5 Very Common Newborn Baby Problems / Quirks
Common Newborn Baby Problems: Congrats on your newborn. I know the very reason that you are reading this is to know what the common Newborn Baby problems are. And what you can do to help your little one.
Before I start any further, I like to first assure you that what we have listed below a very common newborn baby problems most of the parents would have gone through. And have come out very successfully.
I do agree that this phase is sometimes a little bit stressful, but it is just few months and they will run-away before you even know it.
Where a new-born brings joy in our life, there are several problems and physical conditions that are common in new-born’s.
Some conditions will disappear by themselves. However, even if they are common newborn baby problems, if the condition of little one feels serious or looks odd, parents should immediately contact a pediatrician.
5 common newborn baby problems
The following common newborn baby problems can occur in your baby and you need to be aware of, watch out for the signs and not let them become serious.
Cough / Gag (as a reflex)
It is normal for a baby to cough when they are feeding to clear their throat. This type of cough happens as a reaction to feeding fast.
Once they can swallow the milk and clear their throat the cough subsided.
There is nothing to worry in such cough as it only lasts for few seconds or minutes. It is a one of the very common newborn baby problems.
In my experience when a baby gets this type of a cough. I told my palm in the shape of a cup and gently pat the babies back. This helps the baby overcome any blockage that happens due to sudden intake of food.
Also, one of the old wives’ advice that I have practiced. (I do not know if it is backed with any scientific research or evidence). Is to keep the baby upright and lift one of his hands straight into the air.
Surprisingly have always found that this technique effectively helps the baby from coughing due to fast flow of milk gone into his windpipe.
When to see a doctor:
- If the cough appears persistent.
- If the cough is throughout the day.
- When the baby coughs happen every time, you are feeding the baby.
- When the baby coughs through the night.
- The cough sounds wet. And has phlegm.
- If the cough is accompanied by a wheezing sound.
Baby hiccups is one of the common things that you would find in a new-born baby It is another harmless common newborn baby problem.
They normally happen when there is a contraction in the baby’s diaphragm. Along with rapid closing of the baby’s vocal cords. All these causes a sound that we call as Hiccups.
None of us like to stay with the Hick up. It feels awkward and feels little bit messy to keep having a hiccup.
So, when we see a baby having a hiccup, we naturally tend to feel that the baby is having a tough time just like how we do.
But the truth is that babies are least bothered about it. They can even have a sound sleep while having a hiccup.
There are many things that people say and do to help stop hiccups.
Some of it is to burp a baby, for some make their baby drink some water (If you already introduced water). Also, Some crude methods are to startle the baby or pinch the baby. Some suggest giving a pacifier.
In my experience I felt that if the baby is just happy moving around playing with their hiccups. It is best to just wait it out let it subside automatically. Also burping something helps a baby.
Some of the things that you can do to prevent a hiccup.
Burp the baby well. It is best to burp the baby once before you switch breast to feed the baby.
Do not overstimulated baby or have a massage or play with your baby immediately after a feed.
Give it at least 30 minutes time before you indulge in these activities.
When to see the doctor
- If the baby has hiccup is often
- When Hiccup is be affecting your baby
- See when babies sleep or feed is getting affected.
- When baby is agreed because of the hiccup.
- If hick-up continues even after 1 year of the baby.
Diarrhea & Constipation
Diarrhea and constipation are common occurrences in infant’s life. Especially it is very common newborn baby problems among those who enter day-care centers or family homes.
Diarrhea is a very unpleasant phenomenon! Which is characterized by several potties higher than normal and with a soft to liquid texture.
Constipation on the other hand is when baby finds it difficult in emptying stools. Because the stool has hardened.
The main danger of diarrhoea is dehydration, so first and foremost it is important to be careful about drinking and if it is a baby under the age of six months it will receive all its fluids from breast milk therefore can be offered more frequently than usual.
If it happens because you have introduced a new food to your baby. Try stopping this new introduction and check. If it is due to introduction of milk, then do consult your doctor to rule out lactose intolerance.
Do not self-medicate your baby. Always wise to consult your pediatrician. See the detail article about self-medication and its effects. If you are the type of parent who is practicing self-medication. The link of the article is given here SELF MEDICATION for Kids – A MUST KNOW for every parent
When to see the doctor
- If there is a change in color
- If there is a change that you feel is in the smell
- When the texture change.
- If it lasts for more than 3 days.
All babies cry. It is completely natural. Though it is a very stressful common newborn baby problems. Their crying is a survival tool that signals their needs and inspires you to respond and give them what they need most – food, sleep, diaper or heat exchange and love.
However, in the first few weeks of life many infants develop restlessness. Crying that can be daily and prolonged. It is commonly known as the “nightmare of gas” because it is a difficult and exhausting time for everyone (both the baby who suffers and the parents attending to the baby).
This is called Infantile Colic, and it is common in many infants regardless of their feeding and about 70% of mothers of infants up to six months of age report having this colic issue in their baby in some frequency or other.
