Why does my baby reflux or regurgitate milk?

Why does my baby reflux or regurgitate milk?

Why does my baby reflux or regurgitate milk?

Reflux affects nearly half of all babies. It is often called 'regurgitation' because you can usually see the milk coming back up after the baby's feed.

What is regurgitation or reflux?

Regurgitation happens when babies bring up a small amount of milk, usually a teaspoonful without seeming to mind. Regurgitation is common in babies under six months old for completely normal physiological reasons and doesn’t require medication.

Reflux or regurgitation can occur because the ring of muscle between the esophagus (food pipe) and stomach is not fully developed. As a result, food or milk can return up the food pipe.

Some of the symptoms of a cow's milk protein allergy are similar to those of reflux, particularly in babies with eczema or asthma, or a family history of eczema or asthma.

Reflux affects about half of all newborn babies, and it's usually not a cause for concern. By the time they're 12 months old, nearly nine out of ten babies have gotten better. This is because a baby's digestive system develops over the first 12 months, and they spend more time upright as they begin to sit up.

Baby reflux symptoms

  • Baby reflux symptoms might include
  • Bringing up milk during or shortly after a feeding.
  • Coughing or hiccups during feeds.
  • Constant ear infections.
  • Being unsettled during feeding.
  • Swallowing or gulping after burping or feeding.
  • Crying for long periods of time.
  • Refusing to feed and, gagging or choking while being fed.
  • Poor weight gain.

Is infant regurgitation normal?

Regurgitation is a normal and common symptom in infants. This is due to the infant esophagus's small volume capacity, as well as other factors such as their large liquid meals and the amount of time they spend lying down. Infants who have a lot of regurgitation, but no actual disease, have a condition that is called functional infant regurgitation. Functional means that the symptom is present, but there is no indication of a disease.

Why does my baby reflux or regurgitate milk?
Why does my baby reflux or regurgitate milk?

Are some babies more likely to get regurgitation or reflux?

Reflux is more common in premature babies and babies who were born with a low birth weight. It's also common in babies and children who have muscle and nerve impairments, such as cerebral palsy, or who have a cow's milk allergy.

What can I do if burping my baby is extremely difficult?

Even after burping for 10 minutes, your baby may regurgitate. If you're tired and worried about your baby regurgitating milk, don't put him down right away. Keep your baby upright to prevent milk from flowing back into the stomach. Remember that elevating your baby's head with a pillow will not reduce the risk of regurgitation; instead, it may suffocate him.

What is silent reflux in babies?

If your baby is showing reflux symptoms but isn't spitting up milk, they may have silent reflux, in which the milk flows back up to the esophagus (food pipe) and is swallowed by your baby. Silent reflux can be confusing, hard to identify and extremely frustrating. This is because while you may not be able to physically see what’s being brought back up, the baby reflux symptoms are still present.

Silent reflux symptoms

Silent reflux has symptoms that are similar to those of regular reflux. The main difference between the two is that your baby will not bring up their milk after a feed if they have silent reflux.

How to help a baby with reflux or regurgitation?

Nutrisaine Anti- Regurgitation AR

Nutrisaine Anti- Regurgitation AR developed a formulation specifically designed for babies with frequent reflux and regurgitation. This formula gives the milk a thickened consistency on mixing, to help the milk to stay down in your little one's tummy and prevent regurgitation.

Nutrisaine Anti-Regurgitation AR is a nutritionally complete formula that can be used as a sole source of nutrition from birth to 12 months, or as part of a weaning diet.

Other tips to help your baby with reflux and regurgitation

There are a few things you can do to make your baby more comfortable if they have been diagnosed with reflux. Here are a few home remedies and handy tips for soothing baby reflux:

During feeding:

  • take your time with feeds
  • Try to remain calm and relaxed during feedings if possible
  • Burp your baby during the feeding
  • Don't force your baby to take more milk than they want – some babies prefer to eat smaller amounts more frequently for bottle feeding
  • Check that the hole in the teat isn't too large, as feeding too quickly can aggravate reflux
  • Use towel or cloth after feeds to catch the milk and protect clothes

After feeding:

  • hold your baby upright for a short time after they have fed
  • try not to handle them too much
  • where possible, it may be helpful to change baby before or during a feed, rather than later when their stomach is full.

When should you consult a doctor

If your baby is happy and gaining weight, baby reflux is usually not a cause for concern. However, if your baby's vomiting becomes more forceful, begins after six months, lasts longer than a year, or has any of the problems listed below, it's best to contact your medical assistant, health visitor

  • Spitting up feeds frequently or refusing feeds.
  • Coughing or gagging during the feeding process.
  • Frequent vomiting (forceful vomiting that lands some distance away).
  • Vomit that is green or yellow in color (possibly bile) or contains blood.
  • Blood in poo or chronic diarrhea.
  • Excessive crying or irritability.
  • Swollen or tender tummy.
  • A high temperature of 38⁰C or higher.
  • Not gaining weight or losing weight.