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Your newborn turns red as a tomato because he wants to poop and he can't. After many attempts, he succeeds! but their poop is squishy and runny instead of hard. Constipation of the baby? No, what happens to your son is that he has infantile disquecia, a difficulty to defecate due to a lack of control and coordination of the muscles that participate in this process. And they are very young and, among the things they have to learn, is pooping, something that for us we have very internalized.
The infantile disquecia is a disorder related to evacuation of stool and gases of the newborn, it is benign and, normally, it resolves spontaneously after a few days or weeks. It is accompanied by bouts of crying, screaming, nervousness, and facial flushing, something that makes parents quite worried and nervous.
It should be noted that crying is the form of communication that newborns have to show their discomfort. Many times this crying is inconsolable, producing a significant state of anxiety in the parents. In this sense, parents should be calm, to try to calm the baby.
It is very common to confuse it with the constipation of the newborn, but it's not the same. Whereas in constipation the stool is hard and dry (and usually in the form of pellets), in infant disquecia stools, as is normal in a breastfed newborn, are soft, or semi-liquid. But then why does this disorder occur? When does it usually appear?
The newborn disquecia It is produced by the lack of coordination between the increase in abdominal pressure (to try to expel the stool) and the increase in pressure in the sphincters. Thus, the baby will try to squeeze the abdomen (to evacuate stool), but will not be able to because it keeps the anal sphincter closed. That is, it is what the newborn wants to do, but cannot. And it is that, infant disquecia it is nothing other than the immaturity of the newborn elimination system.
But when does this mess appear? It usually arises in the first six months of the baby's life, and as we mentioned before, it spontaneously resolves after a while.
And, now that we know what this disorder is and, above all, that it happens quickly, it is time to know what should be done to relieve the baby of pain when a crisis occurs and what is strictly prohibited.
- Put him on the chest to try to calm him down
If we can calm the baby down, he will relax and his anal sphincter will tend to open, and thus he will be able to expel stool and gas. Once he newborn has evacuated, it will definitely be calmer. And it is that, the crying and the discomfort of the baby will stop when, in fact, he has expelled the feces and gases.
- Bend her legs over her tummy
In this way, we will be able to increase the pressure on the anal sphincter, and we will achieve that, little by little, the gases come out.
- Calm the abdomen area
Put local heat on the newborn's abdomen (either with a recently ironed garment, or with a previously heated bag of seeds, always taking care not to burn him. Never use electric blankets)
On the other hand, the infantile disquecia It generates a lot of concern in parents, who want to improve it by stimulating the child's anus (either with sticks, thermometers, with oil or creams ...). This practice is not recommended at all, since the baby can get used to external stimuli to defecate. Of course, laxatives should not be used either.
Infant disquecia supposes a significant interference in the quality of life of the child and, consequently, of his parents, who need an affirmation that their little one does not suffer from any disease, and that he does not require treatment.
It just takes a little time for your stool and gas evacuation system matures. Little by little you will be able to eliminate them without any problem. Patience! In less than six months, the disquecia will be resolved.
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