Symptoms & Treatment For Acid Reflux In Infants

GERD is common in infants and has its own name -- Spitting Up. Reflux occurs during the first three months of age in more than half of all infants. Many babies don't require treatment. Referred to as "Happy Spitters", their symptoms usually disappear between 12 and 18 months of age. However, for a small number of babies, symptoms of reflux are severe, and medical evaluation and treatment is needed.

Common Symptoms Less Common Symptoms
  • Frequent spitting up or vomiting
  • Irritability when feeding
  • Refusing food or eating only small amounts
  • Sudden or constant crying
  • Arching the back while feeding
  • "Wet" burps
  • Frequent hiccups
  • Frequent coughing
  • Poor sleep habits with frequent waking
  • Bad breath
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Frequent sore throat
  • Weight loss or poor weight gain
  • Respiratory problems (such as asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, wheezing)
  • Frequent ear or sinus infections
  • Excessive drooling
  • Hoarse voice
  • Spells of not breathing
  • Symptoms & Treatment For Acid Reflux In Infants

    3 Ways To Diagnosing In Infants

    1. Lab Tests
    2. Esophageal PH Monitoring
    3. Upper Endoscopy

    9 Lifestyle Changes Preventing Infant Acid Reflux

    1. Hold Baby Upright
    2. Laying Baby Down When Awake
    3. Nighttime Sleep Position
    4. Try Smaller, More Frequent Feedings
    5. Rice Cereal May Help
    6. Diet Modifications For Mothers Who Breastfeed
    7. Infant Seats And Car Seats
    8. Burping The Infant
    9. Other Things You Can Do

    Iif your baby has been diagnosed with GERD, the doctor may prescribe a prescription medication or over-the-counter remedy to help treat the reflux. These remedies including :

    1. Antacids :

    These neutralize stomach acid. These include Tums, Mylanta, and Maalox.

    2. Acid Suppressers :

    These suppress acid production in the stomach. These include Tagamet, Pepcid, Zantac. and Axid.

    3. Acid Blockers :

    It completely block acid production. Prilosec and Prevacid have been approved for children over certain ages.