Reflux in Babies: Symptoms and Treatments

There are many severities of reflux, ranging from mild reflux known as ‘GOR’ (gastro-oesophageal reflux), to the more severe type known as gastro-oesophageal reflux disease ‘GORD’. There are many differences between the two. GOR can correct itself when a baby is roughly three or four months old and can be managed by using lifestyle changes such as adding a thickener to feeds, not overfeeding, holding in the upright position for 30 minutes etc. This kind of reflux is tough going. I can still remember the constant screaming, floor walking and poor feeding, as well as a lack of any proper routine with my first child who had GOR.

Often in babies this valve does not work very well, so milk and stomach acid can go back up and may spill out of the mouth. This is called reflux. From my own experience I found that my baby would seem extremely hungry but as soon as she would feed, within seconds, she would smack the bottle from my hand and then try to feed again. This would go on for the entire duration of her feeding time. I now know that the acid burn was obviously making drinking impossible for her.

She would cry with hunger but would take one suck, throw her head back, arch her back and scream until she was exhausted. I would have to wait until she was almost asleep to get a few Ozs of milk into her.

Other signs of GORD (which can also occur in babies with simple reflux) include back arching after most feeds and hiccups. These signs can also be completely benign features of normal heathy babies too who are just going through an unsettled period. However, reflux can be a feature of a medical condition called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) whereby a baby requires medical evaluation. It occurs in about 1 in 300 babies. If your baby is developing and growing normally, has no ongoing respiratory problems and does not experience pain with reflux, it’s likely more of a laundry problem than a medical one.

This test looks at the organs of the top part of your child’s digestive system. It checks the food pipe (esophagus), the stomach, and the first part of the small intestine (duodenum). Your child will swallow a metallic fluid called barium.

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I have a 6week old and I’m a new mom, I have been to see my GP about my baby’s feeding, as it has become a problem Togo to the toilet and also she suffers from severe colic. My GP has given her both laxative and gaviscon as prescription and I have changed from breastmilk to aptamil anti colic and constipation.

How can I help my child live with reflux?

  • Find one that lets your baby’s mouth make a good seal with the nipple during feeding.
  • This can prevent hiccups.
  • Every baby reacts to stimulii uniquely and experiences different symptoms or variations in severity of reflux.
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  • pH monitoring.
  • Untreated cases of reflux can sometimes be the cause of colicky behavior.

Medicines which reduce the amount of acid produced in the stomach may be suggested by your doctor. Gaviscon Infant can also be given to breastfed babies, by mixing the powder in a little boiled water and giving to the baby during a feed, for example between sides.

Serious to Severe Infant GERD Symptoms:

Antacids may help with fussy feeds when given at the time of a feed, or may work best given ½ to 1 hour after the feed when acid levels will be highest. Give as needed rather than regularly, and only keep using it if it really seems to help. If your baby does seen to respond well to it, rather than using antacids for a long time your doctor may suggest a medicine to reduce the amount of stomach acid produced. GORD is a disease; the child will need ongoing medical care and investigations.

#9: Are There Potential Risks Involved With Reflux Medications?

As a general rule, if baby acts happy and doesn’t seem uncomfortable, baby hiccups aren’t a cause for concern. “It can be worrisome, especially for new moms and dads, but hiccups tend to go away after a few minutes,” says Robin Jacobson, MD, clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone. You can just wait it out and allow the hiccups to resolve on their own. If the hiccups persist and seem to be causing baby any distress, call your pediatrician to figure out the cause. Adults get them all the time, but are hiccups in babies normal?

Everyone has reflux from time to time. If you have ever burped and had an acid taste in your mouth, you have had reflux.

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December 19, 2014

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