How do I know if my child has reflux?

Hey moms of babies with reflux! What does that look/sound like? My four-month-old spits up a lot occasionally, no weight gain issues or any health concerns but very occasionally (like maybe 4 or 5 times in 4 months) spits up and seems to aspirate, unable to get it out or take a breath for a moment. It’s scary and clearly scares her. I don’t recall this ever happening with my other babies. Is this just a normal newborn thing? Maybe I don’t remember? I’m bringing it up at her four months check up next week, just wanted to check in with other moms!


My daughter had reflux.
It was projectile vomiting after she fed. Every time.

Obviously not that concerned if you’re willing to wait :woman_facepalming:.

With my son he would spit up constantly. Projectile vomiting with every feed and often times after. Noticeable signs of discomfort. Lots of fussing and crying. It would always get worse if he was laying flat (we had to use a mattress wedge). Caused difficultly sleeping. Typically the 4-6 month mark is where you start to see improvement though. He had it really bad when he was first born, but now that he’s coming up on 5 months it’s gotten a lot better, which I’m told is very common

My sister law had a baby in daycare we had to put in baby seat sitting up to give them their bottle then when they were done had to wait for a while before u moved them or they would projectile

My son had reflux. He never spit up he just would get choked and had trouble swallowing. You could hear it as it came up and it would wake him up from a sleep. Prop the baby up for at least 30 minutes after feeding and add some cereal to thicken up the milk. Of course consult your Dr first :wink:

My 3 year old had it. Cleared up by 6 months. She was prescribed Zantac. She would projectile spit up out of her nose and mouth with every feeding even if it was a half to 1 oz at a time with burping in between on low flow nipples. She couldn’t tolerate breastmilk because no matter how bland my diet was it effected her. We had to keep her upright and baby wear her for relief. She thrived at tummy time because laying flat made it worse. We ended up having to go on added rice formula and Dr Brown bottles.

This happend to my baby she was a premie and one night we were asleep and I woke at of no where and I turned to check. On her and she wasn’t breathing she was struggling and I see the formula coming out her nose I hurried and got the bugger sucker and cleared her air way. And it continued to happen we took her to the hospital hoping to find answers but all they told us was she was fine just having blue spells but I wasn’t okay with that because they gave us no solution. it’s a scary situation that could of ended up in death if I didn’t catch it. We had specific formula for premises which was thicker then the usual formula.So once I changed the formula she had no more “blue spells”. It was a scariest part of being a new mom and I felt helpless not understanding what was going on. I hope you find your answers your family are in my prayers

I would keep track of the amounts they are eating so you can pinpoint triggers. Sometimes they just get too much at once. Babies do spit up but if it is interfering with breathing it should be discussed with the pediatrician.

My son had really bad reflux- rarely ever spit up but when he cried or got upset it came out like a geyser!! And he would aspirate , choke , cry then became hysterical. The docs thought it wasn’t reflux until we noticed he started holding his breath because the pain was so bad. Ended up getting him on meds, never changed feeding habits ( he was born at 36 weeks- so needed the weight) , co slept with him propped up on pillows, the docs stopped meds at 2 thinking he was better. Ended up he stoped eating ALL food but white food - found out he had burned his esophagus so bad from untreated reflux that he could only eat bland food. He to put him on stronger meds- still on it at 8. If you think there is something wrong- it probably is!! Good luck!!

When I took my son to a specialist at 5 months old, the Dr diagnosed reflux after looking at me… Cloth nappy always over shoulder to catch the spit up. For my son it was constant. Sonar confirmed and he was treated and we changed everything about how feeding goes and he’s now a bouncy 7 year old with no more reflux issues. I think your little one just swallows more air before feeding (my eldest used to do this weird little series of happy gasps when he saw the boob come out) and then the milk gets trapped above the air. I had to burp him before and after meals. :joy: now at 11 he does the happy gasps for pizza.

My son had reflux and it was an every feeding thing. Like every single feeding I would end up with at least half the bottle on my shoulder within a few minutes. If you are really concerned I would talk to pedi.

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My son projectile vomited within weeks of birth and it was basically with every feeding. He was exclusively breast fed and everyone told me babies just spit up and thought I was being dramatic. He had an ALTE episode and after going to the ER they confirmed he has reflux with an upper GI scan. It was so clear there was no denying it at that point. He was 8 weeks old and medication helped a lot. He outgrew it by 6 months.

My son had reflux. I remember the excessive spit up and the stench was something I’ve never smelled before.

I think that’s just occasional baby spit up. My older two had reflux and one was fixed with formula one had to have medicine but it was a daily most feeding times issue, not sporadic.

