Acid reflux is when stomach acid travels up towards the throat.
What are the symptoms of reflux?
Some of the symptoms include:
pain during or after eating
being sick while eating or straight after
being hungry but refusing to eat
gagging almost immediately after eating
Your doctor may be able to diagnose reflux based on symptoms. In other cases, they may decide to:
monitor acid levels in the oesophagus and stomach over 24 hours (a pH study)
watch how food is digested by x-ray (barium study)
Treatment for babies with reflux
Your doctor may try strategies to reduce symptoms. These may include:
feeding your baby in an upright position
winding your baby after small amounts of food
keeping your baby in an upright position for at least 20 minutes after the feed
Sometimes your doctor or dietician may try to make milk feeds thicker to see if this helps reduce symptoms. Some medicines can reduce the production of stomach acid. Others can neutralise the acid in the stomach.
Always seek advice from your doctor before starting reflux medications.
Reflux can get better as children get older
Reflux problems can get better in some children.
But children who are not in an upright position much or who have muscle problems may not grow out of it.
Other problems with reflux
Other problems associated with reflux are:
failure to gain weight
failure to keep enough food down to stay healthy
There can also be problems with teeth. This is because excess acid comes back into the mouth with the food from the stomach. Try to make mouth cleaning activities part of the daily routine.