Large Baby’s Stomach From Birth To 12 Months Of Age?

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At night, my child is 12 months old. From the beginning of the birth of 3 days my son got yellow and his stomach was rather large, he continued to seek treatment finally thank God yellow disappeared at the age of 6 months, but the stomach is still large, I still continue my child’s treatment in the abdomen with an ultrasound at the hospital, after checking everything is normal, there is no problem … and until my child walks 12 months, his stomach is still large, weighing 12kg. I’m a little worried, is it normal for a big belly in a baby?

1 Answer:

Hello Esti Pratiwi,

Yellow in newborns or also called neonatal jaundice, caused by a buildup of bilirubin. Yellow is most easily seen first in the sclera (the whites of the eyes) and when it is severe it can be observed in the baby's feet and hands.

Neonatal jaundice is divided into physiological and pathological jaundice. Physiological jaundice is normal jaundice. Whereas pathological jaundice is caused by certain abnormalities and their characteristics:

 Occurs in the first 24 hours after birth The jaundice that persists after the first two weeks Bilirubin levels in term neonates> 10 mg / dl or> 12.5 mg / dl in neonates less months Bilirubin levels increase> 5 mg / dl per day Direct bilirubin levels more than 1 mg / dl and have a relationship with the hemolytic process (red blood cell breakdown) Pathological jaundice can be caused by sepsis, ABO incompatibility, G6 deficiency in the enzyme, internal bleeding, immaturity of the liver, obstruction of the biliary system. Neonatal jaundice can also be associated with breastfeeding that is lacking or is caused by breast milk itself. Abdominal enlargement in neonatal jaundice can be caused due to enlargement of the liver. Generally this can be determined from the physical examination by which doctor, the heart will be felt enlarged in the palpation of the stomach (normally not).

The baby's abdomen generally appears more convex and rounded than older children. This is due to the baby's abdominal cavity, while there are many organs in it. After the baby eats or drinks milk, you can see the baby's stomach looks bigger and slowly decreases after a while or after bowel movements. As we get older, the proportion of baby's body parts will approach the proportion of an adult's body.

However, if the baby's belly is enlarged with the following signs, the mother should be alert and take her to the doctor for a check-up:

 Stomach enlarges quickly and does not decrease and the child looks short of breath (fast breathing, pulls the chest wall, does not want to suckle) Stomach enlarges and the child looks yellow Stomach enlarges and the child does not urinate or defecate at all The child's stomach enlarges accompanied by continuous vomiting and the baby appears limp Baby's stomach is large and feels tense (not soft) and the baby cries or looks in pain when his stomach is touched. That's my explanation, hopefully it's useful.

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