How Long Does Acid Reflux Last For In Babies?

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Asked by michelle

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!

Answer

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

Answered by Jan Gambino