Silent reflux is a phrase that can be very confusing for the parents. Neither is the child silent nor are there any signs of vomiting. It is a condition where the contents of the stomach flow back to esophagus. This backward flow of swallowed food is referred to as reflux. This content may not be forced out of the mouth of the baby as he swallows it back into his stomach. Sometimes the flow of the contents is not that far enough inside esophagus to force the baby to swallow back these stomach acids. However, these acids have the potential to cause harm to the baby if they continue to sit inside esophagus.
There are many parents who believe that the reason why this medical condition is called silent reflux is because the baby does not cry when it takes place. However, this is not true. It is a fact that there are many babies who vomit when they experience reflux. But when the acids of the stomach far enough into esophagus, the baby may not be required to vomit the content out from his mouth. This is what is termed as silent reflux even though it is a fact that the baby is not silent but disturbed and distressed. This silent reflux can have many repercussions for the health of the baby.
Acid reflux is mostly identified with vomiting
The most obvious sign that a baby is suffering from reflux is of course his vomiting or regurgitation. But if you as a parent find your baby distressed and there is no vomiting, you can take your ear close to his stomach to try to hear if there are any sounds of reflux taking place inside. Another sign that your baby may be suffering from silent reflux is that he or she swallows repeatedly even when he is not being fed food or milk.
Baby can experience reflux without vomiting
There are many babies in which silent reflux presents itself along with symptoms of asthma or other ear, nose, or throat issues. There can be different signs of silent reflux in different babies. The only missing symptom is that of vomiting. However, if your child does not vomit, it does not mean that he cannot or is not suffering from acid reflux. Also, just because your baby is not crying does not mean that he is suffering from silent reflux. If you find him disturbed and distressed, you need to consult your doctor to learn more about the symptoms of silent reflux. Yes, it can prove to be difficult for many parents to know that their baby is suffering from acid reflux. But learning about various symptoms of this medical condition does help parents in this regard.
Look for the myriad symptoms of silent reflux
Many times, worried parent go up to their doctor saying they have heard reflux taking place inside the body of their little baby though they have no evidence to black their claim. There are also parents who are confident about their babies experiencing acid reflux because of the facial expressions of their babies. Often babies start to cry when being fed or grimace without any apparent reason. Their face tells a lot about what is going on inside their stomach. Their expression says that they have probably tasted something very bad.
Behavioral Symptoms of silent reflux
• Screaming and crying inconsolably
• Stiffening, squirming, arching their back
• Distressed at times
• Can become upset easily, clinging to their mom
• Showing sensitivity to light or noise
• Sticking fingers insdie their mouth
• Salivating profusely without any reason
Sleeping issues with babies suffering from acid reflux
• Difficulty to stay asleep and to fall asleep
• Start to sleep in upright position and become irritated when someone tries to lay them down
• Take catnaps of very small duration and wake up in a distressed state
• Inability to fall asleep on their own
• Get up many times from their sleep during night
Weight issues faced by babies with acid reflux
• Most babies experiencing acid reflux seem to have normal weight
• Some babies can even be overweight
• Weight of many babies falls sharply because f feeding and sleeping disturbances
• Some babies tend to gain a lot of weight as their others over feed them when they vomit frequently
If your baby exhibits any or several of these symptoms, it is necessary to consult your doctor to confirm whether he is suffering from acid reflux or not. You need to monitor your baby closely to observe any of the above mentioned symptoms.
Acid reflux can make the baby tense and irritable at times though he may appear to be healthy and smiling when he is not experiencing its symptoms. Parents report increase symptoms of acid reflux during crawling teething, constipation, vaccinations, and other specific times. Symptoms of silent reflux can change and also become less severe as the baby grows.