The signs of reflux in babies will usually go away on their own, however, the following tips may help relieve symptoms in the meantime: 5
1. Thicken feeds with rice cereal or special milk thickener.
2. Hold the bottle at an angle that fills the entire nipple with milk to help reduce the amount of air the baby swallows. This can help prevent colic, gas, and reflux. Check out this Anti-colic bottle that has an AirFree vent designed to reduce air swallowed during feedings.
3. Burp a baby during and after feedings. For babies drinking from a bottle, parents can burp them every one to two ounces. And if the mother is breastfeeding, she can burp her baby between changing breasts.
4. Hold the baby upright after feeding. Generally, babies are held upright for 10 to 15 minutes after feeding to help keep the milk down. But if a baby has reflux, parents can try holding him or her upright for a little longer.
These tips are designed to relieve and symptoms, but shouldn’t replace the advice of a doctor. Parents should refrain from changing their baby’s formula without speaking to a healthcare professional first.
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