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STOMACH AND BOWEL DISORDERS AMONG INFANTS

Disorder of the stomach and bowels is one of the most common sources of the diseases of infancy. Only by preventing their causes, and then, all things being equal, the infant will be healthy and flourish, and will usually not need the aid of physicians.

There are many causes which may give rise to these afflictions; many of them appertain to the mother's system, some of the infants.

All are capable, to a great extent, of being prevented or remedied. It is, therefore, most important that a mother should not be ignorant or misinformed about this subject.

It is the prevention of these afflictions, however, that will be principally dwelt upon here. The mother must bear in mind, and act upon the principles’ and that the prevention of disease alone belongs to her and the cure belongs to the physician. 

For the sake of clearness and reference, these disorders will be spoken of as they would normally occur:

To the Infant at the Breast

The infant's stomach and bowels may become infected from the breast-milk becoming tainted or unwholesome.

This may arise from the mother becoming ill herself for some reason or other, a circumstance which should be apparent to her, and to those more immediately interested in her welfare, that it is only necessary just to allude to it here.

Suffice it to say, that there are many causes of a general kind to which it may owe its origin; but that the most frequent is undue lactation, and the effects both upon mother and child fully dwelt upon. 

Anxiety of mind in the mother will cause her milk to be unhealthy in its character, and deficient in quantity, giving rise to flatulence, griping, and sometimes even convulsions in the infant.

A fit of passion in the nurse will frequently be followed by a fit of bowel complain in the child. These causes of course are temporary, and when removed the milk becomes a healthy and sufficient for the child as before.

One case study showed;

Sudden and great mental disturbance, however, will occasionally drive away the milk altogether, and in a few hours. A Mrs. S., 29, a fine healthy woman, of a blonde complexion, mother of a boy.  She had a good time, and a plentiful supply of milk for the child, which she continued to suckle for a period of three months, when her milk suddenly disappeared.

This circumstance puzzled the medical attendant, for he could not trace it to any physical ailment; but the milk never returned, and a wet-nurse became necessary.

When the deranged state of the husband's affairs was made known to the wife, which had been impending since the date when the breast-milk disappeared. The fact at once explained the mysterious disappearance of the milk.

A second case study found:

Unwholesome articles of diet will affect the mother's milk, and derange the infant's bowels.

Once called to see an infant at the breast with diarrhoea. The remedial measures had but little effect so long as the infant was allowed the breast-milk; but this being discontinued, and arrow-root made with water only allowed, the complaint was quickly put a stop to.

Believing that the mother's milk was impaired from some accidental cause which might now be passed, the infant was again allowed the breast. In less than 24 hours, however, the diarrhoea returned. The mother being a very healthy woman, it was suspected that some unwholesome article in her diet might be the cause.

The regimen was accordingly carefully inquired into, when it appeared that ale from a neighbouring publican had been substituted for their own for some time. This proved to be the problem, when it was left to stand a few hours, a considerable amount of sediment settled which proved that it was totally unhealthy altogether to be taken. This was discontinued; good sound ale taken instead; the infant again put to the breast, upon the milk of which it flourished, and never had another attack.

A third case to look at;

In the same way aperient medicine, taken by the mother, will act on the child's bowels, through the effect which it produces upon her milk. This, however, is not the case with all kinds of purgative medicine, nor does the same purgative produce a like effect upon all children. It is well, therefore, for a parent to notice what aperient acts thus through her system upon that of her child, and what does not, and when an aperient becomes necessary for herself, unless she desire that the infant's bowels be moved, to avoid the latter; if otherwise, she may take the former with good effect.

Another to contemplate;

Again; the return of the monthly periods whilst the mother is a nurse always affects the properties of the milk, more or less, deranging the stomach and bowels of the infant.

It will thus frequently happen, that a few days before the mother is going to be unwell, the infant will become fretful and uneasy; its stomach will throw up the milk, and its motions will be frequent, watery, and greenish. And then, when the period is fully over, the milk will cease to purge.

It is principally in the early months, however, that the infant seems to be affected by this circumstance; for it will be generally found that although the milk is certainly impaired by it, being less abundant and nutritious, still, after the third or fourth month it ceases to affect the infant.

