Acid Reflux is a Painful Condition
Acid reflux is a painful condition that is common in many newborns. The severity of newborn acid reflux can vary so here is what you need to know.
Gastroesophageal reflux (acid reflux) is when the contents of the stomach back up into the esophagus. This is common in newborns and infants because this path in their bodies is so short. Slowly the muscle(lower esophageal sphincter) that keeps the contents of the stomach in will mature. Common signs are frequent spit up after feedings, crying,wheezing, coughing or straining in pain. This is very uncomfortable for your newborn and Acid Reflux may even disrupt sleep.
- Keep feedings short. When your baby is done, do not push them to finish or eat more. If the stomach is over loaded with breast milk or formula it is likely to just come back up. When it does the acid reflux will be painful for your little one.
- When offering a bottle or breastfeeding to your newborn try alternating the position they are in while eating. A good rule of thumb is to think of how you prefer to eat. Keeping your baby as upright as possible will help a feeding stay down and in her tummy where it belongs. You can also use a AR Pillow.
- If you have a baby who does not waste anytime while eating, try interrupting her feeding, only for a second, and attempt to burp your newborn. If she is eating too fast, then her stomach may be unable to handle the sudden overflow of food. Do your best to teach her to slow down while eating.
If your newborn displays any of these qualities be sure to call your Pediatrician.
- Is not gaining weight
- Spits up forcefully
- Spit up contains anything other than breastmilk or formula (ie. blood, green or yellow color)
- Refuses to eat
Fortunately most cases of newborn acid reflux will clear up with time. The body matures and the lower esophageal sphincter matures. In serious cases medications or special measures may be needed. Be sure to speak with your doctor thoroughly about this. If the diagnosis you receive goes against your instinct get a second opinion. Thank-you for reading this post. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section below.