As the time comes to consider weaning a baby into solids, parents worry about what to introduce first and when should that be done. For some of them, the situation might be slightly more complicated, as their child suffers from reflux. Often this leads to the suggestions a child might need to be weaned earlier to try and help decrease symptoms. But is this really the case? For us to have a clearer idea of what is involved, let’s first address the main problem.

What is reflux, and what other names is it known for?

Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux. It is likely one of the most common causes of concern for parents of infants/newborns. In simple terms, it is the passage of the stomach content into the oesophagus. The LES (lower oesophageal sphincter) is not yet competent in preventing that passage in young children. Signs can sometimes be hard to understand, as not in all cases you will see the feed coming out or reaching the mouth.

This is what is commonly called “Silent Reflux”.

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