Baby Reflux – how to recognize?
Reflux usually occurs in children between 6 and 8 months of age. Parents are not always able to notice this disease, mistaking it for the usual, common vomiting. How to recognize reflux in a child? First of all, it is necessary to take into account the difficulties that arise in feeding. It is enough to take a closer look at whether the Toddler has problems swallowing, or consumes small amounts of food, after which he immediately burps or vomits. This condition usually goes away on its own, but for your own peace, and above all the comfort of the child, it is worth going to the doctor.
Ailments caused by reflux make Toddlers’ lives uncomfortable. Therefore, the most common defence response of the body is loud, prolonged crying. It is hardly surprising that each time the oesophagus is irritated, eventually inflammation and even damage to its walls can occur. Reflux occurs when the lower oesophagal sphincter is not closed. This causes the stomach contents to go back into the oesophagus. A mixture containing acid and pepsin irritates and/or damages the delicate walls of the oesophagus. Sometimes bile retracts from the duodenum.
Feeding baby with reflux
Always consult your doctor first. With this ailment it is important what and how you feed your toddler. Of course, the best food is mother’s milk, because it contains ingredients that reduce the possibility of baby acidity. Do not give large portions of food. It is better if the child eats less at certain intervals. This will allow the digestive system to work better. Smaller doses of food will not exert such much pressure, as a result of which acid secretion will be reduced. It is important that after every feeding the baby has a bounce. This will help to prevent the contents from entering the oesophagus.
As for the feeding process itself, it is best that it runs fairly vertically. This will allow milk to get straight into the stomach. Lying down promotes the retention of food in the oesophagus, which is not good for digestive work. Although the feeding position is not very comfortable, it can be easily managed. Using the nursing pillow, you can easily set the correct position of the Toddler’s body, and at the same time you will not strain your joints, muscles and spine.