For most moms, gastric reflux in newborns and young children, known by the acronym (GER) is one of the most common fears that they may have, especially because of how uncomfortable it is for the baby for his discomforts, as for the mother for the “suffering caused” to see the baby crying and uncomfortable. It does not matter if we are new parents or we already have children, when babies start crying and “complaining” as we usually say, and we see that they vomit, do not want to eat, etc, we go into PANIC mode and think the worst, the last thing we can think of is that what is happening is quite normal for it, first of all, we should know what it means to have gastric reflux , what causes it and how it should be treated (obviously under medical supervision).
Causes of Gastric Reflux
According to medical definitions, we have to be clear that Gastric Reflux is a more common digestive condition than people think, and consists of the return of stomach acids in a violent way towards the part known as the esophagus, which is the channel that connects the food, from the mouth to the stomach, which produces a burning sensation or sometimes something hot in the part of the throat.
Many experts agree that babies suffer from GER (gastroesophageal reflux) in the first 3 to 4 months of life since their digestive system is still very immature and is not working properly, which usually disappears between 12 and 18 months, in total, it is also important to continuously observe the baby’s behavior, especially if it presents cases such as:
- Under weight
- Lack of appetite
- Respiratory problems
- Frequent cough
It must be considered as a first point , that if the symptoms cause a greater problem, it is recommended to visit a pediatrician, since he will always give you the most appropriate recommendation as the case may be, or refer you to a specialist in the field known as a Gastroenterologist pediatric , who will do a more detailed examination and recommend specific medications such as antacids or others, according to the child’s weight, height, and diet.
As a second point , once we know what it is about, we can know some tips that we can use to alleviate in case of reflux, discomfort, etc., here we have the most recommended:
- Improve the baby’s posture when taking the bottle or bottle, this refers to not placing it completely horizontal but rather vertical, in order to facilitate the passage of food.
- Give little amounts of food, but more often.
- Add to breast milk, infant formula or cereal, better if it is made from rice in order to make the food a little thicker and prevent it from being returned.
- Put the baby on his side when sleeping, to avoid that if he vomits he can choke.
- Putting him loose clothes that do not tighten his tummy.
- Respect their eating and sleeping schedules.
Calmer? Isn’t it as serious as we thought? Aren’t we the only ones that it happens to? Do we already understand what the issue is about? Perfect, the idea is to always have the best possible amount of information about what happens to us and our children, to understand that we are exposed to the world and everything that surrounds it and that there are always solutions about what we may be going through, and of course This is not always losing your cool.
In conclusion, babies, children and even adults can suffer from reflux, the basic thing about this is that when faced with the symptoms of any condition or presence of discomfort, we resort as we have already said hundreds of times to the Specialist, who is the qualified person to determine with certainty our situation and what we should do, if it were taking a medicine or a change in lifestyle or diet.
The Internet is a tool for information and consultation or guidance, but it will never replace the Doctor. Communication with your Pediatrician is essential when faced with any frequent or abnormal symptoms in your baby and avoid those products or foods that could aggravate the situation.