Reflux in Babies
Is your infant especially cranky? It may be a common digestion problem called GERD
Know the Signs
A baby may have reflux if he:
- Is colicky (experiences length crying episodes).
- Frequently wakes in apparent pain.
- Sleeps restlessly.
- Arches his back and squirms as if he's hurting.
- Seems in pain right after feeding.
- Refuses to eat or doesn't feed long enough (baby may arch his back and withdraw from feeding or want to nurse frequently--nursing is comforting, and breast milk can act as an antacid).
- Has frequent wet, sour burps.
- Makes throaty nooises--gagging, choking and raspy breathing.
- Has breathing difficulties--frequent respiratory infections, wheezing, stop-breathing episodes.
- May be thought to have "baby asthma".
Keep a Diary
Before seeing your pediatrician, record your baby's experiences per episode, including:
- Signs and symptoms you've noticed and how long they lasted
- How severe you believe the episode was.
- If symptoms are improving or worsening.
- Home treatments you've tried and their results.
- The time of day baby has the most severe symptoms, such as crying jags.