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What does a grunting noise while passing motion in a baby suggest?

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Posted on Mon, 18 May 2015
Question: I am having a 2 weeks old baby. He grunts a lot, while passing motion, sleeping and also when is awake. But it is not always. We feel that while sleeping he grunts when is not very comfortable and while awake he grunts randomly.

Can you tell me if there is anything to be worried or some other indicators which we should look for.
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Answered by Dr. Arun (33 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
could be nasal block but get him checked

Detailed Answer:
Hi
Thanks for writing to us.
Usually newborn babies at this age get troubled by nasal block.
As they can breathe only through nose, they will have difficulty breathing if nose gets blocked with secretions or milk which is frequent at 2 weeks.
I usually prescribe nasal saline drops one drop both sides half hour before feeding which might help in relieving the obstruction.
Having said that it is better to get your baby examined as early as possible because sometimes serious illness like respiratory problems or metabolic problems can initially present with grunting.
If your doctor has examined and ruled out serious issues then most likely nasal block could be the cause.
Wishing your baby good health.
Regards
Dr Arun
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Brief Answer: could be nasal block but get him checked Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to us. Usually newborn babies at this age get troubled by nasal block. As they can breathe only through nose, they will have difficulty breathing if nose gets blocked with secretions or milk which is frequent at 2 weeks. I usually prescribe nasal saline drops one drop both sides half hour before feeding which might help in relieving the obstruction. Having said that it is better to get your baby examined as early as possible because sometimes serious illness like respiratory problems or metabolic problems can initially present with grunting. If your doctor has examined and ruled out serious issues then most likely nasal block could be the cause. Wishing your baby good health. Regards Dr Arun