How To Survive Baby Reflux
Baby reflux is a condition also known as possetting. Your baby ends up spitting the milk swallowed, it comes back up into his food pipe (esophagus). Reflux is mainly characterized by vomiting and spitting up of small amounts of food. This is a type of acid reflux where your baby can face heartburn and hence get irritable.Reflux can be messy and frustrating. Although it is seen in at least 40 per cent of babies, some can have an episode of reflux about five to six times a day. Reflux is a temporary problem which gets better with the baby’s age as his or her digestive system develops.Here are some ways in which you can prevent a reflux:
1. Feed your baby in an upright position.
Feeding your baby in an upright position will ensure that the food goes directly into their stomach instead of staying in the esophagus and coming back up. This is a very effective way of preventing baby reflux.
2. Hold your baby upright for 20-30 minutes after each feed.
Be sure to hold your little one in an upright position after they’ve finished eating. Gently massage their backs and make them burp. This will help you make sure that you baby doesn’t vomit.
3. Give smaller, but frequent feeds.
Adults sometimes happen to assume that their babies can eat just as much as them. The fact that babies have smaller stomachs and limited capacities is overlooked. This leads to regurgitation. Therefore, it makes more sense for your toddlers to have small servings of food/milk at one time. Parents can then feed their babies at frequent but regular intervals to make sure the baby isn’t hungry for longer periods.
4. Cut out Cow’s milk.
If your baby faces severe reflux on being fed cow’s milk, there is a high chance that he is allergic to dairy products. This allergy will also require the mother to give up cheese and yoghurt to prevent their entry into breast milk. If your baby is formula-fed, ask your doctor about giving him a hypoallergenic formula for a couple of weeks to see if it helps.
5. Try Infant Antacid.
Antacid helps to neutralize the acid in your baby’s stomach, so it shouldn’t be as painful for him if he does bring up the feed. It may also be combined with an alginate, a medicine that helps to keep milk and acid in your baby's stomach, avoiding the issue altogether. If you're breastfeeding, you can add the antacid to breast milk. It can also be added to cooled, boiled water, or mixed in with your baby's formula. If you're unsure about how much antacid to give your baby, check the packet or ask your pharmacist or doctor for advice.
6. Seek Medical help.
If your baby is facing severe reflux, no preventive or remedial measure is giving relief and the health of your toddler is constantly deteriorating, it is time to visit a doctor. Although reflux is a pretty normal thing in babies, it go out of hand in some cases and professional help would be your best shot.