Treating adults with acid reflux can sometimes be difficult but it’s even more difficult to treat babies with acid reflux. Though they are common in babies, it is important to know if infant acid reflux is a threat to your baby or not.
It is important that as parents, we are aware of the things to do in case acid reflux occurs in our babies. Here are four things you should know about acid reflux.
- Check for signs and symptoms – like I have mentioned, it is difficult to treat babies with acid reflux since they cannot express themselves on how they are feeling. They can’t tell you how or where it hurts. So it is up to us parents to know the clues if they are experiencing such things. Observe if your child is having sleeping problems, maybe they are restless and can’t sleep well? See also if they are coughing, having weight loss and they lack appetite to eat. These could be symptoms that your child is having an acid reflux. Other signs can also be irritability, sore throat, bad breath that resembles vomit, chest pain, frequent spitting and crying for no reason. If this occurs then suspect that your child is having an infant acid reflux.
- Understand what an acid reflux is – if you have experienced heartburn then you understand that acid is rising from the stomach to esophagus. For babies, this usually happens during or after feeding. Babies can’t express in words how much it hurts and so if they are irritable during or after feeding then they might be experiencing heartburn.
- Know the causes – since infants consume liquids most of the time and spend most of their time lying on their back, it is a big factor that liquids may rise back up into the esophagus than the solid food that they eat. This is why sometimes they experience having acid reflux. Other cause could be that they are overweight, has a poor eating habit or food allergies.
- Consult your Pediatrician – if your baby is experiencing these things, don’t hesitate to bring them to the doctor. Explain to them the things that you have noticed or clues that you may think be a factor of such reflux. It is important that you leave no symptoms behind. This way treating your infant may be easier and you can avoid further complications.
As parents, we can’t help but be nervous and concerned about our child’s safety. Things like these are unavoidable. Though an infant acid reflux is common, it is always a good thing to get help right away. There’s no need to cause concern as long as you know the whole situation. If you know the right things to look at then you can be sure that remedy is always available.