Newborn babies have a lot of growing, changing, and adjusting to things that can make their bellies hurt–but there are many ways you can help them feel better! While there’s not always a magical solution for tummy aches, there are plenty of things you can try safely at home to soothe your little one. In this guide, we're breaking down the common questions parents often have about their baby's belly, with practical tips and comforting tricks for soothing a troubled tummy.
How do I know if my baby has a stomach ache?
Keep an eye out for more fussiness, leg-pulling action, and any changes in their eating habits. If there's crying during or after meals and sleep becomes a struggle, those are common indicators of a tiny tummy in distress.
What causes stomach pain in newborns?
Tummy troubles could stem from a lot of different things including:
- Food sensitivity or allergy
- Infection or sickness
- Lack of sleep
Potential reasons baby’s stomach cramps at night
Colic, gas, stress, and wonky sleep routines are common culprits of midnight belly blues. When you feed your baby late at night, it might help to try dream feeding, and/or taking extra care to burp your baby after feeding so that you can help them get rid of gas.
Creating a relaxing and soothing bedtime routine can also go great lengths in helping your baby ease any tummy troubles.
How to soothe a baby’s upset stomach
We're all about soothing the tummy blues. Let's check out some friendly strategies that can make your baby's world a whole lot comfier:
Burp your baby in different positions
Burping your baby helps them get rid of gas, which can otherwise accumulate in their tummy and become irritating or painful. Try mixing it up with different positions, like the classic over-the-shoulder or the cozy lap setting, to find your baby's burp sweet spot.
Try to bicycle your baby’s legs
Time for some baby biking! Gently moving those little legs in a cycling motion can be a game-changer, helping out with gas and keeping things moving in the tummy department.
Check your baby’s latch during feeding
If you’re breastfeeding, a good latch helps keep out unwanted air. This can take some practice, and some babies take to breastfeeding better than others. Check out our tips on how to breastfeed to see some techniques in action.
Double-check if your baby’s formula is right for them
For formula-feeders, there are a lot of options to choose from, some formulas like Gentlease® can be easier on your baby’s tummy, while other formulas address allergies and other feeding issues. There’s something for everyone–check out our family of formulas to explore options with Enfamil®!
Try a warm bath
A cozy soak can work wonders, relaxing those tiny muscles and creating a zen space for your little one.
Add in more tummy time
Tummy time isn't just for cute photo ops; it's a secret weapon against tummy issues. Throw in some supervised tummy time sessions during the day to help with gas and keep that digestion train running smoothly.
When to call your pediatrician
Last but not least, superhero parents know when to call in the pros. If the tummy troubles persist or tag along with potential injury or anything that concerns you, it's time to ring up your pediatrician for some expert advice.
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