Reflux is a common problem in babies, and it usually starts in the first two months of life. More than half of babies spit up, and the majority of babies with reflux are considered ‘happy spitters’.
Reflux, in more acute cases, can cause pain in babies. Reflux is easily recognised in babies who spit up and have irritability symptoms, however some babies may not spit up at all. This is referred to as silent reflux. Other signs of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in babies with silent reflux include fussiness and poor feeding habits. Parents of babies who do not spit up, on the other hand, may confuse their babies symptoms with colic.