Tummy Pains While Lying Down

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ssmith - July 10

My daughter is 2 months old, and she gets bad tummy pains...either with gas, or before a big poop. I am just wondering if anyone knows if tummy pains are worse when the baby is lying flat or semi-reclined? The reason I ask is that she will scream like she is being tortured when she is lying flat, but the minute I pick her up and hold her upright, she stops. I actually thought she was just playing me for the attention of being picked up...but she will actually pass rather explosive sounding gas/poop...so the screaming is genuine. I just cannot figure out why the pain would go away when she is upright. Any ideas?

 

Rabbits07 - July 10

Think of the bubble in a level.....when held horizontal the little bubble stays right in the middle, but when tilted in a vertical direction the bubble will begin to move towards the ends. A gas bubble in the intestines or stomache is similar...when the body is horizontal it will just kind of lay in there, sometimes causing pain, unless the person uses force to push it out (which most babies aren't coordinated enough to do.) But when raised up the gas bubble will begin to move. You will also find that pushing their knees up to their chest will help expel gas while laying, as will putting them on their tummy with their knees tucked up under their tummy with their rump in the air...both of these positions put a small amount of pressure on the intestines and help push gas out.

 

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