takes only a few simple gestures and good habits in most cases. Costly
natural remedies tend not to help and medication is only needed in few,
All too many newborns who cry often and sleep poorly are
diagnosed with acid reflux.
Every young baby, whether breastfed or
formula fed, will spit up some milk after a feed.
That is normal and it is
of reflux, calledÂ Gastro
Esophageal Reflux or GER.
It is simply due to the very new and immature digestive system. The
will be all you need to help your baby through this phase.
There is a medical condition also,
Esophageal Reflux Disorder or GERD.
In this case, your little one will not just spit up once now and then and not be bothered by it, but will repeatedly
spit up up to 5 times a day or more. She may not only cry a lot and
sleep poorly but also not gain weight as she should, and not develop well
To help you recognize either of these two types of newborn acid reflux,
gives a complete list of signs
to look out for.
If you suspect GERD, consult your pediatrician who can suggest the
right treatment. But alongside that, the relief tips below remain
helpful and important.
Newborn acid reflux relief
Quite naturally, we often tend to keep a tiny just-born in a lie-down
We keep her lying in our arms when holding close or carrying around.
She's lying down to be changed, when put down to sleep and ... when
It's easy, and a good safe position for the just new bones and muscles.
But, when it comes to digesting food, lying down is not so good.
troubles with acid reflux
simply by keeping upright
during and after feeding. Combine this with light, small but regular
feeds and you'll have solved most discomfort before it even starts!
: breastfeeding is perfectly adapted to your little
one's needs. It's lightly digested: exactly what you
need to avoid the reflux issues. Try and find a position in
which your baby is not lying entirely flat though.
: your newborn will cope with
small portions much better than larger portions. So do stick to feeding
small amounts every 2-3 hours rather than trying to
and hold out
This small-portions tip is also an
important safety recommendation that I give with regards to sleeping.
Newborn Sleep Guide
(e-book) details this and other safe
sleeping advice for the first weeks.
whether breastfeeding or formula feeding, have your child upright as
much as possible.
Keep upright after a feed
for at least 20-30 minutes. Avoid
putting her down straight away.
You may want to
change diapers before feeding
so you are not in a rush afterwards to lie her down to change.
: while keeping your baby upright, gently pat her
back or move her high up on your shoulder (facing opposite to you) to
help her burp.
Not all babies burp easily
but it is important to give yours at least the opportunity to do so.
Lift up the
crib mattress??? No.
This is a classic recommendation for reflux i.e.
to have baby sleep with her head a bit higher than the rest of her
body. I don't recommend this since it is not safe for your baby. If you feel your baby really should sleep on an incline, please only do this after consulting your pediatrician and having received his or her explicit and practical advice on how to do this safely.
same warning against using a car seat or swing to keep your baby on an incline: that's not recommended and not safe
Newborn acid reflux can be very uncomfortable. Your baby will
often cry when put down and may have trouble sleeping.
Carefully do all the tips above and you should see relief quickly.
If no improvement or if you worry about your baby in any way, or wonder whether she has a more serious form of acid reflux
it's crucial to consult your doctor
Heidi Holvoet, PhD, is the founder of the Baby Sleep Advice website and movement, an award-winning author, baby & toddler sleep consultant with 14+ years experience as well as a certified lactation counselor.
Over the years, Heidi has received several awards inluding a Mom's Choice Award (MCA) and National Parenting Awards (NAPPA) for her Baby Sleep Advice website, programs and books.
She is also a member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants of which she was one of the earliest contributors. She obtained her PhD degree in physics at the University of Ghent in Belgium.
Heidi is passionate about helping babies and their parents sleep more and better, with her trademark approach that has been proven and praised time and again by parents worldwide to be effective and truly no-tears. Respect for you as a parent and your baby, is at the heart of Heidi's warm and kind support. Her approach always keeps in mind a baby's needs and abilities at any given age, is based on pediatric science and the most up to date knowledge in infant care and sleep science.