Acid Reflux In Infant
What You Should Know About Infant Acid Reflux
Some of us have probably heard of acid reflux in adults. Some may not know that there is also such a thing as infant acid reflux. What does it mean if a baby has acid reflux?
Infant Acid Reflux
If you have had a baby you would know that babies typically spit fluids out on some occasions. This is not just ordinary drool. Sometimes it is a sign of infant acid reflux. The truth is that this condition is actually very common among babies and is most of the time considered normal. Fifty percent or so of babies pass through this stage but eventually get over it after they reach their first year or more. The most that you would have to do for a healthy baby who has infant acid reflux is to wipe the fluid clean. In rare cases though, babies may still require treatment.
Just like in adults, the band of muscles called the sphincter at the end of the esophagus is the main reason for infant acid reflux. In adults, the muscle could slacken. The same can be said for infants but it is also believed that infants do not have strong muscles yet. It is also possible that like adult sufferers of acid reflux, a baby could also have been overfed or positioned the wrong way resulting in infant acid reflux.
The obvious symptom of infant acid reflux is the spitting. Sometimes though, you may have to deal with some other symptoms that may accompany infant spitting. A baby who has a recurring infant acid reflux condition may naturally feel irritable and may not want to feed at times. As mentioned though, a normal baby will naturally grow out of this phase.
Infant acid reflux rarely ever leads to complications. In rare cases though, a severe acid reflux in a baby could lead to damages to the esophagus, hoarseness, respiratory conditions and poor weight conditions.
If your baby has a severe case of infant acid reflux, you may have to ask your doctor for treatment. You should remember though that medical treatment should be your last option. You should have your baby medicated only if his condition is no longer medically considered normal and of all-natural solutions fail. Your baby’s pediatrician may have to prescribe acid reflux medications that are similar to adult medicines. These include medicines to minimize or block the production of stomach acid.
If your baby is growing up healthy and happy then you do not need medication for acid reflux. You still, however, probably want your infant to have a good feeding experience that is not frequently interrupted by spitting and a sour taste. You can probably help your baby through his experience of acid reflux by not overfeeding him. You can try feeding frequently but in small amounts. You should also make it a point to let your baby burp after each feeding. You might also want to change feeding positions. Elevate your baby’s head a bit as he feeds.