From 4-6 months they spit up WAY MORE it’s fine and normal! My daughter just turned 5 months today and her ped told me not to worry when she started to spit up a lot more than before!

My daughter spit up after almost every feeding when she had acid reflux. It would be the whole bottle spit back up. AR formula helped a ton.

My daughter did that the first month now at 3 months unless she over nurses she doesn’t spit up at all anymore

My baby has reflux. She would spit up after almost every feed, arches her back when it’s really bad, and makes her cry. We are on meds for it. She also has some weight gain issues.
I believe your baby is fine. It probably is scary for her because it isn’t normal especially if it’s super rare for her to spit up.

Yes, this is reflux. My baby has it too. Scary stuff at first. The Pediatrician said get a wedge pillow under the mattress to keep her head elevated when sleeping so she won’t choke. It’s working! Those moments are scary when they aspirate it, but they’ll grow out of it.

It sounds like gerd. my newborn at the time was three days old. At night time, he was real hard to burp. He was loosing oxygen. At 92 %, scary night. Anyways, took him to the er. The Dr gave him a special formula. But, always speak with your dr.


Upright after all bottles or nursing sessions for at least 30-45 mins. Baby will outgrow it. Sounds like occasional baby spit up which is normal. Even spit up every feeding can be normal. Feed smaller amounts more frequently rather than larger amount

If it’s only occasionally like 4 or 5 times in 4 months it’s not reflux. Reflux is like a almost every feed kind of thing and it’s like ALOT of spit up. Plus gaining weight issues, atleast that’s what my son had when he was little. Definitely ask the doctor about the aspiration thing but I don’t think reflux would be the issue. My son did freak out and gag if I gave him room temp or cool milk so I had to make sure it was always warm body temp or a little higher.

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Super easy to be tested for reflux, the give the baby a barium bottle and take am x-ray, both of mine had it, if it was only a couple times in a few months span I wouldn’t worry about it.

My daughter had this. With every feeding you were guaranteed to have her “spit up”. But her spitting up was she would drink and then it would literally come out of her as projectile and like a faucet! Literally came up faster then what went in.

My daughter did this a lot and they kept telling me it was reflux actually turned out to be her adenoids weee to large so she was gulping air and unable to breathe when eating but it was consistent not occasional

My son had it when he was an infant he would spit up and scream and he would act like he couldn’t breathe because it hurt him so bad his doctor told us not to lay him flat to put him in his swing for nap time and told us to roll up a little blanket and stick it under his matress in the bassinet and to burp him after each ounce that seemed to help out a ton

My son had it. He spit up daily. Like every single feeding. It got to the point I crying for him just to go to sleep bcuz he usually didn’t spit up in his sleep and he had to sleep in his swing

My son had it and he had Projectile puke after all most every bottle. He was on meds and feed him more often but not as much at a time.

Sounds like what my son had. Dr put him on special formula and I cleared up quickly, we did a bunch of different ones until he told us the one to get. Alimentium

Try burping half way through feeding if that doesn’t help Id mention it to your pediatrician next time you’re in.

The children I’ve seen have almost projectile vomit.

Mine had chronic cough, he was silent refluxing

If not burped really good babies have problems spitting up. Could be formula…

So those with babies with reflux…did they grow out of it?

My daughter did it was her tonsils.

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Put her in gods hands prayer will fix it every time

Feed he a little bit then burp and repeat

If it happened only 4 or 5 times total that wouldnt be reflux. My baby had it and was in constant pain. All she was cry and struggle to take any milk. I had to prop her up or sit her up to relieve some of the pressure. She spit up every feeding and it was worse if she wasnt angled high enough.

My sons reflux was almost every meal and it was projectile. He was premature too

That’s not reflux that’s normal. If they had reflux it would be pretty much every single feeding.

Add a little rice cereal to his bottle

Take them to a doctor :woman_shrugging:t3:

We use this alongside breastfeeding

One of my twins had this. He was a fussy baby and unable to sleep. Being unable to keep milk down was just one symptom. I would say it’s the inability to stay asleep and that leads to a cranky baby. Just like anything else, if you’re concerned take your baby in. All kids are different and you never know.

My son had acid reflux really bad!! We ended up having to mix up 2 kinds of formula for each bottle. I also co-slept with him and had him propped up on a pillow. Then when he was around 3 months, we started feeding him very, very running baby cereal with a spoon - he wasn’t getting enough from the formula and was always hungry. But the more bottles, the more projectile vomiting!
It helped so much!
And don’t come for me, Karen’s! I knew the risks, but it’s what worked for us!

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My son did this from birth until maybe 5 months or so. Would scare the crap out of us and him too but he did grow out of it shortly after (around 6 mos or so?)

Winnie Gakii check this out…

Ask your doctor about GERD