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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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