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BABY'S FIRST YEAR
BABIES CRY FOR ALL SORTS
OF REASONS - SO HOW
CAN YOU TELL WHEN IT'S
BECAUSE THEY ARE IN PAIN?
hen you first have a baby,
the constant crying can
be stressful as you struggle
to work out what's wrong
with your precious newborn. Very quickly
parents become adept at eliminating what
it could be - hunger, a dirty nappy or your
little one just needs a cuddle.
But when it comes to pain, figuring it
out can be tricky. You have to look for the
non-verbal signs he is giving you before
you can help him. Here are some common
pain signs and what they could be.
Ty pe o f cry
Crying out just before he has a poo.
O the r sy mpto ms
A look of straining and redness in his face
and firm belly that's painful to the touch.
He may refuse to eat, have a longer time
than normal between poos (usually
fewer than three times a week) and hard,
pellet like balls when they do come out.
Wind and poo can be foul-smelling, too.
Po ssi bl e cause s
Formula-fed babies are more likely to get
constipation than breastfed babies, as the
milk can be more difficult to digest. When
he starts on solids, this often leads to
constipation as his digestion system gets
used to new foods. He may also be
dehydrated, particularly if he's refusing
his milk, which can cause constipation.
What yo u can do
If your baby is on formula, give him water
between milk feeds; if he's on solids give
him more water to drink and diluted fruit
juice, too. Upping his fibre intake will help
if he's on solids; pureed or chopped fruit
such as apricots, blueberries, grapes, apples,
prunes or strawberries are all high in fibre.
If symptoms persist, take him to your GP,
who may prescribe a mild laxative, but
symptoms should ease naturally. >
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