Reflux can be defined as a condition when contents that have reached the stomach get back in mouth or gullet. In medicine this state is named as gastro- esophagus reflux disease. In UK the doctors use short terminology for this condition that is known as GORD. The chest cavity is separated from abdominal cavity through diaphragm. The basic function of diaphragm is to prevent stomach particles to go back to esophagus and then mouth. This is a valve mechanism that is maintained naturally and is known as sphincter in medical terminology. Reflux condition can affect anyone from children to adults. Medicine has also explained silent reflux in infants and how it affects them.
Though valve mechanism is naturally maintained in human beings but sometimes it does not work well and the stomach particles get back to esophagus causing a condition of reflux. Because the action of valve is not strong enough to prevent particles from going back it leads to reflux. This condition is also observed in babies because the action of sphincter is not well build and developed that could prevent this action. The valve mechanism starts getting strong as the days passed and infant’s internal system starts developing well. When mechanism of sphincter is developed completely than there are fewer chances of infants facing silent reflux condition.
Chances of reflux in babies
There are chances of every baby undergoing reflux condition in early months. Reflux in infants is observed most below one year of age. Science has explained that every baby below age of 10 months have chances to suffer from silent reflux, while the chances decline after 10 months of period.
Symptoms of reflux
There are numerous symptoms that are identified as causing reflux that includes;
- Regurgitation of milk by baby.
- Occasional coughing after regurgitation.
- When feed is not taken properly.
Level of regurgitation
If regurgitation is at normal level that does not cause any severe harm to child but if regurgitation occurs at larger level than one should worry because this could cause trouble to infants. Silent reflux is more alarming compared to normal reflux. And preventer steps should be followed to protect the kid from developing silent reflux. In silent reflux infants are having reflux symptoms but they don’t regurgitate so, it is difficult to find if infants are having reflux issues or not.
Common symptoms of reflux
Some common symptoms of reflux include;
- Infants crying.
- Infants arching, screaming and refusal on taking the feed.
- Symptoms of fussiness and nose running.
- Immediate vomiting or spitting feed.
- Presence of acidic smell in breath.
- Coughing chronically.
- Frequent waking from sleep.
- Weight loss.
Coping with reflux
There are many procedures introduced that can prevent infants from developing reflux. One important step is to provide feed in proper positions so it could not cause coughing. Infant should not be laid straight before 30 minutes of feed. Infants should be positioned in a way so they can sleep well and he should be provided comfort. Silent reflux in infants should be prevented by following these steps.