Reflux in newborn babies is much more common than you think. While many do suffer from it, it can be a stressful time for both the parents and the baby.
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Babies who are not latching effectively for breastfeeds may develop reflux symptoms. This can be because they are taking in air when feeding or when crying. Sometimes, babies just need to be in a slightly different position to latch more deeply. Although this could also be a sign of tongue or lip tie which goes largely undiagnosed in recent times - always get a second opinion if you’re not happy with the diagnosis from your midwife or doctor.
Colic and reflux are two of the most common conditions that can affect newborn babies. Around a quarter of all babies suffer with colic, and reflux is estimated to be double that. As an expecting or new parent, it is important to know the difference between the two so you can know how to comfort your baby. At babocush, we are extremely familiar with both colic and reflux, so these pointers on how to address the conditions should help.
Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease affects up to half of all babies under the age of three months. It can happen several times throughout the day, especially after meals. When food is swallowed into the stomach, but subsequently regurgitates back into the oesophagus, this is known as regurgitation (food pipe). It may then return to the stomach (and down the gastrointestinal tract), or it may wash up to the mouth or beyond, resulting in a vomit or feed spill.
Instead of throwing up, babies with silent reflux swallow the milk that comes up their oesophagus. The signs aren't always noticeable and you don't see your child constantly vomiting, hence the word "silent". It can be incredibly heartbreaking not understanding what is causing your child pain. You could second-guess your every step as a parent or caregiver, and wonder when, oh when, you'll have a happier and more relaxed baby.
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