Recognizing and treating silent reflux in infants
What is silent reflux in infants?
Silent reflux in infants is exactly the same as infant reflux minus the spitting up. When an infant refluxes silently the stomach contents travel up the throat but the infant is able to swallow it back down again before it actually comes out. This means the stomach acid burns on the trip up the throat and on the trip back down. Silent reflux in infants is not as obvious because there is no actual spitting up, which makes it much harder to detect.
Symptoms of silent reflux in infants
Your baby may exhibit only some of these symptoms:
These last two signs are possible indicators of Barett's Esophagus. The risk of Barett's Esophagus is slightly higher with silent reflux because there is generally more damage to the throat with silent reflux in infants, although it is still a fairly low risk.
Improving silent reflux in infants
Silent reflux in infants is improved by anything that improves infant acid reflux. Natural remedies such as positioning, dietary adjustments and reviewing breastfeeding techniques should be tried before reflux medicines but the important thing is getting your baby's reflux under control.
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