Do you know the best part being a blogger for me ? The comments and the mails you sent me. Poor weight gain in babies is a major concern among many parents and I get a lot of mails on that topic.
Though I have written 2 posts earlier on the weight loss of babies and foods to increase weight of babies, I thought of writing a post again on the poor weight gain in babies. I have termed it as shocking or surprising reasons as it won’t be noticed generally or are ignored in real life scenarios. But yes very valid and plays a crucial role in the weight gain.
No, I am not trying to portray that these 3 reasons are the cause of your baby’s inadequate weight. If you are following these, please try to alter and I guarantee you can see an improvement in your baby’s weight and digestion. So let’s begin with the 3 reasons for weight loss in babies.
3 Reasons (Which are Ignored) for Poor Weight Gain in Babies
1. BATHING RIGHT AFTER FEEDING
Do you bathe your baby soon after feeding ? If yes it’s time to change that habit.
FACT : When a baby is fed , it takes time to get digested just like an adult’s body.
If he / she is bathed right after the feeding session, it cools off the body slowing down the digestion process. This inturn leads to slower metabolism in babies.
Constipation,vomiting, indigestion, gas are some of the results of this bathing right after feeding .
This eventually leads to the lesser or low weight in babies. Sounds so irrelevant , but yes plays a very crucial role in the digestion process of a baby.
Its always better to first bathe the baby and then feed or provide food so that the nutrients are well absorbed or digested well.
- BREASTFEEDS OR GIVING WATER BEFORE MAIN MEALS
This is applied in the case of 6M+ babies.
FACT : Breast milk can fill up the baby’s tummy if given before a main meal leading to less intake of food by the baby (say 2-3 teaspoons only).
Same is the case with water. Water if fed before a main meal, fills up the baby’s tummy thereby reducing the food intake .
In worst cases , babies vomit if they are force fed .
Water should be given to babies at the end of the meal. It can also be fed in between meals . But water at the start of the meal is a big NO NO !
- LONG GAP BETWEEN MEALS
This is one of the main reasons for weight loss in babies.
FACT : Long gap between meals develop gas in babies, thereby bloating her tummy for hours .
This in turn leads to rejection of food by babies causing less nutrition gain and eventually weight loss.
Long gap between meals can also lead to indigestion and constipation in babies.
A baby should be fed within 30 minutes of waking up – either a glass of milk / breastfeeds / a fresh fruit. The ideal gap between meals for a baby is 3 to 4 hours.
If you are taking care of the above 3 steps , don’t worry at all.
If not, please take care of it and see the progress in your baby’s weight and metabolism levels.
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