Tummy problems are very common in babies. If they have bouts of unexplainable crying, it is usually related to a tummy pain.
Tummy problems are very common in babies. If they have bouts of unexplainable crying, it is usually related to a tummy pain. As parents, it can be very stressful trying to figure out what’s wrong and find a quick and easy solution.
Here is a list of top tummy problems in babies and what you can do about them:
Constipation. This is the top most common tummy problem among little ones. Even more common if your baby is formula fed. Formula is not as easily digested as breastmilk which can lead to problems with constipation. Starting your little one on solids or a new food for the very first time can also result in some painful constipation. If your baby has blood in their poo or it is black or maroon in colour it is a good idea to have it checked out by your GP.
How to help? If your baby is on solids, prunes are a good start. Pureed or added to porridge or yoghurt. Bicycle legs and tummy massage to physically get things going. A warm bath to relax the muscles. If the constipation is particularly bad or the stools are very hard a trip to your GP is a good idea.
Diarrhoea. The opposite problem but still as serious. With diarrhoea, your little one is at risk of becoming dehydrated. A common cause is an infection or your little one consuming contaminated food.
How to help? As there is a significant loss of fluids with diarrhoea it is always recommended to keep a close eye on your little one. Speak to your GP if symptoms persist for over two weeks.
Colic. You will have heard the word colic way too many times during your little one's early days. Every time your baby screams and cries you will suspect it to be a case of colic. Colic or wind can be extremely uncomfortable for a baby. But it is very common. Most babies outgrow colic by three months old.
How to help? Your doctor may prescribe some medication to help your baby. Probiotics too may help treat and manage colic among infants.
Reflux. Reflux in babies is one of the most common digestive problems. In most babies, the digestive process is slow. The oesophageal sphincter is still developing in babies. Until the stomach learns its rhythm, the milk your new-born drinks can sometimes come right back from the stomach as spit up.
How to help?
In most cases, reflux is not a serious health condition. Most babies outgrow their reflux by the time they start on solids. But if you notice the following symptoms, contact your GP.
- Loss of appetite
- Slow weight gain
- Recurrent hiccups
- Breathing problems