does my baby have silent reflux?
when speaking about babies, reflux means milk comes out the mouth, usually vomited out. silent reflux is almost the same thing except that the milk doesn't actually come out - or only in small amounts. if not correctly treated, silent reflux can worsen into a colicky situation..
fussy after feeding
looks like they are constantly trying to swallow something
as time goes by, you could see more severe symptoms presenting:
positing or small amounts of milk come out
moaning, groaning and crying spells
shortened feeding interval
full blown refluxing and colic
very common in the newborn and in the first few weeks. baby's brain doesn't quite tell the body to stop eating in time! too much milk in the stomach and it bubbles up and down the oesophagus (pipe between your mouth and stomach).
don't stress...within the first few months, baby will regulate how much they eat.
burps not escaping
babies guzzle lots of air with the milk and if the milk sits on top of a air pocket, it bubbles up and down.
you may need to learn a different style of burping techniques - see our learning page.
although rare, there could be a problem with a valve which lets too much milk flow upward instead of staying in the stomach.
if signs of severe pain continue (long crying spells), consult a specialist who may need to do a few tests and specialised x-rays.