Week 2

Feeding and Digestive Issues

Newborns can be susceptible to a number of different tummy troubles, and sometimes it’s hard to tell what’s normal and what could actually be a problem. Here’s a quick primer of things to keep an eye out for; follow the links for more information (all from our Newborn Care Guide Week 1).

Gas

Yes, even newborns can have gas, and it can sound like it came from an adult! And though it’s normal, it can cause discomfort. If your baby is crying a lot, gas could be the culprit.

Click here for tips on how to reduce gas in babies.

Reflux

Your baby’s digestive system is maturing, so a little spit-up or even vomit after a feeding is normal, and eventually they’ll outgrown it. A more serious condition, however, is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), akin to what we adults would call heartburn.

Here are the signs of GERD in babies and things you can do to reduce the pain.

Constipation

Even if your baby is having less frequent bowel movements and seems to be straining, it doesn’t necessarily mean constipation. While breast-fed babies rarely get constipated (the perfectly balanced milk always produces soft stool), formula-fed babies can experience this discomfort for a number of reasons, including illness, insufficient fluids or possibly a more serious medical problem.

Here are signs that your baby is constipated and what you can do.

Vomiting

Every baby spits up, usually after a feeding, but vomiting, on the other hand, is more forceful and upsetting. Thankfully it usually looks scarier than it is. Vomiting can, however, be an indication of something much more serious.

Here are signs that baby’s vomiting could be a problem and when to call a doctor.

Diarrhea

Although bottle-fed babies have more formed bowel movements than breastfed babies, even a breastfed newborn’s healthy stools will have some seedy substance. In either case, if you notice watery, green stools – sometimes with mucus or blood – then the baby most likely has diarrhea.

Here’s what to do if you think your baby has rotovirus or some other gastrointestinal trouble.

Thrush

Thrush is a scary-sounding name for a harmless yeast infection that develops in a baby’s mouth and/or a breastfeeding mother’s nipples. You can recognize thrush by the white cottage-cheese-like patches in your baby’s mouth that won’t rub off

Here’s how to prevent thrush and what to do if you think your baby has thrush

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3 thoughts on “Caring for Your Newborn: A complete guide to the second week with your new baby

  1. Nichole Chester says:

    I notice they didn’t mention much about breast feeding. You may want to bring a pump (I have a single one that I pack) nursing pads, and nipple cream. I keep one tube of nipple cream in the bag, along with a handful of nursing pads to be on the safe side. If you are traveling… You may also want to use storage bags for milk and keep an electric bottle warmer in the car (for those times you want a break and others to feed the baby)

  2. Mrs. Kate says:

    Great post and you share good guiding tips of newborn baby care.

  3. Alexis says:

    I take issue with the point about immunizations where ou recommend “know both sides of the story” then recommend reading the literature. If you read the studies, there is only one side to the story, and that is that immunization provides the best protection against life threatening illness and is one of the major success stories of modern medicine. The SINGLE study that link immunizations to autism has since been retracted and the author admitted to fraud and falsifying results.
    This is like recommending that people know both sides of the story as to whether or not the world is round.

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