Is then a mother, because her monthly periods return after her delivery, to give up nursing?

Certainly not, unless the infant's health is seriously affected by it; for she will generally find that, as the periods come round, by keeping the infant pretty much from the breast, during its continuance, and feeding him upon artificial food, she will prevent disorder of the child's health, and be able in the intervals to nurse her infant with advantage.

It must be added, however, that a wet- nurse is to be resorted to rather than any risk incurred of injuring the child's health; and that, in every case, partial feeding will be necessary at a much earlier period than when a mother is not thus affected.

Becoming pregnant whilst breast feeding;

The milk may also be rendered less nutritive, and diminished in quantity, by the mother again becoming pregnant. In this case, however, the parent's health will chiefly suffer, if she perseveres in nursing; this, however, will again act prejudicially to the child.

It will be wise, therefore, if pregnancy should occur, and the milk disagree with the infant, to resign the duties to nurse, and to put the child upon a suitable artificial diet.

 

The infant that is constantly at the breast will always be suffering, more or less, from flatulence, griping, looseness of the bowels, and vomiting. This is caused by a sufficient interval not being allowed between the meals for digestion. The milk, therefore, passes on from the stomach into the bowels undigested, and the effects just alluded to follow.

Time must not only be given for the proper digestion of the milk, but the stomach itself must be allowed adjust. This must be followed carefully by the mother strictly adhering to those rules for nursing.

 

The bowels of the infant at the breast, as well as after it is weaned, are generally affected by teething. And it is fortunate that this is the case, for it prevents more serious affections.

Indeed, diarrhoea may occur during teething, attention must be paid to it. It will generally be found to be accompanied by a swollen gum; the freely lancing of which will sometimes alone put a stop to the looseness: further medical aid may, however, be necessary. 

 

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At the Period of Weaning

There is a great susceptibility towards upsetting the stomach and bowels of the child at the period when weaning ordinarily takes place, so that great care and judgment must be exercised in effecting this object.

Usually, however, the bowels are upset during this process from one of these causes; from weaning too early, from effecting it too suddenly and abruptly, or from over-feeding and the use of improper and unsuitable food. There is another cause which also may give rise to diarrhoea at this time, independently of weaning, viz. the irritation of difficult teething.

The substitution of artificial food for the breast-milk of the mother, at a period when the digestive organs of the infant are too delicate for this change, is a frequent source of the affections now under consideration.

The attempt to wean a delicate child, for instance, when only six months old, will inevitably be followed by disorder of the stomach and bowels. Unless, therefore, a mother is obliged to resort to this measure, from becoming pregnant, or any other unavoidable cause, if she consult the welfare of her child, she will not give up nursing at this early period. 

Depriving the child at once of the breast, and substituting artificial food, however proper under due regulations such food may and will invariably cause bowel complaints. Certain rules and regulations must be adapted to effect weaning safely, the details of which are given elsewhere.

If too large a quantity of food is given at each meal, or the meals are too frequently repeated, in both instances the stomach will become oppressed, wearied, and deranged; part of the food, perhaps, thrown up by vomiting, whilst the remainder, not having undergone the digestive process, will pass on into the bowels, irritate its delicate lining membrane, and produce flatulence, with griping, purging, and perhaps convulsions.

Then, again, improper and unsuitable food will be followed by precisely the same effects; and unless a judicious alteration is quickly made, remedies will not only have no influence over the disease, but the cause being continued; the baby’s digestive system will become most seriously aggravated.

It is, therefore, of the most importance to the well-being of the child, that at this period, when the mother is about to substitute an artificial food for that of her own breast, she should first ascertain what kind of food suits the child best, and then the precise quantity which nature demands.

Many cases might be cited, where children have never had a prescription written for them, simply because, these points having been attended to and their diet has been managed with judgment and care;

Whilst, on the other hand, others might be referred as to having their life has been put in jeopardy, and all but lost, simply from having a total lack of dietetic management. Over-feeding, and improper types of food, are a more frequently result, of anxious hours and distressing scenes to the parent, and of danger and loss of life to the child, than almost any other causes.

The irritation caused by difficult teething may give rise to diarrhoea at the period when the infant is weaned, independently of the weaning itself.

