Babies experience common digestion issues.
A Guide to Common Baby Digestion Issues
Symptoms of acid reflux in a baby include spit up after eating, either immediately after or up to an hour after a meal. Hiccups may occur before or after a bout of acid reflux.
Acid reflux which continues regularly beyond the first year will have to be monitored. According to the American Family Physician, reflux should subside between six and 12 months. When a baby reaches four to six months of age, she will start eating cereal and baby food.
For a baby who has acid reflux, stick with rice cereal when you first start feeding baby cereal. Rice cereal is the easiest to digest. Continue to use the same formula or breast milk you used to feed baby, to make the cereal.
As vegetables and fruit are introduced into baby’s diet, avoid citrus fruits and acidic fruits. Also avoid tomato products. When the baby begins self-feeding, as he approaches nine months and starts drinking cow’s milk at age 12 months, reflux can still occur. The combination of dairy and tomato sauce, for example, milk and some noodles with sauce can trigger acid reflux in the older baby.
Babies are gassy. Gas is a normal part of digestion, particularly in their immature digestive tracts. Gas only becomes a digestion issue when baby seems uncomfortable due to gas pains. Frequent burping can help alleviate frequent gassiness.
Diarrhea can start occurring more frequently for babies as babies start spending more time outside the home, crawling around, mouthing things, and eating off tables. It’s common for babies to be exposed to viruses, even the Rotavirus, by touching a surface which an adult or another child with Rotavirus has touched, and then put their hand or food in their mouth. When baby becomes more mobile, more active, and more interactive with other children and people the chances for contracting viruses increase. Frequent baby hand washing is needed to help stave off some viruses.
There is not much parents can do to stop the process of diarrhea. Keeping baby hydrated and comfortable are the best ways to handle bouts of diaarrhea when no other symptoms are present. Change baby’s diaper frequently to make room for the next run of diarrhea.
Babies may not be able to properly digest lactose, either in mother’s breastmilk, in formula, or later, in the form of cow’s milk. Babies who are lactose intolerant may vomit more than other babies when given formula with cow milk protein. They may also experience abdominal cramping.
American Family Physician, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20011201/1853.html