Reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux (GER), is a condition which sees stomach contents flow back into the oesophagus. It is normal for babies to spit up after a feeding, but when this happens regularly and causes your little one to be in pain or uncomfortable, it could be a sign of baby reflux.
Reflux in babies can happen when the muscle separating the stomach from the oesophagus is not fully developed, which is common in growing babies. This allows stomach contents to flow back into the oesophagus. Babies also have a short, narrow oesophagus, which makes it easier for stomach contents to flow back up.
Feeding changes, medications, and thickened feedings may all be recommended by your doctor or midwife. In addition, some babies may benefit from postural changes, such as keeping their head elevated during and after feedings.
For a full guide to your baby's health, check out everything you need to know about baby development by month. Seeing your little one with a new rash can be worrying. However, it's important to remember that rashes are very common in babies and usually nothing to worry about. Some of the most common rashes you may see on your baby include:
Taking care of your little one’s delicate skin is an essential aspect of being a new parent and one that parents tend to have many questions about. After all, it’s a lot different than looking after adult skin! Seeing your little one with a new rash can be worrying. However, it's important to remember that rashes are very common in babies and usually nothing to worry about.
Baby skin is thinner and can be much more sensitive than adult skin, requiring extra attention to prevent irritation, rashes, and other problems. To keep your baby's skin healthy and happy, make sure to use gentle, fragrance-free products specifically designed for babies and avoid using adult skincare products that contain harsh chemicals like parabens and sulphates.
It can be easy to get sucked into all of the baby skincare products out there but try to keep it simple, especially during the early months of your baby's life. As your baby grows, you can start using a mild baby soap or cleanser, but don't overdo it, as washing your baby too often can dry out their skin.
For a full guide to your baby's health, check out everything you need to know about baby development by month. When worrying about your little one’s health turns into excessive and persistent anxiety, it can take a toll on your mental and physical health. This is known as parental health anxiety, and it's a common experience among many parents.
Symptoms of parental health anxiety can vary from person to person, but some common signs include:
If you’re struggling and find yourself worrying about your little one’s health, check out our article on how to deal with parental anxiety.