Parenting

Infant Acid Reflux – What Is It?

It is common that your baby spits up a lot. This is manly because of infant acid reflux (IAR}, commonly known as gastro esophageal reflux. In fact, more than half of all babies experience infant acid reflux during the first few months of life.

Although spitting is most likely after a feeding, it can happen even when your baby coughs, cries or strains. Normally Infant acid reflux resolves on its own by ages 12 to 18 months. If not medication or other treatments are recommended.

To control IAR, consider these tips:

Keep it calm

Each feeding should be peaceful and relaxed. It’s better if you feed your baby before he or she becomes frantic.

Sit up

Feed your baby in an upright position. You can try a front pack, backpack or infant seat. Gravity helps the contents in your child’s stay where they are. Do not jostle or jiggle your baby while the food is settling.

Try smaller, more frequent feedings

Feed your baby an ounce less than usual or limit nursing sessions to just one breast.

Take time to burp

With frequent burps during and after each feeding, you can keep air from building up in your baby’s stomach. Make your baby sit upright, and support his or her head with your hand. Do not burp your baby over your shoulder. This may put pressure on your baby’s abdomen.

Check the nipple

If you’re feeding your kid with a bottle, make sure the nipple has a hole of right size. If the hole is too large, the milk may flow too fast. If the hole is too small, the baby may get frustrated and gulp air. You can check whether the nipple is of right size or not by hold the bottle upside down. If it is a few drops of milk will fall out.

Thicken the formula

Add a small amount of rice cereal to your baby’s diet formula, after consulting your doctor. Don’t forget to enlarge the hole in the nipple to make it easy for your baby to drink the thickened formula.

Raise the head of the crib

If your baby is lying flat, it may aggravate reflux. So, place your baby to sleep on back. Also, elevate the head of your baby’s crib by 30 degrees.

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