Fussy Baby? Infant Tummy Troubles Explained

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It’s simple. What goes in must come out. In an ideal baby world, that’s exactly what happens – smiles and coos included. But in real life, it’s just not that simple. Your baby’s fussiness is more often than not nothing to be worried about, but you should definitely consult with your pediatrician with any concerns. In the meantime, here are some tummy troubles explained.


Oh, that dreaded word! Your baby may have colic if he or she cries for more than three hours in a row, more than three days a week, for more than three weeks for no apparent reason. It is not a disease and it is not caused by gas. But having a gassy belly can make it worse for your little one. While there’s no magic cure, sometimes it's due to sensitivity to the milk proteins in some baby formulas. If your pediatrician agrees, it may be worth trying Similac Expert Care® Alimentum.

All babies have gas. Some just have more than others. Gas is a natural part of the digestive process that occurs as food is broken down. It also occurs when babies swallow air when feeding or crying. Signs of gas are excessive fussiness during and after feedings, a swollen belly, and pulling his or her legs toward the chest. Burping is a one way to get that gas out of the belly, and bouncing and massaging can also help. Another option is to try an easy-to-digest, milk-based formula such as Similac Sensitive® or Similac Sensitive® Non-GMO.

Diarrhea and Constipation
Diarrhea can be caused by an infection or an inability to digest certain nutrients in the food. Constipation can be caused by dehydration, starting on solid foods, or a medical condition that can be diagnosed by your pediatrician. Check out Similac’s Diaper Decoder for a look at what’s normal and what’s not.

Spit-up is another world for reflux. Your baby’s tummy is really, really tiny and can only hold small amounts of milk at a time. Spitting up can happen when your baby burps, eats too much, or swallows air. Similac® for Spit-Up is a formula that has been clinically proven to help reduce frequent spit-ups!

Some tummy troubles are more persistent than others, some are seemingly inexplicable, and some can be eased simply by switching to a new formula. Knowing that every tummy is unique, Similac® offers a Tummy Care Guarantee. If your baby’s tummy doesn’t agree with the Similac formula you bought, you can try another Similac product for free!

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