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Does my baby have gerd?

Does my baby have gerd?

No: Likely not. Even though there is no way to tell without details, it is unlikely. Remember that all babies have reflux - they all spit up. This is why we all buy burp cloths and bibs before we have a baby. But very few have true reflux disease. This only occurs if more severe problems happen like severe pain with spitting or poor weight gain. If you have those symptoms talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. David Earle
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Gerd (Definition)

It is normal to have some gastroesophageal reflux (ger). It becomes a disease( gerd) when it causes organ damage (imflammation of the esophagus, or barrett's esophagus), it has a significant negative impact on your life, or requires dependence ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of GERD in babies?

What are the symptoms of GERD in babies?

Feeding problems: Many babies have reflux (ger). Only some of them have reflux disease (gerd). Symptoms of disease include spitting up so much that there is poor weight gain, heartburn which can show up as colic, wheezing or cough with feeding and an unusual arching of the neck to the side and back when babies are trying to avoid getting milk in their airway. A baby can have one or all of these symptoms. ...Read more

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Can a baby diagnosed with GERD also have infant colic?

Can a baby diagnosed with GERD also have infant colic?

GERD/Colic: Yes, the discomfort from esophagitis associated with gerd can be difficult to distinguish from the presumed discomfort of intestinal peristalsis associated with having bm's and passing flatus which is traditionally called colic. ...Read more

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Can you let me know is infant GERD anything to do with my partner's hernia?

Can you let me know is infant GERD anything to do with my partner's hernia?

No: Gerd in the pediatric population is more prevalent in premature babies, and may get better in time. It is not related to your partner's hernia. ...Read more

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My infant has gerd, what is the chance that they have a hiatal hernia?

My infant has gerd, what is the chance that they have a hiatal hernia?

Unlikely: Though many children may have symptoms of reflux with episodes of vomiting, it usually is only of concern if there is associated respiratory problems or poor weight gain. The symptoms are monitored to see if they improve once advancement of diet to more solid food occurs. If significant symptoms, including respiratory complaints, evaluation would include a contrast study to exclude hiatal hernia. ...Read more

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My son was diagnosed with GERD when he was a baby. He pukes everytime he is too active or cries. Is that because of gerd?

My son was diagnosed with GERD when he was a baby. He pukes everytime he is too active or cries.      Is that because of gerd?

Maybe: It's possible. The best way to be sure is discuss with pediatrician and pediatric gastroenterologist, possible a minimally invasive pediatric surgeon. Everyone will need to closely review past and current history, medical conditions, any "asthma" like symptoms, upper respiratory infections, pneumonia, etc.. Working together they can come up with an evaluation and treatment plan. ...Read more

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How do I know if my baby has gerd?

How do I know if my baby has gerd?

Excessive spitting: Typically babies who have gerd tend to be"spitty babies" who regurgitate their milk right after feedings (and sometimes even an hour or two later!) ongoing regurgitation tends to cause pain, so your baby may cry excessively. Poor weight gain or frequent back arching are also potential symptoms. ...Read more

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What kind if formula is best to use if your baby has GERD until i can make my an appointment for my baby to see a gi?

What kind if formula is best to use if your baby has GERD until i can make my an appointment for my baby to see a gi?

Several : There are several different formulas designed just for babies with reflux. One is enfamil ar and another is similac rs. Both of these have rice starch that when the formula hits the acidity of the stomach, moderately gels the formula, making it harder to spit up. Also, feed smaller amounts more often, keep baby upright after feeds for 30 minutes, burp frequently and sleep on back at slight recline. ...Read more

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How soon would i know if my baby has gerd? She is breastfed..

How soon would i know if my baby has gerd? She is breastfed..

Reflux is universal: All babies reflux to some degree and it gradually increases from birth to about 4-5 mo and begins to settle down after they start sitting up. Whether it becomes associated with pain, fussiness or weight loss to the point OB being called gerd varies with the patient. It may never show or be obvious in the first week. ...Read more