Sandifer's syndrome was named after the neurologist Paul Sandifer and M. Kinsbourne in 1962. They noticed and association to whole body movements and the upper gastrointestinal tract with neurological manifestations occurring in children and adolescents. It is a combination of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease with spastic torticollis and dystonic body movements with or without hiatal hernia. The theory is that the positioning of the head provides relief from abdominal discomfort caused by acid reflux.
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Sandifer Syndrome is considered a pediatric disorder. In the infant reflux world we consider it to be reflux taken to the next level, a neurological one. Most
parents get scared to death once they notice it because it can resemble seizure like symptoms. Please don't panic! This is not a life threatening event although it can look very concerning.
If it is Sandifer's the good news is a neurological exam show that no neurological condition is causing the reaction. Unfortunately the reaction is caused by PAIN! So to get rid of the pain you should treat the reflux and under the guidance of a doctor that specializes in infant acid reflux.
Once you treat the reflux, the Sandifer's will go away and your baby will be happy and smiling.