A distended or bloated belly after feeding can be a sign that your baby has swallowed too much gas during the feeding. Your little one is still learning how to swallow properly and his newborn digestive system is still developing.
Is it normal for a baby to have big abdomen?
It’s normal for a baby’s abdomen (belly) to appear somewhat full and rounded. When your baby cries or strains, you may also note that the skin over the central area of the abdomen may protrude between the strips of muscle tissue making up the abdominal wall on either side.
Is abdominal distension normal in newborns?
Tympanitic abdominal distention may occur in healthy infants, in infants who have systemic conditions, and in newborns who have congenital causes of intestinal obstruction. Some healthy infants experience transient mild distention because of air swallowing with crying or feeding.
How do you know if your baby’s stomach is distended?
Your baby might also be irritable and cry more than usual because of the discomfort in his tummy. He might pass more wind than normal, and may burp, belch or pass gas excessively.
How do I get rid of my baby’s bloated belly?
Gently massage your baby, pump their legs back and forth (like riding a bike) while they are on their back, or give their tummy time (watch tjem while they lie on their stomach). A warm bath can also help them get rid of extra gas.
What causes a big hard stomach?
When your stomach swells and feels hard, the explanation might be as simple as overeating or drinking carbonated drinks, which is easy to remedy. Other causes may be more serious, such as an inflammatory bowel disease. Sometimes the accumulated gas from drinking a soda too quickly can result in a hard stomach.
Why do newborns have protuberant bellies?
Abdomen. Babies do not have much muscle tone, so their bellies will appear rather round and protuberant. You may notice a ridge poking out in the middle, running up and down their bellies; this is called diastasis recti. This is normal and will eventually go away.
How can I help my baby push out poop?
Flexed Position to Help Stool Release for Babies:
- Help your baby by holding the knees against the chest. This is like squatting for your baby. This is the natural position for pushing out a stool. It’s hard to have a stool lying down.
- Gently pumping the left side of the belly also helps.