Belly Pain in Children Infants
General home treatment measures for infants with abdominal pain include:
- Avoid exposing the infant to cigarette smoke.
- Avoid enemas and laxatives.
- Assure plenty of rest.
- Try a warm bath.
- Be sure the infant is not over-fed, under-fed or thirsty.
- Give the infant clear liquids only for 24 hours, and then slowly advance to a soft diet before returning to solid foods.
- For vomiting, provide small sips of water constantly until vomiting stops.
- If the child is breast feeding, the mother should stop caffeine, nicotine, antihistamines or stimulants.
- Avoid cough or cold medicines.
Home treatment for infants under 3 months old diagnosed with colic:
- Allow more time for sleep during the night and reduce nap time during the day.
- Make sure the room is quiet and dark where the child sleeps.
- Place the baby on his or her back when you lie the baby down to sleep.
- Avoid medication for colic.
- Continue breast feeding every 2 hours. Infants who are hungry after breast feeding may require formula feedings.
- Soothing, gentle activities, such as rocking or a car ride can reduce the effects of colic.
- Allow your baby to cry himself or herself to sleep after 30-60 minutes of cuddling and feeding. Cuddle with the child again if the he or she continues crying for 15-30 additional minutes.
- Try a lactose-free formula, such as ProSobee.
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