Digestion Problem In Babies: Treatment And Remedies

“Doctor, my baby doesn’t drink milk!” is quite a common complaint heard by paediatricians. Many times, it is the over expectation of anxious patients causing unnecessary panic. Parents become over-anxious about baby’s health, though baby will be perfectly normal. But due to diet and lifestyle irregularities in mother, and due to some pathological factors in babies, they may suffer from digestion problems.

How to know if the problem is real or perceived?
If your doctor says that the weight of the baby is not matching with her age
If the baby cries or throws tantrums more frequently than usual – hyper-irritability
Changes in consistency of stools
Bad smell from mouth
Vomiting etc symptoms that are explained below.

digestion problem in babies

When to take keen notice?
When the baby travels to a new place
When he tries a new type of food
When there are weather changes
When there is significant changes in the mother’s diet (in cases where mother is breastfeeding the baby)

In Ayurveda a condition by name Ksheeralasaka is mentioned. Ksheera means milk and Alasaka refers to the chronic indigestion.

Features

Features of Ksheeralasaka (Indigestion of the milk/breast milk) :
Acharya Vagbhata (2nd Century AD) explained the feature of Ksheeralasaka as below-
Salilopama mala (watery stool)
Acchamala Vicchinna mala (interrupted stool)
Ama mala (indigested bowel)
Durgandha mala (bad adored stool)
Nanavarna mala (stool with different colours)
Vedananvita mala (pain during defecation) – baby cries while passing stool
Phenila atisara (frothy stool)
Peeta va shweta mutrata (yellow or pale stool)
Vishthambha (occasional constipation)
Trsishna (thirst) – excessive thirst
Jwara (fever)
Chardi (vomiting)
Vijrimbha (excess yawning)
Shushkodgara (dry or plain regurgitation)
Aruchi (tastelessness)
Bhrama (giddiness)
Angabhanga (cutting pain of the body)
Vikshepa (convulsions)
Koojana (sound in the stomach)
Ghrana paka (ulceration in the nose)
Akshipaka (pain and redness of the eyes)
Mukhapaka (mouth ulcers)
Drishti upaplava (turbidity of the eyes)
Swarasada (feeble voice) etc

Causes

Causes for digestion problems in babies: 
Intake of hard to digest food by the mother/cow
Mother or cow fed with excess of heavy, sweet, hard or slimy food and that
Milk/breast milk consumed by the child untimely
Excess intake of milk or breast milk
Seasonal changes, change of place, travel

Line of treatment

Line of Treatment for Milk/Breast milk indigestion:
Vamana (classical emesis) for mother and if required, mild purification procedure to the child
Dosha Shamana (measures to pacify the relative doshas especially Kapha and Vata)
Sthanika chikitsa (Stanopari chikitsa) (Local treatment over the breast like application of medicated paste etc over the mother’s breast)

Related:
Your Child Does Not Eat Well? Causes and Easy Ayurveda Solutions

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Herbs used

Herbs useful  for digestion problems in kids: 
Either a very diluted Kashayam is prepared and administered to the kids or if the baby is breast fed, mother is administered with the Kashayam prepared with below herb (single herb or in combination)
Nagarmotha – Cyperus rotundus
Patha- Cissampelos pareira
Ativisha-Aconitum heterophyllum
Katukarohini-Picrorrhiza kurroa
Celery – Ajamoda
Kirata tikta-Swertia chirata
Giloy – Tinospora cardifolia
Haridra – Turmeric
Daruharidra-Berberis aristata
Punarnava-Boerrhavia diffusa
Vacha-Acorus calamus

Ayurvedic formulations

Formulations useful in for Milk/Breast milk indigestion:
Aravindasava
Shringa bhasma
Pravala bhasma
Jaharamohra pishthi
Kumarakalyana rasa
Vasantamalati rasa
Chaturbhadra choorna

Oils used for baby massage: 
Lakshadi taila
Chandana bala lakshadi taila
Balarka taila

Ayurvedic home remedies

Home remedies to improve digestion in babies: 
20 grams of cumin seeds and 10 grams of dry ginger are taken and made into fine powder. To this equal amount of organic jaggery is added and mixed well. This is made into the bolus of 1-2 gram size. This is given to the breast feeding mother daily twice, after food. This relieves the complaint of breast milk indigestion.

1 gram of Calcified lime (CaOH-Calcium hydroxide) is taken and dissolved in 240 ml of water. After 1-2 hrs this is filtered.2-3 ml of this solution is administered 3 or 4 times a day, to the children. This reduces the chances of indigestion of the milk as well as breast milk.

If the baby has started consuming solid foods, then a small pinch of cumin seed powder can be mixed in the food.

These days, getting pure and non contaminated cow’s milk is a difficult task. So chances of indigestion are very common. A working women may find it difficult to maintain a good feeding frequency so as to fulfil the child’s need as they are not available to feed often whenever child requires. This, again increased the chances of breast milk indigestion. Other than this, the altered food habits of the mothers ( as well as the cow’s of diary ) also causing this kind of discomfort. Hence, much care is really essential to prevent as well as to cure digestion problems in children.
Article by Dr MS Krishnamurthy and Dr Hebbar.

12 thoughts on “Digestion Problem In Babies: Treatment And Remedies”

  1. Sir,my boy is 4 month old he has difficulty in passing stool from 1 week and cries while passing stool still he can’t pass the stool ,and he doesn’t sleep continuous at night and also day time plz suggest me

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  2. Hi, my son is 4 month old and he already stopped breast feeding. He is now on packet milk. And the main issue is the hard stool due to which he always have little blood in stool. We have tried Neopeptine and other enzymes drop but they were of no help. Can you please prescribe something which can make his stool soft?

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    • Bonnisan drops – 5 drops 2 times a day can help. But the infant is too young for online advice. Please consult an Ayurveda doctor directly.

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  3. Hi,my son is 2 months old.after every breast milk feed he will spit out milk compulsory with in few seconds. He will spit out milk Very frequently due to which is not gaining weight.please suggest me regarding this problem

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  4. Hi Doctor,

    My daughter is 1.3 months old. Now a days she is unable to digest the food. She is active & her height & Weight is good as per general doctor but she hardly eats only twice a day & very low quality of food. Please suggest some ayurvedic tonic for digestion

    Thank you

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  5. Hi, avoid honey, as it is slightly hot.
    Soak 5 raisins in water at night. Next day morning, let the boy eat it.

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  6. Doctor, my daughter is 3.5 month old , she has started rejecting milk most of the time , takes feed for really short time and afterward starts crying badly , she is doing this for a month now . At this month checkup her weight gain was below average i am so much worried. Kindly help me out.

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