Baby's stomach: he needs to run himself

Baby's stomach: he needs to run himself


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Your baby is born with a complete digestive system. But in practice ... it lacks practice. Some of his digestive faculties require a break-in. The explanations of our specialist.

Suck? he is OK. To disappear, he is more reserved ...

  • Sucking is part of the baggage of innate reflexes, with which your baby tumbles into the world. It is meant to allow him to survive. He is therefore able to suck and let the milk flow in his stomach.
  • On the other hand, swallowing is not an operation as simple as it seems: the tongue presses on the palate and propels the food towards the pharynx; the veil of the palate, aided by the rising larynx, obstructs the airways to avoid false roads; this allows the pharyngeal muscles to move the food quietly to the esophagus ... These chain reactions are not yet in its strings.
  • Also nature has also slipped among its reflexes that said "extrusion", which makes him reject any solid food. It is only around 4 or 5 months that he will accept them ... at the moment of diversification.

Close his flapper? He would like it!

  • During the first months of his life, his oesophageal sphincter (the cardia) - reflex muscle, like those of the larynx and pharynx, which contracts and relaxes without conscious order - is not very toned. So it opens and closes in a somewhat anarchic way between feedings, sometimes resulting in regurgitation. It is only around 6 months that the esophagus / stomach tonicity is effective.

His bowel lacks ... relaxation

  • The intestine is not a simple "drain" pipe. He also has reflex muscular tissues that lack maturity, like the other muscles in his digestive system. Instead of dilating and tightening at the appropriate times, they multiply the false maneuvers: spasms with no interest in evacuation, which cause the infamous colic of the infant or, conversely, the slowing of its transit generating the constipation.

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