Whether you are bottle feeding or breastfeeding your baby, it is common for babies to get colic, reflux and constipation. Studies show that up to 55% of babies are likely to experience common feeding issues at least once during the first 6 months. My second child, Elliw, had colic when she was a couple of weeks old, and she would cry from 10pm until 1am most nights. It was heartbreaking knowing she was in pain. As she got older, she got constipated a few times, but the bicycle cycle motion helped her.
When we see our children in pain or unwell, we want to make them better as soon as possible. SMA Nutrition has made an infographic giving tips to parents about "6 Ways to help your baby's reflux and constipation". In the infographic, SMA Nutrition gives advice on how to help a baby if they have reflux or constipation. If your baby has reflux, you can help them by feeding them little but often. Feeding in an upright position could help your baby's reflux, I found this a little difficult to do when I was breastfeeding but I still managed it. Burping your baby frequently between feeds can also help reflux.
Baby constipation is very uncomfortable, but there are ways you can help your baby if they are constipated. The infographic mentions doing the bicycle cycle motion can help your baby's constipation as well as giving their tummy a gentle massage. If you are bottle feeding your baby it is important to follow the preparation instructions, so the baby doesn't get too little water or too much powder. As your baby grows, they will start weaning which can cause constipation and it's important to make sure your baby gets enough fibre in their diet, and a drink of cooled boiled water can help. If your baby doesn't pass a stool every day, it does not mean that they are constipated, but if they regularly pass every day, then it might be constipation.
Here are more ways to help your baby;
'If your baby appears to be in pain or if you are concerned for any other reason, always seek the advice of a healthcare professional such as your GP, health visitor or public health nurse.'