Gastroesophageal Reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux

The majority of new mothers have been concerned about the quantity of milk that every baby discards from the mouth, usually after every meal, and wonders if that is normal or not.

Gastroesophageal reflux can occur in people of all ages, but is more intense in babies in which the digestive system is not fully developed. In most cases it recedes at the age of 6 to 12 months.

Specifically, during infancy the clamp which separates the stomach from the esophagus, due to the fact that it hasn`t developed sufficiently, allowing gastric fluids to go up towards the mouth causing regurgitation, known also as gulps. In this case, if the gulps are intense it is necessary for a paediatrician or gastroenterologist for children to examine the baby.

Measures Against The Gastroesophageal Reflux:

Feed your baby in moderation and more times: Excessively large amounts of milk are not easily manageable by the not fully developed stomach of an infant, and that can lead to gulps. You should give the appropriate amount of milk depending on your child`s age, having first consulting your paediatrician.

Frequent Breaks: Make pauses when you feed your baby, either he/she is drinking from a bottle or you are breastfeeding and lift him/her up so his/her stomach will be against your body in order to expel the unnecessary air that he/she has ingested by drinking milk. Also, keep him/her upright 20 to 30 minutes before you put your baby to sleep.

Put your baby on an appropriate bed: A bed where the mattress is tilted helps your baby to have fewer gulps. The appropriate slope is 30 degrees.

Consequences of the Gastroesophageal Reflux:

In some cases the babies show more severe symptoms which must be examined by a specialist. Some of these are the following:

  • Frequent vomiting (green or brown).
  • Coughs or has difficulty breathing during eating or after that.
  • Either gaining or losing weight.
  • He/she has intense colic, is restless or nervous.
  • His/her colour is not pink, but rather pale.

In this case, experts recommend some tests or give medication for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux.

*This article is a product of personal experience.


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