Reflux is when a baby brings up milk or is sick during or after feeding, and it is very common in babies. They usually start to show symptoms anywhere from eight weeks old, and these symptoms can continue until the one year mark. That’s a big range, isn’t it? 😶
Of course, as with everything, the severity of babies’ reflux hugely varies. The symptoms of reflux, however mild or severe, include:
- Vomiting up feeds
- Refusing feeds
- Coughing or choking during feeds
- Persistent hiccups
- Crying and not settling after feeds
- Poor weight gain
In fact, sometimes babies don’t even show these symptoms. It is possible that babies don’t spit out what they bring up, which is called silent reflux.
You can try to ease reflux by holding baby upright as much as possible. But if you’re worried or your baby isn’t gaining weight, speak to your midwife, health visitor or doctor as soon as you can.