Thursday, November 17, 2011

How to Identify Acid Reflux in Babies

Babies also experience acid reflux symptoms as much as adults do. The only difference is that babies cannot exactly verbalize if they are in pain or if they are not feeling well. So as parents, it is our responsibility to know if your child is suffering acid reflux. Here are some of the common signs and symptoms of acid reflux in babies:
§  Poor sleeping habits. Babies who have acid reflux have difficulty in sleeping, usually they tend to arch their backs or neck during or after feeding.
§  Excessive or continue vomiting.
§  Swallowing problems that are sometimes accompanied by gagging or choking.
§  Frequent ear infections or sinus congestions.
§  Frequent burping and hiccups.
§  Babies with acidreflux tend to have night time coughing. If the acid reflux is severe, babies can have apnea or respiratory problems like asthma, pneumonia or bronchitis when stomach acids are inhaled.
§  Irritability and pain. Babies will sometimes scream when asleep and often unresolved when laid down flat.
§  Excessive dribbling and runny nose.
§  Bad breath or foul smelling breath that resembles acid like aroma.
§  Refuses feeding or frequently feeds for comfort.
§  Rancid or acid smelling diapers with loose bowel movements or constipation.
If you suspect that you child is having acid reflux, seek for medical attention as soon as possible to avoid further complications. 

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