The crying of babies is their way of communicating with us and asking us for help to do something, and the logical reaction of parents is to try to calm the babies, return them to a calm state where they are well again.
One of those moments is when they want to poop and they can’t, and it’s a hard time because parents want to do something and they don’t know what, and they see the baby straining, turning red, arching and crying without success. It is what is known as baby’s disquecia , and today we are going to tell you what it is.
Baby disquecia, but isn’t that constipation?
When an adult cannot defecate, he suffers, complains, makes efforts and feels pain to pass the stool because it is hard and relatively large. It is what we know as constipation . For this reason, parents usually make a rule of three when we see the same symptoms in our baby: he complains, makes efforts, cries, turns red, arches and seems to suffer to poop. Then he does it, at the end, and then he is quiet. Conclusion? We think you have constipation, because everything matches.
However, not everything coincides, because what motivates these symptoms in adults is that the stool is hard, but when babies poop they make it unmade, practically liquid, with some lumps, but totally soft. They only tend to make it rather pasty, with more density, when they drink artificial milk, which is digested worse than breast milk.
That is why babies are not said to have constipation , despite behaving the same when pooping, because if you give an adult with constipation a laxative, they will start to make more liquid poop and the discomfort will disappear but if you give it to a baby You will get it to make the poop even more liquid than it already does, but the discomfort will continue to be present on many occasions. And that is because what the baby has is not constipation, but the so-called disquecia of the infant .
But what is an infant’s disquecia?
It sounds like illness, or something that needs to be fixed, but it really isn’t. It is something normal and natural that many babies suffer and that disappears as time passes, like so many “ills” of babies in the first weeks.
The infant’s disquecia is an asynchronism between what the baby wants to do and what he actually does, due to immaturity. I always explain it, in a colloquial way, saying that “the baby squeezes to poop but in his impetus to squeeze he ends up squeezing the butt, the sphincter, and he can’t get it out.”
A slightly more technical definition would be the one that you can read in the lactation forum of the Spanish Association of Pediatrics, where a member of the committee responds to a parent by explaining it in this way:
There is a condition called “infant disquecia” which is defined as at least 10 minutes of exertion and crying before the emission of loose stools in children under 6 months. It is believed that it occurs because the baby makes the efforts to push with the anal sphincter closed, and that is why it costs him. When the sphincter opens, the stool comes out without difficulty and the crying stops. It is a benign condition that usually improves spontaneously.
Come on, it is not a disease or a symptom of anything, but something very common in babies whose cure is patience and time , and in between, some massages on the belly (in the sense of clockwise) to combine with the flexion of the legs pressing a little on the abdomen (without going overboard), in case in one of those he managed to loosen the poop.
And you can not give him infusions or stimulate the anus?
The infusions are not usually recommended because they are not going to help the baby poop (remember, the poop is already liquid or soft, and the problem is that the baby does force but does not open the sphincters), and because, despite reassuring Parents, who feel that they are doing something for their babies, what is provoked is the feeling that even normal aspects of babies have to be treated, considering them pathological and causing, in the long run, they end up medicating more processes than necessary .
Come on, you start with this and you can end up giving syrup for anything, or looking for a remedy for everything, and taking the child anywhere as long as they fix the other things that are not even a problem: he seems to drool a lot , that it seems that a tooth might bother him, that I have seen a pimple, that I have seen a runny nose, that yesterday he was crying and did not know why, that he eats little, that he eats a lot, that he does not stop still, that he is very stopped , who sleeps a lot, who sleeps little, who …
The stimulation of the anus is the typical advice to put the tip of the thermometer in the baby’s anus and make small rotary movements, matches with oil, the tip of a suppository or a sprig of parsley, which end up causing the stool to come out. . It is a remedy that works but is not recommended for use in babies. because there is a risk of making the baby’s anus respond more, then, to external stimuli than to internal ones (increased pressure in the intestines due to poop). accumulated). Come on, you can get used to pooping only when stimulated, and then not only will we not have solved the disquecia (which solves itself), but we will have made it worse.