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Reflux in babies

Reflux in babies

Reflux is where some of the contents in your baby’s tummy leak back up into their mouth. It’s a very common occurrence, affecting 40% of babies, however not all of these babies will require treatment. Remember that reflux is different from vomiting, where muscles forcefully contract when vomiting.

Reflux usually occurs because your baby’s oesophagus is still developing. It can begin at 8 weeks old and can take up to 12 months to fully resolve.

Signs of Reflux:

  • Persistent or excessive spitting up after feeds
  • Persistent crying
  • Persistent hiccups or coughing

You do not need to be concerned about reflux if your baby is feeding well, happy and gaining weight as normal.

How to remedy reflux:

  • Keep your baby upright during feeds
  • Slow down your milk flow (Laidback feeding)
  • Wind your baby often. Watch our Instagram video demonstrating this, here.
  • Be mindful of your diet (this is an extremely rare cause)

When to contact your Health Professional:

Contact your GP or healthcare provider if reflux starts after 6 months of age, continues beyond 1 year, or your baby has any of the following problems:

  • If reflux starts after 6mths of age or continues beyond 1 year
  • Coughing or gagging while feeding
  • Frequent projectile vomiting
  • Green or yellow vomit
  • Blood in poo
  • Swollen tender tummy
  • Not gaining weight

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