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How do I know if my baby has gerd?

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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Level or problem

We generally describe gerd as the return of stomach contents into the mouth to the degree that heartburn, fussiness or weight loss (or failure to gain) develops.
Since a dry burp has the same mechanics, it is not much of a stretch to say all babies have some reflux, but only some of them symptoms. Spitting up without discomfort or poor weight gain is more on the line of normal wet burps.

In brief: Level or problem

We generally describe gerd as the return of stomach contents into the mouth to the degree that heartburn, fussiness or weight loss (or failure to gain) develops.
Since a dry burp has the same mechanics, it is not much of a stretch to say all babies have some reflux, but only some of them symptoms. Spitting up without discomfort or poor weight gain is more on the line of normal wet burps.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Sue Hall
Pediatrics
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In brief: Lots of spitting up

Most babies have some degree of gerd; they spit up! the question is, when is it a problem that needs treatment? Most doctors would say treatment is needed if baby is in significant pain from esophageal irritation, if baby spits up so much she can't gain weight, or if baby aspirates (chokes on milk and gets it into lungs).
Otherwise, "watchful waiting" until the baby outgrows it is best.

In brief: Lots of spitting up

Most babies have some degree of gerd; they spit up! the question is, when is it a problem that needs treatment? Most doctors would say treatment is needed if baby is in significant pain from esophageal irritation, if baby spits up so much she can't gain weight, or if baby aspirates (chokes on milk and gets it into lungs).
Otherwise, "watchful waiting" until the baby outgrows it is best.
Dr. Sue Hall
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