Unraveling Baby Reflux: Your Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Overcoming

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Are you tired of puzzling over your baby's discomfort?

Discover the truth about reflux and how to soothe your little one's troubles.



A word that strikes fear into the hearts of parents worldwide. Fear not, understanding reflux is the first step to helping your baby thrive, and you're in the best place in the world to learn more.


What exactly is baby reflux?

Baby reflux, also known as Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux (GOR) or Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD), is more than just a passing inconvenience. It's a condition that affects millions of infants globally every year. Despite its prevalence, reflux is not something you have to face alone.

This still doesn't tell us what it is though... 

In the simplest terms, reflux is regurgitation. It is the movement of stomach contents into the oesophagus. 

Reflux and regurgitation are the same thing.

However, reflux tends to occur outside of the "normal" physiological processes that are applicable for acceptable regurgitation - that is burping and hiccuping, the regurgitation of excess air, or vomiting - when the immune system in the stomach decides what we put in there is not safe for consumption and decides to give it back the shortest route!

Let's delve deeper into the world of baby reflux:


Understanding Baby Reflux

Reflux is not normal; it's a common issue that demands attention. Don't fall for the myth that reflux is just a phase or something your baby will outgrow. By recognizing the signs early on, you can make a world of difference for your little one.


Spotting the Signs: Is Your Baby Suffering?

Recognizing reflux in your baby isn't always straightforward. Look out for subtle cues such as excessive fussiness, reluctance to lie down, frequent vomiting, or excessive gas. Trust your instincts as a parent; if something feels off, it's worth investigating further. However, to make sure you're totally covered, get your free Reflux and Colic Symptoms Tracker at the bottom of this page to know what else to look for - there are over 80 symptoms and behaviours that are helping to tell the picture by being present or not.


Dispelling the Myths: What You Need to Know

Don't let misinformation cloud your judgment. Contrary to popular belief, weight gain doesn't rule out reflux, and colic is more than just a label. By understanding the realities of reflux, you can take proactive steps to alleviate your baby's discomfort.

Babies with reflux can experience slow weight gain and be diagnosed as “failure to thrive”. This is understandable if the baby cannot keep milk down.

However, babies with reflux can equally gain weight at normal or excessive rates. They often comfort feed: the act of drinking milk washes the stomach acid back into the stomach, providing comfort and relief from the acid burn.


Dispelling the Myths: Colic

"It’s just colic."

There is no such thing as “just colic”. Colic is most frequently caused by digestive discomfort, proven by the relief that comes with the release of gas. We can act to resolve this gas production, which will relieve colic.


Taking Action: Your Path to Relief

Armed with knowledge and determination, you can tackle reflux head-on. Start by tracking your baby's symptoms to uncover patterns and potential triggers. Our free Baby Reflux Symptoms Tracker is your ticket to understanding your baby's needs like never before. 

Use this tracker to start getting a full picture of what is going on for your baby, to really get into the details and start understanding the answers to the questions you've been asking.


Ready to bid farewell to reflux?

The best approach to resolving reflux is to understand the underlying cause. This can be done by reading all the symptoms your baby has, grouping them into patterns and using this pattern analysis to figure out the underlying cause. By doing this, you can take specific action to address the specific cause in your baby.

Embark on a journey towards a reflux-free baby with my comprehensive 'Reflux-Free Baby' System. Whether you're breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, our course provides tailored solutions to suit your baby's needs. Say goodbye to sleepless nights and hello to a happier, healthier baby.


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