Fussy Baby Help
Does your baby cry and fuss excessively, without apparent cause? Many babies labeled "colicky" actually suffer from treatable GI disorders such as infant GERD. Dr. Susan Edelstein is a recognized expert on infant digestive disorders: book a consultation with her if you’re worried about your baby’s constant fussing and need an expert diagnosis.
Typical symptoms related to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) include:
If any of these signs or symptoms occurs, a Pediatric Gastroenterologist should evaluate your baby.
Baby Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a problem of tone and motility of the upper gastrointestinal tract. Other systemic contributing factors need to be considered, however, including neurologic and metabolic disorders.
Infants with gastroesophageal reflux usually have decreased tone of the sphincter connecting the esophagus and stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter). When this is too loose, stomach contents then can flow up and down in the esophagus.
Another factor that may contribute to an infant’s gastroesophageal reflux includes delayed stomach emptying. If an infant’s stomach does not empty at a normal rate, the stomach fills up with food and gastric secretions. When this occurs, the stomach will then empty along the path of least resistance, which is up the esophagus and out of the mouth.
Typical screening tests for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) include:
More severe cases of GERD require further studies, including:
Fussy Baby Tips
Tips for Soothing a Fussy Baby:
Your infant may ultimately require medications or diet modifications to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease. If the symptoms are intense and do not resolve, your infant should be evaluated by his or her Pediatric Gastroenterologist to rule out more acute problems.
Dr. Susan Pacini Edelstein is a leading Pediatric Gastroenterologist who is widely recognized as an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of infant and childhood gastrointestinal disorders. In 2004 she joined her husband as one of the founders of Beverly Hills Gastroenterology.…Read more