-Kelly, who is best known as @enchantednanny on TikTok, took her baby son to see Osteopath Lucy at The Practice in Ferndown and shared a trick to help any baby suffering from gas issues.

In a recent video, which has been viewed 2.8 million times, Lucy explains that the ‘polishing’ motion does absolutely nothing to help rid that painful gas and that instead, parents should create some movement.

She then demonstrates taking a nice wide grip on babies middle and then slowly moving them clockwise.







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Lucy said: “If tummies don’t get the chance for movement then the milk can move too slowly through there and then it can ferment and create wind in their tummies and that then is painful.

“A lot of people will talk about bicycle legs, bringing the legs up but if they are in discomfort that can be helpful.”

“In the rest of the time, you want to get as much space in the tummy as possible because it gives everything a chance to move around.

“Lift him up and move him in a figure of 8,” Osteopath Lucy said as she showed how to do it on the baby.

Since being posted, the video has been liked more than 258,000 times and received 1,600 comments from thankful parents.

One person said: “Look at the relief on his face.”

Another wrote: “Honestly, that looks like it would feel good to me too.”

“Can this work for adults?” asked a third.

While someone else joked: “I’ll try with my 372-month-old boyfriend,” to which Danielle replied saying: “Careful with that.”

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