Baby Reflux Issues

Baby reflux issues and food allergies are discussed and what treatments your grandchild may experience during or after his hospital stay.

Baby after Bottle

Usually your grandchild will experience this baby reflux issues and food allergies after going home from the hospital.

Have you noticed that every time or almost every time your grandbaby drinks a bottle, he or she spits up? This can also happen if he cries, coughs, or at anytime!

Sometimes, the spit up is a small amount and other times it may appear to be the entire bottle. You realize immediately that you always should have a bib or towel in order to protect clothing and furniture whenever you are feeding! As above, you will often have to change his clothing after his bottle.


Baby-Clothes
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When we recently moved to another home, I found a bag of baby clothes. I noticed on most of my daughter's baby clothes that I had saved from her childhood, there were spit up stained areas. Yes she had spit up often as a baby.

Yes, she too, had baby reflux issues, but we just accepted it as spit up. Back then, in the early 80's, it was accepted that your child would spit up. I never used the term "reflux" when she was a child. I can remember always having a burp cloth or baby diaper in close reach!

Her pediatrician didn’t make any changes in her diet or suggest that she was allergic to any formula. However, now, after our grandson has had this issue, I realize she probably had baby reflux issues and was allergic to the formula that we fed her!



Has Mom recently decided to stop breast feeding and you notice that your grandbaby is now spitting up more frequently?

This may be baby reflux issues and/or food allergies?

Is your grandbaby allergic to a new formula? As this issue is being worked out, your child may try various formula before you find the acceptable one.

Enfamil Gentlease Formula
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However, as in our case, our grandson could only drink Mom’s milk. His brother was able to drink Enfamil Gentlease. Yet, he was continually having baby reflux issues.


Reflux: Infant acid reflux, more accurately known as gastroesophageal reflux, is a very common problem. Infant acid reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach go back up into the esophagus. As discussed in the Mayo Clinic site, infant acid reflux most often occurs after a feeding, it can happen anytime your baby coughs, cries or strains. Most babies who have infant acid reflux are healthy. Infant acid reflux typically resolves on its own when your baby is around 12 to 18 months old. Treatment: In the meantime, changes in feeding technique — such as smaller, more frequent feedings, changing position or interrupting feedings to burp — can help keep reflux under control. In a few cases, medication or other treatments may be recommended. Also with reflux, you can't lay them down while spitting up. You will need to set them in a bouncy chair or a swing or wear them against your chest for support.


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Signs and symptoms of Baby Reflux Issues may include:

  • Spitting up
  • Irritability during or after feedings
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Refusing to eat
  • Crying when placed on his or her back, especially after a feeding
  • In severe cases, your baby may arch his or her back while crying and this may look like your baby is having a seizure.

Baby Holding Bottle

Discussing the baby reflux and food allergies with a doctor, I asked the causes of these.

He stated that causes of reflux is simple. Normally, the ring of muscle between the esophagus and the stomach (lower esophageal sphincter) relaxes and opens only when you swallow. Otherwise, it's tightly closed — keeping stomach contents where they belong.

Until this muscle matures, stomach contents may sometimes flow up the esophagus and out of your baby's mouth. Sometimes air bubbles in the esophagus may push liquid out of your baby's mouth. In other cases, your baby may simply drink too much, too fast.

Treatment: Discuss this issue with the pediatrician. It is hopeful that time and baby's growth will correct the issue.


Baby-Watermelon

Yum, Yum! We love fruit!

Baby-orange

Our grandsons are now eating food and love cheese, fruit, and of course, chicken. beef and fish.  They don't seem to have any food allergies, although they don't always like all food textures that they experience.

My daughter and her husband are constantly cooking to develop their palate and offer new textures for them to try. They challenge the child by offering the food at least three times before giving up on a food.

Their Dad will make chicken nuggets and Mom will bake muffins or cook chicken meatballs with vegetables.


Honey

Remember: Don't offer young children any honey products. This can be an issue. Honey usually is considered to be a wholesome, natural food to feed your infant!

But parents are cautioned to not give honey to babies until after he's at least 12 months old. Babies digestive and immune systems aren't fully developed until after their first birthday or later. The bacteria can grow in the intestines and cause infant botulism.

Again, it isn't safe to feed your baby honey or corn syrup — or even cooked foods sweetened with either one — until after his first birthday. At this time, they will have built up an immunity to the bacteria.

Both products can contain spores of a toxic bacteria called Clostridium botulinum. Cooking and pasteurization don't always kill these hardy spores.

Latest recall--Peanut Butter

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Beware of Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches!

According to the CDC, FDA and other US Health officials, more than 240 peanut products have now been recalled due to the Salmonella bacteria. A full list of the recalled products can be found on the FDA website.

The recalled products all containing peanut butter made at Sunland Inc., a New Mexico manufacturing company. Any product that was made at this plant since March 1, 2010 has been recalled.

More than 35 people from 19 states at this time have become sick from eating the products. The strain of the bacteria is called Salmonella Bredeney.

The symptoms include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps that develop within 12 to 72 hours after being infected.

If you have any of these products on the shelf, please return to the store where you purchased them or dispose of properly.


Baby Reflux Concerns

Reflux: Infant acid reflux, more accurately known as gastroesophageal reflux, is a very common problem.

Food allergies:  beware!

Recalled food products from the USDA


Find more grandparenting ideas online at our Home Page Grandparenting Essentials 


Please share any medical conditions that your grandchildren may have experienced so we can share with our readers in this section. With your assistance, your comments will only add to this webpage. Thank you!

If your grandchildren have issues with their head, eyes, neck or other parts of their body (trunk), please check the various conditions listed.


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If you look on my Navigation Bar under "Grandparents Support during Difficult Times," you will find several health issues (body, eye, head, and reflux) listed.

Has your grandchild also had health issues? If so, please tell us the story. I know that it is difficult to discuss, but will be so helpful to others as they experience issues.

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