There are a variety of symptoms that babies with silent reflux may have, though they are not always obvious. The most common include crying during or after feedings, excessive swallowing, choking with swallowing and bad breath.
They tend to peak around 4 months and begin to subside around 7 months, when baby begins to sit upright and take more solid foods. Gravity helps keep the contents of the stomach down. It’s best to keep your infant in an upright position for at least 30 minutes after feeding them to prevent food or milk from coming back up.
From looking at the barium swallow test (see chapter 2 within my book) we could see that the muscles in her stomach would constantly project her feed back up into her oesophagus causing a counter reaction. I also remember at one stage for a month or two, she looked like she was drowning while I fed her. This was so frightening to watch and I dreaded every single feed. Overfeeding your baby can cause the stomach to distend and may cause the contents of the stomach to flow back up through the esophagus and into the mouth.
This can be difficult. If reflux continues to be a problem the doctor may need to do some tests to find out how best to help your baby.
These medicines can decrease the amount of acid the stomach makes. This will ease the heartburn caused by reflux.
- Gastro-oesophageal reflux (‘reflux’ for short) is a normal physiological process whereby contents of the stomach come back up into the oesophagus (the tube connecting the mouth to the stomach).
- Babies suffering from silent reflux sometimes require antacid medication, which can be prescribed by a doctor.
- What causes reflux?
- The baby suffers with painful gas, bloating and stomach spasms, crying for hours at a time.
A small percentage of babies have troublesome, severe or persistent reflux, called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) (NICE 2015a, Rosen et al 2018) . What is reflux? Reflux is when your baby brings up some of his milk.
If stomach issues are responsible for hiccups, some people believe that gripe water may help. However, no scientific evidence currently supports this treatment. Hiccups do not normally harm a baby.
Often in babies this valve does not work very well, so milk and stomach acid can go back up and may spill out of the mouth. This is called reflux. From my own experience I found that my baby would seem extremely hungry but as soon as she would feed, within seconds, she would smack the bottle from my hand and then try to feed again. This would go on for the entire duration of her feeding time. I now know that the acid burn was obviously making drinking impossible for her.
Infant GERD symptoms CHECK LIST! Because the only way a baby can tell us something is wrong is by crying.