You may be considering changing your little one's baby formula for a variety of reasons. If your baby is gassy, not sleeping well, fussy, or has digestive problems you might wonder if the baby formula is to blame.
Babies can be fussy for a number of reasons. Sometimes it's due to gas, other times teething, and many times it is environmental.
When a baby is fussy it is not unusual for parents and caregivers to consider switching formulas. It is easily assumed that a little one’s agitated state is a result of their baby formula. Families hope that switching to a new baby formula will settle their infant.
The truth of the matter is that babies fuss for a wide variety of reasons and it is not always simple to determine the reason why.
Some of the reasons why a baby might be fussy include:
Х Temperature sensitivity
Х Wet or dirty diaper
Х Growth Spurts
Keep in mind that during their first few months, many babies have a regular fussy period, which usually occurs in the late afternoon or evening. These times are completely normal and for some, these periods come so regularly that parents can set their clocks by it.
The standard infant fussiness usually starts as a newborn and will peak around 6 weeks. Towards the 3 month mark, baby can seem calmer and by 4 months these fussy times have subsided.
You can expect these harder to console bouts to last an average of 2 to 4 hours per day, keeping in mind that each infant is unique so there is a wide variety of normal in these situations.
By using comforting touches, reducing stimulation, and rhythmic motions, families can help to alleviate these unpleasant times.
✓ Hold baby
✓ Carry baby in a sling, wrap, or other soft carrier
✓ Give baby a firm back rub
✓ Carry baby in the “colic hold”
✓ Lay baby across your lap & gently rub his back
✓ Lay baby tummy-down on the bed or floor and gently pat his back
✓ Hold baby skin-to-skin
✓ Swaddle baby
✓ Dim lights and reduce noise
✓ Give baby a bath
✓ Rock baby
✓ Hold baby and gently bounce, sway back and forth, or dance
✓ Put baby in a baby swing
✓ Take baby for a walk in the stroller
✓ Go for a car ride
The most important thing to remember is to try and relax yourself as you find what works for your little baby. What works one day may not necessarily work the next day. The majority of the time a fussy baby does not warrant a change in baby formula.
As your infant’s body systems, such as digestion, begin to mature your baby may struggle with digestion. Still-developing areas like the pancreas, esophageal valve, stomach, and intestine can lead to tummy troubles.
Immature systems can be the cause of gastrointestinal symptoms like gas, intolerance, and frequent spit-up. Some may even experience occasional mucus in their stool or more severe problems like vomiting.
With any digestive symptoms, the best place to start is with your pediatrician. They will evaluate if your littles one's digestive upset is normal and may benefit from special nutrition or if your little one needs medical intervention.