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What is the definition or description of: baby arches back?

What is the definition or description of: baby arches back?

Sandifer Sign: It's called sandifer sign. It tend to suggest a child has reflux. Please talk to your doctor to help with reflux. While we used to give a lot of medication for gerd, there are many non-pharmaceutical way to help you child. ...Read more

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My 4 month baby has been really fussy the last few days and arches her back and cries during feedings. Its like she wants to eat but sonething hurts?

My 4 month baby has been really fussy the last few days and arches her back and cries during feedings. Its like she wants to eat but sonething hurts?

Acid reflux: Your baby could have acid reflux (also called gastroesophageal reflux) when stomach contents refluxes up into esophagus and can cause burning or pain. Reflux can be made worse by formula intolerance, constipation, and illness. A 4 month old with fussiness that persists for a few days should be seen by her primary care provider to rule-out more serious problems. ...Read more

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Our 6 week old baby boy always arches his back and looks up. Especially when being held or when we try to sit him up? Why is that?

Our 6 week old baby boy always arches his back and looks up. Especially when being held or when we try to sit him up? Why is that?

Muscle control: In the first few months a baby has selective voluntary control of few muscle groups that will increase with age.Early on, the neck extension and turning is one of the strongest. It is necessary early on for feeding and to help clear the airway. When agitated by whatever stimulus they tend to arch. When comfortable they relax. ...Read more

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If my baby seems to have the symptoms of ger- pain with spit up and/or vomit, arching back, should she take zantac (ranitidine)?

If my baby seems to have the symptoms of ger- pain with spit up and/or vomit, arching back, should she take zantac (ranitidine)?

All babies reflux: To get a burp out of a baby you are getting air to reflux from the stomach. All babies also spit up. When the baby seem to have constant irritability & spitting i often try some antacid medicine to see if it helps. Zantac (ranitidine) is one of several that can be used this way. ...Read more

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10 week old arches back, stiffens legs to stand, flares and has rigid movements, zones out, and pushes body up off head. Had high jaundice as a baby?

10 week old arches back, stiffens legs to stand, flares and has rigid movements, zones out, and pushes body up off head. Had high jaundice as a baby?

Effect of jaundice?: Abnormally high bilirubin in this age group can cause the kind of symptoms described, due to the effect of bilirubin on brain function. An urgent assessment of your baby is imperative, for confirmation and for intervention. Take care. ...Read more

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Baby arches and straightens while feeding ? Remedy

Baby arches and straightens while feeding ? Remedy

Depends : The age of the baby and the type of food consumed may be playing role. Dietary proteins can aggravate in some children and the diet may need to be adjusted. If only breastfeeding then mother's diet should be reviewed. Reflux, which can be present with any type of diet, can cause pain with each feeding. Work with provider to come up with diagnostic and treatment plan. ...Read more

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My 6 month old twists and turns and arches his back whenh aving his bottle. Is he ok?

My 6 month old twists and turns and arches his back whenh aving his bottle. Is he ok?

Since birth?: One of the many signs of reflux is babies that arch their backs and seem uncomfortable when feeding, sometimes they seem as if they are choking on their milk. Has he had this since birth? Have you discussed with your doc? Is the milk coming out of the bottle to quickly? This can cause the symptoms you describe. Things to consider is how is he growing, how frequently he has problems or spit up-. ...Read more