In families with several children, it is common for the older siblings to have respiratory diseases acquired from kindergarten and school, and the smallest seedlings are no exception. However, if colds recur frequently and other symptoms occur, the possibility of reflux should also be considered.
Fall or reflux?
In reflux, stomach and duodenal contents mixed with stomach acid and digestive fluid return to the esophagus. This phenomenon also occurs in healthy babies after a hearty meal, in which case they get rid of the “excess” in the form of a fall. This does not necessarily indicate a problem in all cases, it can also be caused if the baby has consumed larger amounts at once or hurriedly lived well too quickly. However, if reflux is indeed the cause of frequent falls, it is important to recognize and treat it as soon as possible, otherwise it can cause serious complications!
Causes of respiratory problems
One such possible complication may be the occurrence of frequent respiratory complaints. The recurrent gastric contents can irritate not only the esophagus, but also the trachea and airways, causing inflammation of the sensitive mucous membranes. This may also contribute to the fact that upper respiratory diseases are more common in reflux babies. Nasal congestion, runny nose, recurrent cough, and ear infections may occur, and in some cases, respiratory failure may occur.
What other symptoms indicate the disease?
“Due to the immature digestive system in infants, falls after meals are common in tiny babies. A condition is treated if these cases occur frequently, but rather in the form of vomiting.”He explains dr. Adam Balogh, doctor of the Budapest Allergy Center. It can be a warning sign if the baby hurts often, sneezes, coughs or belchs, and they can also develop a strong mouth odor. Gastric acid flowing back into the esophagus can cause inflammation in the affected area in a short time, so swallowing can become painful for the baby. Due to the pain, the baby is restless, sleeps poorly, may refuse to eat. Reflux can be a sign if you stretch your neck and back many times, as this will stretch your esophagus, which will relieve the discomfort. Due to frequent falls and vomiting, the symptom of reflux can even be a lack of weight development.
Complications can be prevented with early diagnosis
If we recognize the symptoms in time and see a doctor, an examination can reveal the reflux and treat the disease even before the more serious complications. It can help a lot if we feed the little one several times a day, in smaller portions, buffet several times, for a longer time and raise the head of the bed a little. You can also reduce the number of falls by changing the formula or by using a thickener mixed with it or breast milk. The good news is that complaints usually disappear around the age of half a year – with the development of the digestive system, the introduction of solid foods and changes in the little movement (spending less time lying down). Until then, however, it may be necessary to treat the disease in order to prevent the otherwise rare complications – lack of weight development, esophageal narrowing!
Not only sweets, reflux also leads to bad teeth!
Source: Napidoktor by napidoktor.hu.
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