Some babies are experiencing reflux, that is to say return something of what they take, just after his hours of eating or when they are taking their milk. What is it, and how it can be avoided?

This condition, called gastroesophageal reflux (GER) is quite normal and occurs when part of the food found in the stomach is expelled –regurgitated– by the mouth.

There is a difference to the reflux, the vomiting, since that is the output of milk is low. Vomiting, in contrast, is more violent and abundant, and to occur frequently, causes weight loss.

It is common for babies experiencing reflux until 6 months, as their digestive system is not fully developed and has not closed well the sphincter that separates the esophagus from the stomach. For this reason, the liquid returns towards the mouth.

There are babies more prone than others to have GERD. For example:

  • Infants with a history of reflux or hiatal hernia in the family.
  • Children preterm or with low birth weight.
  • Babies who suffer from gas.
  • Babies nervous.
  • It is more common in boys than in girls.


What's the most effective to give to the baby is an antacid. Another option would be an antihistamine or an inhibitor of the proton pump.

If you are reluctant to medicines, you can try other alternatives:

  • When you give him your milk, make sure your head is at a higher level than your stomach.
  • Don't be in a hurry to take your pope. If you need to burp or to rest for a moment, be patient.
  • Do not give chest if you're crying.
  • Put a cushion or pillow so your head is higher when you sleep.

If that does not improve with these tips, it is best to consult the doctor, as the reflux may result in some digestive complications. For example, it could be that the gastric juice of the stomach (with a pH of very acid) to rise into the esophagus to spitting up and burn its walls. In addition, an inflammation of the esophagus would bring complications for the development of the sphincter of the cardia of the baby, which would cause left-continuous.

Another possible problem would be that the baby felt pain or discomfort when eating food, what desnutriría and depressing.

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