Your Baby’s Reflux . . . How to Treat It
Does your baby have acid reflux, too? It’s possible; fifty percent of newborns have this problem in the first three months of their lives. What should you do if this is the case? And how can you limit the irritation it causes for your baby?
What Is Infant Reflux?
- This problem occurs when stomach acid rises into the esophagus or the mouth.
- The reason may be an underdeveloped lower esophageal sphincter, whose job it is to separate the esophagus and stomach and prevent milk from rising back to the mouth. As a result, it can’t prevent some food from rising back into the mouth along with some stomach acid. This may sometimes cause your child to spit up.
- However, as the months pass, this muscle will gradually get stronger. Little by little, the problem will occur less often.
- You can tell your child is suffering from infant reflux if they spit up milk or get the hiccups after nursing.
- This is generally considered normal, so there’s no need to worry. Just put a towel on their chest to protect their clothes.
Is There Treatment?
If your child suffers from infant reflux that does not prevent them from nursing, try following these instructions:
- Make sure to carry them in an upright position for twenty minutes after every breastfeeding session.
- Try not to feed them until their stomach is full in one session. It’s best to give them milk several times in a short period, gradually feeding them for shorter periods each time.
- If they can drink from a bottle, burp them every three minutes during nursing.
When Should You Consult the Doctor?
Don’t worry if your child spits up milk after nursing. However, don’t delay in consulting the doctor in these cases:
- If they are spitting up more than five times a day.
- If they cry a lot after nursing.
- If they cough after nursing.