Dr Mike Thomson, Paediatric Gastroenterologist Consultant, The Portland Hospital
Q. My baby is crying a lot and I think this may be a sign of reflux. What should I do?
A. Lots of babies cry and the average duration of crying, for instance, at 3 months of age is 2-3 hours per day, diminishing to about 2 hours per day at 6 months of age and 1-2 hours at 9-12 months of age. Having said that most mothers know their baby well and what crying means. Inconsolable crying, especially at night, can be a sign of reflux without any vomiting i.e. silent reflux. If this happens then it would be wise, for peace of mind, to consult with your General Practitioner and see if first line measures such as propping the head of the bed up and small frequent feeds would be helpful. Sometimes babies need medications, such as antacids and occasionally exclusion of dairy produce from either mother’s diet if breast feeding or the baby’s diet if formula fed, i.e. a low allergy formula. Sometimes a Paediatrician or Paediatric Gastroenterologist will be asked to review the situation by the GP but investigations are rarely needed as this is a clinical diagnosis. Of course babies cry for many different reasons and whilst it might be normal or reflux there may be other issues occurring and in any situation if a parent is concerned they should consult their General Practitioner in the first instance.
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