Crying spells can occur at any time of the day but are usually more typical for the afternoon and evening and come regardless of hunger, wet diaper, or fatigue, and are often accompanied by pain, clenched fists, and flushed faces. This issues usually starts around 2 week and proceeds up to 3 months. It can take longer for per matured babies and few others.
Colic exercise – Massage has helped a lot. Lay the baby on his back in a cost, warm place, strip it, rub your hands with a little baby oil and massage his stomach with circular, gentle, clockwise movements. A warm, cost bath can also help soothe and ease the baby.
Lay him on your forearm on his tummy with his head on your hand. This will put pressure on the stomach and gas will be relieved.
Lay him on his back and push his knees up to his tummy for a few seconds, release and repeat. This will also help to get rid of colic problems.
In our culture we applied castor oil on the under belly of the baby to help him with stomach-ache due to heat. A gentle massage helps in reliving the pain.
Remember that it goes by the end. True, it looks and feels like eternity when he cries a lot and every day. But remember that this is a natural phenomenon that will pass around 3-4 months so be patient because your calm and confidence will help him a lot.
Know how to recognise colic pain. To understand this better read the article 12 Baby Body Language that You SHOULD Know This will help you understand the nonverbal cues that your baby is giving you apart from crying. It will help you attend to the babies needs appropriately.
In any case, before you dismiss the crying attacks and park them under colic issues, you should consult your pediatrician first.
Multiple Emissions/ Spitting-up & Reflux
Emissions or reflex are a natural physiological phenomenon that occurs in many infants, immediately after the meal and about two hours later.
The phenomenon is related to the immaturity of the digestive tract. It is because the closed muscle between the stomach and the esophagus is not yet fully functional.
Because of this the stomach cannot completely prevent the return of some of the food upwards. This causes small amounts of the stomach contents to rise back into the oesophagus and into the mouth and be ejected.
The fact that the baby still does not hold himself steady in an upright position and that his diet is based on breast milk or liquid it increases the occurrence. And it is perfectly normal.
My Experience: I ensured that the baby is burped properly. Especially when I feel the baby has overfed themselves. Then I make sure the baby does not burp once but twice. (That is to make the baby burp once. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and then once again try and make the baby burp again).
When not to worry.
If your Little one is…
- Having no issues and gaining weight.
- Whenever spitting occurs the baby shows no signs of discomfort.
- The content of the spit is mostly undigested milk.
- Spitting up does not happen very often in the day.
- Spitting up is not in large quantities.
- It is not projectile in nature.
Then you have moral is nothing to worry about.
When to see the doctor:
- Pay a visit When you feel that the baby is spitting out milk very often.
- When it happens in large quantities half or almost all the intake. (Younger infants can do this at least 1 or twice in a day).
- There is a greenish tinge in what they spit out.
- Spitting out is projectile in nature.
- Restlessness, crying at mealtime and even weight loss.
You should consult with your doctor to rule out any underline issues.
How to reduce baby stomach reflex / spitting-up
- Relax the baby and let baby feed in their own phase. Do not rush baby. Do not stop active sucking and feeding.
- Stick to schedule and feed frequently instead of large feeds only when baby is hungry.
- Do not feed baby lying down. When feeding, hold the posture slightly upright with your head raised and not lying down.
- At the end of the meal, keep the baby upright even after burp.
- Do not give massage or bath after a feed.
- Avoid simulating and playing with baby or exercising your baby for half an hour post feed.
- Ensure that you do not press or compress babies’ stomach after feed.
- Make baby wear loose comfortable cloths. Esp. avoid cloths that are tight around the waist.
- Do not immediately place your baby flat of their back after a feed.
- Walk around with them in a slow rocking movement.
- Try raising the mattress slightly in the baby bed. Post feed.
- Place baby on their left side when you put your baby down on bed post feed. (monitor and ensure baby are flat on their back when they are sleeping).
- When your baby is fed from a bottle the nipple hole is not too large and the feeding rate not too fast.
- Make sure you have a smoke-free environment.
- Access of caffeine in mothers’ diet has shown that it can increase these reflexes in a baby.
- Video Time: Expert opinion on common newborn babies problem……
What we have outlined above are few very common newborn baby problems. When you are a new parent. That too first-time parent. Each of these can look very overwhelming to you.
But you are not alone all parents will go through these phases. These common newborn baby problems everyone goes though, and I went through each one of them for all my 3 children.
These phases normally get resolved on their own. There is nothing to feel alarmed about. Unless your intuition tells that something is wrong. Or you find signs that we have outlined above.
However, as a mother I would still suggest that you keep your tolerance level low and visit or call your pediatrician if you find something a bit off.
Also, have a regular routine check-up schedule and follow it through and through.
Have a small baby book where you note down all your concerns as and when you face them. This will help you optimist your visit to your pediatrician. And you can discuss with your pediatrician during your visit.
In Conclusion, I would say go by your instinct. And go by what your baby is trying to tell you.
However, I am a mother growing 3 kids. Am a concerned parent.
I like to share my knowledge with the hope that it will be help to someone somewhere and make a difference to a very worried parent.
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