Tuesday, April 21, 2009 michelle, Community Member, asks

Q: how long does acid reflux last for in babies?

how long does acid reflux last for in babies? my son is on medication and with out it he is really bad!

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Jan Gambino, Health Guide
4/22/09 6:05am

Michelle, I have really good news! Most babies outgrow reflux in the first year or so. How old is your little one?

Jan Gambino

The Reflux Mom

www.refluxmom.com

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Jan Gambino, Health Guide
4/23/09 6:14am

Hello Michelle,

The picture of your son is adorable! It is very common for a baby to have gastroesophageal reflux (GER) during the first year of life. GER often causes spit up and occasional vomiting and may improve with changing the diet, adding thickener to the feeds and careful positioning after a feeding.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is also common in infancy but not as common as GER. In addition to spit up and vomiting, there may be weight loss, irritability/crying, respiratory problems, feeding and sleep problems and esophagitis (irritation to the esophagus). In addition to the homecare for GER, the doctor may suggest a trial of medication.

Both GER and GERD improve greatly during the first year of life and many babies outgrow GER or GERD during the first or second year. I know it is scary to hear about the few babies who have complications from GERD on the web. That is why I started a Sharepost Discussion: New Baby with Reflux? That is a great place to get started and discuss common concerns. I hope you will tell us more about your little guy. Keep the pictures coming!

Jan Gambino

The Reflux Mom

www.refluxmom.com

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JennieW, Community Member
5/ 6/09 9:45pm

I don't know the answer to your question as my daughter is 4 months old. I just wanted to let you know you are not alone.

We were lucky, so to speak, we found out within days of her birth. Tests were run because she turned blue. She continued to turn blue as the hospital ran tests. After a couple of days they decided to run a probe into her stomach and discovered the problem. I hope you didn't have to go through having a blue baby in order to find out he had this problem. However, from what my daughter's doctor says, most parents don't find out early, they have to keep fighting with doctors saying there is something wrong. I couldn't imagine that battle.

I am told they eventually grow out of it by the time they become toddlers. If not, they end up like my husband who just has to take a pill every day of his life. When you look at it, the worst part is when they are little, after that, one pill a day isn't so bad.

I wish you and your family luck.  

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