10 Tips for Those Who Have Reflux in Their Baby
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Reflux is a stomach condition that can affect babies as well as adults. Reflux, which manifests itself in infants with symptoms such as retching and vomiting after feeding, persistent hiccups, wheezing, coughing, breast rejection, slowing weight gain, can lead to some health problems if left untreated. In addition, it will be very useful to take some measures to support the treatment in order to eliminate the uneasiness and crying crises caused by babies.
So what can be done to alleviate this problem of a baby with reflux? How is baby reflux treated? Let’s take a look at the 10 suggestions we have compiled for you.
Burp your baby regularly.
Babies’ digestive system continues to develop after birth. Since bowel movements are not fully formed, they have difficulty passing gas on their own. For this reason, the gas problem is very common in babies. Gas accumulated in their abdomen can compress the stomach and trigger reflux. In order to prevent this problem, the baby should be gassed after each feeding. Apart from feeding moments, it will also be useful to renew gas a few times during the day.
Rearrange your baby's feeding routine.
Nutrition is the most effective factor in infant reflux. For this reason, you can significantly reduce the reflux problem by taking some precautions during the feeding times of your pup.
- Feed your baby little and often.
- Be careful not to lie down immediately after feeding. The milk that your newly fed baby sucks will come back to the esophagus when he lies down and will disturb him. It is ideal to wait for at least 10-15 minutes.
- If your baby is breastfed, make sure you keep him in the right position and feed him at the right angle.
- Be sure to check the flow rate of the milk coming from the breast while breastfeeding.
- If there is a build-up of milk in the breast or if the mother has a lot of milk, the baby may have a sudden forceful of milk coming into his mouth. This increases the risk of reflux by causing the baby to have difficulty swallowing and choking. At such moments, it will be beneficial for the mother to empty her breast and make the baby’s job easier by milking.
- As the milk may be excessive, in some mothers, milk secretion may start late and its delivery to the baby may be delayed. In this case, the baby has to swallow air for a while at the beginning of breastfeeding. This triggers reflux by causing bloating in babies.
- If reflux has developed in formula-fed infants, the formula may not be suitable for your child. Therefore, either try a different formula or consult your doctor for help.
- Ensure that the environment is in suitable conditions while feeding your baby. Factors such as excessive sound, light, and crowd can trigger reflux by causing stress in babies.
Choose the foods that your baby and yourself consume carefully.
What your baby is fed as well as his diet is also effective in the reflux problem. While the risk is less for babies using breast milk or formula, reflux is more common in babies who start the complementary food process due to hypersensitivity to new foods and digestive problems. For this, try to give new foods by following the 3-day rule while tasting, observe your baby and take a break from that food when symptoms such as nausea and vomiting occur after tasting.
Lay your baby in the correct position.
One of the underlying problems in most babies who develop reflux is the wrong sleeping position. Lying the baby in the right position and at the right angle prevents the stomach contents from escaping from the stomach to the esophagus. For this reason, it is recommended by experts that babies with reflux should be placed on the left side with the head slightly elevated. The supine and slightly inclined position is also a useful method for reflux. However, babies under the age of 1 lying on their backs at the time of vomiting carry a high risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Make the right choice of bottle.
Pay attention to the pacifier structure of the bottle used in babies with reflux. Make sure your preferred bottle has a valve system. Bottles with a valve systems help your baby to feed more easily with their form that prevents babies from swallowing air. With baby bottles that have the closest pacifier form to the mother’s breast, babies grasp the bottle much more easily and the risk of swallowing air is eliminated. Such products will reduce the risk of reflux, especially for babies who are fed with formula and who use bottles frequently during the day.
Try using a reflux mattress while you sleep.
One of the most effective products to alleviate reflux is the reflux pillow/mattress. These products, which allow you to lay your baby with an inclination of 30-45 degrees, relieve reflux by preventing the food in the baby’s stomach from escaping into the esophagus. Especially during long night sleeps, the use of this bed after night feeding will make your baby very comfortable. It will allow you to breastfeed and lay him back without interrupting his sleep.
Avoid sudden movements while holding your baby.
Behaviors such as quickly picking up your baby from the bed, picking him up, making sudden movements while carrying him, shaking him, and shaking him can cause your baby’s stomach contents to come into his mouth. Care should be taken not to shake babies with reflux too much and not to make sudden movements.
Avoid tight clothing that squeezes your baby.
Tight clothes with a tight fit, elastic waist, and tight clothing will not only disturb your pup’s stomach but also cause his reflux to progress as it will put pressure on his stomach. For this reason, comfortable, loose-fitting, non-tightening clothes should be preferred as much as possible for babies with reflux.
Try bringing pacifier use to life.
Families struggling with reflux often ask the question, ‘What is good for baby reflux?’. The use of a pacifier can be good for reflux. Babies who use a pacifier secrete extra saliva while sucking, as they mimic the sucking reflex at the time of feeding. This action also accelerates bowel movements. In this way, a decrease in reflux complaints can be observed. If your baby has reflux, you can try using a pacifier.
Avoid being a passive smoker.
Smoking is a factor that triggers reflux. Passive smoking occurs in babies in a smoking environment and reflux problem is more common in passive smokers. For this reason, make sure that no smoking is allowed in the environment where your baby is present.
Read more: What are the Symptoms of Reflux in Babies?
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