When it comes to newborns it can be quite a challenge trying to figure out what exactly is going on with them at all times. Infant stomach problems can be horrible for the whole house.
Even if you have already have a child and you have another one you will be clueless at the beginning because each and every child is different in their own way.
“When we encourage new parents to ‘treasure these moments because they don’t last forever,’ we need to remember to also reassure them that they will survive these moments because they don’t last forever.”
– L.R. Knost
I previously stated in my post “My Biggest Feat As a Mom” that I would soon approach this topic due to the amount of stress it put on myself and my little one for such a large period of time.
To give you a little backstory of my experience, my son was not the easiest from the beginning.
If you read the other article, which you should, you would know that my little one was a sickly child in the beginning, but he is healthy and happy now.
Stay up to date with us! Get a free daily planner when you do.
Join moms now & get a free daily planner today!
Send download link to:
Finding a Solution
I spent hours and days going to different doctors.
I also tried googling different wordings trying to find anything to help ease his pain or relieve it all together.
It did not matter what it took to help him, I would have done anything.
This all started at about 2 months old when he stopped going to the bathroom. Then he started fussing a lot more than what was normal for him.
We tried everything under the sun to relieve this pain.
I finally got him in with a decent doctor that could actually tell us what was wrong. His muscles in his stomach were not fully developed and apparently this is a common problem in babies.
I had no idea that was even possible, but indeed it was and they develop on their own by any time between 3 to 6 months old.
With his muscles not being fully developed, he was not able to really push out his poop without assistance.
Infant Stomach Problems: The Underlying Problem
Unfortunately, since it develops on its own, there is nothing you can really do to help.
You can try a little gripe water or mylicon drops and a lot of loving, holding, and rubbing.
I spent multiple nights with my heart aching from holding him while rocking and him screaming in pain until he went to fell asleep in my arms.
This did teach me a useful trick if I have to go through this again.
When he would get into an excruciating amount of pain, I would get petroleum jelly and a thermometer.
I covered the tip of a thermometer with the jelly. After making sure it was covered well, I inserted it into his rectum and wiggled it a little.
While doing this, I also took his temperature.
As soon as it beeps saying the temperature has been taken, I took it out. Almost every time he pooped immediately giving him relief.
If you are going to try this make sure to have a diaper or something under them. As soon as you pull it out usually their poop is right there with the tip of the thermometer.
I definitely recommend using this method if your little one is in some serious pain, but please do not overuse this method.
A good rule of thumb for this method is do not go this route until the gripe water nor mylicon has worked for them.
I always tried the medicine and then rubbing and massaging his stomach before resulting to this method, but if none of it works this will definitely help a parent out.
Follow to stay up to date with the latest!