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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Will my baby outgrow his reflux?

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    My little boy has silent reflux (reflux without vomiting, just the pain associated with heartburn) and has been on medication since he was 7 months old. He is now almost 20 months old and I would very much like to start to wean him off the medication. How do I know if his reflux has resolved? Is it common for infant reflux to persist past the age of 2?
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  • Joy Anderson

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Joy is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Accredited Nutritionist, as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has a special interest in … View Profile

    Most babies outgrow their reflux once they become more upright (sitting and walking) and the sphincter muscle at the top of the stomach becomes stronger. This is by about 12 months for most babies.

    It also depends on the original cause of the reflux. Reflux in some children (and adults) is associated with food sensitivity, especially to dairy in children, so children who are like this but still consuming the culprit food may find the reflux persists. If the reflux was from immaturity, then it is likely to resolve.

    If your child no longer has any symptoms, you could try weaning him off the medication and see if the reflux returns. If it doesn't, then you can assume it has resolved.

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