Regurgitation is one of the most “popular” disorders of the gastrointestinal tract in children. It, as a rule, does not affect the well-being of children and does not cause them unpleasant sensations.
The only exceptions are situations in which babies burp long after each feeding, due to which they start to gain weight more slowly. In this case, only a doctor can help. He will advise how and how to feed the child, or prescribe medication.
Above all, do not rush to transfer the crumb to the artificial mixture. Be patient and wait until the child is three months old: usually by this age these problems pass by themselves.
In order to regurgitate the baby less, during feeding keep him raised at an angle of 45-60 °, and then lift him vertically (“column”) for 15-20 minutes. This algorithm should be repeated after each feeding, even at night.
Take care also that the baby does not overeat. How much milk is necessary for children at his age, the doctor will tell.
Depending on the way of feeding you can go for the following tricks:
- If you give your baby breast, squeeze a small portion of milk into a separate container and add some baby milk-free rice porridge or rice broth (industrial production). Treat your baby first with this cocktail, and then offer the breast.
- If the baby is bottle-fed, anti-reflux mixtures can help. They have a thickener, and the consistency is usually thicker than breast milk. Depending on the type of thickener, anti-reflux mixtures are divided into two groups. The first includes gum, which is obtained from the fruit of the carob tree (Nutrilon anti-reflux, Nutricia; Frisovom, Friesland Campina; Humana AR, Humana). The latter contain rice starch (Semper Lemolak, Semper; Enfamil AR, Mead Johnson). Be sure to consult your doctor about which mixture to choose and how to give it to your baby.
One feeding can be divided into 2 parts and first offer the baby an anti-reflux mixture (1/2 or 1/3 of the total portion of the meal), and then the usual one. You can go the other way and give these mixtures in turn: dedicate one feeding to a completely anti-reflux mixture, the other – completely normal.
Which of the two options to choose, you will advise the doctor.