It is common for newborns to throw up, sometimes on a regular basis, but typically there is no reason to worry. The lower esophageal sphincter is not usually fully formed and functional until about 18-months of age. Until then, if the infant overeats or eats lying down, it may give an indication of infant acid reflux, but there are other symptoms the doctor will use to form a diagnosis.
If the infant continues to regurgitate a lot of what it eats, while waiting for the lower esophageal sphincter to mature, the pediatrician may make suggestions to reduce the recurrence of throwing up. Smaller meals given more often is one method often prescribed before medication, but if necessary the doctor will use prescriptions to stop the regurgitation. If other symptoms indicate infant acid reflux may be the problem other steps will need to be taken.
It may be recommended to feed the infant while in an upright position and keeping it up for at least 30 minutes after a meal. Propping the infant on a wedge-shaped pillow may not work for newborns, but placing the wedge under the mattress to slightly elevate it, will keep the infant tilted downwards allowing gravity to help keep the food down. There are specific regimens to treat infant acid reflux, but the decision needs to be made by the pediatrician for the best treatment for the child.
Symptoms of Newborn Acid Reflux
When spitting up is accompanied by poor sleep habits along with frequent stretching, consistently being unhappy or refusing food, the pediatrician may suspect infant acid reflux. While it is much easier to diagnose in adults, infants cannot verbally communicate their symptoms and must rely on parents understanding what their actions mean.
Slow weight gain along with constant sinus or ear infections may be another indication that the child suffers from infant acid reflux and having all of this information will enable the pediatrician to make the best diagnosis and treatment for the child. Parents should never use hoe remedies for infant acid reflux unless prescribed by the doctor as they could inadvertently cause other health issues for the infant.
The pediatrician may recommend adding infant rice into the formula or mother’s milk or they could determine the child is lactose intolerant, especially if it might be inherited from one or both parents. In any case, many of the symptoms of infant acid reflux should disappear by the time the infant is about 18-months old and the digestive system matures.