Gastroesophageal reflux (regurgitation) in children - not such a harmless symptom
- gastroesophageal reflux (regurgitation) in children - not such a harmless symptom
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Regurgitation - this is repeated, effortless regurgitation of small amountsmilk postprandial child.It does not harm the child, and is a completely normal process.Regurgitation occurs when the pressure in the abdominal cavity is too strong for a weak esophageal sphincter baby;when the child is a little older, esophageal sphincter is successfully preventing regurgitation.Milk is readily passes through the ring-shaped muscle, especially when the child is lying.
Almost all children in the first months of life more or less often vomit.Some children regurgitation occurs more than once during a feeding.Most kids regurgitation occurs frequently from one to four months of life;often already in the fifth month of life regurgitation is minimal.In any case, for eighteen months esophageal sphincter muscles are sufficiently developed, and regurgitation terminated;this is also due to the fact that the child in this age eating a solid food and spend more time in an upright position.
During normal regurgitation infant is not in pain, discomfort and any other symptoms;This does not prevent him to eat well and gain weight.
Sometimes, regurgitation is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease.
Other symptoms of this condition:
- slow weight gain;
- refused to eat and / or pain during feeding;
- vomiting and blood in vomit;
- Frequent coughing and shortness of breath;
- apnea (temporary cessation of breathing during sleep).
If your child has these symptoms, it is necessary as soon as possible go to the doctor - especially to prevent more serious disease.Should be diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease, your doctor may give direction to other specialists for further investigation.
vomiting, in which the milk is almost shoots out of the mouth may be a sign of narrowing of the esophageal valve.When this symptom you should immediately seek medical help.
Approximately one in ten babies intense and frequent regurgitation leads to dehydration and weight loss.In such cases, it appointed a special treat.
If regurgitation occurs very frequently, often try to feed the baby, preventing it at one time too much milk;do not let him take a horizontal position immediately after feeding, hold him in her arms, supporting the baby's back, for at least fifteen minutes.If you are going to feed your baby, put a number of clean towel, so you can just wipe the milk he otrygnet.