Understanding Of Reflux
All babies are born with a weak valve at the top of their stomach, which strengthens as they grow. It is common for most babies to experience mild reflux symptoms (regurgitation) after a feed. When a baby continually brings back up an excessive amount of milk, they lose weight, persistently cough or refuses feeds, it could be an indication they may be suffering from reflux.
Reflux is very common; it affects around 1 in 2 babies under 10 months. The chance of a baby suffering from reflux decreases in babies aged 10 months and older, thus affecting around 1 in 20 babies.
What Causes Reflux?
Reflux is caused when the weak valve at the top of their stomach allows their milk and gastric acid to come back up, therefore causing symptoms including heartburn and vomiting. As the baby gets older the valve, which stops food from going down their oesophagus, will strengthen and the risk of reflux will decrease.
Reflux Signs To Look For:
- If the reflux is happening on a regular basis, more than 5 times a day
- If they do not settle and cries excessively after a feed
- If they refuse feeds
- If they are excessively or projectile vomiting
- If they persistently cough
- If they arch their back or are agitated during feeds
- If they lose weight, or cannot gain weight
- If they scream or cry as though they are in pain
If your baby suffers from any of these symptoms, it is recommended that you speak to your doctor or health visitor
What Clothes Are Best For Reflux Babies To Wear?
It is important for your baby to wear comfortable and loose fitting clothes whether they suffer from baby reflux or not. All in one outfits are ideal to for babies suffering from reflux to wear, as your baby can be comfortable as there is no pressure applied to the babies stomach area, such as a waistband on a skirt or pair of trousers. Green Nippers unique organic baby grows are designed as all in one outfits, which are smart and practical, ideal for babies to wear during the day or night. The parents then know that their baby is comfy and smart, and they do not need to worry about them looking under dressed. Green Nippers organic baby grows and matching accessories are available in boys, girls and unisex designs for ages 0 to 2 years. Green Nippers girls jersey dresses, dungaree dress and boys dungarees are also a perfect option too (0 to 5 years).
What Support Is Out There?
Reflux in babies is very common, so you are not alone. Living With Reflux provide support and raise awareness of gastro- oesophageal reflux in babies and children.
They also have a forum too, so you can talk to other parents in the same situation.