Baby Reflux Symptoms Guide
Author: Heidi Holvoet, PhD
GER or GERD? This Baby
Symptoms Guide helps you find out if your baby has infant
acid reflux, and which type it is. It is important to react timely to
and to know when to seek medical advice.
What is acid reflux in babies?
All babies spit up regularly. That is absolutely normal because their
digestive system needs time to develop.
Food that has reached the stomach, may go backward, and reach the
esophagus and mouth again. That's when we see the
typical spitting up a bit of her milk after a feed, or she
might truly vomit. Or she may just be uncomfortable for a while after
This totally harmless form of baby acid reflux is called GER (Gastro
Esophageal Reflux). It usually occurs in the first months and most
babies outgrow it by 6 to 12 months old.
But some babies spit and vomit more than others. And it is accompanied
by severe tummy aches, poor weight gain, very difficult feeding, ...
something more serious going on: GERD
Esophageal Reflux Disorder).
is a medical condition that definitely needs medical help. Let's have a
look at the symptoms to help you decide what your baby has.
Does my baby have baby reflux - GER or GERD?
The harmless infant
reflux type GER
Esophageal Reflux) is very very common. Your baby simply spits a bit
after a feeding. She
may be uncomfortable for a little while after feeding. She may also
vomit a little from time to time.
Normally though, your baby
would not be truly disturbed by this - other than a few moments of
distress. If your baby is otherwise well and developing normally, there
is nothing to worry about.
Symptoms of the more
serious GERD (Gastro
Esophageal Reflux Disorder) type infant acid reflux
- Spitting and vomiting very often (regularly more than 5
times a day)
vomiting: that is vomiting forcefully (the food is
literally spewed out and projectiled through the room)
- Uncomfortable during feeding - often even crying and
- Coughing often after feeding (the returned food and acids
reach the throat and stay there for a while)
- Not gaining weight as should
- Not thriving
- Tummy aches: she will often scream, arch her back, ...
- Sleeping poorly, waking up screaming
The first two symptoms alone are enough reason to go see your doctor
Any of the other symptoms on top of that help you discover the GERD as
Remember that there is also the so-called Silent GERD: baby
does not spit or vomit but has all the other discomforts (the food
reaches the throat but does not come out).
Always consult your doctor when you suspect the GERD type of infant
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