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Baby Reflux: Uncovering the Four Main Causes

Is your baby struggling with reflux? If you’re puzzled by what’s causing it, you’re certainly not alone. Reflux often seems like a mysterious condition, with solutions ranging from medications to waiting it out. However, understanding the underlying causes is essential. Today, we’re unpacking the four main causes of reflux that are often overlooked.

Aerophagia: Air-Induced Reflux

Aerophagia, or the presence of air in the stomach, plays a significant role in reflux. This condition occurs when a baby swallows air due to reasons such as a poor latch, ineffective tongue function, or frequent crying. The swallowed air increases stomach pressure, forcing contents either back up or leading to other digestive disruptions such as explosive bowel movements. By monitoring how your baby feeds and addressing any issues with feeding techniques, you can significantly reduce aerophagia.

Digestive Causes

Many reflux issues stem from the digestive system’s immaturity in babies. Food allergies, intolerances, or a lack of necessary digestive enzymes can lead to reflux as the body attempts to expel irritants or undigested food. It’s crucial to consider not only what a breastfeeding parent is consuming but also the ingredients in formulas, probiotics, or medications being administered. Observing any additional symptoms like skin rashes or changes in stool can help pinpoint digestive-related reflux.

Physical Causes

Physical discomfort during feeding, such as body tightness or positional restrictions like torticollis, can also contribute to reflux. These physical issues can prevent a baby from feeding effectively, leading to increased air intake and subsequent reflux. Addressing any physical discomfort or anatomical issues with the help of pediatric specialists can improve feeding techniques and reduce reflux symptoms.

Respiratory Causes

Lastly, respiratory issues can exacerbate reflux symptoms. Disruptions in the natural ‘suck-swallow-breathe’ rhythm, essential for smooth feeding, can trigger reflux. Monitoring and addressing any respiratory problems are vital in managing reflux effectively.

Action Steps

Now that you are equipped with a deeper understanding of the main causes of reflux, use the Baby Reflux Symptoms Checklist to track your baby’s symptoms and identify potential triggers. While it’s true that many babies may outgrow reflux by 12-18 months as they develop stronger muscles and spend more time upright, it’s crucial not to dismiss ongoing discomfort.

By exploring these four areas – aerophagia, digestive issues, physical challenges, and respiratory factors – you’re well on your way to demystifying and managing your baby’s reflux. Stay informed and proactive in seeking solutions, and remember, you’re not alone in this journey.

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Kaili Ets

I help overwhelmed and exhausted moms create a clear action plan around their baby's sleep, developmental, reflux, and overall functioning so they can tune into and trust their mama instincts and feel like the confident super moms they are.

hi! I'm Kaili!

Lovingly known as the Holistic Baby Guru. I have a passion for normalizing and bringing clarity around baby sleep, development, reflux, and more. Wife and mom of two, I understands the importance of trusting your mama instincts. I am on a mission to help mamas tune into their intuition and feel like the confident super moms they are. I like to think of myself as an approachable authority on all things baby-related, as that I provides down-to-earth advice that makes everyone feel like they can do this parenting thing!

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