Growth spurts in babies: how to recognize and deal with them?

What is an infant growth spurt?

But what happens today? Your baby, who seems to have slowed down over the weeks and has settled into a fairly regular routine, suddenly becomes gluttonous, insatiable, even irritated… and a bit difficult to understand, I have to say! No need to worry, he’s probably in full growth spurt, or “peak day” : a stage in its development who needs more food, milk, feedings. As the pediatrician explains:

“You should know that a baby’s first year is when they grow the fastest, the most impressive of their entire existence, going from 50cm (on average) to 75cm in 12 months.”

And the expert puts it more precisely: “With this never-linear growth, we don’t always develop at the same pace sudden high calcium requirement and food intake.” Knowledge is important and helps to better understand one’s development and better manage changes.

When do these famous growth spurts occur in children?

Vernacular often speaks of the 3-6-9 rule, ie 3 weeks, 6 weeks, 9 weeks, then 3 months, 6 months, 9 months… The reality is a little more variable: these numbers are only indications and these famous peak days may vary depending on the baby, which are not programmed machines . A first often occurs in the first days of life between 7 and 10 days, then another around 3 weeks, then around 6 weeks … but can also occur at 4 and 8 weeks depending on the child. “What is certain, the pediatrician continues, is that the development is still in this first year of dazzling growth very quickly in the first few weeks, then the peaks gradually become rarer as the year progresses. The smaller the child, the faster it grows.”

At least this one growth spurts are important and normal. And paediatricians and general practitioners are extreme watch their diet because the growth and weight gain of children are dependent on food intake. However, it is quite normal not to grow at all or always at the same rate and to observe fluctuations.

The signs are often noticeable, especially in a nursing mother who will be very busy. During a growth spurt or phase, the baby’s behavior changes. Baby during spikes will suddenly:

  • insatiablea growing child is hungry more often;
  • his rhythm is disturbed his sleep also, he may wake up more often because of hunger;
  • it is very demandingor even “glue pot”;
  • fatigue on the part of the nursing mother;
  • Nipples solicited even in a nursing mother, even cracks.

But remember, a growth spurt is a normal and natural phenomenon that occurs in a healthy child. But, if your child is not wellthat he’s irritable, even whiny, that he has a fever, so his behavior and crying can’t be from a growth spurt. If in doubt, it is better to consult your pediatrician.

heavy breastfeeding

In this context, the mother who is breastfeeding her child sometimes finds it difficult to follow the impression that the baby spend the day at the breast. Baby only calms down when eating and feedings associated with it a much faster pace. It has to be said that the breasts and milk intake need some time to adjust to this sudden new demand.

A less noticeable tip from the bottle

However, on the bottle feeding side, growth spurts, if present, canLess disturbing of everyday life, because it is enough to suggest larger doses of bottles to soothe the infant, and in addition, infant formulas anticipate the child’s future needs (Resource 1).

How long does a growth spurt last?

Are you in your baby’s best days? Hold tight ! It should just last 24 to 72 hours on average, although this varies from child to child. But yes, it will pass, especially if you give your child what they need.

The first thing to do is to overcome these growth spurts that interrupt the baby’s first year and especially the first months and to better support him during this phase to respond to the baby’s request, and follow his rhythm. “Of course we follow the baby’s progress within reason (especially with bottles), but we respond to his needs,” confirms the pediatrician. “These are times when the baby’s skeleton is there has a high calcium and milk requirementthere is no reason to deny him,” she concludes.

In order to get through this moment better, it is advisable to adopt a few habits.

Be patient

Most importantly, remember that these growth spurts are completely normal and temporary. Take care of yourself and your baby and stay patient: This is a great year for your baby’s development.

Try to rest

Being ultra in demand as a parent or mom isn’t easy, and you need to think of yourself too. Take it easy during growth spurts Get help with daily tasks that makes you tired.

make yourself available

To provide for your child’s needs, sit down in “Breastfeed as needed” and snuggly moments. When your baby sleeps in your room (in his cradle), you can breastfeed at any time without having to move. In addition, you have the sling to respond quickly to your baby’s appetite , the skin to the skin that can soothe him. momentquite merged.

Pay attention to breastfeeding and breasts

To keep up and not suffer too much when you’re breastfeeding, adopt a healthy lifestyle that benefits both of you: balanced meals, much waterrest, Herbal teas to promote milk production

And if you have many questions about how best to adjust your breastfeeding (Source 2) during this “high” period of your baby’s growth, don’t hesitate to give us a callto a midwife or lactation consultant.

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