• Katrina Terjesen

Could silent reflux be the reason your baby is unsettled?

Sometimes it can be hard to identify what is making your baby unsettled. One cause may be silent reflux.

Reflux is when stomach contents – milk and acid – come back up into the mouth after feeding. Typically, babies bring up a bit of milk, which is known as ‘posseting’. If your baby does not show any obvious signs of reflux, such as posseting, they may either be swallowing the milk back down, or the milk does not reach as far as the mouth. This is known as ‘silent reflux’.

The symptoms of silent reflux are not always obvious, but here are some things to look out for:

1. Crying during or after feeding

2. Traces of milk in the mouth

3. Signs of being in pain, such as a pained expression or grimace

4. Generally being distressed

If you think your baby may be suffering from reflux or silent reflux, you may want to seek professional help. As a paediatric osteopath, I work with both mother and baby to find the cause of why your baby might be unsettled, and help your baby feel more comfortable.

If you would like to book an appointment with Katrina email: or use the booking system on the website.

In the meantime, you can try the following:

· Giving your baby smaller, more frequent feeds

· Interrupting feeding to burp your baby

· Holding your baby upright for 20 to 30 minutes after feeding

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