The parent files …understanding gastric reflux


Also refered to as gastro-oesophageal reflux, this condition is thought to be caused by an immature valve between the oesophagus and the stomach.

Reflux is typically characterised by true vomiting ,not possetting,which causes baby pain and will make him very unsettled. Baby will regularly regurgitate after a feed, although he may reflux vomit at any time.

Because of this baby may refuse to feed, associating feeds with pain.

Lying baby down will make it worse and baby may seem more unsettled and irritable.

To help, feed baby small amounts of food more frequently, in a semi-upright position. You can also place him on a baby chair to feed or carry him on a sling to make him more comfortable. Some experts suggest allowing baby to sleep with a slightly tilted matress.

Baby will most likely outgrow his reflux by his first birthday.

Medication is available to relieve some symptoms but these should only be used if refered to by your doctor.


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