Stomach pain in babies: Everything to know about them

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Stomach in babies
Stomach in babies

Babies cry that is their way of communicating way. Sometimes it means nothing and is just a cry for attention but sometimes it is also because of some discomfort they might be feeling. One of the most common reasons your baby could be crying is due to stomach pain. It is quite easy for babies to get infected. Sometimes they just come out of the blue and leave you clueless because all they are consuming is breast milk but it is nothing to worry about, stomach pains are easily treatable and most of them get better with trying on some home remedies.

Symtoms of Stomach ache:

Detecting if your baby is quite easy all you have to do is look closely. If your baby is crying an unusual amount, and is being fussy it could be due the the pain. If your baby is vomiting or has diarrhea it makes it obvious that he is going through discomfort in his stomach, you will also notice your baby not wanting to eat.

Common Reasons of stomach ache in babies:

Constipation

If your baby;s stool has been hard and dry it could be due to constipation. Constipation happens to the baby who has just started consuming solids. If your baby has not pooped in 3 or more days or has discomfort when they do it is due to constipation. Start giving your baby pureed food to help him with the discomfort and consult a doctor.

Colic

If your baby has been crying for 2 hours for 3-4 days now it could be Colic. Colic is characterized by incessant crying in infants. It occurs in babies 2- 3 weeks old and can last till they are 4-5 months old. Giving your baby warm baths and some knee push up exercises will help the baby feel relieved, if the discomfort does not leave after a few days make sure to consult your doctor.

Reflux

If your baby is coughing, gagging, and spitting food out it is due to reflux. Reflux can occur due to an immature lower oesophagal sphincter (LES), which is a ring muscle that passes the food down the oesophagus and keeps it down in the stomach. Immature LES can open up and cause the food to throw up. Feeding frequently with the baby’s head elevated can help the baby.

Diarrhea

If you notice runny stool and fever, it is diarrhea. It is commonly caused due to exposure to a virus known as Rotavirus. It could be due to contaminated food as well. Diarrhea leads to dehydration, make sure to give your baby plenty of fluids and get your baby checked.

Temporary lactose intolerance

It usually occurs to infants with gastrointestinal ailments such as stomach flu and diarrhea. These ailments can damage the lining of the small intestine making it difficult to digest lactose. Some common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloating and gas. Stop giving your baby dairy products for a few days and that will manage the situation.

Motion Sickness

If you notice your baby crying during car trips, it might be because of motion sickness. Motion sickness is usually accompanied by tummy aches and nausea. The feeling of nausea can cause the baby to salivate more. Take breaks during your journey or plan your journey’s according to your baby’s nap schedule.

Appendicitis

Inflammation of the appendix that rarely occurs in newborn babies, it swells up and causes pain in babies. If your baby is crying incessantly from the pain and has fever, vomiting and sometimes diarrhea it is due to appendicitis. This can only treated by a surgical removal.

Urinary Tract Infection

If you notice your baby crying while urinating, fever, foul smelling urine there is chance he is infected with UTI. The infection commonly occurs when bacteria from outside gets inside the bladder or urethra this has nothing to do with the hygiene of your baby. Consult your doctor immediately as only antibiotics can treat the infection.

Stomach Pain is quite common in babies, some can be treated easily at home nut some need your doctor’s consultation to be on the safer side.

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