Feeding issues are very common in babies, especially during the first few months of life. Difficulties can manifest as regurgitation, constipation or behavioural changes. The reasons for this are often unclear, however physiological immaturity or an inability to break down certain components in milk may be responsible.

Research shows that functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) occur in up to 55% of all infants in the first 6 months of life.1 Although they can cause a lot of distress and anxiety for parents, they usually resolve as the baby matures.

This section covers many topics – including colic, constipation, reflux and lactose intolerance. Explanations of possible causes and management techniques can provide reassurance for parents. 

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  1. Iacono G et al. Dig Liver Dis 2005; 37: 432–438.