Acid Reflux (GERD) In Babies And Children

Babies often bring up milk during or shortly after feeding – this is known as possetting or reflux. Treatment for infants is usually a whole lot easier. It is generally agreed that elevating baby’s head in the cot can help prevent reflux. During and after feeding, it is also recommended the infant be kept in an upright position for about 30 minutes, again to reduce the chance of reflux. These are simple preventative measures that pose no threat to the infant. Doctors may also recommend thickening bottle feedings with cereal, altering feeding frequencies, trying solid foods and steering clear of any highly acidic foodstuffs.

Babies with reflux often suffer from painful night waking, since lying flat doesn’t provide the benefit of gravity to keep food down. If your baby is sleeping reasonably well, there is no need to make any changes to his routine. However, if he is a restless sleeper (some clues: waking up with colic, abdominal pain, wet burps and sour breath), elevate the no title head of the crib about 30 degrees. This slight incline is often enough to lessen nighttime regurgitation. While it’s certainly safest to put your baby to sleep on his back, if he simply won’t sleep in that position, encourage him to sleep on his left side, the position in which the stomach inlet is higher than the outlet, which also helps keep food down.

If you are breastfeeding , continue exclusive breastfeeding for as long as possible. Breast milk has many advantages over formula, especially for a baby with GER. It’s digested faster than formula, which minimizes reflux, and it contains enzymes that aid digestion. Also, while babies are not allergic to mother’s milk, they can be to many types of formula, especially babies with GER. If formula-feeding, use a hypoallergenic formula as recommended by your baby’s doctor. Besides being tolerated better by sensitive intestines, some of these formulas are digested more quickly so they remain in the stomach for a shorter time.

Hello my little one has suffered with reflux since birth. My h.v advised me to use the anti reflux formula so I did and it worked wonders. I visited a local chemist and they advised me to get that formula on prescription but the doctors refused and put my baby on gaviscone. My little one is now throwing her feeds up and getting very agitated through out trying to feed her. I’m thinking of going back to the anti reflux milk but is anyone aware of the milk being prescribed by the doctors at all or is my doctors just trying to fob me off. I don’t seem to get any help off them at all.

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