Common Infant Digestive Problems
First time parenting is a lovely experience! There’s no bigger joy than to hold your baby into your arms and see her smile. However, not everything is as rosy and given that a baby cannot speak for her/himself or convey its problems, dealing with baby troubles specially digestive ones is a challenging task.
Being parents, you love your baby immeasurably and to see her crying due to pain often breaks your heart and numbs your senses. It makes it even more difficult to act properly. Here are some common infants digestive problems which I experienced. I took out some time and did some onliner research to help us cope with it.
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Spit up or Reflux in Babies
During the first few months, the baby spits out milk each time you feed her be it your breastmilk or formula. Most times this gets less and stops as the baby grows. Babies get gastric reflux because the muscular valve at the end of the food pipe, which keeps food in the stomach, has not developed properly as yet. As a result, when their tummies are full, food and acid can flow back up the food pipe. It feels like something you experience at the end of your pregnancy. What ever you eat kind of comes back out.
However, if the problem continues, then trykeeping her as upright as possible during her feeds burping her in a vertical position by tapping the small of her back after each feed. Do this each and everytime you feed the child. Observe the baby carefull and if it still persists, contact your doctor.
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Vomiting In Babies
Well, most babies vomit small amounts from time to time and may also bring up small amounts of milk when they burp. It’s nothing to worry about. Babies also often vomit due to car sickness or indigestion. Sometimes after a long bout of crying or coughing your child could vomit. You are faced with a problem if your baby vomits often or if she vomits large amounts.
Only a doctor will be able to pin point the exact cause as there are many. It could be a stomach infection such as gastroenteritis, flu, scarlet fever, a urine infection or an ear infection, or of more serious illnesses such as meningitis.
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Diarrhoea in babies:-
Newborn babies poop after every feed. Their poop is typically pretty soft, especially if breastfed. On top of that, your baby’s stool may change depending upon what you’ve eaten. The list of possibilities is long. Your baby’s diarrhea could be caused by a viral or bacterial infection. It might also be the result of a parasite, a course of antibiotics, or something he ate.
Vomiting and diarrhoea means your baby is losing precious fluids. Please give her sips of oral rehydration solution (ORS), a few times an hour, alongside her usual breastmilk or full-strength formula and water so she won’t get dehydrated.’
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Constipation in babies
Infant constipation is the passage of hard or dry bowel movements and not the absence of daily bowel movements. Infant constipation often begins when a baby transitions from breast milk to formula or begins eating solid foods.
Give the baby a daily serving of water in addition to usual feedings and gauge your baby’s response to the water. To ease the passage of hard stools, consider applying a small amount of water-based lubricant to your baby’s anus. Don’t use mineral oil, laxatives or enemas to treat infant constipation.
If the constipation persists despite dietary changes or is accompanied by other signs or symptoms such as vomiting or irritability and if your baby is struggling and it’s been a few days since his or her last bowel movement contact your baby’s doctor immediately.
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