What Are the Treatment Options for Reflux in Infants?

Treatment for reflux in infants often involves lifestyle and feeding changes, including:

  • Feeding Adjustments: Feeding smaller amounts more frequently and ensuring the baby is in an upright position during and after feedings.
  • Thickening Feedings: Adding a small amount of rice cereal to formula or breast milk (under the guidance of a healthcare provider) to help reduce spit-up.
  • Burping More Often: Burping the baby frequently during feedings to reduce the amount of air swallowed.
  • Changing Formula: If the baby is formula-fed, switching to a hypoallergenic or hydrolyzed formula may help.
  • Medications: In severe cases, a healthcare provider may prescribe medications to reduce stomach acid or help the stomach empty more quickly.