The browser you are using is too old for our website. Please visit www.aptaclub.ie from Chrome and you will be able to browse normally.

Baby

      Reflux treatment

      Baby Reflux

      Reflux treatment

      Almost 20% of babies experience reflux. Reflux is when the contents of your baby’s stomach pushes back up the food pipe (oesophagus). Sometimes it can reach the mouth or even be regurgitated out of the mouth. It usually peaks at about 4 months but fortunately it tends to be resolved by the time your baby is a year old.

      Reflux is caused by the muscle at the top of your baby’s stomach being too weak and this allows the contents of your baby’s stomach to travel back up the oesophagus.

      It’s nothing to get worried about though!……it just means that your baby’s digestive system is a little immature and is still only developing. If you are concerned that your baby has reflux you should contact your healthcare professional for advice.

       

      Most babies will regurgitate their feed now and again but this doesn’t always mean that they have reflux. Reflux is more frequent and almost occurs with every feed.

      Sometimes when the feed doesn’t actually come out of the mouth it can be quite hard to establish if your baby has reflux or not. Some of the classic signs of reflux include:

      • Your baby being very unsettled and irritable, particularly after their feed
      • Excessive crying
      • Coughing during or after a feed
      • Regurgitating or vomiting
      • Poor sleeping habits
      • Arching the back and the neck
      • Weight loss or poor weight gain

      Some simple things you could try to alleviate your baby’s reflux include:

      • Holding your baby in a more upright position when feeding
      • Keeping you baby upright for about 30mins after a feed
      • If bottlefeeding, make sure that the teat on the bottle isn’t too fast flowing as this may cause air gulping
      • Burping your baby during and after their feed
      • Making sure your baby’s clothes and nappy aren’t too tight

      Dietary Management of Reflux for Your Bottlefed Baby

      If you are bottlefeeding and the tips above don’t help alleviate your baby’s reflux you can try using a pre-thickened formula such as Aptamil Anti-Reflux.

      Aptamil Anti-Reflux is thickened with a natural thickener called carob bean gum. When you make up the bottle you will notice that it is thicker than a standard formula. This helps to prevent air gulping. Aptamil Anti-Reflux will also thicken further in your baby’s stomach helping to prevent it from coming back up the oesophagus.

      Please note that because Aptamil Anti-Reflux is a thicker formula, you will need to use a single hole fast-flow teat on the bottle. The way in which you prepare Aptamil Anti-Reflux will be slightly different to the way you would have prepared a standard formula so it is important to follow the instructions on the pack carefully.  Aptamil Anti-Reflux cannot be used in combination with antacids.

      Aptamil Anti-Reflux is a Food for Special Medical Purposes and is suitable from birth to 12 months. Always contact your healthcare professional before moving to Aptamil Anti-Reflux.

      Important Notice:  Aptamil Anti-Reflux is a food for special medical purposes. It should only be used under medical supervision, after full consideration of feeding options available including breastfeeding. Suitable for use as the sole source of nutrition for infants from birth, and as part of a balanced diet from 6-12months. Not suitable for parenteral use.

       

       

       

      Expert advice

      Get the support you need, the moment you need it

      Join now for free

      Expert advice

      Get the support you need, the moment you need it

      Join now for free

      Your privacy is important to us and therefore we would like to explain how we use cookies on this website. With your consent, we will use cookies to measure and analyse how our website is used (analytical cookies), to tailor it to your interests (personalisation cookies), and to show you relevant advertising and information (targeting cookies) we think you will like. For more information please read the cookie statement.

      Privacy Settings

      You can choose your preferences anytime for cookies and tracking. For more information please read our cookie policy.

      • Strictly necessary

        They are necessary for the website to function and cannot be switched off. They are usually only set in response to actions made by you which amount to a request for services (setting your privacy preferences, logging in, filling in forms, etc.). You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not then work.

      • Analytical cookies

        They allow us to count visits and traffic sources, to measure and improve the performance of our site. They show us which pages are the most and least popular and how visitors move around the site. If you do not allow these cookies we will not know when you have visited our site, and will not be able to monitor its performance.

      • Personalisation cookies

        They enable website’s enhanced functionality and personalization. They may be set by us or by third parties whose services we have added to our pages. If you do not allow these cookies, some or all of these services may not function properly.

      • Targeting cookies

        They may be set through our site by our advertising partners, to build a profile of your interests and to show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.