Common Infant Digestive Problems


Eating as well as digesting food evidently plays a vital role in the development and growth of your baby. Most of the babies can take in nutrients with normal, healthy bowel movements after you feed them. Sometimes these functions may not work as usual. Perhaps it is because of some fleeting adjustment, but it can also occasionally signify a serious problem. As parents, you should have a grasp of these symptoms below to know when your baby is having digestive problems, mild or serious.


Vomiting in babies most commonly results from an infection of the intestinal tract triggered by some virus which accidentally roams over.  The beginning symptoms of this illness is often a bout of vomiting, and you may also notice some other symptoms such as fever or diarrhea occurring at the same time. Virtually all of these infections commonly last a couple of days ( two or three), despite the fact that the tummy of the baby has not met the required standard for days after.

However, if the diapers are not as wet as usual or the amount of your baby’s saliva is very low, the baby could be dehydrated. In this situation, try to give your baby a tablespoonful of an electrolyte solution such as Pedialyte or Rehydralyte every 15 minutes if he or she refuses breast milk.

Though rare, babies vomiting may be a sign of some kind of malformation of the digestive tract. Sometimes the muscle at the exit of the stomach becomes thick, so milk cannot go through. This condition, known as pyloric stenosis, typically occurs in babies between 3 and 5 week years old, the causes having not been cleared out yet. Diagnosed with pyloric stenosis means that your baby requires an operation, so the doctors can yield way at the outlet of the stomach.


If you notice that every time you try to feed your baby, he or she keeps spitting up, choking, or gagging, it may be the outcome of reflux. This condition occurs when every thing in your stomach rises back up into the esophagus, causing the esophagus to turn raw and irritated. That the stomach contents refluxes into the esophagus makes the baby vomit and may breathe them into the lungs.

What you can do to help your baby is that:

  • You should not tighten the diaper too much.
  • Make sure the baby is fed with small amounts at a slow pace, but remember to feed him or her more often. Small meals can enhance digestion and prevent the food from going back into the esophagus. You can burp your baby during you feed them.


Viruses are commonly known to bring about diarrhea. Diarrhea that occurs in kids usually caused by rotavirus. This kind of virus appears mostly in winter and attacks kids between 6 and 24 months. One thing you must do when the virus begins to exert its effect is to keep your baby hydrated. To carry out a definite diagnosis, pediatricians may have to test your baby’s stool.

If the diarrhea persists for more than two or three weeks and the baby does not show any symptoms of cold or fever, the baby could be allergic to milk. The symptoms of milk allergy include watery stools (sometimes you can notice blood and mucus), feeling colicky, cramping especially when the baby has bowel movements, skin rash. In this case, you should consult with the pediatricians to take the best advice and receive suitable allergy medicines.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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