When your baby has a feeding problem, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and become exhausted. Fortunately, most feeding problems can be managed with some simple techniques until your baby’s digestive and immune systems mature.
Below are some hints and tips for managing some of the most common feeding problems that babies experience.
Remember – if you are concerned about your baby or you feel like you’re not able to cope, always seek the advice of a healthcare professional.
If your baby suffers from reflux, here are some suggestions to help soothe their discomfort:
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or exhausted from trying to manage your baby’s reflux, here are some practical tips to help make things easier:
If your baby is constantly crying from colic, try some of the following techniques to help them settle:
Caring for a constantly crying baby with colic can be extremely distressing and taking care of yourself is important too. If you can feel yourself becoming overwhelmed, here are some suggestions to help you cope:
It’s hard to see your baby in pain from constipation. If your baby is constipated, most of the time it’s due to them not getting enough fluid. Try these tips and tricks to help your baby if they’re constipated:
Treating constipation in babies is different to treating it in adults. For example, increasing fibre in their diet is not always possible or appropriate, especially for babies who are solely breast or formula-fed. Here are some things you should NOT do if your baby is constipated:
Food allergies and intolerances are very common in the first year of life, as the immune and digestive systems are still developing. There is no “cure” for a food allergy, although fortunately most babies will grow out of their allergy as their digestive and immune systems mature. Here are some tips to help manage your baby’s food allergy:
If your baby or child has severe allergic reactions to a food, it’s important to be prepared:
If your baby seems constantly hungry and often wakes up crying for another feed, try these handy hints to help settle your baby:
Having your sleep disrupted from a constantly waking baby is physically and emotionally draining, and can be particularly stressful if you or your partner has to go into work the next day. Try the following if you’re feeling sleep-deprived to help you get through the day:
In Australia, most cases of diarrhoea are relatively mild and resolve in their own in time. The important thing is to make sure your baby doesn’t become dehydrated, as this can be very serious. Here are some tips for managing diarrhoea in your baby:
Depending on the cause, your baby’s diarrhoea should only last between 5–14 days. Contact your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:
Breastfeeding is best for babies and has many benefits, such as protecting your baby from infection while their immune system develops. It is important that you eat a healthy, balanced diet in preparation for and during breastfeeding. Infant formula is designed to replace breast milk when an infant is not breastfed. Combining breast and bottle feeding in your baby’s first weeks of life may reduce your supply of breast milk, and reversing a decision not to breastfeed is difficult. The social and financial implications of using infant formula should be considered when choosing a method of feeding. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions when preparing and using infant formula, including proper sterilisation of bottles and using boiled water. Improper use of an infant formula may make your baby ill. Always consult your doctor, midwife or health care professional for advice about feeding your baby.
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