What are the signs of reflux? And how do you deal with a reflux baby?
Gastrooesophageal reflux, or reflux as it's more commonly called, is what happens when your baby's stomach contents flow back up into his food pipe (called the oesophagus).
At the bottom of the oesophagus is a muscular valve that lets food into his tummy, but stops food or acid coming back up. Sometimes the valve hasn’t developed properly, so food and acid can come back up and cause him to bring up milk or even vomit.
Around half of babies will get some reflux during their first three months and it's only a serious problem for a small number of these. As the valve gradually gets stronger, the chance of having reflux decreases and the good news is that most babies grow out of it by the time they're 10 months old.
Your baby could have reflux if he shows one or more of these signs:
Try the following to help ease your baby's reflux:
"If you think your baby has reflux, don’t let doctors tell you that ‘you have a sicky baby’. You know when something isn’t right with your baby."
Liz Quick, 25, mum to Lexie
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