A number of minor common problems can affect newborn babies. Although most of them can be treated, they can still cause anxiety to parents of a child who are not yet accustomed to their new job.
1- Tense and colic children
A large number of young children spend a period in the day when they are very nervous. Although they cry and express their discomfort, they do not seem to be hungry. This condition is often called colic. Colic usually occurs in the late afternoon and evening, and children usually stop feeling colic after three or four months of age.
Because the causes of colic are unknown, it can be difficult to treat. Sometimes your baby’s condition may improve if you calm her, reassure her, or massage her body.
2- Vomiting after breastfeeding
Vomiting after breastfeeding is a common topic in most young children. A small amount of milk leaves the baby’s stomach and returns to his mouth without causing much discomfort. Children with mild vomiting after breastfeeding may be able to gain weight and grow normally, and this condition gradually fades to disappear after a period of time.
If your child is vomiting large amounts of milk, it may be overeating or an infection, but if he vomits heavily, seek medical advice.
4- Castro-esophageal reflux– Common newborn problems
If your child has reflux, all the contents of his stomach will go up to the trachea but will not always reach the mouth. This can be very uncomfortable and, in the absence of obvious signs, you may not realize that your child is having reflux.
The most severe reflux is called Castro-esophageal reflux (GERD) and can cause severe cries. Usually, the problem of Castro-esophageal reflux disappears when a child grows up, although it can persist during the first year and beyond in some children. Talk to your doctor if your child seems unhappy or unhappy after meals.
5- Diarrhea and gastroenteritis
Common newborn problems
Diarrhea is common in children, especially when they are teething. Another cause of diarrhea is gastroenteritis, called a virus in the abdomen, caused by a bacterial or viral infection.
Gastroenteritis is a rare condition in exclusively breastfed children, but some have it. Children under six months of age who drink formula are more susceptible to gastroenteritis and dehydration, and in severe cases, parents may be hospitalized.
If your child has persistent diarrhea after acute gastroenteritis, your child may be temporarily unable to digest lactose. Consult your doctor for advice on excluding lactose in weaning children. Food should be excluded from your child’s diet only under the supervision of a physician and as advised by a dietician.
Constipation is defined as difficulty, delay or pain when trying to remove stool. During the first three to four months, breastfed babies should remove loose yellow stools at least two or three times daily.
The amount of stool decreases from three to four months and it is not uncommon for days to pass without the baby’s stool. As long as your child is happy and healthy, you do not have to worry. After the introduction of solid foods into the diet, stools may change in frequency and color.
Check with your obstetrician or health professional.
It’s rare to report constipation in breastfeeding babies, but if your child is constipated, it may be because they do not drink enough milk because of poor breast adhesion or poor posture. Check with your obstetrician or health professional.
Constipation occurs at a higher rate in children who drink formula, and in fact, children who stop breastfeeding and start using formula often have this condition.
If your child is constipated, it is always best to consult your health care provider.
How do I know if my child is growing up enough?
Newborns can lose weight in the first few days, but they will gain weight within 10 to 14 days. Breast-fed babies and those who drink formula have somewhat different growth patterns in the first year: breastfed babies grow faster in the first three to four months, and more slowly than about the fifth month compared to children who take formula milk.
When you record your baby’s weight, be sure to set it in a chart based on breastfed babies. Do not take the weight of children more than once every two weeks, shorter regular periods will not give accurate results of weight gained or lost.
Signs that your child may not grow up properly
If your child does not grow up properly, doctors call this condition “jerky growth”. Your health center will help you determine if your child has a problem, but the signs to look for are:
• Simple and irregular weight gain or no weight gain at all;
• Baby seems lukewarm and does not have the ability to cry;
- Muscle weakness and swelling of the skin;
- Urine concentrated, a few times a day
- Irregular stools
- Your baby is breastfeeding less than eight times a day and the duration of meals is short.
There are many ways to treat the failing growth of breastfeeding babies. It is therefore important to consult your health care professional if your child is not growing enough.