Indigestion can be painful for adults, and even more so for babies. The usual signs and symptoms of infant indigestion include excessive crying, irritability, listlessness, bad breath, fatigue, severe abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite, diarrhea constipation and a bloated bowel. Infant indigestion often occurs in the afternoon or early evening. An infant's cry is usually high pitched and will definitely make you think that the baby is in a significant amount of distress. When they cry, abdominal cramping usually strikes and babies turn red in the face, draw their knees up and clench their fists.
For adults, constipation can be caused by underlying disease conditions like peptic ulcer disease (PUD), cancer, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and other malfunctioning of your pancreas and bile ducts. Most of the time, it is caused by abnormal bowel motility. Abdominal colic is also common during pregnancy. On the other hand, infant indigestion is usually caused by excitement, anxiety, fear, excessive anger, excessive playing, overfeeding&eating between meals, overindulgence and excessive intake of sugar containing foods like undiluted juice that can increase gas formation inside the stomach. Some doctors believe that colic is an allergic reaction. Still others say that stress can lead to indigestion in infants. It is therefore a good reminder for parents to make sure that they keep a quiet, solemn and jitter-free environment for babies to sleep. Here's how to treat infant indigestion.
- As the caregiver of the child, never forget to burp the infant after feeding and also during the feeding process.
- Medications such as anti-colics and simethicone can be helpful in releasing the gas. Just make sure that you have consulted your physician beforehand for the doses and frequency. Enema is not usually recommended since the digestive system of an infant is not mature enough.
- Maintain a regular feeding schedule and regulate the amount of milk taken. Do not overfeed or underfeed your child.
- If you think your baby is ready to resume his normal feeding, a little amount of fruit juice can be given every 3 hours. It can be orange juice, tomato juice, peach juice or any fruit juice that is readily available.
- At this point, parents and caregivers need to be very sensitive and attentive to the needs of the child since they develop this fear of eating.
- Consult your family pediatrician about it. They often have good tips and advice. If these home remedies won't work for you, refer your child to a nutritionist.
Indigestion is likely to happen during the infancy stage. Be prepared with a cure.