Reflux in infants may be treated with body position changes while awake, lower-volume feedings, thickening agents (i.e., rice cereal), antiregurgitant formula, extensively hydrolyzed or amino acid formulas, and, in breastfed infants, eliminating cow’s milk and eggs from the mother’s diet.
Does GERD go away in babies?
GERD is very common during a baby’s first year of life. It often goes away on its own. Your child is more at risk for GERD if he or she has: Down syndrome.
What medication is used for acid reflux in babies?
OTC antacids suitable for treating infant reflux include Mylanta, Maalox, and Tums. While Mylanta and Maalox can be given to infants who are older than 1 month, Tums is not recommended for those under 1 year old. Regular use of antacids may help infants with mild symptoms of GERD.
How do I know if my baby has GERD?
While they may vary, the 10 most common signs of acid reflux or GERD in infants include:
- spitting up and vomiting.
- refusal to eat and difficulty eating or swallowing.
- irritability during feeding.
- wet burps or hiccups.
- failure to gain weight.
- abnormal arching.
- frequent coughing or recurrent pneumonia.
- gagging or choking.
Does gripe water help with GERD?
Although you might be tempted to try gripe water to ease symptoms of reflux, there’s no scientific evidence of its effectiveness.
When should I take my baby to the doctor for acid reflux?
When to see a doctor
See your baby’s doctor if your baby: Isn’t gaining weight. Consistently spits up forcefully, causing stomach contents to shoot out of his or her mouth (projectile vomiting) Spits up green or yellow fluid.