Digestive Problems Common in Infants
Every parent worries about their baby’s health. It is natural for babies to have digestive problems during the first few months after birth. You need to understand that babies take time to settle into eating patterns. Even the smallest problem with your little one can lead you to a frenzy.
What are the common digestive problems?
Some of the common digestive issues seen in infants are:
- Spitting up: Spitting up or reflux is common among newborns. The stomach takes time to get into a rhythm after feeding. Some babies spit-up occasionally while others do it while being fed. When the small ring of muscle (sphincter) present at the top of the stomach does not close properly, whatever your baby eats can come back up and cause them to spit up. As the baby grows older, the spitting up decreases and usually goes away on its own. Burping the baby and not overfeeding them can help prevent spitting up
- Vomiting: A viral infection or some other issue in the intestine can lead to vomiting. Feed the baby in at regular intervals and little by little. This will help ease the stomach and reduce vomiting. In a viral infection, vomiting is accompanied by diarrhea. If you notice these two symptoms together, visit your doctor immediately
- Diarrhea: A virus is a usual culprit for diarrhea. Make sure that your baby is well hydrated and take them to a doctor immediately. A milk allergy can also cause diarrhea. Visit your doctor if there are no other symptoms or if diarrhea lasts for more than two weeks. Milk allergy can also cause rashes, colic, and cramps in the lower bowels
- Constipation: Your baby may be constipated if they get dehydrated or eat too much solid food. Formula milk can also cause constipation. You can know if the baby is constipated if they don’t have frequent bowel movements after feedings. Make your baby crawl or play with them, to help reduce the pressure. Massaging their stomach can also help. If constipation lasts for more than a day or two, consult your pediatrician
Yes, digestive problems are common in babies but visit the doctor if it’s severe. Some warning signs are:
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Blood in the stool