Baby Constipation/Straining, Gas, Colic, Diarrhea and Reflux

Baby Constipation/Straining, Gas, Colic, Diarrhea and Reflux

These 5 aliments are incredibly common in infants.  Almost every infant will suffer from one or the other at some point in the first year. 

What Can I Do To Stop It?

This question has so many answers.   First lets break down the different symptoms and talk about each one.

Constipation/Straining

Almost every baby will suffer with constipation in the first few weeks of life.  Their little bodies are adjusting to this new world of breastmilk or formula. When you switch your baby from different formulas or from breastmilk to formula, you will most always see constipation for a day or two.  If your baby seems incredibly uncomfortable & is straining, thats when its cause for concern.  Many babies will poop once a day, others will go multiple times.  If your babies poops come out very solid and round, that's a sign of constipation.  Other times when your baby is adjusting to new formulas, she may not go for a few days then have a huge blow out.  You may also see many different changes in colors of the poop.  Breastfed babies have tan colored/seedy poops.  While formula fed babies tend to have darker poops.  However, with babies fed formula from Europe, the poops will resemble breastmilk, as the ingredients are so much easier to digest & closest to breastmilk.  

What can you do for a constipated baby?

If your baby is still constipated after a week, then you may need to try something new.  For some infants its a matter of changing formulas to find the one that better agrees with their bodies.  We recommend Hipp formulas for constipated babies, as it contains prebiotics that assist with setting up the digestive tract for better digestibility.  The ingredients are also very easy to digest and babies love the taste.  

Hipp Stage 1 (0- 6 months)

Hipp Stage 2 (6- 12 months)

Hipp Stage 3 (12 months+)

 

Gas/Colic & Bottle's To Prevent Gas

Gas is a tricky one.  Every baby will have gas.  In most cases gas comes from inhaling too much air while feeding.  This can happen in both breastfed & bottle fed infants.  There are special bottles out there such as doctor brown that claim to reduce gas but we personally believe that gas is a matter of its gonna happen no matter what.  As parents ourselves, we have spent hundreds on bottles, only to find the cheapest ones work no different from the expensive ones.  

What can you do for a baby with gas?

The best thing you can do is to frequently burp your baby often.  Babies are unable to burp themselves until they are at least 6 months of age.  When babies start to sit up, they are able to start burping naturally.  Burping doesn't have to be in the form of patting your babies back, rubbing in circles with firm steady pressure up and down your babies back can also release the bubbles.  Rubbing your babies little buddha belly is another way, use clockwise circles with the tips of  your fingers.

Babies with non-stop painful gas

If your baby is experiencing gas all the time and burping isn't relieving her., you may want to consider switching formulas.  A formula that works for one baby may not work for another.  If your baby is extremely painful you may want to try Hipp comfort milk.  This formula is specially designed for babies that suffer with bad gas & colic symptoms.  Hipp Special Comfort contains prebiotic galacto-oligosaccharide fibers like those found in breastmilk; as well as probiotic cultures which nourish and strengthen the gut and immune system. It also contains Beta-Palmitate, another substance found in breastmilk, which aids in the metabolism of fats, calcium absorption; and is important to the proper formation of stools and gut health.

What is colic?

Colic is when a baby cries for an extended period of time.  It is believed that colic is caused from excessive gas. If your baby suffers from colic, you can do something about it!  Switch the formula you use or evaluate what you are eating/whats getting into your breastmilk.  Colic should never be considered a normal part of a babies young life.  Switching over to a formula such as Holle Organic Formula which is so very to digest and has limited ingredients, may be all your baby needs to find relief from colic.  Sometimes it can take trying a few different formulas to find the right one, but it will end up being worth it.  

Diarrhea 

Diarrhea is something most infants will have at one point or another.  Babies will have liquidity stools, however if your infant is having blow outs and they are happening frequently, this is considered diarrhea.  Diarrhea will cause your infant to have nothing more then the worst diaper rash you've ever seen.  In many cases, the skin will turn raw, red & be extremely painful to the touch.  First, we don't recommend using baby wipes on the raw skin but rather taking your infant to the sink and lightly cleaning away the feces with warm water then patting dry.  You may even need to leave your babies diaper off for a hour or so to dry out the area.  

How to prevent & how to cure?

