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Dear Dr Suri,

Our newborn (just 20 days old) seems to be struggling a lot to either digest or pass gas/bowel movements.

- His face turns red and then dark with the force he is trying to exert. He folds and turns his hands, pushes his legs. Of late we see him spitting milk sometimes (undigested milk).

He is in this state most of the times when he is awake. He evens gets up from sleep with this discomfort. Here's a video of him in this state:
The video is short but he keeps doing this for 30-45 mins and then falls to sleep tired, gets up and starts doing this again.

We have tried gas drops, it didn't help much. Thinking of trying homemade ghutti.

Could you please give us some advice on handling this? Its becoming too painful to watch and manage.


Your baby appears to be healthy. I hope he has been examined by a Pediatrician to make sure there is no problem. Occasional spitting is normal. If he gains weight normally there is nothing to worry. Make sure you burp him after every feed. I hope he is only breastfed. Mother should always sit and feed.
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Dr. Arun Kumar Suri


I can answer questions in the field of general pediatrics-questions regarding the development of children, immunization, feeding, weaning and common childhood problems like fever, cough and recurrent illness. Many of these topics are dealt with on my website Healthy Family Happy Family. Often a mother imagines that her child is sick when in fact there is no problem. Such a mother needs explanation and reassurance. I will not be able to answer specific questions regarding diagnosis.


I have more than 20 years of experience as a Pediatrician. I have been involved in the care of premature babies and also many critically ill children.

I am attached to a Mission hospital in a small town in the Kannur dist. of Kerala in India. I also have my private clinic in a nearby place.

Most of my articles are on my website Healthy Family Happy Family. I have also contributed articles to Ezine Articles and Article City. I believe that Pediatrics is more than treating diseases in children. I advocate holistic approach to child health and problems of children giving equal importance to physical, psychological and spiritual health of children.

M.B.B.S. D.C.H. I have completed a distant course in adolescent health conducted by IMA AKN SINHA INSTITUTE. I have also completed an online course on Ayurvedic care of children conducted by Jiva Institute.

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