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      Common feeding problems in babies

      In the early days, your little one’s tiny tummy is still getting used to digesting food. While some babies get to grips with feeding and filling their nappies pretty quickly, it’s not that straightforward for everyone. Common feeding-related problems include Reflux, Constipation, Colic and Allergies and Intolerances

       Common digestive problems

       

      Reflux

      Most babies bring up a little milk during and after feeding – it’s commonly known as
      ‘posseting’. Some babies, however, are repeatedly sick after feeding. This can be a sign of
      reflux, which happens when milk or food comes back up from their stomach into their
      oesophagus, causing them to bring up whole feeds or small amounts on a regular basis.

      Most babies bring up a little milk during and after feeding – it’s commonly known as ‘posseting’. Remember, in the early days your baby’s tummy is tiny, growing steadily in size as they develop. So it’s no surprise that sometimes, your baby’s eyes are bigger than their belly.

      Some babies, however, are repeatedly sick after feeding. This can be a sign of reflux, which happens when milk or food comes back up from their stomach into their oesophagus, causing them to bring up whole feeds or small amounts on a regular basis.

      Whether you’re a first-time mum or a seasoned pro, reflux can be worrying, so it’s worth mentioning to your Health Visitor during your next appointment. In the meantime, why not read more about baby reflux and what you can do to help.

      Baby reflux

      Colic

      If your baby cries or is irritable for prolonged periods for no obvious reason, they could be suffering with colic. It’s very common and occurs in up to one in five babies1. Find out more about colic and what you can do to relieve it.

      Colic

      Constipation

      Once your baby’s born you’ll no doubt find yourself thinking, and talking, about their pooing habits quite a lot! It’s a standard feature of parenthood. If your little one is pooing less than three times a week, and has poos that are either large, hard and difficult to push out, or small, hard and pellet-like, they could be constipated. Learn about baby constipation and things you can do to relieve it.

      Baby constipation

      Milk allergies and intolerances

      Despite their similarities, allergies and intolerances are different. A milk allergy occurs when your little one’s immune system reacts to the proteins in milk, whereas an intolerance is when your baby can’t break down certain substances, such as lactose in milk. Learn more about identifying milk allergies and intolerances and what to do if you think your baby might have one.

      Milk allergies & intolerances

      Signs and symptoms

      If your baby’s struggling and you can’t put your finger on why, try our Baby Symptom Checker.

      Baby Symptom Checker

      When to see a doctor

      It goes without saying, if you ever have any concerns about your baby, it's always best to speak to your health visitor or GP.

      1. Vandenplas Y et al. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2015;61(5):531-7

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