The tummy ache causes a lot of discomfort to the baby and may even interfere with its sleep. The reasons as to why infants experience stomach ache may include colic, reflux, lactose intolerance, gastroenteritis, gas, constipation or a block in the intestine. Other symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting may show up based on the actual cause of pain. You need to know the key cause of the tummy ache in order to determine as to how to ease the pain and calm down your baby. Some of the things that you can do are as follows:
#1: Watch for symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and high fever to find out if the tummy ache is due to a more serious cause. You must contact the healthcare provider of your baby if any of these signs and symptoms becomes evident.
#2: You can place the baby in a warm bath in order to soothe the infant. Instead of a warm bath, you can also place a hot water bottle or a towel that is warm on the baby’s tummy. Avoid using water, towels and water bottles that are very hot. When you touch them, they should feel warm and not hot.
#3: The baby’s tummy can be rubbed lightly to see if the pain eases. This massaging action is helpful in pushing out gas that may be causing the tummy ache. You can make your baby burp, specifically after feeding it, helps to reduce gas pains.
#4: You can give simethicone drops to your baby if you feel that gas is the cause of the stomach pain. This is available in most of the stores that sell baby products or in the pharmacy section along with over-the-counter medications. Follow the dosage instruction provided on the package. If in doubt, contact the child’s physician.
#5: Cover your baby using a soft blanket and rock the infant holding it close to you in order provide some comfort.
#6: Restrict apples, bananas, carrots and rice, if you feel that the cause of the pain is constipation. Give the infant baby foods that contain prunes, peas and pears to make sure that the bowel movement is normal.
#7: Move the legs of your baby imitating bicycling motion to improve bowel movements. This action may also be helpful to ease pain due to gas.
#8: If your baby continues to have tummy ache or the pain worsens contact your infant’s pediatrician.