Grunting Baby syndrome and treatment


Babies are known to make all kinds of different noises and sometimes (all the time) you may overreact to some of these. Despite being a normal thing, baby’s sobbing and outcries might actually mean something, but it’s important that you keep your head cool at all times. Babies simply don’t know themselves and what muscles need to be contracted in order to do a certain function, which is a difficult time for the baby as well as the parent, because the cries will be intensive and scary.

In most cases, babies are having difficulties understanding how to motivate their bowels to work. Coordination of muscles is critical here, which needs some time to be fully adapted and practiced. This causes their faces to turn red, almost purple and there are no further steps in terms of crying intensity, this is the peak. The problem can be easily dealt with by manual stimulation of the anus region, but there are some drawbacks to this method which I’ll be discussing a bit later, as it’s not always recommended. Other than that, there aren’t many methods of helping your baby other than letting it learn its own body and physiological mechanics along the way.

What is the grunting baby syndrome?

Once you get over the first comical impression of this syndrome, you’ll see that it’s quite overrated online and there is simply too much panic enveloped around it. Babies who are grunting usually experience regular stool, but will cramp up and seem to have issues with releasing it. If the baby starts to grunt when the stool is about to come out, and I mean really grunt (turning purple), there is a high chance of your baby dealing with this syndrome in particular.

This syndrome is caused by a simple lack of experience. A newborn baby needs time to learn about her/his body and this is a period all babies need to go through. It is unfortunate that they experience it in such intensive manner, but what can you do. As long as your newborn baby is being fed according to some general rules, it shouldn’t experience any type of digestive issues. Not understanding how to get that stool out is another type of a problem which is easily dealt with and there are no treatments or god forbid medications to be used.


Grunting baby syndrome should never be misplaced with constipation. Your baby’s digestive system is still developing – constipation usually follows in the later date and may be caused with some bacteria imbalances or possibly a bad diet routine.

What to do?

What you shouldn’t do is more important here. Don’t even think about giving any type of constipation medication to your baby, especially without doctor’s surveillance or advice. You should contact your baby’s physician in order to go through a regular checkup just to make sure that the problem is related to grunting baby syndrome and nothing more serious. Even if there is constipation, you can use a piece of cotton or a thermometer to motivate these muscles to work. Even during all that out crying noise your baby will feel these impulses and this might be enough for it to contract these muscles and voila – the problem is solved just like that.

Of course, this procedure might need to be repeated more than a couple of times in order to work and you will need to stay strong during this period. There aren’t many things out there in the world which are more intensive than your own baby’s cry, but it’s something both you and your baby need to go through.

You shouldn’t overuse the cotton method though, as this might have some possibly annoying consequences in the future. The best and most difficult way for you psychologically is to let your baby get to know itself more. Crying as intensively actually motivates the right muscle groups so if your baby is cramping up intensively and there is a confirmed condition of grunting baby syndrome, your baby is on the right track. Just let her get through this difficult period and use cotton methods or seek out any different methods of treatment if the problem persists for more than a single month.

In case your baby’s stomach feels swollen or you think that there might be something else causing your baby to cry, consult your doctor as soon as you can so that you eliminate any doubts and worries the proper way.