Prevention is always key with diarrhea.  However, its envitable as babies bodies are always changing.  However, if your baby is experiencing diarrhea daily, you may want to consider what's in your formula causing it.  Many parents have found that the synthetic DHA found in most American formulas causes diarrhea in babies.  This is one ingredient you will a absolutely not find in European.  Yes you will find DHA/ARA however, it is not exacted using dangerous toxic hexane & the types of DHA used in European formula are of natural sources such as egg & oils.  Formula companies will try to convince parents that DHA/ARA is an essential part of their babies growth and without it, they cannot possibly end up as intelligent as their breastfed counterparts.  This is simply not the truth and there has never been any proof in this claim.  The Cornucopia Institute has reported on babies experiencing symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea that resolve with a switch to a DHA- and ARA-free formula, as well as instances of dehydration and seizures requiring hospitalization. If you are looking for a DHA/ARA free formula we would recommend

Holle- Highest levels of organic certification, extremely easy to digest, lower level of lactose due to the use of maltodextrin, essential fatty acids used for brain growth, cow & goat milk options.

Nanny Care- Goat milk based formula from New Zealand, no maltodextrin used, full fats goat milk used, very easy to digest, babies LOVE the taste.

Lebenswert- Stage 1 is free from maltodextrin but has added lactose, stages 2 & 3 contain starch to give your baby a more satisfied feeling

Acid Reflux, Silent Reflux & Projectile Vomiting

These  symptoms are not only extremely messy but disheartening to watch your infant suffer from.  Babies who suffer from Acid Reflux may even refuse to eat as they associate eating with the pain.  Babies with silent reflux will feel the pain but with no spit up to accompany it, which leaves many parents scratching their heads as to what's causing their infant to feel so uncomfortable.  

What causes it?

There is a small valve that every person has that keeps the contents of our stomachs from ending up back in our throats.  When that valve is too relaxed, the acids from the stomach end up in our throats.  With infants in particular, they are consuming only liquids so they may end up being more prone to these particular issues.  The other problem is we tend to lay our infants down right after eating, which will cause the formula to come straight back up again.  Babies who consume too much food at once are also more likely to experience reflux.

Projectile vomiting ( also know as forceful vomiting) on the other hand is when your baby vomits like young Regan on the exorcist. When a baby has forceful vomiting, the muscle in the lower part of the stomach, called the pylorus, builds up and blocks the flow of food into the small intestine. There's no mistaking the gushing, which usually starts a few weeks after birth.  If your baby truly has this problem, she will need to see a doctor to be sure she is not dehydrated and may end up needing stomach surgery to correct the problem.  

What can I do to prevent or stop it?

Reflux is one problem I feel is 100% preventable in both adults & babies.  For babies, it is very common, if its mild, taking simple steps like propping your baby up after she eats, not letting her consume a whole ton of formula at once and making sure she's on a formula that agrees with her.  European formulas in general are easier on the body, closest to breastmilk & digest better!  Switching to anyone of our formulas for baby with mild reflux, can pretty quickly solve the problem.  For others with more severe reflux, you may want to consider Hipp Anti Reflux.  

Hipp Anti Reflux is a gentle, organic, thickened milk formula that is suitable for the dietary management of reflux and regurgitation. The addition of the natural thickener carob bean gum allows the formula to thicken in the bottle, helping the formula to stay down. HiPP anti-reflux milk can be used from birth as a sole source of nutrition or as part of a varied weaning diet from six months.

If your baby has projectile vomiting, please call our pediatrician immediately !

Our Experience

 We personally have two children.  Our first born son Benjamin had every issues mentioned in this article.  It was not the best experience for a first time mom at all.  When Ben was 6 months old, we put him exclusively on formula and thats when the problems started.  Long story short, it took a good month of research for us find out about European formulas.  After we imported Holle  and saw these amazing initial results, it couldn't be kept a secret.  When other parents began to see a huge difference in their child, we knew these formulas were quite literally the miracle that America needed.  

With our second child Madelyn, she was breastfed until 4 months of age.  She was a little more tricky as we did try 3 different formulas to find the perfect one for her.   Her miracle formula was  Hipp formula, which she was on for about 4 months then we moved her over to Nanny Care which she is still on today ( at 16 months old).  She much prefers the taste of Nanny Care to regular cows milk so we have no problem keeping her on it.  Holle didn't agree with her as well as Hipp did, and this is something you will see in your own infant, as no two infants are exactly the same. 

 

 

 ADVICE:

Please always consult a doctor if your baby is ill, loosing weight, unhappy or has any problems.  We are not doctors and we cannot give medical advice.  

 

 

 

 

 

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