Being a parent is undoubtedly not an easy thing to do, especially when you’re just welcoming your newborn to the world. Every little thing could be seemed severe, as you’re not familiar yet with the whole parenting matter. Such a thing as newborn stomach gurgling could become an issue and makes you wonder if there’s something wrong with your sweetheart.
Is It Normal?
Yes, it’s completely normal. So rest your worry aside. Newborn stomach gurgling is not a dangerous thing. Stomach gurgling is the sound that comes from your baby’s digestive system, indicate that there’s a food supply inside. This is the main reason you could hear it, mainly when feeding your baby.
Aside from gurgling, you might hear other sounds such as tinkling and rumbling. Those sounds are the part of digestion that can frequently happen, even every 30 seconds to 1 minute. While you may be startled by those sounds, especially when they’re loud, things are probably okay.
Why is The Newborn’s Stomach Gurgling?
When food supply, or milk in babies’ case, is entering the stomach, it makes some sounds—like gurgling, tinkling, or rumbling. Those sounds are an indication that the digestive system of your newborn is working well.
Digestion is not a silent process, just like how our stomach growl when got hungry. Adult digestion makes sounds too, but we can’t always hear them. Babies are so tiny so that you can listen to those sounds straight through them.
Generally, stomach gurgling doesn’t cause discomfort for your newborn. But it may be painful if it gets caught up in some other places, like a curve of intestines for a while. The pain can lead to crying and even interfering with the baby’s sleep.
Other Reasons Beside Digestive System
Not only because of digestion but stomach gurgling also can be caused by other reasons. Here they are:
Just like us, babies’ stomachs can also make noises when they’re hungry. It’s because the empty stomach is moving around with just the air, then you can hear a growling sound. Remember that babies get hungry frequently so that you can feed them again after two hours.
Yes, your baby may not eat any food yet. But you do. When you’re breastfeeding, the food you consume might lead to stomach upset, not only yours but also your baby’s. The typical food that causes stomach upset is dairy, caffeine, spicy and acidic food.
Gas and air
Aside from milk, it may be gas and air movement that leads to generating the sound. They’re moving through the digestive system so that you may hear some rumbling from your baby’s stomach. Just like food supply, those won’t cause discomfort unless they get trapped.
Like mentioned before, the stomach can trap the sound in some other places. This mostly happens when the baby is in the wrong position, and it’ll cause discomfort. You can put your baby on the shoulder and gently pat their back or butt.
Better Than Nothing At All
While the sounds from your baby’s stomach might be startling and worrisome, they’re better than no sound at all. The sounds are trying to tell you that your baby is doing well, especially their digestive system. Aside from that, the sounds can also indicate problems if they’re sounded different from usual.
For example, the sound usually is deep and rumbling, but suddenly it sounds high-pitched or squealing. Or you didn’t hear any sound at all. Those may be signs of grave matter, and you should consult the pediatrician.
Things You Need to Watch Out for
If stomach gurgling is normal, then how do you know whether your newborn has digestive problems? Here are the common signs: vomiting, spitting up, and diarrhea. When you find your baby has those signs and it happens frequently, those may indicate digestive problems.
But don’t be panic. Consult your pediatrician to get the proper handling and care. The expert examination will tell you what’s the problem and how to overcome it. It’ll be better if you get your baby the checkup routinely so that you can monitor their health condition.
You can also learn baby massage to treat stomach upset and avoid digestive problems. Don’t forget to keep your baby upright for about 20 minutes after feeding, so the digestion process can go well. You can also get your baby a warm bath or compress for them to get better.