When your baby is first born, nothing they do is commonplace. From cooing to eating to pooping, it's all a learning process for both of you. More than that, it doesn't matter if you're a first-time mom or mom of six, each baby is unique and they all have their quirks. It might be easy to pass off a baby who nurses for a long time or one who burps or spits up a lot as a normal part of that baby's personality, but it might not be. Here are eight red flags that your newborn isn't eating enough because you might miss them.
When you notice a red flag, that's something that needs to be diagnosed and treated right away. Early intervention in the case of feeding can save lives. Sometimes it is something as simple as a latch issue or supply, but occasionally more serious concerns like reflux or an anatomical problem can be present which prevent your child from taking in enough nutrition to sustain them and promote healthy growth. It's really scary to think about, but absolutely crucial to keep in mind as your baby begins to grow. The failure to thrive — the condition in which children do not take in enough calories, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians — is very dangerous and can lead to lifelong complications. So keep these red flags in mind.