Grunting Baby Syndrome

Parenthood is definitely a huge phase in any parent’s life. First couple of months are particularly difficult to cope with as the amount of new experiences tops out at one’s usual limit. What makes this particularly hard are emotions and significant amount of energy being focused towards baby’s welfare, so any type of disturbance may trigger panic or anxiety; this is completely normal and if you’re struggling with some of these issues then you simply need to educate yourself on the matter, which will make it easier to understand what’s going on and what can you actually do about it. Obviously, the biggest problem new parents experience are those intense baby crying screams which aren’t remotely pleasant to anyone. The crying gets worse with the littlest of problems such as a bit of constipation or something simply new to the baby itself such as bowel movement.

Is grunting something to worry about?

Babies are hardwired to cry and grunt whenever they feel the need for attention of any kind, whether this is feeding, thirst, fear, a bad dream – everything. Of course, if the baby experiences pain, it will make you aware of it by grunting heavily. This commonly happens with babies as they are learning to control their bowel movement since this is something completely new and awkward at first. Because of this you might think that your baby is constipated, but in reality it is just struggling to move the stool. In most occasions this is as normal as it gets and you shouldn’t really worry at that point. As long as your baby does eventually pass the stool (wait for one day max) the grunting should seize and your baby now has a new skill, which is obviously fairly useful later in life.

Does grunting baby syndrome even exist?

Officially, no. This “syndrome” is more of a phase than a medical condition or a disorder which needs to be treated. This is just a normal phase in any human being’s life which initiates realization of having a body and what should you do with it. Since this is such a basic function of our bodies, it needs to be properly assessed during this early period in life so that future possible complications are avoided. It’s really the same when you’re baby learns to talk, walk, respond to a certain signal etc. Frustration is a part of growing up!

Be careful with treatment

Chances are fairly low if you’re breastfeeding your baby that constipation will follow. Even if it does, it’s just a matter of weeks before intestine bacteria turns to life, making digestion easier and smooth. It’s easy to misplace baby’s grunts of frustration with pain experienced during constipation, so it’s important to have a clear mind on the whole situation and don’t overdo the treatment. Best you can do at home is to take a Q-tip and gently brush over the baby’s anus which might help in activating some of the nerve endings which are related to bowel movement.

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