Infantile reflux is common in infants; however, it is not normal. Most infants will receive reflux medications, which cover up their symptoms but do not address the infants’ underlying cause.
About Infantile Reflux
Infantile reflux occurs when milk or food backs up from the stomach into the throat/mouth, causing the baby to spit up. Babies experiencing reflux spit up frequently and may experience pain and discomfort. This condition rarely causes severe side effects and can decrease as the baby matures.
Infantile reflux is common in infants; however, it is not normal. Most infants will receive reflux medications, which cover up their symptoms but do not address the infants’ underlying cause. There are many reasons infants experience reflux, such as:
- Weak esophageal sphincter
- Food allergies
- Lip Tie/ Tongue Tie
Weak Esophageal Sphincter
When babies are born, their esophageal sphincter is not fully developed yet. The esophageal sphincter is located between the stomach and esophagus. The esophageal sphincter is located between the stomach and esophagus. The sphincter’s job is to allow for stomach contents to stay in the stomach. Because the muscles aren’t fully grown, they aren’t strong enough to keep food in the stomach. Therefore, it can allow for food to pass through the sphincter and come up into the mouth, causing spit up.
Children with reflux may have an underlying food sensitivity. Food sensitivity may show up as reflux, eczema, rashes, and an overall uncomfortable baby. Food sensitivity is different than a food allergy as food allergy will cause anaphylactic shock. The only way to uncover food sensitivities is by eliminating the food through a nursing mother’s diet or seeking an alternative formula.
Lip Tie/ Tongue Tie
Lip/tongue ties are a congenital condition in which there is a short frenulum (band of tissue) restricting the tongue’s ability to function correctly. When the tongue is limited, it creates a hard time for the infant to feed. They will struggle with latching and will intake a lot of air, and might even make a “clicking” noise when nursing. By intaking a lot of air, infants will experience spit up, pain, and gas, which can look like infantile reflux.
Symptoms of Infantile Reflux
- Spit up frequently
- Arching of the back after or during feedings
- Gagging or trouble swallowing
- Irritability/ fussiness
- Excessive burping
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