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How to Calm a Baby's Tummy Ache

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author image Shelley Frost
Based in the Midwest, Shelley Frost has been writing parenting and education articles since 2007. Her experience come from teaching, tutoring and managing educational after school programs. Frost worked in insurance and software testing before becoming a writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education with a reading endorsement.
How to Calm a Baby's Tummy Ache
A tummy ache often causes excessive fussiness in babies. Photo Credit Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images

A tummy ache causes a baby discomfort that leads to fussiness and may interfere with her sleep. Potential causes of an infant stomachache include lactose intolerance, colic, reflux, gastroenteritis, constipation, gas or an intestinal blockage. Additional symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea may occur depending on the cause of the abdominal pain. The root cause is a key piece of information that helps you determine how to treat or ease the pain to calm your baby and help her sleep.

Step 1

How to Calm a Baby's Tummy Ache
Contact your baby's health care provider if he shows any of these symptoms. Photo Credit IuriiSokolov/iStock/Getty Images

Watch your baby for other symptoms that he is experiencing. Symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea and a high fever could indicate a more serious condition. Contact your baby's health care provider if he shows any of these symptoms.

Step 2

How to Calm a Baby's Tummy Ache
Bath Photo Credit Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images

Place your baby in a warm bath to soothe the tummy pains. Similar options include placing a warm towel or a hot water bottle on your baby's tummy. Avoid water, towels or water bottles that are too hot. They should feel warm -- but not hot -- to the touch.

Step 3

How to Calm a Baby's Tummy Ache
Rub baby's tummy. Photo Credit Pavel Yakovenko/Hemera/Getty Images

Rub your baby's tummy to ease the pain. This action also helps massage out gas that causes stomach pains. Burping your baby frequently, especially after feedings, also helps reduce gas pains.

Step 4

How to Calm a Baby's Tummy Ache
Simethicone Drops Photo Credit yupiyan/iStock/Getty Images

Give your baby simethicone drops if you suspect gas pain as the cause. These drops are available in most stores either in the baby-products section or the pharmacy area with over-the-counter medications. Follow the dosing directions on the package or contact your child's physician for dosing recommendations.

Step 5

How to Calm a Baby's Tummy Ache
Swaddle Photo Credit René Jansa/iStock/Getty Images

Swaddle your baby in a soft blanket. Hold her close and rock her to provide comfort. Rock her back and forth in your arms with a gentle bouncing motion for additional comfort.

Step 6

How to Calm a Baby's Tummy Ache
Prunes Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Limit bananas, apples, rice and carrots if your baby eats solids and you suspect constipation as the source of pain. Offer him baby food with prunes, pears and peas to encourage him to have a bowel movement.

Step 7

How to Calm a Baby's Tummy Ache
Move your baby's legs gently back and forth in a bicycling motion to encourage bowel movements. Photo Credit Marili Forastieri/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Move your baby's legs gently back and forth in a bicycling motion to encourage bowel movements. This action may also help with gas pain.

Step 8

How to Calm a Baby's Tummy Ache
Contact your child's health care provider if your baby's stomach pains continue over several days. Photo Credit David De Lossy/Photodisc/Getty Images

Contact your child's health care provider if your baby's stomach pains continue over several days. Call immediately if her pain appears to worsen.

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