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What are the symptoms for acid reflux in infants, how is it diagnosed and how is it treated?

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Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Spit up: Most often it's characterized by constant spit up. That is, not soon after feeding the infant will spit up. My son had this. We added some formula to breast milk in order to thicken his milk a little. It helped to a degree, but honestly it was something that he had to grow out there are drops they can take as well, but i would consult a pediatrician before i started him/her on any medication.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Symptoms vary: Infants normally spit up some following ingestion of liquids. Severity of reflux is judged by volume, frequency and weight gain. Symptoms include frequent spitting up, irritability, refusal to eat, and lack of normal weight gain. If reflux or vomiting several hours after meal, means also slow gastric emptying.Antireflux meds may not help. Ugi, nm gastric emptying, ph probe tests may be used to dx.

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How do I know if my infant has acid reflux?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
All do some: Reflux vs reflux disease: all kids/adults reflux. Burp once & u just had a dry one. Infants all do and it seems to increase a bit and peak naturally around 4m as they get stronger & generate more abdominal pressure with rolling & flexing. As long as they have no heartburn or other troublesome symptoms (barfing thru nose, wt loss) they grow out of it over time. Meds can help with symptoms.

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