Symptoms of baby reflux
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), gastric reflux disease, or acid reflux disease is described as chronic symptoms or mucosal damage which is produced by the abnormal reflux of stomach acid to the esophagus. Heartburn is one of the typical symptoms.
GERD may not be easily detected in infants and children, because the symptoms may be different from typical adult symptoms. GERD in children may cause repeated vomiting, unforced spitting up, coughing, as well as various respiratory problems. Inconsolable crying, failure to gain satisfactory weight, refusing food and bad breath are also common. Children may have one symptom or many, since not a single symptom is universal in all children with GERD.
Common symptoms of Pedriatic reflux
Reflux commonly starts with vomiting but there are other signs as well. Some babies reflux without coming out of their mouths (termed silent reflux) can cause more damage, but also can be more difficult to diagnose.
There are many different symptoms of GER. Your child may have some of these symptoms, but it does not have to have all of them:
- constant or sudden crying
- frequent spitting-up or vomiting
- refusing food or accepting only a few bites besides being hungry
- poor sleep habits and frequent waking
- \"wet burp\" or \"wet hiccup\" sounds
- bad breath
The less common symptoms of pediatric GER include:
- constant eating and drinking (to relieve a sore throat)
- intolerance of certain foods
- poor weight gain
- swallowing problems
- hoarse voice
- frequent sore throat
- respiratory problems
- ear infections
- constantly running nose, sinus infections
- excessive salvation, drooling.
There are three types of treatments for GERD, and they include lifestyle modifications, medications, and surgery.
It is estimated that about a half of all newborns are born with some degree of infant reflux and that number is constantly rising. Despite the fact that most of these babies outgrow their condition within the first few months of life and many do not require medical intervention for their reflux, there is a significant number of those who do not outgrow it and those who are really bothered by their infant reflux. On the other side, there are many who suffer terrible complications and do not respond to even the most aggressive treatment.