This is a stage where the infants are changing their courses and begins to ask for more foods every hour, and yet he acts like he is ready to have a large meal, making a mother curious if the milk she is giving to her baby is not sufficient. He is not starving alright but he is acting like one. He is experiencing the initial period of growth spurts in infants, which is the first stage of five he will be undergoing until his first year. During these stages, the baby will grow bigger and his weight may likely be triple.
What are some signs of growth spurts in babies?
- The infant will crave for some more milk and foods. Although he is breastfed every two or three hours, the baby would likely to ask for another round of milk. It is normal thing for the infant growth spurts. Every time the baby would like to be breastfed, the more stimulation of milk production that need for his increasing appetite. Grown up babies would want to have their milk and solid foods at the same time.
- The baby will be fussy. During his feeding time, he will be hard to please because he wants to have more milk and he is not satisfied of the amount he is getting. He is also irritable and touchy on night times.
How will a mother deals with the growth spurts in infants?
It is really hard for both the mother and the baby to have enough relaxing time and sleep. It is really very exhausting for mothers to have a cranky baby to breastfeed, almost twenty four hours, and seven days a week. It is advisable for mothers to drink plenty of liquid to prevent dehydration, eat nutritious foods and have a helper to do the household chores and just sit tight and try to relax by watching favorite television programs.
What are the common times for growth spurts in babies?
Babies’ growth spurts are experience during the several days and around seven to ten days, two to three weeks, one month to twelve weeks, four months, half year and on the ninth month. Babies will do or act differently and the infant growth spurts normally do not stop after his first year. Mothers will notice the spurts of growth every several months up to the toddler period and through the baby’s teenage years.
How to handle the growth spurts in infants.
There is a need for a mother to listen to her body. If she feels weak due to the increase numbers of breastfeeding the baby, it is necessary for her to eat a complete meal, drinking lots of water and fresh juice, and have a time to exercise for her stamina and strength. She may follow the leading of her baby. Infants will get more milk by the frequency of being breast fed. It is not prescribed by pediatricians to give the baby with supplements during his growth spurts. The supplement foods will only cause a problem in the natural flow or supply and demand of a mother’s milk production and will prevent mother’s body from understanding the message to make more milk during the growth spurts in babies.