Such disorder of the bowels, if it manifestly occurs from this cause, is a favourable circumstance, and should not be interfered with, unless indeed the attack is severe and aggravated, when medical aid becomes necessary.

Slight diarrhoea then, during weaning, when it is fairly traceable to the cutting of a tooth (the heated and inflamed state of the gum will at once point to this as the source of the derangement), is of no consequence, but it must not be mistaken for disorder arising from other causes. Lancing the gum will at once, then, remove the cause, and generally cure the bowel complaint.

EXPOSURE OF INFANTS TO OPEN AIR

The respiration of a pure air is at all times, and under all circumstances, indispensable to the health of the infant.

The nursery therefore should be large, well ventilated, in an elevated part of the house, and so situated as to admit a free supply both of air and light. For the same reasons, the room in which the infant sleeps should be large, and the air frequently renewed; for nothing is as prejudicial to its health as sleeping in an impure and heated atmosphere. The practice, therefore, of drawing thick curtains closely round the bed is highly dangerous; they only answer a useful purpose when they defend the infant from any draught of cold air.

The proper time for taking the infant into the open air must, of course, be determined by the season of the year, and the state of the weather.

"A delicate infant born late in the autumn will not generally derive advantage from being carried into the open air, in this climate, till the succeeding spring; and if the rooms in which he is kept are large, often changed, and well ventilated, he will not suffer from the confinement, while he will, most probably, escape catarrhal (discharge of mucus associated with inflammation of mucous membranes, especially of the nose and throat) affections, which are so often the consequence of the injudicious exposure of infants to a cold and humid atmosphere."

If, however, the child is strong and healthy, no opportunity should be lost of taking it into the open air at stated periods, experience daily proving that it has the most invigorating and vivifying influence upon their system.

Regard, however, must always be had to the state of the weather; and to a damp condition of the atmosphere the infant should never be exposed, as it is one of the most powerful exciting causes of consumptive disease.

The nurse-maid, too, should not be allowed to loiter and linger about, thus exposing the infant unnecessarily, and for an undue length of time; this is generally the source of all the problems which accrue from taking the babe into the open air.

What You Can Expect From 7 To 9-Months-Old Babies

Now that your little angel has reached 7 months old.

Time goes by so fast that you don't realize your baby is now able to sit upright without your support or even her own hands. Wow, that must be an incredible feeling seeing her grow so instantly.

For parents of 7 to 9-months-old babies, what else can you find in their physical growths? Well, every baby is not the same. One may have earlier development from the others.

For example, your friend's baby was able to start crawling when he was 8 months old, while yours could do it when she was seven and a half months.

On the other hand, the first baby started teething when he was 6 months old, whereas yours did it when she was 9 months.

So, you really need not to be anxious about your baby's development. She will reach the stage.

What you need to pay attention to is your baby's developmental milestone. This means she should be able to do certain things at particular ages.

It's best for you to make some notes on your baby's growth, such as writing all her new skills in an (online) diary. If you do not want to miss any of your baby's growths, writing the journal will be very exciting.

Adding up cute photos when new things happen will also be a wonderful endeavour. Later on, you'll thank yourself for keeping the memories online as you can see it anytime anywhere. Add up the joy by sharing the site to friends and families.

Now let's go back to the previous topic. If you're a first-time parent, you probably still have a little idea about your baby's development.

Below is a milestone you can use as your guideline. If your baby isn't on her track or doesn't reach many of the stages mentioned here, you may consult it with your baby's paediatrician.

 

Here are some of the milestones for 7 to 9-months-old baby:

1. Sitting upright without support

2. Crawling

3. Teething

4. Babbling

5. Passing things from hand to hand

6. Standing up by holding onto something

7. Waving hands

8. Clapping hands

9. Turning heads when someone calls her

10. Holding her bottles

11. Picking objects up with pincer (thumb-finger) grasp

12. Testing your responses to her behaviour

13. Able to distinguish people she knows and strangers

14. Cruising while holding onto the wall or other furniture

 

The older your baby, the more skills she may have. If your baby is not able to do some of these things, don't worry too much. It does not mean a problem. She'll reach the phase in the perfect time, soon enough.

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Laurie Mills

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This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.

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