Feeding problems and allergies

How common are baby feeding problems?

Around 50% of babies experience feeding problems like colic, constipation, reflux or regurgitation during the first year of life. So if your little one’s going through a bumpy patch, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Allergies and intolerances, on the other hand, are much less common, only affecting around 6-8% of infants.

Explore our pages below to discover more about these problems, including tips and advice on ways to deal with them.

If you think they may have one of these common feeding problems, ask your healthcare professional for advice to help you manage the symptoms. And we're always here if you need someone to talk to.

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Common feeding problems


Up to 15% of little ones have constipation at some point during their first year. Although it’s very uncomfortable, it isn’t serious, but it does need to be managed early on to stop it getting worse. Read more

My baby has problems pooing
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If your baby cries for hours on end and has a gassy tummy after their feeds, they may have colic. Although it's really upsetting to see (and hear!), it's a very common problem that affects 1 in 5 babies, both bottle and breastfed. So you're not... Read more

My baby cries for hours after feeding

Baby allergies and intolerances

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Having a child with allergies can be worrying, but there are things you can do to help. The first step is getting a proper diagnosis from your GP; if your baby is less than a year old, you might find our Baby Symptom Checker helpful in preparing you...

Read moreUnderstanding allergies and intolerances
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If your baby is nearly ready for that exciting first spoonful, it’s worth knowing what to look out for in terms of common food allergies and intolerances − just in case. In fact, babies who are allergic to cows’ milk, often show...

Read moreCows' milk allergy
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Introducing solids is an important time for your baby; you’ll not only learn which foods they do and don’t like, but if you have some family history of allergy you need to keep an eye out for any foods they might be allergic or...

Read moreFood allergies

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