GERD Symptoms in Infants
What are the symptoms of GERD in infants?
GERD is common in healthy infants. More than half of all babies experience reflux in the first 3 months of life, but most stop spitting up between the ages of 12 to 24 months. Only a small number of infants have severe symptoms. An infant with GERD may experience:
- spitting up
- poor feeding
- blood in the stools
In a small number of babies, GERD results in symptoms that cause concern. These symptoms include:
- poor growth due to an inability to hold down enough food
- irritability or refusing to feed due to pain
- blood loss from acid burning the esophagus
- breathing problems
These problems can be caused by disorders other than GERD. Your health care provider will need to determine whether GERD is the cause of your child's symptoms. SOURCE: National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC). Gastroesophageal Reflux in Infants.