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Soothing Your Baby's Tummy: A Guide to Easing the Aches and Pains

As a newborn photographer I have seen many babies in the studio who are experiencing tummy ache, here are some tips and trick to help them. Please know this is not medical advice and just my personal advice on thing that may help, If you are concerned, always consult with your GP for further advice.

As parents, we always want to provide comfort and relief to our little ones, especially when they're unwell. One common issue many infants face is tummy aches, causing them discomfort and distress. If you find yourself in this situation, this guide will walk you through some gentle yet effective ways to help ease your baby's tummy ache.

Understanding Tummy Troubles

Babies' digestive systems are delicate and can be easily upset, leading to tummy aches. Common causes include gas, colic, constipation, or simply overfeeding. Recognising the signs of a tummy ache is vital; look out for excessive crying, pulling up their legs, bloating, or changes in appetite.

Tried-and-Tested Remedies

  • Massage Magic: Gently massaging your baby's tummy in a clockwise motion can aid in relieving discomfort by moving trapped gas along the digestive tract.

  • Bicycle Legs: Holding your baby's legs and moving them in a cycling motion can help release gas and alleviate tummy troubles.

  • Tummy Time: Encouraging your baby to spend some time on their tummy can aid in digestion and relieve pressure on the abdomen.

Feed and Soothe

  • Frequent Feedings: If your baby is breastfed, offering more frequent but smaller feedings can help prevent overloading their digestive system.

  • Anti-Colic Bottles: Consider using special anti-colic bottles that reduce the amount of air your baby ingests while feeding, this minimises gas and discomfort.

  • Gripe water and Infacol: Depending on your babies age, you may be able to give them some over the counter medicine to help. Speak to your pharmacist for advice on the best thing to try which is age suitable.

When to Seek Help

While most tummy aches can be relieved with these gentle measures, it's essential to know when to seek medical advice. If your baby's symptoms persist, worsen, or are accompanied by fever or diarrhea, consult your GP promptly.


Watching your baby in pain is undoubtedly distressing, but by employing these simple techniques, you can help alleviate their tummy ache and bring them comfort. Remember, every baby is different, so it may take some trial and error to find the method that works best for your little one. Stay patient, stay calm, and most importantly, shower them with your love - it's the best medicine of all!

Next time your baby is troubled by a tummy ache, equip yourself with these tools and techniques to help them feel better in no time.

Happy soothing, and here's to happier tummies ahead!

I hope you have found this helpful!

Nikita :)

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