ACID REFLUX IN INFANTS AND CHILDREN Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

Infant reflux occurs when food backs up reflexes from a baby's stomach causing the baby to spit up sometimes called gastro esophageal reflux ger the condition is rarely serious and becomes less common as a baby gets older it's unusual for infant reflux to continue after age 18 months reflux occurs in healthy infants multiple times a day as long as your baby is healthy content and growing well the reflux is not a cause for concern rarely infant reflux can be a sign of a medical problem such as an allergy a blockage in the digestive system or gastroesophageal reflux disease ger D symptoms infant reflux generally isn't a cause for concern it's very unusual for the stomach contents to have enough acid to irritate the throat or esophagus and to cause signs and symptoms isn't gaining weight consistently spits up forcefully causing stomach contents to shoot out of his or her mouth projectile vomiting spits up green or yellow fluid spits up a blood or a material that looks like coffee grounds refuse his food has blood in his or her stool as difficulty breathing or a chronic cough begins spitting up at age six months or older is unusually irritable after eating causes in infants the ring of muscle between the esophagus and the stomach the lower esophageal sphincter le s is not yet fully mature that allows stomach contents to flow backward eventually the le es will open only when your baby swallows and will remain tightly closed at other times keeping stomach contents where they belong the factor that contribute to infantry flux are common in babies and often can't be avoided these factors include babies lying flat most of the time an almost completely liquid diet babies being born prematurely treatments infant reflux usually clears up by itself in the meantime your doctor might recommend giving your baby smaller more frequent feedings interrupting feedings to burp your baby holding your baby upright for 20 to 30 minutes after feedings eliminating dairy products before eggs from your diet if you're breastfeeding to test if your baby has an allergy switching the type of formula you feed your baby using a different size of nipple on baby bottles a nipple that is too large or too small can cause your baby to swallow air thickening formula or expressed breast milk slightly and in gradual increments with rice cereal although recognized as a reasonable strategy thickening adds potentially unnecessary calories to your baby's diet medication reflux medications aren't recommended for children with uncomplicated reflux these medications can prevent absorption of calcium and iron and increase the risk of certain intestinal and respiratory infections however a short-term trial of an acid blocking medication such as Roundy taiidan for infants aged one month to one year or omeprazole prilosec for children aged one year or older might be recommended if your baby has poor weight gain and more conservative treatments haven't worked refuses to feed as evidence of an inflamed esophagus as chronic asthma and reflux surgery rarely the lower esophageal sphincter is surgically tightened to prevent acid from flowing back into the esophagus this procedure fundoplication is usually done only when reflux is severe enough to prevent growth or to interfere with your baby's breathing every individual needs unique treatment and care we encourage people with acid reflux in infants and children in their families to learn as much as possible about the latest medical treatment and approaches as well as healthy lifestyle choices stay strong live long thank you

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