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A sore tummy!

 

Big sobs and a wrought expression, my baby is at the end of their tether… I get the impression that their little tummy is hurting but I don't know what to do to soothe it.

Then comes weaning and introduction of solids with their lot of sometimes failed attempts… just some of the changes in a baby's life that their little tummy remembers. A short glossary of the minor disorders that may bother baby.

Colic

Your baby cries for a long time, sometimes for hours, and is unconsolable. The whole family panics and you feel guilty because you are unable to calm your baby down. But it is not your fault.
If your baby is feeding normally and is full of smiles the rest of the time, and if your doctor says that everything is fine, then don't worry. Relax, take your baby in your arms and rock them gently. This will reassure them and they will no doubt calm down.

Diarrhoea

Some babies may experience minor digestive disorders. Although frequent, diarrhoea can be dangerous.
Dehydration may set in rapidly and it is important to check that your baby is not losing weight. If your baby has diarrhoea ask your doctor for advice.
N.B.: Breast milk makes a baby's stools a little yellow and runny and their nappy needs changing after each feed, seven to eight times a day. This doesn't mean they have diarrhoea, but if you are unsure you should consult your doctor.

Constipation

If on the other hand your baby passes hard stools* or small pellet-like stools and cries while straining, you should discuss it with your doctor.
N.B: bottle-fed babies generally have thicker stools than breast-fed babies and pass stools less often.

Minor reflux

Minor reflux is when babies bring up their milk, and this is highly frequent. It disappears spontaneously between the age of 6 to 12 months, when babies start to sit up on their own. To encourage effective breastfeeding or bottle feeding and to prevent minor reflux, a few simple rules apply:

To be avoided: 
•    The sitting position, especially in a baby bouncer
•    Smoky environments
•    Fruit juice
•    Forcing your child to finish a bottle

To be encouraged:
•    Space out feeds or bottles evenly over the day
•    Burp your baby well and don't lie them down too soon after a feed
•    Raise the head of the mattress

Tip: if you cannot breastfeed or do not wish to breastfeed, your paediatrician may suggest you give your baby a thicker infant formula.
Starch-thickened infant formula will help prevent baby bringing milk back up.

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