“Where is the butt whistle?!” my husband shouted over the frantic screams of our baby. “In the bathroom next to the sink!” I yelled back.
We were both hitting our limit, and our baby was too. Like a trauma survivor, I was getting flashbacks of our eldest daughter’s infancy.
The panic, the racing thoughts, the hopelessness; it all came flooding back. Every fiber in my body was screaming, “Run!”
Then suddenly, silence. The “butt whistle” had worked.
And from that moment, I was hooked.
Trapped Gas = A Pain in the Gut
Babies are prone to a lot of abdominal pain. Between having an underdeveloped digestive system and swallowing air while eating, all babies experience trapped gas. For some babies it is mildly uncomfortable, but for others it is excruciating.
Babies who experience extreme gas pain scream A LOT.
This screaming leads to swallowing more air, which in turn makes the pain worse. It’s a vicious cycle.
Once you get on this merry go round from hell, it’s hard to get off.
How do I Know if My Baby has Trapped Gas?
If you are clueless like my husband and I, you probably have little NO idea what your baby’s cries mean.
That’s okay. Don’t listen to the people who tell you that you will just know. They forgot what it’s like to have a newborn. Bless their hearts. Just try not to give them the finger.
Understanding your baby’s cries takes time and will be a new journey with each child, but it gets a little quicker and easier with each one.
In addition to screaming their little lungs out, some telltale signs of trapped gas (which took me waaaay too long to figure out) are:
Excessive spitting up
The need to be constantly pacified (which looks a lot like hunger)
With our oldest daughter, we were quick to assume that every cry meant she was hungry. Nope.
Worst. Assumption. Ever.
Never do what we did. We paid for it with our sanity and a 6 month vomit bath.
When your baby is gassy but you continue to feed them, it makes things exponentially worse. More trapped air from eating + less room = TONS of vomit. And even more screaming.
So please, for the love of all that is good and holy, don’t keep shoving food down your child’s throat.
2 Babies, 2 Very Different Experiences
With my oldest, Emmie, we were at a loss for how to silence her screaming.
In addition to using my boob as a pacifier (again, this was a terrible idea), we used a combination of gripe water, gas drops, the 5 S’s, peppermint water, belly massage, and cycling her legs.
Gripe water was by far the most effective. But she still screamed like a banshee on a daily basis.
After the months of screaming that we endured with Emmie, my husband and I were both terrified to have another infant.
So when Petra was born and hit her first fussy phase, I mustered all of my courage to use a rectal catheter called Windi the Gaspasser.
My friend Kate had given me a box before Emmie was born, but I was too afraid to use them. I tried once for five seconds before freaking out and stashing them in a dark corner of the house.
Biggest mistake of my life.
After using Windi the Gaspasser on Petra, it became clear that most of the screaming we endured with Emmie could have been avoided.
All of the signs were there: inconsolable screaming, arching back, spitting up like crazy, hiccups, farting, bloated belly, everything.
It kills me to know that we could have done something so simple to take away her pain, but we didn’t.
How to use the Windi
To use the Windi, first massage your baby’s stomach in a downward motion, or bicycle their legs. Then simply lube the tip of the Windi, lift your baby’s legs, and insert it into their booty.
The Windi has a built-in stopper, so it’s impossible to put it in too far.
Within a few moments, gas and/or fecal matter will shoot out the open end of the tube, instantly relieving your baby’s pain.
If nothing happens, remove the Windi and continue belly massage before trying again.
To say that Windi the Gaspasser has changed our lives is an understatement. We went through two nights of Petra being as cranky as Emmie was before nipping our problem in the bud.
Those were our only rough nights with her. Since then she has been as chill as an October breeze.
I use the Windi on Petra 1-2 times/day. If she is getting unusually cranky in the afternoon, the problem is almost always gas.
I also use it before her last feeding of the night. We have noticed that when Petra has trapped gas, she tends to spit up a lot of milk.
So around 6:30 every night, I help Petra clear her little tummy with the Windi, bathe her, and give her her last feed of the night.
With all of the excess gas out of her belly, she is able to get a full feed and sleep for a long stretch of time.
The only downside of the Windi is that it gets really messy. I am amazed by how much poop can shoot out of that little tube.
It appears that the gas and fecal matter are sometimes combined. So if you want to get the trapped gas out, the poop is going to come with it.
The mess can difficult to manage when your baby is squirming and trying to play.
After getting kicked with a few foot-fulls of poop, I decided to try using the Windi over the sink.
After rubbing Petra’s belly and bicycling her legs, I hold her over the bathroom sink using my left arm, and with my right hand I insert the Windi into her bum.
If you are doing this with a girl, be super careful. Always use a mirror so that you can see what you are doing.
After the Windi is inserted, I am able to continue rubbing her belly with my left thumb, and bicycling her legs with my right hand.
I have noticed that the more Petra relaxes, the easier it is to get gas out. So I usually talk to her and make funny faces in the mirror, which gets her laughing and farting all the more.
When we are all done, I simply rinse out the sink, spray it down, and wipe any excess poo off of her bum. Whala!
Happy baby, happy life.
Have you ever used Windi the Gaspasser? What was your experience like? Comment below!
Jade, the hot-mess behind this blog, is a mother of two who is passionate about prioritizing maternal care in our baby-centric world. When she isn't sleeping or chugging coffee, she can be found devouring snickers bars in the bathroom.