5 Common Causes Of Stomach Pain In Infants/Babies

Stomach Pain In Infants

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Are you a new mom who gets worried sick whenever your baby cries incessantly? Does your child reject food or even your breast milk at times? Well, if you can relate your baby to the above situations it is time to give stomach pain a thought!

Motherhood is not always bliss, as the slightest distress of your baby can give you sleepless nights. Stomach pain in infants is one common cause that makes babies turn super-cranky! Are you clueless about the causes and cures for stomach aches in babies? Worry not! Go ahead and read this post to rest all your worries and find the answers to all your queries!

Causes And Cures For Stomach Ache In Babies:

There are a lot of reasons that can cause stomach pain in babies, and some of them are:

1. Colic:

Colic is the traditional explanation for stomach pain and irritability in a baby. Colic is the term that describes uncontrollable crying in a healthy baby. It usually affects babies who are less than five months old. They cry excessively and repeatedly for prolonged durations.

Cure: Unfortunately, medical research is yet to ascertain the cure for colic.

2. Gas:

Discomfort due to flatulence is common in babies who are less than three months old because their intestines are still maturing.

Cure: If you are breastfeeding your little one then reduce your intake of oily and spicy foods. If your baby is consuming a solid diet then avoiding him the foods that lead to the formation of gas.

[ Read: Home Remedies For Gas Problems In Babies ]

3. Constipation:

Constipation is yet another common cause that leads to baby stomach aches who have just started taking a solid diet. If the infant’s bowel movements are less frequent than usual, then the baby is probably constipated. Hard, dry stools also indicate constipation.

Cure: You can regulate your baby’s bowel movement by adding fiber-rich foods like oatmeal, pears, apricots, prunes, and peas in his diet. Increasing your child’s fluid intake can also help alleviate constipation.

4. Reflux:

Most of the newborns throw up a bit after feedings. If it happens too often, it is better to consult a doctor because it may be because of gastroesophageal reflux. It usually happens when the sphincter between the child’s esophagus and stomach isn’t functioning well.

Cure: Doctors recommend different methods to handle and reduce the symptoms of reflux. They may monitor your baby to watch out for gastroesophageal reflux disease.

5. Stomach Flu:

If your baby is vomiting or is having diarrhea, he may be suffering from stomach flu. Gastroenteritis or stomach flu leads to dehydration.

Cure: Make sure your baby gets plenty of fluids as he battles the illness.

  • Other Infections:

Though most parents find it surprising, common cold and flu can also give babies, a stomach ache. Some babies throw up to clear the mucus. Urinary tract infection also causes tummy troubles.

Other health conditions that may cause stomach aches include:

  • Food allergy
  • Intestinal blockage
  • Motion sickness

Cure: The cure will depend on the exact cause. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics if the baby is suffering from bacterial infections. He may also suggest other medications to provide relief to the infant stomach pain.

How To Identify Baby Stomach Ache?

Babies cannot easily communicate their inconvenience, however, by paying little attention to their behavior or responses, parents can identify that something is not right.

If the baby seems to be unusually fussy, then you can suspect it to be due to a tummy ache. Parents have to pay attention to baby’s discomfort, fussiness, especially immediately after a feed. Infants usually convey their discomfort by crying.

The other symptoms that may accompany baby stomach pain are:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Note all such signs so that you can explain to the doctor about your baby’s discomfort.

Try feeding your baby more liquid foods if he is suffering from stomach ache. If the pain persists for more than five hours, it is always advisable to seek a pediatrician’s opinion.

Hope you liked our post on stomach pain in infants. Has your child suffered from stomach ache? What treatment did the doctor suggest? Please share your experience and advice with us.

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  • aarti khanna

    Hey Chetana, nice article! It really becomes difficult when baby has tummy trouble. And many times it is hard to find out the exact cause of stomach pain. Whenever my baby has stomach pain , I hold him in such a way that he can feel my warmth and as he can sense the love and patience, usually he calms down.