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What are the symptoms of GERD in babies?
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
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Dr. Tracy Lovell
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
In brief: Dairy allergy
A substancial number of babies with gerd may have a dairy allergy and the gerd symptoms can improve if the mother leaves off the dairy products if nursing.

In brief: Dairy allergy
A substancial number of babies with gerd may have a dairy allergy and the gerd symptoms can improve if the mother leaves off the dairy products if nursing.
Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Pediatrics
In brief: Arching back/fussy
Most infants spit up, but otherwise gain weight well and are happy.
Infants who spit up and seem to be very uncomfortable might have gerd. These infants are usually fussy for a prolonged time after their feeds, arch their backs and don't seem comfortable lying down. Keeping infants sitting up after they feed sometimes helps. If you think your infant might have gerd, speak to your pediatrician.

In brief: Arching back/fussy
Most infants spit up, but otherwise gain weight well and are happy.
Infants who spit up and seem to be very uncomfortable might have gerd. These infants are usually fussy for a prolonged time after their feeds, arch their backs and don't seem comfortable lying down. Keeping infants sitting up after they feed sometimes helps. If you think your infant might have gerd, speak to your pediatrician.
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
Dr. Bert Mandelbaum
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In brief: Several...
Some of the symptoms are expected, such as spitting up and distress after feeding; some are pretty odd and hard to connect to gerd -- seizure-like activity, twisting of the neck, and cough.

In brief: Several...
Some of the symptoms are expected, such as spitting up and distress after feeding; some are pretty odd and hard to connect to gerd -- seizure-like activity, twisting of the neck, and cough.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
In brief: Fussing, pain
All babies spit. What makes it "gerd" is symptoms of pain, fussing, weight loss, or other health problems caused by the spitting.

In brief: Fussing, pain
All babies spit. What makes it "gerd" is symptoms of pain, fussing, weight loss, or other health problems caused by the spitting.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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