Can Infant Seizures Be Caused By Acid Reflux?

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Asked by Rebecca

Can Infant Seizures Be Caused By Acid Reflux?

My child has episodes that look like small seizures. Could this be caused by acid reflux?

Answer

I agree with Stephanie that it is a good idea to explore more information on Sandifer Syndrome. Sandifer Syndrome may be caused by a painful reflux episode so Prevacid would be a treatment to consider. There is some concern in the medical community about giving Prevacid (a PPI) to very young infants. You might want to talk to the doctor about other non-medication approaches such as a wedge for positioning and sleeping, thickening feeds (not easy with nursing) and keeping upright after feeds. You could also talk to the doctor about an acid reducer such as Zantac that is FDA approved for ages 1 month of age and older.

You might want to see if the doctor can write a prescription for a wedge such as the Air Pillow or the Tucker Sling. I know Pollywog baby also had a changing wedge that allows a baby with reflux to be upright. Many parents have indicated that wedges and inclined changing surfaces made their babies more comfortable.