|My doctor has diagnosed that my baby has a reflux problem.
I am confused because she does not bring up much milk and
I thought that was what reflux was?
Reflux occurs when a weak muscle or valve at the top of
the stomach allows milk to return up the oesophagus. Because
the milk is now mixed with stomach acid, it can cause discomfort
and a burning sensation. So when a baby is prone to possetting
it could be a sign of a reflux problem. However the milk
does not have to rise all the way to the top of the oesophagus
and out of the mouth in order to have a reflux problem.
It is fairly common for niggly, complaining babies to be
diagnosed with colic when in fact they are suffering from
a reflux problem. Therefore there is some value in testing
a colicky baby for reflux, since if this can be determined
to be the root of the problem, the correct medication can
dramatically improve the quality of life of both the baby
and the whole family!
Signs to look out for that may indicate a reflux problem
are babies that cry and complain during feeding. They may
not like to be put down flat, arch their backs and are difficult
to calm down even when cuddled. In other words a typical
Your doctor can carry out a reflux test and prescribe medication
if the test proves to be positive. The medication will reduce
or eliminate the reflux problem and make life much easier
for your baby. Most babies cease to need the medication
by the time their first birthday arrives. In addition you
should take care to limit the reflux but keeping the baby
as upright as possible. It is vital not to overfeed your
baby under these circumstances. Burping should be done gently
and again in an upright position.