Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is a digestion related problem that affects both babies and adults. As the name suggests, GERD is a medical condition in which the acidic contents of the stomach are refluxed back into the esophagus, leading to indigestion and vomiting. This article will throw light on some of the common causes and symptoms of GERD in babies.
Babies usually have a sensitive and an undeveloped digestive system which in turn makes them vulnerable to digestion related problems like acid reflux. Usually, babies outgrow this problem with age.
According to medical research, the problem of GERD can be inherited. In older babies, GERD can be caused by various factors like intake of unhealthy diet or acidic drinks and obesity amongst others.
After having looked at the some of the common causes of GERD, let’s look at some common signs and symptoms of this problem in babies. Babies suffering from GERD often throw up immediately after being fed.
Such babies usually keep crying and whining to describe their discomfort. Since GERD leads to indigestion and difficulty in swallowing, babies affected by this problem are found to drool a lot.
Babies suffering from GERD tend to eat less and are thus underweight. In addition, acid reflux frequently irritates the throat region, leading to coughing and choking.
It also irritates certain nerves, leading to hiccups and wet burps. These problems in turn make a baby uncomfortable and adversely affect his growth and sleeping pattern.
Given above are the various causes and symptoms of GERD in babies. As a parent, you should pay attention to the symptoms displayed by your baby to diagnose and treat the problem in time.