However, there are times when due care and attention are required, and you need to care and understand accordingly.
While most of the baby’s gurgling and squirming noises are typical and nonsensical, and often when they just seem sweet and hapless, it must be noted that heavy grunting can be an indication of digestive irritability syndrome.
Simply, In certain cases, grunting forms part of a collecting of symptoms, or syndrome and is a sign for help.
Grunting sounds, in most cases, are related to digestion. Phew ..
It may be as simple as a baby still getting used to their mother’s milk, or the baby food he or she is receiving may be causing some digestive troubles.
Their little bodies and constitution are still developing, hence all the grunting.
We need to remember that.
Sometimes the food simply causes gas (we’ve all been there), and that gas can cause pressure in their tummy which can make them uncomfortable.
Leading to these wondrous noises emitting from the baby monitor in the nursery at 3 am.
Being so young they really haven’t learned how to deal with digesting food yet.
Most of the time this food moving through the digestive system to the point of excretion is usually involuntary or to simply put it, “it just happens.”
Sometimes the by product of all that squirming and grunts.
To be more precise, they haven’t yet figured out how to relax the pelvic floor while also using abdominal pressure to move gas and stool through their system without having to stress about it.
Grunting shouldn’t be confused with constipation, which is the most common misconception.
The digestive system related grunting will continue for a few months up until the newborn learns how to produce bowel movement and/or pass gas without having to grunt.
So don’t worry, this is all very typical for a young baby.
This marvel is even called “Grunting Baby Syndrome (GBS).”
It’s fairly common and rarely a sign of something serious with your baby, or a need for intervention.
If the problem isn’t serious, it will resolve by itself.
As time passes, the newborn will learn how to relax their anus while pushing with their abdomen.
Through trial and error, they will learn how to do that which will lead to less digestive issues and less stress when the baby needs to excrete its stool.
It’s all natural.
SHOULD I SEEK MEDICAL ADVICE ?
The grunting and strains of a healthy newborn baby learning how to excrete stool and to manage its digestive system is different from a sick baby.
Grunting chronically with every breath is not normal and maybe signs of said syndrome.
Grunting at the end of every breath, at the end of every exhale is a sign of a respiratory problem.
If your baby is showing signs of a syndrome, chronically grunting and/or has other issues, then they need to be checked by a doctor.
Even more so if they have a fever or appears under intense distress, seeking medical attention is advised immediately.
Even if there is a serious problem, catching it early is key.
This increases the chance that your newborn’s condition will be sorted not only sooner and successfully.