- Symptoms of regurgitation
- Regurgitation: should you be worried?
- Anti-regurgitation baby bottle: the ideal solution to fight against this scourge
- Complementary solutions to the anti-regurgitation bottle
- Élhée serving babies
Symptoms of regurgitation
- Clenched fists
- Tight stomach
- Intense screaming and crying
- Red and tense face
Regurgitation: should you be worried?
Regurgitations should not worry you too much . If the contents spat out do not have a suspicious appearance (blood, mucus, explosive color) and do not persist over time , you can sleep with peace of mind once your baby has been comforted.
Regurgitations concern 25 to 40% of newborns . It is therefore likely that yours is one of them.
If in doubt, never rely entirely on reading content on the Internet, and consult a health professional . A diagnosis makes it possible to establish that the cause of the vomiting is indeed that mentioned in our article.
Regurgitation can in fact be confused with GERD, which is painful for babies and requires rapid medical consultation.
Regurgitation in babies can, however, alter the quality of sleep and make them grumpy. For this, it is important to take the problem seriously in order to relieve your baby's pain, without panicking.
Anti-regurgitation baby bottle: the ideal solution to fight against this scourge
Although regurgitation is not a serious phenomenon, it remains unpleasant for your baby and worrying for young parents.
Opt for one anti-regurgitation bottle helps to considerably reduce the symptoms of gastric reflux. These bottles are designed to limit the inflow of air when your infant sucks.
Some may have a valve placed at the bottom of the bottle. This system, although entirely removable, can in the long run prove tedious during the cleaning phases, due to the multitude of elements to be recomposed.
The texture of the bottle also plays an essential role. A baby bottle with a soft silicone texture allows better air circulation which makes it 2x more effective than a rigid plastic or glass bottle.
The pacifier also has an important role, the flow rate of the pacifier must in fact be adapted to the density of liquid present in the bottle, so as not to risk “submerging” the child when eating his meal. Too intense a flow generates an increased passage of air and deserves to be regulated by a pacifier, preferably physiological, with a lower flow.
Complementary solutions to the anti-regurgitation bottle
We have listed you 3 other easy solutions to reduce the risk of developing regurgitation after each feeding or bottle:
1. Carry baby upright just after eating
“Verticalizing” baby is often recommended by pediatric teams from the maternity ward. This method helps baby evacuate ingested air and therefore also limits the risk of infant colic and the spread of abdominal pain.
Carrying baby in a baby carrier or sling makes it easier portage , which must last at least 20 minutes for optimum efficiency! To develop your sling carrying techniques, do not hesitate to seek the services of a peri or postnatal consultant, or a doula . At night, place baby on a slightly inclined mattress .
2. Wait between bathing and drinking
Bathing immediately after eating may increase your child's risk of regurgitation. Being manipulated and finding yourself too quickly in a Semi-recumbent position promotes the movement of food from the stomach towards the esophagus. Better to wait at least 1 hour.
In the same register, a too intense activity or a game like tickling or lap riding should not be done as a continuation of taking a bottle. Even if it is anti-regurgitation, there are basic principles to respect!
3. Thicken the milk in the bottle
To reduce regurgitation in your child, you can thicken milk preparations classic industrial products, and even your breast milk. The thickening of these meals will also allow your baby to play longer between each meal.
Don't forget to use a faster flow teat to allow thickened liquids to pass through.
Be careful, a thickening should under no circumstances be added to milk sold already thickened. Ask your pediatrician for advice on switching to thickened preparations. These are not always suitable for babies who are too young, low weight or premature.
Several types of thickeners are possible:
Commercial cereals : Very sweet, they nevertheless have the advantage of being easily absorbed by children. Practical when meals prove difficult to administer.
They provide all the important nutritional benefits for your child (vitamins, minerals, etc.) You will find them in chocolate , vanilla , biscuit flavor ... and all brands!
On the other hand, be careful not to make it a habit. The addition of cereals to the diet should remain occasional.
Carob flour: Obtained thanks to the production of seeds from the carob tree, a tree native to Crete, carob flour, less known than its peers, guarantees an equally effective result.
Cornstarch: Cornstarch is a starch made from processed corn , hence its nickname “corn flower”. Mixed with milk, once heated it allows you to obtain a thicker beverage texture.
An excellent alternative to wheat flour, and regularly consumed as part of a gluten-free diet, cornstarch gives a very light sensation in the mouth, very airy and even creamy. Here again, it is better not to overuse it because cases of mild constipation have been reported.
Starch: From wheat or corn, starch thickens directly in your baby's belly . Unlike cornstarch and flours which thicken in the anti-regurgitation bottle. For some children who love a liquid texture, this is a considerable advantage!
4. Buy already thickened milk
This type of milk is generally prescribed by your doctor during severe and regular reflux.
If choosing to thicken the milk in an anti-regurgitation bottle allows:
● avoid changing brands,
● and thicken your breast milk,
thickened milk, for its part, means that you do not have to carry out the manipulation yourself each time it becomes necessary.
Sold in different distribution locations, it does not have the same commercial name depending on the point of sale… On the pharmacy side, refer to the notice “ anti-regurgitation milk ” -AR- . When it comes to supermarkets, don't look for the old name “comfort milk”... This is now banned!
Élhée serving babies
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● Anti colic
● Perfect as a replacement for breastfeeding
● 0% plastic microparticles
● Awakens baby’s senses
● Made in France
● Supple and soft texture like mother's breast
● Available in several formats and colors
● As soft as baby skin!