My Baby Spits Up Often – Is This a Problem?

My Baby Spits Up Often – Is This a Problem?

(Last Updated On: November 3, 2018)

My Baby Spits Up Often   Is This a Problem

My Baby Spits Up Often – Is This a Problem?

GERD or Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disease is not only occurred in adults but also common for infants as well. Parents should pay attention if babies often spit up milk after feedings or feeling uncomfortable. If left untreated, the disease can leads to dangerous complications such as; esophasitis, benign esophageal stricture, and a chance of developing esophageal cancer.

What cause Gastroesophageal Reflux?

            Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus by the temporary loosen of lower esophageal sphincter unrelated with the swallow resulted to the food, fluid and gas to flow backward up to the esophagus and lead irritation.

Symptoms of Childhood GERD

Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • Feel pain or burning in the chest, bitter or sour taste in the mouth
  • Vomit with bloody content, difficulty swallowing, refuse to eat or drink
  • Stomach pain, irritation after eating
  • Noticed a child twisting or discomfort

Non-Gastrointestinal Conditions

  • Chronic coughing, hoarseness, sore throat, lung infection
  • Breathing problem and not respond to medications
  • Bad breath, decayed tooth
  • Failed to gain the proper weight

Diagnose the Gastroesophageal Reflux

            After doctor took medical history, primary physical and laboratory examination, doctor will order esophageal pH monitoring to see the reflux of stomach acid into an esophagus and combined impedance-pH monitoring test, the new method allows more accuracy diagnose result.

How is pediatric GERD treated?

Behavioral Modification

  • Baby position: After feeding, baby should be in supine position with mild elevate head and upper body. Hold a baby for 30 minutes after feeding.
  • Breast feeding: feed the baby smaller amount of milk but more often. Also, try to get baby belch after fed.
  • Nutrition: in an older child or teenager, they are suggested to avoid high-fat food, spicy food or foods contain caffeine, alcohol and chocolate. Moreover, losing some weight will improve the symptoms in a chubby child.

 

Oral Medication

Mostly, doctor will prescribe the drugs to decrease stomach acid and a drug urge gastroenterology movement.

Surgery

Surgery needed when the baby is found with severe condition that doesn’t respond to a medication and prolonged drugs usage or the patient is found with life threatening complications.

Doctor
DR. PACHARA WONGRUCHIDA

Specialty: Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology

My Baby Spits Up Often – Is This a Problem?

My Baby Spits Up Often  Is This a Problem
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