Re­flux

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When a baby spits up milk dur­ing of af­ter a feed. Re­flux (also called pos­set­ing) is dif­fer­ent from vom­it­ing be­cause there is no force­ful mus­cle con­trac­tion in the throat or stom­ach; baby only pas­sively spits up.

Re­flux is com­mon among ba­bies and usu­ally a re­sult of the oe­soph­a­gus be­ing un­der­de­vel­oped. In most cases it stops be­tween 12 and 14 months. It is rare for re­flux to con­tinue be­yond 18 months.

In rare cases re­flux can be a sign of more se­ri­ous prob­lem, such as gas­tro-oe­sophageal re­flux dis­ease (GORD), a milk al­lergy or a block­age.

Symp­toms

Spit­ting up of milk.

Treat­ment

Medicines are rarely needed for re­flux but are avail­able in ex­treme cases.

Burp baby reg­u­larly, avoid over­feed­ing and feed­ing too quickly.

Hold baby up­right for a time af­ter feed­ing.

Raise the one end of your baby’s cot, so your baby’s head is slightly el­e­vated when sleep­ing.

Con­sult your doc­tor if re­flux is ac­com­pa­nied by: cough­ing, gag­ging or trou­ble swal­low­ing, re­fus­ing to feed, bad breath, dif­fi­culty sleep­ing, arch­ing back or draw­ing legs up dur­ing or af­ter a feed, pro­jec­tile vom­it­ing, not gain­ing/los­ing weight.

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