As all parents know, most babies regurgitate sometimes after feeding. These “wet burps” that often end up on your shoulder, are a result of the milk (either formula or breast milk) causing acid reflux symptoms. Babies are prone to what is colloquially called colic or wind but can be classed as acid reflux and most grow out of it by the time they are around a year old.
It can be distressing and painful for a baby to suffer from acid reflux symptoms, but in most cases, it quickly passes. Dyspepsia symptoms can be eased with gripe water preparations and “burping” your baby by gently rocking and patting the back will help ease the condition.
However in some cases you will need to seek medical advice to ensure that your baby’s acid reflux symptoms are not interfering with his or her ability to thrive or are an indication of a more serious condition. Acid reflux disease or GORD does affect babies and small children and will require suitable acid reflux treatment in order to cure it. Treatment, which is suitable for this young age group but more effective than simple gripe water!
Diagnosing acid reflux disease in young babies is not easy. They cannot tell you how they feel so you do need see your doctor or a specialist if symptoms persist, for a thorough examination.
Acid reflux symptoms can be especially dangerous in young babies because if he or she is spitting up food after each feed, baby will not be receiving enough nutrition.
It is important to seek medical advice and get suitable acid reflux treatment to stop this as soon as possible
One indication that the baby may be suffering from severe acid reflux is an arching movement that he or she may make when suffering a burning sensation in the gut.
Other signs include:
- Frequent belching or hiccups
- Rattling in the chest
- Frequent vomiting,
- Sour breath smell
- Failure to thrive and gain weight.
Older infants may display fussiness at meal times or a reluctance to eat and babies and infants of all ages may display a range of symptoms including;
Frequent colds and infections,
- Coughing fits,
- Sore throats
- Stomach aches.
These conditions are easily misdiagnosed but are common acid reflux symptoms in infants, and can lead to future long term medical problems.
The difficulty with diagnosing acid reflux symptoms in babies and young infants is that it is easy for a G.P. to mistake them for other common childhood conditions such as asthma or bronchitis.
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