Treatments for Baby Reflux
Are there any treatments for baby reflux?If your baby’s reflux is mild, and he or she is still feeding well and isn’t too upset by it, then the following may help:
- hold your baby upright for up to 20 minutes after each feed
- try giving your baby smaller but more frequent feeds
- if you bottle feed your baby, burp him every two or three minutes during feeds
- Adding feed thickener to expressed breast milk or formula for two weeks, or using a pre-thickened formula. Feed thickeners and thickened milk are available on prescription from your doctor, although some you may be able to buy from your pharmacy. Only use them on the advice of your health visitor or doctor and stop them after two weeks to check if your baby’s reflux has improved.
- An antacid such as ranitidine. You will need to get this on prescription from your doctor.
The symptoms of reflux can be very similar to the symptoms of a cow's milk allergy or intolerance. If you breastfeed your baby, you may need to stop drinking cow’s milk or having food or drinks containing cow’s milk. Or if your baby is formula-fed ask your doctor about giving him a hypoallergenic formula for a couple of weeks to see if it helps.
If there is doubt about the diagnosis of reflux, then your doctor may refer your baby to a pediatrician.
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