acid reflux in 4 month old babies causes and treatment

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Updated on Sep 18, 2019

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Infants are more prone to acid reflux because their lower esophageal sphincter may be weak or underdeveloped. The condition usually peaks at age 4 months and subside around 7 months, when the baby begins to sit upright and take more solid foods. Here are some of the techniques to overcome acid reflux: a. Feed frequently: Instead of larger, less frequent feedings, offer smaller amounts of breast milk, formula or solid food more often, which can help combat newborn acid reflux. b. Practice the right after-feeding etiquette: Burp baby frequently, and avoid bouncing baby right after feedings to help alleviate symptoms of GERD. c. Prop baby upright: If possible, try to feed baby upright and prop her up for one to two hours afterward. After feedings, have baby lie at an incline in the crib by elevating the crib mattress with a pillow or two under the mattress. d. Consult the pediatrician when the above practices don’t work for medications which can help reduce or neutralize stomach acids or make digestion more efficient.

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