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Reflux - infants
If your baby or infant is spitting up more than you expect but is still growing well and seems content, no changes in feeding may be needed.
Talk with your doctor or nurse about some simple changes that may be made when feeding:
When the infant begins to eat solid food, thickened foods may help.
Sometimes medicines are used to reduce acid or increase the movement of the intestines.
The majority of infants outgrow this condition. In unusual cases, reflux may persist into childhood and can cause varying degrees of esophageal damage.
Call your health care provider if your baby is vomiting frequently, especially if the vomiting is forceful or if other symptoms of reflux occur. Also call if your baby:
Orenstein S, Peters J, Khan S, Youssef N, Hussain SZ. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In: Kliegman RM, Behrman RE, Jenson HB, Stanton BF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 18th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 320.
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