Mother-2-Mother Concerns: Reflux

March 21, 2012. Posted in: Baby's Health,Mother-2-Mother.com

Reprinted from Mother-2-Mother.com (2000-2006), with permission from the author, Paula Y.

Many parents have never heard of reflux. Reflux, or GER (Gastroesophageal reflux) is a condition where irritating stomach acids are regurgitated into the esophagus, causing pain similar to adult heartburn. It usually occurs more when the baby is lying flat, and is often marked by frequent and/or excessive spitting up. It can be a hidden cause of colicky and night waking babies.

Babies that experience frequent (and often forceful) spitting up, obvious tummy pain day & night, marked fussiness after nursing (drawing up legs, knees to chest), arching or writhing as if in pain, extreme fussiness and crying may be experiencing reflux. A baby may experience all, or only some of the above symptoms. It is important to talk to your health care provider if you suspect your baby may have reflux, and to eliminate other issues which may “mock” the symptoms of reflux, like oversupply and food sensitivity. Also remember that breastfeeding a baby with reflux is one of the best things you can do to help!

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daisy dee March 21, 2012 at 7:27 am

This is what exactly had happened , when my second baby was taking feeds…………….. It was controlled afterwards and I definitely continued with breastfeeding….. the Doc told that sometimes the babies are overfed and one should not worry as long as the baby is healthy, happy and sleeping at night.
 Thanks for the eye-opener….. I will soon be writing an article on this topic in my site http://www.smallday.in/ which deals with Parenting as one of the topics catering to The INDIAN LADIES.

guest April 9, 2012 at 1:19 pm

How about Helicobacter pylori? I wonder if some cases of reflux are related to this bacteria, (since it has been found to be the cause of most cases of indegiestion in adults) espcecially if formula has been introduced?

Guest April 13, 2012 at 7:11 am

Vaccines are known to cause reflux among many other things.

Carol_is_milkmonkeezmom May 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

Hi guest. I’m wondering if you have seen research that I haven’t been able to find. There’s a lot of conversation happening for sure but, from what I am seeing, there isn’t a lot of research supporting the position that vaccines *cause* reflux. It sounds like it’s more likely that getting vaccinated might cause an already existing food allergy to flare if the vaccine contains the food your child is allergic to or a temporary reflux flare if your child is already dealing with reflux.

Thanks in advance for pointing toward your research.

Brinskirt April 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I took aloe vera when I was pregnant because of extremely painful GERD. Now one of my twins has severe reflux and it is controlled with aloe too (pediatrician approved). I just didn’t like giving her all that medication with alcohol in it.