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Reflux and GERD in Infants

It’s not uncommon for a baby to reflux - otherwise known as spitting up. The majority of infants do reflux during their first year of life, and most of them are completely healthy.

If your baby is growing properly and has a generally good disposition, then infant acid reflux is not a problem.

If, however, you have a fussy baby who is showing symptoms of pediatric GERD, such as poor feeding, vomiting, irritability, and breathing problems, consult your pediatrician as soon as possible. In many instances, simple lifestyle changes can alleviate GERD and turn a fussy baby into a very content child. Medication may also be an option in certain cases.

The important thing to realize is that with treatment, severe reflux and GERD can improve. A pediatrician or a pediatric gastroenterologist can help your child, and can offer you strategies for coping with GERD. Once your baby’s GERD is under control, he or she should enjoy a happy, healthy childhood.

Quick Facts about Reflux and GERD in Infants

  • The majority of infants do not experience problems from reflux
  • More than 50% of babies spit up regularly in the first months of life
  • Reflux usually peaks at 4 months and stops by 12 – 18 months
  • Spitting up crosses the line into GERD when the infant begins to show symptoms including refusal to feed, poor weight gain, breathing problems and others.

Learn more about the symptoms and diagnosis of reflux and GERD in infants.