What is acid reflux disease? This is an important question because the only way a baby can tell us something is wrong is by crying. So how do you tell if they're crying because of baby reflux? First let's understand what it is we're looking for.
All babies reflux, usually in the first year of their lives. This is true. That's what's considered GER. But when the reflux is continuous over "time" (as shown in the chart above) it starts to cause pain and that's when baby reflux turns into a condition called GERD.
GERD stands for Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease where as GER is not considered a disease (D). GER is the occasional spitting up or reflux of the stomach contents and is almost universal in infants and has no significant associated problems.
GERD occurs when GER is chronic and creates significant symptoms or conditions that require medical attention, such as the infant GERD symptoms listed on this page.
Pain from baby reflux is when the reflux is recurring so often the acid in the reflux starts to hurt the tissue in the esophagus. That's when it's considered a condition or disease and that's when treatment should be considered before short and long term symptoms get worse.
We know you've been told that most babies outgrow reflux in the first year of life. But why should your baby have to suffer for a WHOLE YEAR? There's no reason you or your baby should have sleepless nights or more critical issues such as failure to thrive and other long term issues like feeding aversions.