Treating Acid Reflux and GERD in Small Children

Acid reflux is one of the worst issues anybody can deal with on a daily basis. This condition is considered to have progressed into being GERD when you experience it several times or more during a week.

Acid reflux in adults is one thing but sometimes small kids will experience this problem too. As you can imagine for baby or newborn to experience the complications of acid reflux can be devastating. The tricky about treating acid reflux in babies is that you can’t use the same treatment methods you would use for adults.

Small children experience acid reflux because their esophagus muscles that are responsible for keeping out stomach acid isn’t strong enough yet. You’ll notice your infant spitting up after he or she eats their food. If you notice your infant irritated during or after feeding they are most likely suffering from acid reflux symptoms.

However, as the infant grows older their esophagus will become stronger so it can keep out the stomach acid and undigested food in their gut. Also, as the infant gets older he or she will have a more stable digestive system so there will be less occurrences of stomach acid regurgitating. In the meantime, what can you do to get rid of acid reflux in babies while they’re still developing?

One of the best things you can do to treat acid reflux in babies is to give him or her probiotics. Not the probiotic supplements for adults but the ones designed specifically for small babies. Gerber has an infant probiotic you can use to treat your child’s acid reflux symptoms.


Another simple thing you can do to treat acid reflux in babies is to keep them in an upright position during and after feeding. This will help keep their food down in the stomach where it belongs so they don’t experience any reflux as a result.

You should also burp your baby regularly to stop the constant spitting up your baby experiences due to acid reflux.

Remember that your baby can’t be treated with antacids, acid blockers, proton pump inhibitors, and other medications commonly used to treat acid reflux in adults. With that being said, if you give your newborn probiotics or try keeping them in an upright position and they still suffer from acid reflux then you should consult with the baby’s doctor for advice on what to try next.

Conclusion

Even though it can tough to treat acid reflux in infants it can still be done. Give probiotics a try and if that doesn’t work try keeping your baby in an upright position and see if that helps. If all else fails consult with the newborn’s doctor on what you can do to treat a newborn’s acid reflux.
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