Baby Upset Stomach: How To Relieve Discomfort
Little Yawn Collective - Jan 21, 2022
There’s just about nothing worse than an upset baby — well, except maybe an upset baby with an upset tummy.
When your little one is dealing with stomach discomfort, knowing exactly how to help can be tricky since they can’t tell you why it hurts. Still, that doesn’t mean you can’t take action to help get your sweet baby the relief they need to feel better.
In this post, we’re exploring tiny tummy troubles to uncover the top telltale signs of an upset stomach, in addition to the best tips and tricks to relieve discomfort.
Are you ready? Happy tummies, ahead!
Does Your Baby Show Any Signs of Upset Stomach?
Uh-oh, is your little one crying? Perhaps your tiny tot is hungry or in desperate need of a diaper change. Or maybe they’re just extra fussy due to being overtired.
Whatever the reason might be, your baby is not a happy camper at the moment and looking to you for help. If you’ve tried just about everything — from cuddling to feeding and rocking to snuggling — but your small bundle still complains, they might be dealing with an upset stomach.
Here are a few signs to watch for:
- Refusing to eat
- Making grimacing faces
- Difficulty sleeping
- Inconsolable crying
- Extending or pulling legs up to tummy
- Arched back
- Clenched fists
- Enlarged or distended stomach
Every baby is different, so it’s essential to remember that the signs and symptoms may vary from tot to tot. At the end of the day, you know your little one best — if they are displaying unusual behavior that’s different from the norm, there’s a good chance something requiring a little extra TLC like a tummy ache could be to blame.
Possible Causes of Upset Stomach
So, what’s the culprit behind the tummy ache?
Well, just like with adults, there’s a number of different things that could cause your smallest family member to have an upset tummy. Of course, a firm diagnosis requires a trip to the pediatrician, but here are some of the most common reasons why babies experience stomach discomfort:
Babies are adorably gassy, tooting anywhere from 13 to 21 times a day. Although the excessive gassiness may seem a bit concerning — it’s perfectly normal.
You see, your little one’s brand-new digestive system is still developing, and many factors can cause these pesky belly bubbles, such as swallowing too much air. Most infants aren’t really bothered by their gas, but some become quite fussy, often crying inconsolably until the gas has been passed.
Fortunately, though your sweet baby’s gassy belly may leave you with some sleepless nights, an upset stomach due to gas isn’t usually harmful.
After bringing your small bundle of joy home from the hospital, they may seem like a mini poo factory, filling their nappy around ten times or more per day. This high production of baby poo typically slows down after their first few weeks outside the womb but increases again once they’ve swapped to formula and solids.
That’s because the proteins in formulas are slightly different and can cause your little one’s stool to become harder. And when their stool is hard, it can be challenging to pass — not to mention uncomfortable.
With that in mind, if all your baby can get out is hard, dry bowel movements — or none at all — their tummy discomfort is likely due to constipation.
Allergies or Sensitivities
Does your little eater seem to get extra cranky after enjoying a meal? If so, their upset stomach could be related to their diet or a sign of lactose intolerance. If this may be the issue, avoid rice cereal and try oatmeal, apples, applesauce, pears, beans, legumes, vegetables, toast, and bananas instead.
While it’s pretty rare for kiddos under the age of five to have food allergies, it’s still possible. In addition to an angry tummy, a food allergy can cause a wide range of symptoms, from mild to severe, including wheezing, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, and hives.
No allergies? That’s great! However, your baby could still have a sensitivity to certain ingredients that cause bellyache. If you suspect their upset tummy is due to diet, make an appointment with the pediatrician, who can run tests to pinpoint the exact culprit behind their tummy troubles.
Ways To Help Relieve Your Baby’s Upset Stomach
While there are several remedies that we often do for ourselves as adults (afternoon cat-naps, bubble baths, warm tea, and bathroom breaks… etc.), when it comes to our little ones, upset tummies are a bit more of a challenge to diagnose and ultimately, soothe.
But don’t worry, parents — Little Yawn Collective is here to the rescue!
Whether your small bundle is dealing with trapped gas or constipation, these top tips below just might do the trick to relieve your sweet pea’s discomfort.
Does your tiny tot’s belly look inflated? Notice any arching, squirming, or fist clenching? If so, a build-up of gas may be to blame.
To ease your gassy baby’s tummy aches, try lying them on their back before gently moving their tiny legs in a bicycling motion. These little movements can help pesky gas bubbles get unstuck and resume proper movement through the body, so your tiny tot’s tummy doesn’t hurt as much.
An infant massage isn’t just a great way to bond with your little one — it’s also an excellent remedy to combat an upset tummy. After a warm bath, we recommend a snuggly rub-down using our Nourishing Body Lotion.
The tummy massage will help break up gas discomfort while our dreamy lotion nourishes and relaxes your little buddy — perfect before bedtime!
When it comes to strengthening your baby’s neck and head muscles, tummy time is key, but did you know that tummy time can help with a bellyache, too? Yup, it’s true — having your little one do tummy time puts gentle pressure on their stomach to promote digestion and can help them pass trapped gas as well.
Calming Sleep Drops
When a baby is born, their digestive system is fairly inefficient, which is why babies and tummy troubles often go hand-in-hand.
To promote the development of a healthy gut and keep bellyache at bay, many parents turn to gripe water or kid-friendly probiotics — like our Calming Probiotic & Organic Chamomile Sleep Drops.
Naturally sourced and melatonin-free, our science-backed sleep drops are specially formulated with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG probiotics for little buddies like yours to encourage restful zzz’s while calming occasional digestive upset.
To use, we recommend giving your child up to nine drops a day before it’s time to hit the hay directly on a spoon. Alternatively, you can mix the drops into your kiddo’s cup of water, breast milk, or juice.
When To Call The Pediatrician
Sometimes, an infant’s tummy trouble isn’t from trapped gas or constipation. Occasionally, it can be a sign of something more severe and requires medical attention. Call the pediatrician right away if your little one displays any of the following symptoms below.
- A fever of 100.4°F or higher
- Extreme fatigue
- Weight loss
- Diarrhea that lasts more than 48 hours
- Constipation that persists for a few days
- A rigid tummy
- Green vomit or green or yellow fluid
- Breathing difficulty
You know your baby best. If something doesn’t seem right, don’t hesitate to make an appointment with the pediatrician to run tests and advise treatment to help your little buddy feel better.
Figuring out what’s causing your baby’s upset stomach isn’t always a piece of cake — but then again, who said parenting was easy?!
From trapped gas and constipation to food allergies and sensitivities, several things can contribute to your tiny tot’s stomach discomfort. Thankfully, proper remedies can usually do the trick to combat tummy troubles and get your little buddy back to their healthy, happy self.
Here at Little Yawn Collective, we’ve masterfully crafted our pediatrician-approved formulations from quality clean, natural, and organic ingredients, steering clear of icky GMOs, sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic colors.
Whether you’re looking to relieve tummy discomfort or simply on the hunt for effective melatonin-free sleep solutions, your little buddy is always safe with us!
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