Pooping, Peeing, Spitting: How To Handle Them
What comes in must also go out. Babies are not an exemption to this rule. Your baby’s going to peep, poop, and spit-up no matter what you do. First-time parents might find the load too hefty and exhausting. However, instead of going critical about how bothersome all the frequent cleaning and wiping go, it’s better just to take the time to understand the natural bodily functions of your baby and learn the proper way of dealing with it.
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Mind Your Pees and Qs
First of all, you must understand it could take just a few days for the system of your baby to really begin functioning. If you opt for breastfeeding, your milk might not fully come for 3-5 days. Once this starts, your little one could begin making up to ten wet diapers every day. While you’re still in the hospital, the staff nurses will take care of all that. As you finally get home with your beloved, ensure that the first five wet diapers he makes increases in 2-3 days. If not, you should get in touch with your infant’s pediatrician. Disposable diapers today are so super- absorbent that it could be hard for you to tell if the diaper is really wet or not. You should familiarize yourself with the texture of the brand you wish to use regularly. Remember what they feel and how they look like when dry. Examine the puffiness and the layers. These diapers usually work with gels which inflate when urine absorbs into them. Thus, the diaper gets heavier when it’s wet. A slight sag may also be noticed.
If you’re still unsure if the diaper is fully wet, take a whiff. Smell the front leg area of the diaper to check for a urine scent. The whole thing might not turn out exciting, but it could save you from trouble in the long run.
Let’s Talk About Poop
You may have noticed that infants who are breastfed have the tendency to get runnier bowel movements. Their feces could also turn out to be mustard-colored. This usually happens in the first week or so, and it’s all normal. So, there’s no need to worry when you notice this kind of stool color.
Right after birth, babies produce thicker poops, seemingly like tar. This is known as meconium, and the nurses are usually the one who take care of it. You might not have the chance to see it ever. When you get home and begin breastfeeding or using a formula, you’ll notice that the stools start to become pastier. Babies who are fed with formula will usually get this type of stool, except that it could have more shape and that the colors may differ. On the other hand, babies on breastfeed may have yellow, thinner stools.
The next thing you should know is how often to change a soiled diaper. Babies on breastfeed could soil their diapers during or right after the feeding. However, cases may vary. Formula-fed babies experience bowel movements after each feeding most of the time. Babies who are fed with formula –based intake could create soiled diapers less frequently. It could even take several days for some babies.
Sadly, this irregularity could cause some parents to worry. It’s easy to tell when babies pass tools—they tend to grunt and strain. However, it’s also easy to tell when they’re experiencing constipation. Good thing constipation among infants is not very common. Simply put, each baby has his own bowel movement. Any pediatrician advises parents not to worry too much about this. Just ensure that the stool is soft. If it’s hard, that could be a trouble.
Another thing to consider is the amount of iron your baby gets. Among adults, iron supplements may cause critical binding. In the case of babies, it’s different. Keeping low-iron formulas is never a good idea. Your baby has to have increased iron intake to develop their brains properly. Iron also avoids constipation among them. If your baby is breastfed, pediatricians may suggest considering iron supplements. You should pay closer attention to your baby’s overall nutrition above all else.
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Yes, Spit Happens
The mouth apparently creates fluids of its own. Babies could spit up 6-12 times a day. It could sometimes be a major eruption, and sometimes the spit could trickle out. It could be a nuisance, but we have to deal with what’s normal.
Why do babies spit up a lot, you ask? It has something to do with the baby’s digestive track as well as the muscle between the esophagus and the stomach. It’s still immature and will only fully tighten up once the baby turns six years old.
Health-wise, there’s nothing you should worry about spitting up. No nutrition is lost when the babies do so. They spit up usually around a tablespoon, but the spit up could look like more. To save you from too much trouble, prepare lots of towels and bibs. Also, you need to change your baby’s clothes regularly to keep him clean. You might as well consider preparing extra change of clothes for yourself in case major explosions pop up.
Spit ups among babies are basically inevitable. However, there are ways to at least minimize it. Try out these tips to keep the spit ups to the minimum.
- Give more regular feedings throughout the day. However, make each smaller.
- Do not force your baby to finish a bottle is she already seems full.
- Your baby has to be in an upright position post-feeding. The gravity can help your little one digest the food.
- Ensure to regularly burp your baby.
- If you are using formula, talk with your pediatrician about the matter of spitting up. He might give you recommendations on the brands that are easier for your baby to digest.
- Spit-ups don’t really need medical attention. However, there are certain cases that may require so. For example, if your kid becomes somewhat fussy and irritable after feedings, that could be a sign of a problem. It’s also another possible trouble if your little one gets prone to spitting up each time. The issues could be a reflux, which can be readily dealt with via your doctor’s prescribed medication.
Parents also have to pay careful attention to the spit-up itself. Ensure that it is not a vomit. If your baby is spitting up a big amount of stomach contents, that could be a sign of another problem. Make sure it’s not caused by diarrhea, lack of weight gain, or bloating. You should also consider if your baby has milk allergies. The best way to go about this is, of course, to discuss the matter with your regular doctor. Although milk allergies are not very common, the possibility that your baby has it still remains. If your baby’s spit-up is a yellow-green bile blockage or blood, call your doctor immediately. This could be something serious.
These are some of the most common things parents should remember when dealing with their babies’ pee, poop, and spit-ups. Be diligent in doing all the cleaning and changing routine. The best thing you can do is to treasure the very times you do these stuff. Time really flies fast. Before you know it, your child will eventually do without your care.