Baby acid reflux is present in around 20% of babies before the age of nine months. The condition is caused by an underdeveloped digestive tract and almost all babies will grow out of it before their first birthday. By knowing the baby reflux symptoms, a parent can watch and assess the baby to see if an appointment should be scheduled with the child’s paediatrician. Every parent knows their child better than anyone and so if you feel something is wrong then you should trust your instincts and have the child examined by their physician. Obtaining a medical diagnosis can sometimes be difficult as the doctor will only see your baby for a very short period of time, you can help ensure a quick and correct diagnosis by taking a list of symptoms which you feel are present in your child with you.
The most common of all the infant reflux symptoms is the frequent spit up or swallowing with a painful look on the face. It is perfectly normal and healthy for babies to spit up occasionally. But if your child is spitting up in large volumes and after all or most feeds, they may be suffering from baby acid reflux.
Other symptoms of the condition include fussiness and crying/screaming. If your baby is crying or screaming in pain it can be difficult for a new parent to cope with.
Further symptoms include frequent coughing and/or hiccups. Further symptoms include sleeplessness. If a infant has a hard time staying asleep during day time or night time this could be a sign of reflux. Also continuous movement while sleeping or a constant need to be held may show the need to have the infant examined by a doctor or paediatrician.
When an infant has severe baby acid reflux they may projectile vomit with the vomit sometimes even coming out the nasal cavity. This will usually result in dangerous weight loss or poor weight gain. Knowing the baby reflux symptoms can help a parent be on the look out for a problem if it arises. If you believe your child may be suffering from baby acid reflux you should take them to a doctor or paediatrician for diagnosis as soon as possible. Paediatricians can run tests to ensure it is actually acid reflux from which your baby is suffering. They can then advise you on the most effective treatment to treat it.
Steve Phillips is someone who has had to care for babies with acid reflux. He would recommend seeking medical assistance to diagnose the condition properly. If you are looking for parent to parent help, then the website Survive Baby Reflux is a very good resource. It has useful hints, tips and tricks to help you get through your difficult months.