Signs of Acid Reflux in Infants: Could GER Be Making My Baby Cry? – Happiest Baby
These can include esophageal narrowing (stricture) and abnormal cells in the lining of the esophagus (Barrett’s esophagus). Some babies with reflux may not vomit. Instead, their stomach contents may move up and spill over into the windpipe (trachea).
In infants with GERD, the risk of SIDS generally outweighs the potential benefits of prone sleeping. Reflux happens because muscles at the base of your baby’s food pipe have not fully developed, so milk can come back up easily. If the thickening powder does not help or your baby is breastfed, a GP or specialist might recommend medicines that stop your baby’s stomach producing as much acid.
Part of the evaluation of an infant who may have GER is to rule out pyloric stenosis. Pyloric stenosis is the thickening of the region of the stomach (pyloris) as it transitions into the first section of the small intestine. Studies show that most infants with pyloric stenosis have recurrent symptoms of forceful emesis shortly after a meal.
Your doctor may recommend medications (such as Prilosec [omeprazole], which reduces stomach acid) if your baby has severe reflux symptoms such as choking and coughing. Studies to date have shown little benefit on the whole with this practice, though it may be helpful for some babies. Reducing stomach acid may also increase the risk of infection (since acid can kill off harmful bacteria) so these drugs should only be used with careful guidance from your physician. Whether you bottle feed or breastfeed, make sure to frequently burp your baby.
Hang in there, tell your baby you love her and trust that this will not last forever. I just came across your blog as my exhausted baby finally went down for a nap after 4 sleepless nights in a row. It brought tears to my eyes…and you gave me a bit of hope again.
While I normally don’t recommend supplements for young babies, there are times they can make a big difference, particularly with baby reflux. Try a probiotic specially formulated for infants.
Do it for about 20 to 30 minutes until the formula or breastmilk he or she just drank is digested. If you have a reflux baby and you lay him or her down flat right after feeding. There’s a good chance that much of that meal will come right back up. Keeping track of the cause and effect will help you cross-reference when reflux symptoms appear in comparison with when your baby ate last, and that may help you see patterns that you can address. If you use baby bottles, finding the right baby bottle for your little one is super helpful.
They put her on Zantac at 4 weeks and it did not seem to help much. We recently switched to Prevacid. It worked great for about a week and a half but she has been really fussy at her past 4 feedings. I broke down and cried. It makes me so sad feeding is so painful for her.
2. Hold baby upright for at least 30 minutes after feeding
I hope there are people around you who you can call for help. Please reach out and don’t be afraid to ask for help. It WILL get better. My little gal was through it by 6 months but it’s different for every baby. Just know there will be an end to this season.
Because they are inevitably lying prone on their backs through the night, the acid is more likely to travel back up from the stomach, causing pain and discomfort. And while we are able to prop ourselves up until things settle down again, babies are obviously unable to do this.
Your doctor may also recommend thickening agents to mix with formula or breastmilk, and might prescribe a medication to reduce stomach acidity. But time may be the best medicine of all, as reflux sometimes clears up after the first several weeks, once your baby’s muscle tone increases, and he starts spending more time sitting up, then standing, and eventually eating solids.
Signs and symptoms of GER or GERD in infants and children are overlap. Infants and children with GER have obvious reflux of breastmilk and/or formula following feeding.
Another probiotic that’s been studied quite a bit in infants is called Lactobacillus reuteri, R-E-U-T-E-R-I. That’s been shown to be effective for colic in some studies. PPIs increase gastric pH, which means they make it less acidic and more alkaline. This, in turn,