Reflux In Babies: When Does It Stop Being Normal?

Although it is a disorder that affects most newborns, it can generate complications.

Gastroesophageal reflux or GER is a relatively common disorder in babies. Few parents know this with certainty but it occurs because the digestive system of the newborn is still immature, which causes the lower esophageal sphincter, which is a channel located in the esophagus whose function is to open and close to allow the passage of food towards the stomach, it does not close properly. This, in short, means that the milk or food that the baby has taken returns from the stomach to the mouth.



So this affectation, which is manifested by regurgitations, consists in the elimination of part of that content that had reached the stomach from the corner of the child’s lips, which is different from the vomit in which in the latter the food comes out through the mouth with force, violently, spasmodically and in much more abundant quantities.


Although, according to the pediatrician César Ernesto Prieto, reflux is a normal symptom in babies up to 18 months, it is very important to pay enough attention to eradicate it as soon as possible, in order to avoid other health problems for the small one.


In fact, one of the most common consequences of this alteration is that the gastric juices that are in the stomach rise up the throat every time the child throw up burning their walls, which are not prepared to tolerate such an acidic. This results in inflammation of the throat, which hinders the maturation of the sphincter of the baby’s cardia (a muscle located between the esophagus and the area of ​​the stomach that serves to prevent the reflux of ingested food).


Symptoms that can not be overlooked

The following symptoms will help you to identify if this problem, so common in the first months of life, has become something more complex that needs professional attention:



Interruption of sleep

Abdominal pain



Excess of gases

Recurrent ear infections


Treatment and recommendations

The following are some recommendations that experts give:

-Da milk in small doses but more frequent

-Try to feed the baby in a ‘seated’ position and once it is finished, hold it in a vertical position between 20 and 30 minutes.

-Avoid putting him to bed immediately after taking so that milk is not returned.

-Put the baby’s cradle at an inclination of at least 45 degrees at the head.


When To Go To The Pediatrician?

-When the vomiting is very frequent and occurs even several hours after feeding the baby.

-If it brings with it acidity problems that you can identify with the baby’s expression when regurgitating.

-If the hiccup appears more than once a day.

-When there is abundant vomiting.

-If the child is usually irritable and restless.

-If evidence of crying crisis following the pain caused by regurgitation.

-When you find it difficult to feed your baby, even though the little one is hungry.

– If there is an affectation of the sleep of the baby or it does not manage to sleep peacefully two or three hours followed.

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