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Baby Tummy Troubles: When To Treat At Home And When To Call The Doctor

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October 6, 2021

When your baby is struggling with gastrointestinal issues, it can be hard to pinpoint the cause of the issue. Most infants and toddlers experience digestive distress from time to time. Some causes of gastrointestinal upset are completely normal, while others are cause for concern. It can be tough to figure out when it’s time to try home remedies and when it’s time to call the doctor for treatment. 

Here, we’ll explore common tummy troubles in babies and small children, how to decide when to stay home and when to head to the hospital for treatment, and issues that parents need to think about when choosing infant formula. 

Common Gastrointestinal Problems In Infants

While gastrointestinal issues are always alarming for parents of young children, many tummy troubles are completely normal. Common gastrointestinal problems in infants and toddlers include spitting up after eating, reflux, constipation, diarrhea, and colic.

When To Stay Home — And When To See The Doctor

When your baby isn’t feeling well, you want to do all that you can to help. If your baby sometimes spits up after eating, there’s likely nothing to worry about — most babies do this from time to time. Spitting up after or during every feeding may be a sign of reflux. Your pediatrician will be able to recommend tips (such as changing your baby’s sleeping position) that can help with reflux. Most babies deal with constipation from time to time, but it usually clears up within a few days. Colic, while frustrating, usually clears up on its own after a few months. 

Diarrhea and forceful vomiting are more concerning than other infant gastrointestinal issues. If your baby vomits forcefully (different than normal spit up during or after feedings), or if your baby has diarrhea, it’s important to reach out to your pediatrician or emergency care center. If your baby ever shows blood in their stool or vomit, or if the stool or vomit is very dark, it’s important to seek care immediately. While a day or two of constipation is normal in infants and babies, reach out to your doctor if you notice that they haven’t had a bowel movement after two to three days.

Of course, you know your baby or toddler best, and if you feel like something is wrong, it’s best to trust your instincts. Reach out to your local emergency room or your pediatrician’s office if you feel unsure about treating your child’s condition at home, even if they aren’t showing severe or concerning symptoms. 

Can Baby Formula Cause Stomach Problems?

Baby Tummy Troubles

Many parents work closely with their pediatrician to find an infant formula that eases gastrointestinal issues for their infant. Tummy issues are common when trying a new formula, or when switching from breastmilk to formula. 

If you’ve noticed that your baby is struggling with stomach upset after trying a new baby formula, be sure to reach out to your pediatrician for advice on next steps. They may ask that you try a new kind of formula, or they may be able to provide insight into certain allergies or intolerances that could be causing your baby distress. 

Neocate: What Parents Need To Know

Baby Tummy Troubles

In recent years, many pediatricians advised parents to try Neocate formula for their babies who were unable to tolerate dairy or soy. While the formula was advertised as food that provided complete nutrition for infants, studies have shown that this was not the case. Neocate formula caused hypophosphatemia, a condition caused by low blood phosphate levels, in many infants and young children. Hypophosphatemia can cause many health issues, including bone problems, mood issues, coma, and death. 

Has Your Baby Struggled With Health Issues After Drinking Neocate Formula? We’re Here To Help. 

While many parents have reported an increase in gastrointestinal issues related to Neocate baby formula, the product has caused other health issues that can result in lifelong problems. Bone problems related to low levels of phosphate in the blood — including rickets, osteoporosis, and bone fractures — have all been linked to Neocate formula. 

If your pediatrician recommended a switch to Neocate formula due to allergies or gastrointestinal issues and your child has experienced bone problems, you may be entitled to financial compensation. You don’t have to try to figure this out alone — our team is here to help. Reach out to us today for a free case evaluation. 

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