Reflux What are the symptoms? And how can you help your baby?

Posted on: December 21st, 2017 by Vickie

Reflux is a very common condition in babies and it usually passes by the time your baby reaches her first birthday. Reflux occurs when your baby’s oesophagus is under-developed and the acid in her tummy that helps her to break down her milk, sometimes when mixed together it can come back up causing your baby to show signs of discomfort.As your baby’s digestive system matures the symptoms of reflux will disappear.

If you are worried that your baby may either suffer from reflux or that your baby is not drinking enough milk and your have concerns that your baby may be dehydrated or losing weight then always speak to your GP or Health Visitor and they will discuss various medications that will help with the symptoms of reflux.

  • Is your baby sick either during or after feeds?
  • Is she fussy or upset during the feed and sometimes refuses to drink?
  • Excessive crying or showing signs of distress after feeds?
  • Difficulty during winding or refusal to burp during feeds with lots of back arching?
  • Difficulty settling especially when laid flat?

Our top 5 positive steps to help you and your baby…….

  • Lots of gentle winding throughout your baby’s feed.Try to distract her from crying during burping? Reassurance and interaction will help your baby to remain calm
  • Try feeding smaller amounts and often. It can help to keep a feeding diary to monitor her daily intake
  • If bottle-feeding try giving your baby a thicker milk. There are lots of brands to choose from but take advice and avoid changing formula too quickly
  • Keeping your baby upright for 20 mins after each feed to help the milk to settle.
  • Avoid restrictive clothing around her tummy…keep her comfortable.

For any new parent, it is heartbreaking to hear your baby cry and reflux can be very challenging but it will get easier as your baby grows and develops and the reflux disappears. Your baby knows that you love her and that you will get through it together.

Vickie