Have coughs examined in babies: Irritant stomach acid in the esophagus could be a cause for this.
Frequent regurgitation with fluids in babies is normal in the first year after birth. Coughing, clearing the throat and wheezing, on the other hand, can be a sign of an irritated esophagus. The baby's esophagus may be irritated by stomach acid. In this case, parents should see a pediatrician, as the Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) currently indicates.
Frequent regurgitation with liquid does not have to be a sign of a serious illness. This phenomenon is also called fluid regurgitation, and it almost always grows out. If the baby often clears his throat, coughs or wheezes, the esophagus may be irritated by too much stomach acid being produced. If there are other symptoms such as rapid weight gain and blood in the vomit, a pediatrician should be consulted very quickly. These signs could indicate a malformation of the intestine.
Under no circumstances should parents start self-administered medication. Medicines for reflux or heartburn are not suitable for treating infants. Because these agents often contain a lot of sodium, which in turn can have further, serious health consequences for the child.
In summary, the following symptoms need medical attention: - The baby does not grow and does not gain weight as it would normally be for old age, or has anemia (too little red blood cells or red blood pigment).
- The baby has pain in the esophagus - in this case, it is often irritated, crying, or bending the back in pain.
- Frequent coughing, clearing of the throat or wheezing can also be a sign that the baby's esophagus is irritated or inflamed by stomach acid.
- Vomiting or gushing vomiting - when the gastrointestinal muscles cramp and food is spewed out in large quantities and with some pressure.
- Whenever there is blood in the vomit.
Caution and a close look is also important because the child loses a lot of fluid through vomiting. This can make the child very quickly dehydrated (internal dehydration). If the baby also has diarrhea and fever, the symptoms indicate a medical emergency. A doctor should be consulted very quickly here. (sb, 04.10.2010)
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