A baby with reflux can be disconcerting for parents. The parents of babies with acid reflux understand what a struggle it can be to manage this serious problem. Here are some signs that your baby might be suffering from acid reflux:
1. Frequent Vomiting
A baby who throws up consistently after each meal may have acid reflux. Many babies with reflux experience projectile vomiting and seem to vomit with such force that parents may be worried about their safety. This frequent vomiting can lead to dehydration, weight loss, and other health concerns.
2. Persistent Cough or Wheeze
Though many people don’t know it, there is a link between acid reflux and asthma, coughing, and wheezing in babies. If your child seems to always be coughing or is showing signs of asthma, it is possible that he or she may have baby reflux. Before you treat the cough, ask your pediatrician if reflux could be the culprit behind the cough.
3. Eating Issues
A baby with reflux may seem disinterested in eating, appear to have difficulty eating, or even refuse to eat because he or she knows the pain and discomfort that will follow. Weight loss or refusing to eat can be a sign of reflux, so pay close attention to your child’s eating patterns and weight. It’s important to ensure that these symptoms aren’t being caused by something else, so talk to your doctor.
If your little one cries constantly and seems to be in pain much of the time, he or she may have colic. Colic can be a sign of baby reflux. Your child could be hungry, be uncomfortable from acid in the tummy, or be feeling frustration from the pain.