Digestive Discomfort in Small Children
Learn more about digestive discomfort and how it impacts small children.
Pediatrician Dr Alain Bocquet, advises you to carefully observe the moment when your baby cries. “We can distinguish three different situations according to when the child cries,” he says.
Your little one cries a lot at the end of the day.
Crying starts between 6:00pm and midnight. It can last for a long time, up to 3 hours. Until now, your baby has been very calm, and it is often around his 6th week of life that this crying starts. It’s nothing serious – your baby is fine and it will stop around the 3rd month.
The scene is typical; your child seems to be in pain, their little face is all red, fists clenched, forehead wrinkled, their thighs bent over the stomach, they’re bloated with gas.
You tend to think your baby is hungry, you breastfeed or bottle-feed again, but nothing will relieve them. This is called infant colic. It’s not possible to say where it comes from, but an immature digestive tract and birth stress are among the theories. The best recipe is cuddles, love and patience. The important thing is to ask for help if you need it; you need to rest and take care of yourself too.
Your baby cries during feeding
If your baby cries in particular after breastfeeding or their bottle, this can be caused by a reflex in the digestive system. It is very frequently observed in especially greedy babies who drink very quickly without pausing to burp. You can mitigate the risks of this occurring by taking breaks during feeds.
A baby can cry after feeding if they weren’t able to drink enough breast milk. Calmosine Breastfeeding is consumed by mum and formulated to promote natural lactation as well as relieving stress and fatigue.
If your baby cries 20 to 30 minutes after the bottle, with gurgling, gas, and liquid and acidic stools causing nappy rash, ask your doctor for advice. This is probably due to poor lactose digestion. An allergy to cow’s milk proteins will also show up in various ways, more or less quickly after the bottle.
Your baby cries at any time of the day at all
If crying occurs at any time of the day or night, talk to your doctor about it, it might be because of non-exteriorized gasteriorized gastrosephageal reflux disease. Another possible reason is that you are very stressed and your baby feels it. Don’t forget to take time for yourself.
From the article published in the journal Pédiatrie Pratique, n°234 – January 2012. Constant crying of the infant when there is digestive discomfort. The point of view of a liberal paediatrician… A. BOCQUET, AFPA Nutrition Group; Besançon D.R.
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