For many parents, the gas problem in infants is a stressful and tiring process. However, this self-healing problem, both the baby and the whole family to be able to overcome the most healthy way is possible with some measures stating that Anadolu Health Center Child Health and Diseases Specialists. Ebru Gözer and Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu told about the gas problem for parents.
Crying is known to be the cause of 10-15 percent of babies' 1 to 3-month consultations. Infantile colic (HR), the gas problem, is the underlying cause of this unrest. Anadolu Health Center Child Health and Diseases Specialists stated that this problem, which can turn into a nightmare for mothers and fathers, is usually manifested as crying seizures in healthy infants, lasting more than three days and three hours a day for 2-3 weeks to four months. Ebru Gözer and Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “However, it is a good disease in terms of spontaneous healing although it is common and disturbing the parents. The prevalence of gas in babies is between 17-30% and it is seen in some studies that it is more common in low birth weight babies and it starts later. ”
The food that the mother eats and drinks causes gas problem in the baby
Mother and baby relationship, the mother's life habits and nutrition, there are hypotheses about the effect of breast milk on the gas problem that explains that there are Anadolu Health Center Pediatric Experts. Ebru Gözer and Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu said, “It can be seen that the problem is less in infants fed with breast milk. Other foods in the mother's diet can cause similar allergic reactions or intolerance. Among these foods; soy, coffee, nuts, peanuts, chocolate, shellfish, broccoli, green pepper and spicy food. Carbohydrates that cannot be broken down and absorbed, even though their efficacy cannot be proven, are converted into short chain fatty acids and certain gases by the flora of the colon and exhaled by inhalation. One of the hypotheses put forward as to why the gas problem of babies is related to the digestive system. Infants develop intestinal motility during abnormal bowel movements as a result of pain occurs. Motilin levels that accelerate gastric emptying, increase bowel motility and accelerate transit through the small intestine are higher than normal infants. Allergy develops when alpha lactalbumin in cow's milk taken by the mother's diet is passed on to the baby as a result of increased intestinal permeability. This is thought to be the cause of 10-25 percent of babies with gas problems. ”
Herbal teas are not helpful!
In the gas problem where more behavioral treatment is effective, herbal teas and herbal-based degassing syrups do not have sufficient efficacy and are not recommended for use in infants because of their side effects. Ebru Gözer and Dr. Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu, sim Simethicone, which is commonly used in drug treatment, provides the gas to be removed easily but it is not beneficial. Serious side effects are also observed with medications intended to relieve spasms. Generally, if there is evidence of increased severity of crying or prolonged crying time, associated vomiting, bloody poop, unwillingness to feed, increased abdominal swelling, widespread eczema of the skin, weight gain pause, suffocated hernia, fever, and change of consciousness, a doctor should be consulted. Urinary tract infection, sudden developing otitis media and cow's milk allergy should be ruled out.
Breastfeeding mothers should pay attention to nutrition
Anadolu Health Center Child Health and Diseases Specialists Ebru Gözer and Dr. Ela Tahmaz Gündoğdu continued as follows: Breast milk is the ideal food for babies during the first half-an hour after birth and when no additional nutrients, including water, are given. The energy and nutrients of the milk secreted by the mother for the feeding of the newborn baby are provided from the stores in the body. The purpose of feeding a breastfeeding mother is to meet her own physiological needs, to balance the nutritional reserve in her body and to take the energy and nutrients required by the secreted milk. Considering that the gas problem is less common in infants fed with breast milk, the feeding habits of the mother are very important for a healthy breast milk intake. A significant portion of the energy in the milk secreted by the breastfeeding mother is provided by eating. It is accepted that 80 percent of the energy provided by the diet is transformed into milk energy. Based on the fact that a healthy mother secretes 700-800 ml of milk per day, 750 calories should be added to the daily energy requirement during lactation. 500 calories of this amount is eaten by the mother, 250 calories are met from stores gained during pregnancy. Since there is an increase in water metabolism while breastfeeding, it is also important for the mother to increase her fluid intake so that the amount of milk does not change. The total daily intake should be approximately three liters. This amount is recommended as practical 12 cups of water, milk, buttermilk, compote, compote, lemonade, sherbet, fruit juices. Drinks such as tea and coffee reduce milk yield. In this way, balanced and adequately nourished women, accumulated in the subcutaneous fat tissue during pregnancy, is used in the production of milk. Therefore, it is recommended not to take a slimming diet during this period. ”
Errors that increase gas pains
• Overfeeding or underfeeding
• If the baby is breastfed, the mother should consume the foods she should not eat.
• Overreaction to the baby's crying, increasing tension
• Remember that the baby's symptoms will disappear spontaneously after a while, frequent doctor visits, tendency to use a large number of drugs
• Improper stimulation of the baby's temperament, causing excessive crying, environmental factors
• Rarely, do not ignore the possibility that the cause of the pain is another problem