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Treating Reflux In Infants

Does your baby spit up frequently? Or do think your baby has reflux? If you answered yes to either one of these questions then you need to make an appointment with your pediatrician to determine if your baby has simple and uncomplicated reflux or if there is a more serious condition present. Fortunately, if your baby has simple reflux it is really easy to treat. Your baby may be suffering because of feedings, but this does not have to be the case so help find the best treatment for your baby so they can enjoy mealtime.

One tip that works wonders for treating reflux in infants is changing the amount of feedings. Too often babies are fed several large meals rather than many small meals. Their immature bodies are not prepared to handle these large feedings and reflux occurs. Consider feeding your baby a couple of ounces every couple of hours and see if that helps. Many times babies that eat rapidly or gulp their food benefit from frequent small feedings and have less reflux.

Moms that are mixing breast feeding with formula should consider simply breast feeding for the time being. In general babies that are breast fed have less reflux than those that receive formula. If you have no other choice other than breast and formula feeding then try feeding your baby less formula and see if that fixes the problem. Sometimes finding the treatment for reflux for your baby requires trial and error before you find what works.

Another tip to keep in mind is burping. Babies with reflux should be burped before, during, and after their feedings. Babies that are burped frequently expel their gas and have less reflux than babies who are burped little or none. If you help your baby burp up the air in their bellies frequently you will have fewer problems with reflux because if you leave air in their bellies they will burp it up with vomit.

Other treatment options include thickening your baby’s formula if the other suggestions don’t help your baby’s reflux. Sometimes mixing rice cereal with the formula helps the baby digest better and not spit up. Also, when you feed your baby thicker food they must eat slower so they will not take in as much air when they eat. If your baby has not improved with the rice cereal treatment after a day or so then stop adding it.

If after all of the above suggestions your baby has not improved you will need to talk to your pediatrician. Many times at this point your doctor will suggest antacid or other drugs like Prilosec and Zantac. Frequently these medications do the trick and your baby will be able to control the reflux until he/she grows out of the reflux stage.

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