Tummy troubles can be frustrating for babies and concerning for parents as confirmed by global surveys conducted on behalf of Abbott Nutrition.
2 out of 3 young children around the world experience some form of tummy trouble, such as gas and fussiness, that prompts parents to see their paediatrician.1
Recognizing Tummy Troubles
It’s common for babies to experience discomfort after feeding as their digestive systems are still developing. A baby’s tummy is about the size of a marble in the beginning and about the size of a ping pong ball by day 3.+, 2
+ The use of marble / ball models to represent newborn stomach capacity may be useful only as a representation of breast milk intake during the early newborn period.
Moms’ Experiences Across The Globe
According to moms around the world, feeding issues are common.3 The top symptoms that moms said their child experienced while on formula are spit-up, excessive gas and constipation.
Older Children Still Experience Tummy Troubles Up To 4 Years Old4
Across the 6 countries surveyed, 3 out of 4 moms said their children between 18 months to 4 years old experienced a digestive health issue. Constipation & diarrhoea were the top symptoms reported by these moms.
Searching For Solutions
Parents often recognize the symptoms of feeding issues, and should work with their paediatrician or health care practitioner to determine the best feeding option for their child. If breastfeeding, work with your health care professional to continue.
1 Abbott global tolerance survey 2008, n=5000.
2 Spangler AK. et; al, J Hum Lact. 2008, 24(2):199-205.
3 Nielson Global Report for Abbott: Assessing the Incidence of Formula Tolerance & Feeding Issues. January, 2009.
4 Ipsos InnoQuest Formula Tolerance Incidence Study. January, 2014, n=1610.