Feeding issues are very common in babies, especially during the first few months of life. Feeding difficulties can manifest as regurgitation, constipation or behavioural changes. The reasons behind this are often unclear, however physiological immaturity or an inability to break down certain components in milk may contribute.
It is estimated that feeding issues occur in up to 55%1 of all infants. Although it usually resolves as the baby matures, it can cause a lot of distress and anxiety for the parents as well as the infant.
This section contains information and resources covering different feeding issues in babies including colic, constipation, reflux and lactose intolerance. It offers an explanation of possible causes, how the conditions may be managed and summaries of the latest publications on these topics.
- Colic distresses babies and families – offer advice that it resolves in time
- Over half of infants aged 0–6 months will get constipation
- Symptoms may be relieved by formulas in the SMA® Nutrition range
- Colic and reflux are common but usually resolve on their own
- For bottle-fed babies healthcare professionals (HPCs) can advise on formulas which may help
- HPCs can provide support and expert advice
- Iacono G et al. Dig Liver Dis 2005; 37: 432–438.