A Guide To Reflux
Although it is estimated that 4 in 10 babies suffer from reflux, I am still shocked to hear stories almost daily of misdiagnosed babies, under supported parents and months of distress for both baby and parents which could have been avoided if dealt with correctly. Although I work 1:1 with families dealing with reflux, I want to widen the support I offer and therefore I have written this post to help demystify, clarify and offer practical advise on reflux for those families working through their reflux journey.
So, What Exactly is Reflux?
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux (also known as physiological reflux) occurs when contents the stomach comes back up into the oesophagus, resulting in baby either posseting/vomiting their feed or re-swallowing the regurgitated stomach contents. Physiological reflux is very common in infants due to their underdeveloped digestive system and the amount of time they spend lying down, a position which can cause increased physiological reflux. Other symptoms of simple physiological reflux include;
- Frequent coughing and/or hiccups
- Irritability/episodes of upset
- Frequent ear infections
- Frequent night waking
It is also possible for babies to suffer from ‘silent’ reflux, whereby they experience reflux symptoms but the stomach contents doesn’t get regurgitated into the mouth and therefore is re swallowed into the stomach.
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