Many moms notice that their baby has reflux when he regurgitates more often. It is super normal for newborn reflux, since the digestive tract at this stage is still very immature, but sometimes a first-time mom may not be able to immediately identify the symptoms of reflux in a newborn and then the problem can get worse if there is none necessary care.
What is Reflux?
To understand reflux in a newborn, we need to know that the digestive system has acids responsible for digesting the food that goes to the stomach, in the case of the newborn, this food is just liquid and easier to return. The milk whether breast (preferably) or formula milk can again causing the known “slug” or gorfada.
Gastric reflux is nothing more than the content that is in the stomach that comes back through the esophagus and normally this reflux has mixed gastric acid that causes the reflux to hurt where it goes because besides the stomach, the other organs are not prepared for the aggressiveness of gastric juice. That is exactly why it is so important to check the degree of reflux in a newborn, as the only way for the baby to communicate is through crying and if he is in pain, he becomes even more sensitive.
Babies usually have reflux attacks, and this is normal to some extent. The baby who has daily crises and at almost all feedings, for example, may have a more complicated form of reflux in newborns .
How does Reflux Appear?
The liquid that comes back is cut and smells “sour” as if it were a thinner yogurt with little pieces and there are babies that just suck in 10, 15 minutes to regurgitate this “cream”. Reflux is normal and very frequent among newborns, the problem only becomes relevant when the problem begins to influence the baby’s weight gain. Also in some cases making it difficult to eat, after all, the acid can hurt the esophagus and throat. Clear signs of reflux in newborns can be:
- Restlessness after feedings
- Frequent regurgitation
- Cough after and during regurgitations
- Irritability during feeding
- Less weight gain, or no weight gain
- Signs of breathing problems in older babies
- restlessness in sleep
How to Diagnose
The diagnosis is usually given by the pediatrician even in the office during the routine consultation , the symptoms may be clear but some imaging tests may be requested. These tests are rarely ordered, as it is a test that needs to be contrasted and the reaction that the baby may have with this substance is not known, it may be allergic.
How to Treat Reflux
The treatment for reflux with medication in newborns is simple, anti-reflux medication Domperidone and Label every 8 hours, but it is necessary that the pediatrician prescribes the relevant amount for the baby.
How to Prevent Reflux
Mallets can help to reduce the reflux of babies and sometimes medication is not needed to eliminate symptoms. For example, making your baby more inclined after breastfeeding is a great help to prevent reflux. Today there are these play chairs for babies that can be combined with moms to make the baby more upright after breastfeeding, notice that the baby is kind of seated.
Another technique used is to slightly lift the baby’s mattress or use anti-reflux baby pillows. Giving less amount of milk at the feed and more times can also help, a very full stomach promotes reflux more easily. Sleeping on your side is a good position for the baby, so it avoids any danger of choking with reflux.
Experience of a Reader
Viviane recently had the news in the pediatrician’s office after a routine consultation, she took Rafick for 1 month for the consultation and described the symptoms. Currently Rafick has been doing the treatment against reflux. See Viviane’s testimonial below. Rafick coughed a lot and also cried . In addition to frequently regurgitating, I took the pediatrician who prescribed some medications and procedures to improve reflux.
I started using Peridal and Label. I suspended Peridal because I didn’t see any results and I continued with the Label which is a kind of anti-inflammatory, with it I felt a slight improvement in irritation. I realized that small physical and postural changes would help my baby to suffer less with reflux.
I started to raise the head of the bed at an angle of 30 degrees, to remain after breastfeeding with the baby upright for 40 minutes and to shorten the interval between feedings, that is, he drinks little milk more frequently, prevents his stomach from becoming too full and this decreases the reflux.
Mommy, pay close attention to the symptoms and why of the baby’s crying, if he cries a lot for no apparent reason and is losing weight or is not gaining weight as he should, it is essential to take the trusted pediatrician for an evaluation.
Remember that regurgitation can be normal up to 1 year of age, but if your baby “swells” or vomits too much it is always a good idea to make an assessment with the specialist, however reflux is not always associated with regurgitation , and therefore Mom should keep an eye on the signs in the same way, even in the absence of vomiting. Reflux is normal and goes away, do the treatment and procedures correctly that everything works out in the end.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.