July 20th, 2021 -Produced by Marilyn Smith – The # 1 midwife
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If you are having an issue with your baby ‘s feeds settling or your baby choking- like symptoms, you have come to the right place. Many new parents face this problem and it is causing a lot of fear and anxiety to them for their babies.
This is not a new problem. It has been around for a very long time. So today we will talk about some of the SOLUTIONS to this old problem.
In this amazing article we will learn :
1.How does acid reflux look in newborns
2.What are the causes?
3. Types of acid reflux
4. What is the commonest reflux in neonates?
5.Does acid reflux go away?
6.What are the best products and remedies to help newborns with acid reflux?
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So here we go with our first topic….
How does acid reflux look in newborns?
I remember very mild symptoms with my third baby Latreia. After feeding she would have a crying session. This fortunately lasted for a short time with some simple skills I will teach you.
Acid reflux has several types of symptoms which may include:
- Gassy and/or foamy bowel movements
- Colicky, unhappy or seemingly uncomfortable in body
- Wheezing, apnea or breathing difficulties (respiratory infections)
- Sour breath, burps and hiccups
- Throwing up, usually projectile vomiting (not with silent reflux*)
- Failure to gain weight
- Crying or uncomfortable after eating
- Coughing or choking regularly
- Refusing the breast/bottle
- Arching back after eating
- Resistance to laying on back
What are the reasons why this happens?
There is no doubt that babies experiencing acid reflux are discomforted and in pain. We as parents know it is. Understanding why this happens can bring some light to our understanding and hopefully help to bring a solution to this problem
The sphincter muscle that connects the esophagus with the stomach is frequently underdeveloped, enabling stomach acid to flow back up the throat, producing burning and discomfort.
Their vagus nerve function, which regulates intestinal motility and digestion, can become weak as their brain and nervous system grows.
What are the types of acid reflux?
Did you know there are several types of acid reflux in babies ? Yes they are several types in newborns which include:
- Gastro Esophageal Reflux, (reflux or GER): Some studies show that almost two thirds of newborn babies are reported as having GER, although it tends to peak around four months and totally resolve by 12 months.
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD): This is not as common, with only 1 in about 300 babies presenting symptoms. GERD is more serious than GER though and often presents in babies with neurological impairments.
- Silent GERD or GER: Silent reflux is pretty much what you might think–reflux that shows no typical symptoms.
- Laryngopharyngeal reflux: This is just a term for reflux that reaches the upper esophageal sphincter and the back of a baby’s throat.
- Secondary GER: This is when GER is not occurring on its own due to typical reasons, but is, in fact, caused by something else such as a food allergy or infection.
What is the commonest reflux in neonates?
Basic reflux in neonates, also known as GER, is a common occurrence that affects most people at some point in their lives. This is the back flow of stomach juices. It usually results in a baby spitting up. This can happen to breastfed or formula-fed babies and isn’t a major issue. If a newborn has regular GER, he will not exhibit any other peculiar symptoms. Unusual gastrointestinal symptoms could be a sign of something more serious.
How long will acid reflux last?
The good thing about acid reflux is the fact that it does not last. It will eventually resolves on its own.
What are the best products and remedies for acid reflux in newborns?
Ahhh…. this what you really want to know. Am I right mamas?
There are some invasive tests that can help doctors diagnose the problem if the symptoms persist too long. They are more invasive
meaning your baby’s body will be used to identify the problem. They iclude blood tests, ultrasound, Upper GI swallow, Ph probingto determine acid in the stomach and breathing problems, and upper GI endoscopy.
Thank God there are natural remedies you can try
I will always believe that the natural ways are far better than the invasive treatments. Don’t you? Lets begin:
1. If you are a nursing mom consider giving up dairy
Now I know this may be difficult for you but it has worked for many women with this issue. Non dairy has helped many babies to recover. Dairy can cause problems because the proteins found in this food can irritate baby digestive system.
6.Take some probiotics
The notion is that probiotics might naturally improve a baby’s digestion and ease many of the symptoms of acid reflux. Simply mix a small amount with breast milk or formula and spoon feed or administer with a syringe.
- One of the major breastfeeding benefits is a reduced risk of serious reflux. Almost all studies surrounding baby reflux show that breastfed babies experience far less instances of reflux than formula fed babies. Also, when they do experience reflux, the symptoms are less severe. Most researchers think that this is a combination of the health benefits of breast milk and the fact that babies who breastfeed tend to take in less air than bottle fed babies. Here are some breastfeeding essentials you might find you need.
8.Limit activities after meals
After a meal, your infant should not sit up straight or engage in too intense play or exercise. Tummy time shortly after a meal is never encouraged.
9.Do not change the formula unless advised by peadiatrition
Never change the formula! Changing the formula used to be assumed to be a solution for reflux in newborns, but according to Healthline, this is rarely a logical method to treat reflux and can often cause more harm than good. If your pediatrician recommends it, adjust your baby’s formula.
10.Hold your baby properly
It’s critical to hold your kid properly when he eats. While nursing, keep him near to you and make sure he’s latched on properly. Always hold your baby while he eats from a bottle. Make sure the bottle is upright and allowing milk to fill the nipple; there shouldn’t be a lot of bubbles near the nipple.
11.Smaller feeds are better
Feed smaller amounts of formula more frequently. Avoid large amounts at one time. Be sure that the hole in the nipple is not too large while bottle feeding.
12.Use the upright hold
Hold your baby upright for 15 to 30 minutes after feeding. Baby wearing is a great way to hold baby after feeds.
13.Elevate the head of baby’s crib
Slightly elevate the head of babies’ cribs so babies can sleep with their heads slightly up.
14. Always burp baby after feeds
This will help to remove any air in baby’s tummy that could cause pain and discomfort. Burp cloths are for convenient for you.
Acid reflux can be troubling for moms and babies. I hope you find some of these remedies helpful. Thank you for stopping by today. Our babies are so precious and we want only the best for them. I wish you every success as you try to get relief for your baby.
Please like comment and share. Before you go I have a question for you. What are some of the things you have done to help your baby with acid reflux or what are you thoughts about acid reflux in babies?
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