Your baby may have a few problems which you should consider carefully. Quite often, they are easy to solve but if they last, you should seek advice from your doctor.
My baby sleeps a lot. Should I wake him up to feed him?
There is nothing to worry about as long as the weight curve is normal. Let him sleep as long as needed.
How do I know if my infant is drinking enough milk? How can I be sure my baby has drunk enough during a meal?
You need to observe your child to make sure he has drunk enough milk. If he puts on weight and does not cry after a feed, this means he is getting enough milk. Weigh your baby once a week or once a month to fell reassured.
What to do if my baby suffers from stomach aches or is colicky?
Colic (abdominal aches) is caused by gases in the intestine. More than one baby out of 2 suffers from these frequent but harmless aches. They tend to disappear around 3 or 4 months. They are the consequence of the immaturity of your baby’s digestive system or your baby swallows to much air during feeding. Leaving the bottle rest after preparation helps eliminate the air bubbles it contains. Always check the teat’s flow speed, bottle feed slowly and wind your baby up regularly to evacuate the swallowed air. Rocking your baby with his stomach flat on your hand or massaging the tummy helps the pain. Meanwhile, we recommend you consult your doctor to confirm there is no digestive illness.
How to help my baby calm down when he has hiccups?
There is nothing to worry about when your baby has hiccups. If it goes on, just continue with feeding or cuddling until hiccup disappears.
My baby regurgitates. What should I do?
Regurgitations and burping are often linked. Your baby might have drunk to fast or to much and this helps him evacuate naturally the excess milk. If your baby brings up easily a small amount of fresh milk, has a healthy growth curve and is not hungry, there is no need to worry. Meanwhile, if your baby suffers from severe regurgitations (frequent, at any time of day or night or as soon as he moves), you should seek advice from your doctor. Nactalia has developed a specific product adapted to this trouble (see Nactalia AR)
What should I do when my baby has vomited all his meal?
Unlike regurgitations it is quite unusual that a baby vomits big quantities or even his entire meal. You need to visit your doctor as this is probably due to an illness.
What to do if my baby has diarrhoea?
Your baby has diarrhoea when his stools are more frequent (3 to 8 times a day) and more liquid. This can be caused by a virus, a bacteria, an infection like otitis or a growing tooth… Whatever the cause is, keep your baby well hydrated from the first signs to compensate the water loss. Your baby should be given water or water associated to rehydrating solutions. You will need to visit your doctor as soon as possible, especially if your baby is very young. In case of dehydration, your baby will be apathetic, sleepy, his skin wrinkled and his mouth dry and will need to be taken to hospital in emergency.
My baby is constipated…
Constipation slows down transit:
- Babies younger than 6 months: less than one stool a day
- Babies older than 6 months: less than 3 stools a day
Stools have also a more or less dry aspect.
This may be caused by an insufficient hydrous contribution. First thing to do is to give water to drink to your baby but you should seek advice from your doctor. He will maybe recommend water rich in magnesium. Leave your baby’s nappies loose and leave him with no nappy. Massaging the abdomen may help.