How To Help a Baby with Acid Reflux

Your baby is spitting up, coughing, wheezing, feeling irritable during and after feedings, refuses to eat, and crying when lied down especially after feeding. No doubt—your baby is suffering from gastroesphogeal reflux, more popularly known as acid reflux. It’s a condition when the esophagus doesn’t close normally, letting eaten food from the stomach to go back.

A baby suffering with this doesn’t suffer alone. Parents and other people in the household are highly affected whenever the baby doesn’t eat and crying so loud. Stop the stress for both you and your baby by helping your little one minimize the effects of acid reflux.

Consulting a pediatrician is the best thing to do for your baby. The doctor might prescribe medicines or might suggest new baby products that will be helpful for minimizing the effects of acid reflux. But if you can’t contact a pediatrician right away, then do the following remedies:

  • Keep the child upright. Keep the baby in his upright position during feeding time. This helps for proper digestion and minimizes the chance of foods going back to the esophagus.
  • Let the food settle. Keep your baby upright about 20 minutes after feeding. This helps the food settle in the stomach. Do not shake or jiggle your baby during this period. That will disrupt the settling of foods.
  • Smaller but frequent feeding. If your baby has a hard time eating large meals, then try smaller meals but frequent feeding. This way, the baby will not get hungry and won’t have too much food in his stomach to cause acid reflux.
  • Burp the baby. Burping babies after feeding is already the norm. But babies with acid reflux must be burped in a different way. Usually, babies are burped against the mother’s shoulders. Burping this way will put pressure on the stomach, which might also lead to acid reflux. Instead, sit the baby upright while supporting his head using your hands. Wait for some seconds or tap his back so gently to help him burp. Keeping the air out from the stomach is also a great way to prevent acid reflux.
  • Check the nipple’s hole size. It should be just enough for feeding the baby. If the hole is too large, milk will only flow so fast that the baby might be drown. If the hole is too small, your baby might only suck in air instead of milk. The nipple hole is of the right size if only a few drops of milk are falling out when the bottle is held upside down.
  • Don’t eat dairy products. This only applies for breastfeeding mothers. The dairy products you eat may be affecting your baby’s acid reflux.
  • Change baby formula. Sometimes, changing your baby’s milk can already solve his acid reflux problem.

Continue trying these tips until you see improvements on your baby. If his acid reflux gets worse, you might need to see a doctor immediately. Observe the baby if he isn’t gaining more weight, spits up more frequently, spits up yellow or green fluid, spits up blood, and has blood in his stool. These are some of the signs that his acid reflux is something more severe than the usual.


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