“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.
One moment all hell was breaking loose, and the next, silence. The “butt whistle” had worked.
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 can scream for hours.
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?
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 are:
- Bloated belly
- Arching back
- 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.
Worst. Assumption. Ever.
We paid for it with our sanity and a 6 month vomit bath.
The thing is, when your baby is gassy but you continue to feed them, things become exponentially worse. More trapped air from eating + less room = TONS of vomit. And even more screaming.
Courage and regret
With my oldest, Emmie, we were at a loss for how to silence her screaming.
After the months of screaming that we endured with Emmie, my husband and I were terrified to have another child.
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.
A friend had given me a box before Emmie was born, but I was too afraid to use them.
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, gently massage your baby’s stomach in a downward motion, or bicycle their legs. Then simply lube the tip of the Windi (we use coconut oil), lift your baby’s legs, and insert it into their bum.
The Windi has a built-in stopper, so it’s impossible to put it in too far.
Within a few moments, gas and/or poo 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.
I use the Windi on Petra 1-2 times/day. If she is getting unusually cranky, 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.
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.
There is a downside though. The Windi gets really messy. You will amazed by how much poop can shoot out of that little tube.
The gas and poo are often combined, so if you want to get the trapped gas out, the brown stuff 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 feet full of sh*t, 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.
The more your baby relaxes, the easier it is to get the gas out.
When you are all done, simply rinse out the sink, spray it down with a disinfectant, and wipe any excess poo off of their bum. Whala!
Happy baby, happy life.
Have you ever used Windi the Gaspasser? What was your experience like? Comment below!
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