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Gastroesophageal reflux

Gastroesophageal reflux is a common occurrence in early infancy.  It occurs because the junction of the esophagus and stomach does not close completely, causing regurgitation and vomiting.  Reflux usually improves as your infant gets older, generally by 6-8 months.

Tips to decrease reflux include:

  • Feed slowly and burp frequently.
  • Decrease the number of ounces per feeding while increasing the number of feeds per day.
  • Keep your baby upright, on your shoulder or in your lap, for 30-40 minutes after feeding.
  • When your infant is in bed, keep him or her on the right side, using a rolled towel or receiving blanket for support.
  • Elevate the head of the crib.

Contact us if your child continues to have problems with reflux despite the above measures.  In general, if a child is happy and gaining weight, we will wait for the child to outgrow the reflux.

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