Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux (GOR), commonly termed reflux, is quite common in many babies however its severity differs between individuals. Most babies regurgitate, vomit or chuck after a feed in the early weeks; this is due to their digestive systems being immature. Or, they may not actually spill the contents from their mouths and the milk or solids which is mixed with stomach acid, comes only part of the way up the oesophagus and causes silent reflux or heartburn.
Here are some of the common symptoms of Reflux:
More serious symptoms are:
If you are concerned about your baby, or if they display any of these more serious symptoms you should seek immediate medical advice.
Based on the symptoms that your child is presenting with, a diagnosis of reflux (GOR) can usually be made without any further investigation. However, if your child is presenting with more serious symptoms then further tests may be required. Speak to your doctor regarding these.
It is worth noting that not all of these symptoms need to be present for a diagnosis of Reflux to be made. Similarly, reflux may not be the diagnosis even if some of these signs are present. See your doctor if you suspect your baby has reflux, or if you have any concerns.
In most cases of infant reflux no medical intervention will be required. However your Doctor may diagnose Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux(GORD) and recommend the use of a drug to treat the condition. You should not administer any over the counter preparations or drugs without the advice of your doctor as they may not be appropriate.
For more information see Baby care