Infant Acid Reflux

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

More than half of all infantsand almost 85 percent of premature infantsare estimated to experience acid reflux in the first three months of life. Dr. Edward Hill discusses infant acid reflux in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Infant acid reflux is the condition where the contents of the stomach are spit out, usually shortly after feeding. Spitting up becomes less common as a baby gets older, and its unusual if its still occurring after 18 months of age.

In a small number of cases, reflux can be a sign of a more serious problem, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, an allergy or a blockage.

Spitting up and vomiting are the main symptoms of infant reflux. As long as your baby is healthy, content and growing well, the reflux is not a cause for concern. Your child will in all likelihood outgrow it.

While your baby may act fussy or seem to be uncomfortable, it is very unusual for the stomach contents to be acidic enough to irritate the esophagus or throat, as happens with acid reflux.

Most cases of infant reflux clear up on their own, helped by changes in feeding techniques. If the reflux is severe or doesnt get better, your doctor may recommend medication to treat it.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.