Maybe look into this with your doctor?...
- Usually milk is the main part of what is brought up and this does not worry the baby, but acid from the stomach may hurt (heartburn) and in bad cases the lining of the tube from the throat to the stomach (the oesophagus) can become sore and inflamed. This is called gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and it is actually quite uncommon.
Is it gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD)?
Often unsettled babies are said to have GORD (often just called 'reflux'), but GORD may not be the reason for most unsettled behaviour, even in babies who spill. It can be hard to tell whether crying is due to GORD. Some behaviours that might suggest GORD include:
- - Spilling or swallowing with signs of being uncomfortable.
- - Fussy feeding, when the baby takes a small amount hungrily, then cries and refuses to continue feeding.
- - Restless sleeping (for example waking and crying about 20 minutes after being put down to sleep).
- - The baby feeling very tense and stiff and arching back (however most babies will become stiff and arch when they are crying hard, and this behaviour is caused by many things, not only reflux).
- - Coughing after a feed.
- - The baby seems more comfortable if she is held upright.
- - The baby seems much better for a short time if she is given an antacid (but only try this if advised to by your doctor).
It happens so fast though. Just one or two sucks then she starts crying and spits it out.