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Friday, March 30, 2012

Care and Feeding For Your Infant

Infants normally spits up as part of their daily feedings but when it seems excessive or when your baby is fussy with feedings, coughing or choking while feeding, acid reflux may be the problem.

Most infants have reflux due to poorly coordinated gastrointestinal tract. Reflux typically starts in the first month of life and gets worse between then and 4 months of age. The standard guide used as basis for parents is that 98% of kids will get better by 18 months of age.

If your baby has reflux symptoms, it helps to make positioning changes before and after feeding. Following a feeding, it may also help to recline aand hold your baby chest-to-chest, and the longer the better, because that way, the stomach has time to empty.

Also, it may not be a good idea to feed your baby sitting in a swing or in a car seat as it causes increased pressure on the belly because of the way the hips are flexed.

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