A baby’s ability to eat and digest food is essential to growth and development. Some babies are unable to absorb nutrients; therefore they don’t have normal bowel movements after being fed. The following symptoms may indicate that the baby is having stomach/gastrointestinal problems:
- Vomiting: Spitting up milk after feeding is common in babies. However, forceful vomiting or spitting up large amount of milk may indicate a problem. Consult your baby’s health care provider if your baby is vomiting frequently, vomiting green bile or blood or has other signs of distress.
- Diarrhea: Babies tend to have soft yellow-green bowel movements several times a day as often as every few hours after feedings. Babies with diarrhea tend to have very lose bowel movements that occur very frequently. Consult your baby’s healthcare provider if there is any change in bowel movements of a baby.
- Colic: Colic most often shows up when the baby is 2 or 3 weeks old. Colic is uncontrollable crying of a healthy baby. It is not a disease and would not harm babies. But it is tough thing to go through for babies and parents as well. Colic can easily be cured by giving gripe water to babies. Make sure that gripe water should not contain sodium bicarbonate as recommended by US National Library of Medicine.
- Reflux: Some babies spit up most of their feedings due to reflux. Reflux is a condition where stomach contents back up into the esophagus. You may be able to hear and feel rattling in the chest and back of baby. Tips that may help babies with reflux include:
Make sure that baby’s diaper is not too tight.
Feed the baby more often in smaller amount.
Burp your babies often during the feedings.
Hold your baby in an upright position for about 30 minutes after feeding.
Handle your baby gently after feeding.
- Gas Pain: Gas pain is most common in babies in the first three months of life as their intestines are maturing. There may be a gas pain between ages 6 to 12 months because babies try different food at this time.
Note & Important: Most common therapy or cure for Gas pain is Gripe water. Mother Sparsh Gripe Water is the 100% Ayurvedic formulation to relieve from gastrointestinal discomforts. It is an all-natural, effective and safe formula for your infant’s colic pain.
Sodium bicarbonate is commonly known as baking soda/Sarjikakshara. Mother Sparsh gripe water does not have sodium bicarbonate/baking soda for the following reasons
- Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) is an alkali (antacid) which alters the PH of stomach acid which is naturally created in baby’s stomach. However, stomach acid serves a useful purpose because it helps the body to digest food, protects the gut from infections. Disrupting the stomach’s natural acidity has led to concerns about risk for infection in babies and affects the absorption of nutrients like calcium, magnesium, B12, and iron.
- Sodium Bicarbonate can temporarily relieve some discomfort caused in case of acidic stomach. But, unfortunately, sodium bicarbonate is absorbed into the bloodstream of babies and can have unwanted/harmful side effects. As per Medline Plus, a service of the U.S National Library of Medicine, antacids (sodium bicarbonate/baking soda) should not be given to young children/babies (up to 12 years of age) unless it is prescribed by the doctors”.