When babies are born, they aren’t fully developed and in some cases, they may have issues coordinating their muscles around. A grunting baby may be a sign of such issues, especially if this is caused by digestive issues the baby is having. It will cry and cramp a lot as this is her own reaction to the problem she’s having which is a good thing as it will activate the appropriate muscles in time.
This condition is nothing to be deadly afraid of, but it’s still necessary to acknowledge it and help your baby get through this rough period of her life. Most of the time, doctors and parents might confuse grunting baby syndrome with typical constipation which is a common occurrence with most babies, but this carries some specific symptoms.
Grunting cry is a slightly deeper tone cry, which motivates the lower abdominal muscles to pulsate a bit. With this, the bowel movement will be motivated as there is muscle activation on the external part. During this process, your baby might turn purple or blue due to intensive strain and stress she’s going through and the cry itself might be too much for you to handle. You’ve probably watched dozens of movies where worried mothers called their doctors the moment when they realized that they can get her baby to stop crying – this is very similar.
Despite the overall worrying impression of your baby’s cries, this is something she needs to go through. It’s definitely difficult for the parents to handle such excessive cries, and there is little you can do about it. Physical motivation to the anus might prove to be helpful, as this will motivate the rectum muscles and establish a balance between the bowels and abdominal muscles, which are usually all contracted in order to pass the stool.
Otherwise, grunting baby treatment should be done with patient and systematic approach. It’s most important for you not to panic and seek for suspicious advices, god forbid medications, as this is really unnecessary. Your baby simply needs to strengthen the muscles included in the process of passing the stool and over time this will get treated on its own.
The whole process is important for the baby so that he or she knows how to pass the stool. It’s a process of flexing one part of the body while relaxing the other – abdominal muscles are very important here as well as anus muscles which need to be relaxed during this process. By gently motivating the anus muscles to loosen up with a cotton ball you may help your baby understand what needs to be done, but even if this doesn’t happen immediately, don’t panic. Over time the issue will be resolved and as long as your baby is keeping a solid dieting discipline, the stool’s integrity and texture shouldn’t change. In case it does, the grunting baby syndrome may happen again, which is also normal. You may want to discuss the issue with your doctor for more reassurance.