My son started spitting up the first week of his life and hasn't stopped (heading toward six months at the time of this post). Not just with his burps; but at any give time of the day. He spent the first three months of his life propped up at every chance we could to try and keep it down. Now it's less severe but just as frequent, random, and abundant, elevated after he's been laying down for a bit.
His diagnosis then, and still today, is that this is normal. Things like consistent weight gain after the first few weeks of struggles, relatively happy demeanor and an eagerness to feed, support the conclusion. However, my first son had what I considered normal spit up, a little after burps and dribble here and there. That was my normal, but I guess this normal is normal too? I guess I'm just not satisfied with the wait-it-out-until-he's-one idea, so here I sit and type.
In the course of my research in trying to determine why, and with the many talks with my doctors, there emerged a spitup scale of sorts.
It starts with "normal baby spitup" and goes all the way to"Gastrosophageal Reflux" (GER), "Laryngopharyngeal Reflux" (Silent Reflux) and "Gastrosophageal Reflux Disease" (GERD). You also throw in potential factors like colic, milk allergies, or respiratory issues, and the anxiety mounts.
According to the US Department of Health and Human Services website, "when the lower esophageal sphincter—the muscle that acts as a valve between the esophagus and stomach—has not fully developed in infants, GER can occur."
And GER on its own....trust me there are even more serious conditions as you travel down researching this spectrum...is enough to keep everyone up at night. As Dr. Sear's states: "Not only does GER hurt babies, it hurts parents, who may be erroneously led to believe that their baby cries a lot because they just have a “fussy baby” or something is wrong with their parenting, which is not true. Undiagnosed and untreated reflux often results in the “hurting family.”
We'll be going into detail on all the possibilities on this site and look forward to hearing your stories and diagnoses.
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Yea, I went there. Nearly half of all babies spit up, regularly. Some more, some less, and for many it's just plain scary.
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