How Can You Treat Acid Reflux in Newborns in Four Steps?


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To treat acid reflux in a newborn, a pediatrician may recommend smaller feedings that are more frequent, burping frequently during the feedings and holding the baby upright during and after eating. In the most severe cases of acid reflux in infants, surgery may be required if the reflux is affecting the baby's ability to breathe or preventing growth, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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  1. Feed the newborn less, but more frequently

    Whether you breastfeed or bottle feed, reduce the amount the newborn regularly consumes during feedings to prevent him from swallowing to much air. Remember to increase the amount of times you feed him to make sure he is getting the same amount of food.

  2. Burp the newborn during feedings

    Stop during feedings to burp the newborn every few minutes, which will help keep air from building up in his stomach. Hold the baby in an upright sitting position to burp him. Do not put him over your shoulder, as it puts pressure on his stomach.

  3. Keep the baby upright

    Hold the newborn in an upright position when feeding him to help keep the contents in his stomach. Avoid feeding him in a laying or reclining position and do not jostle him around.

  4. Talk to your pediatrician about surgery

    In the most extreme cases when the acid reflux is severe and affects breathing or causes growth issues, your pediatrician may recommend a special surgery that tightens the muscles that lead to the stomach to reduce the reflux.

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