Baby Vomiting: 50 Percent of Infants Experience Reflux

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A baby.A baby vomiting after feeding experience a food channel problem called ‘gastro-esophageal reflux (GER)’. This situation happens when food or milk in the stomach flows back into the oesophagus or the food channel which connects the mouth part and the stomach.

This reflux can happen after or when the baby eats. In the lower part of the food channel before it meet the stomach, there is a spiral muscle which controls the food travel so that the foods eaten cannot flow back from the stomach. This spiral muscle is called ‘lower oesophageal spincter’.

When eating, this spiral muscle will open to facilitate food flowing into the stomach and releasing wind from the stomach, but sometimes this process causes some food also flowed back into the oesophagus channel and produce regurgitation or vomit.

If the reflux is fairly strong, food can exit through nose. Reflux also can occur if the child cries, coughs or struggles for some reasons.

About 50 percent of normal infants experience this GER ‘s state especially at the age of first three months and most of them will stop vomiting when their age increase and the problem disappears at the aged of 12 to 24 months.

However, a small number of babies who have reflux experience more serious problems which need attention. Usually they give symptoms such as vomiting blood, lack of body weight, no appetite to eat, always crying and fractious, prolonged cough and respiratory problems including lung infections.

Treatment of baby who has reflux depends on the symptom and the baby’s age. Of healthy baby, treatment is not required because this reflux symptom is going to stop by it own when the child grows up.

The only thing which you need to do is to ensure your baby to lean 45 degrees vertically when eating or suckling and let him or her in that position for 30 minutes after eating or suckling.

If with this way your baby still experiences the reflux problem, bring your child to see a doctor so that it may be examined more carefully and given special treatment for the reflux.

There are specific treatments of for the disease if it disturbs your child’s health.

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