Reflux in babies
Reflux doesn't usually require treatment if your baby is putting on weight and seems otherwise well.
The following treatments and advice may beoffered if your baby appears to be in distress or their reflux has a specific, identified cause.
Your midwife or health visitor may want to check how you feed your baby and suggest some changes to help with their reflux.
These changes might include:
If yourdoctor thinks your baby could have acows' milk allergy, they may suggest trying special formula milk that doesn't contain cows' milk.
Read moregeneral breastfeeding advice and bottle feeding advice .
Babies with reflux don't usually need to take any medication, but sometimes the following medicines may be offered if your doctor feels the problem is severe:
Alginates may be used if changing the way you feed your baby doesn't help. PPIs andH2-receptor antagonists may berecommended if your baby appears to be in discomfort or is refusing feeds.
In a very small number of babies most often, babies with serious underlying conditions such as cerebral palsy an operation may be needed to treat GORD by tightening the ring of muscle at the bottom of the oesophagus.
Surgery may also be neededif there's a blockage or narrowing in the oesophagus, stomach or small intestine.
Find out about reflux, where a baby brings up milk during or soon after a feed.
Signs that your baby may have reflux include: spitting up milk during or after feeds this may happen several times a day feeding difficulties such as refusing feeds, gagging or choking persistent
Reflux isn't usually a cause for concern and you don't normally need to get medical advice if your baby seems otherwise happy and healthy, and is gaining weight appropriately . But contact your midwi
It's normal for some babies to have reflux. It usually justoccurs because a baby's food pipe (oesophagus) is still developing. Itnormally stopsby the time a baby is a year old, when the ring of muscl
Most babies with reflux don't need any tests. It can usually be diagnosed based on your baby's symptoms. In rare cases, the following tests may be recommended if your baby's reflux is severe or persi
Reflux doesn't usually require treatment if your baby is putting on weight and seems otherwise well. The following treatments and advice may beoffered if your baby appears to be in distress or their