If you are a new mommy on the block like me then every small cry could wary you. It takes time to understand which cry is for feeding, changing diapers or some other discomfort. But as they say, mothers know it all, we all learn with time. I am not no different.
Stomach problems are one of the primary concerns which all mothers have to deal with, at different points with the baby – it can be gas related, constipation, indigestion or colic issues. When the deal strikes, we may or may not be able to distinguish between the cause. As a Mother, we will attest to the fact that we would want to take all the pain on ourselves rather than seeing our little one suffers so I thought to list a few helpful pointers for your reference.
- It’s common for babies to pass gas for more than 10 times in a day. Yes, you heard it right!
- Reasons could be swallowing air while drinking milk through breast/bottle, crying, sucking a pacifier etc.
- Sometimes the discomfort could be for a few seconds or baby could become fussy, feel bloated, hard tummy and cry. If the discomfort lasts longer then we may need a check!
- We need to ensure burping after every milk feed to help release the air. Farting gives the baby relief too.
- What it is?
- Infant Indigestion or Colic is extreme discomfort which a child faces generally from 6 weeks to 3-4 months. Experts say very few cases go beyond 6 months.
- What are the symptoms?
- Your baby keeps on crying and is inconsolable and you are unable to calm him/her. The baby may draw up his/her knees and clench his/her fists, may turn red because of the pain. A lot of crying may also lead to more sucking of air and more discomfort to the baby. It can last for long intervals and strike back at the same time the next day. The longevity and severity could vary as per the child.
- What are the causes?
- Largely the cause is unknown.
- It could be an allergic reaction. It could also be attributed to Indigestion in adults or stress. We must remember the digestive system of the baby is immature and there could be many reasons for the cause.
- Some experts say that Smoking during pregnancy may increase the risk of colic.
- Diagnosis & Treatment
- A doctor can determine it by physical examination. It can be treated with home remedies and medicines which include Simethicone drops or Lactase.
- Medicines would be recommended by a professional of course.
- If we talk about home remedies then earlier our grandparents and parents used to remove the juice of Hing or Saunf and apply it on the stomach which was very tedious. Honestly, I feel I am lucky sometimes that we have so many facilities in today’s time. I have a convenient option of using a tummy roll-on which has all the goodness of natural ingredients and is available to me anytime and can be carried hassle-free anywhere. I am personally using Mother Sparsh Tummy Roll-On.
Why Mother Sparsh Tummy Roll-On?
- 100% Ayurvedic/Herbal: Being an Indian, Ayurveda is deeply imbibed in us in some form or the other so our first choice will majorly be something which has natural ingredients. Mother Sparsh is an Indian brand with products that are based on the ancient science of Ayurveda.
- Combination of 5 Natural Oils: It has the goodness of Hing Oil, Pudina Oil, Sonth Oil, Saunf Oil and Sova Oil. Hing Oil is antiseptic and antibacterial helping in acid reflux, constipation and colic. Saunf Oil again has anti-colic properties also helps in stomach bloating, gas and also helps in burping. Overall helps in solving my key issues of gas, acidity and indigestion in infants and children.
- Child-friendly: I have to apply it to the stomach area near to the navel. It’s convenient as it can be carried anywhere and readily available. Can be used on the delicate skin of babies as it has no chemicals, alcohol, preservatives and is manufactured in a traditional way for maximum benefits.
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I hope this post is helpful and acts as a ready reckoner for a mother. I have listed my source of information in case you would like to read further.