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Gastro-oesophageal reflux

In infants, the muscular valves at the end of the food pipe are not fully developed. These valves keep the contents of the stomach from flowing back into the food pipe. If antacids do not work, a doctor may prescribe a proton pump inhibitor (PPI), such as omeprazole, to reduce stomach acidity. A person with LPR can use these for between 4 weeks and 6 months. Researchers are currently exploring possible links between silent reflux in children and recurrent ear infections and sinusitis.

Some babies with reflux have other conditions that make them tired. These can include heart disease or being born premature. These babies may not be able to eat much before getting sleepy.

In children

The list below gives a general overview of some of the signs and symptoms of infant reflux that may be displayed. A child with reflux will not necessarily display all of them, and the number of signs exhibited does not indicate the severity of their ‘reflux’.

Most infants outgrow silent reflux by their first birthday. Some, however, might need treatment.

Recognizing Acid Reflux/GERD in Infants

An epidemiological association between GERD and chronic cough has been reported in patients of all age groups[7]. Patients with nocturnal reflux may be at higher risk of respiratory symptoms in general, and of cough in particular.[8] However, cough can simultaneously be on account of more than one condition, and it is frequently associated with other respiratory disorders, especially asthma or laryngopharyngeal manifestations such as laryngitis.[9] The most convincing evidence linking reflux and cough comes from pH or pH-impedance-monitoring studies. Harding et al.,[10] using pH-monitoring, observed a strong correlation between esophageal acid events and respiratory symptoms in asthmatics with GERD symptoms and abnormal acid exposure, with almost all cough episodes associated with pH value of less than 4. It was observed that even in patients without reflux symptoms but with abnormal pH-monitoring values, 72% of cough events were associated with esophageal acid events. In another study,[11] GERD was found to be the cause of chronic cough in up to 10% of patients when the diagnosis was made by history, endoscopy or barium esophagogram.

This procedure (fundoplication) is usually done only when reflux is severe enough to prevent growth or to interfere with your baby’s breathing. Treatment for GERD is aimed at reducing the abnormal backflow, or reflux of acid, into the esophagus; preventing injury to the esophagus or helping it to heal if injury has already occurred; preventing GERD from recurring; and preventing complications of GERD. The patient’s history is an extremely important part of the diagnosis of GERD-associated asthma. The diagnosis is important to consider, however, because significant improvement in symptoms and in asthma control occurs with appropriately treated GERD.[16] Certain clinical clues can be helpful in identifying GERD-related asthma.

My first baby had colic bad and my family friend was a chiropractor and asked for a hole month to let me fix your baby . I was like no that s scarey one treatment my life changed .

One alternative approach to reflux which was completely new to me was the use of hazelwood reflux jewelry. These are similar to the amber teething necklaces that John Snyder wrote about recently in that they seem to work, defy all plausibility and may serve as a choking hazard.

He explained how and why it work it was amazing she even straighten out and not curled up like a peanut . So now once I here that cry we off to the chiropractor. There a lot of things that helps going and getting your baby adujusted . Just think they were in your belly for 9 month in a tight space . I’m telling this will change your life if u have a baby with colic or reflux .

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