I have a happy infant son who just turned 12 months old. Occasionally (rare) he will gasp for breath and begin crying and choking and then have fluid from his nose.
I am not sure if this is a symptom of reflux or GERD in babies?
He is very upset when this happens and I am not sure if it is panic or pain or both. It can happen in the bath or in his highchair or with a pacifier in or out. It makes me very concerned.
Symptoms Of GERD or Acid Reflux or In Babies
Some babies do continue spitting up long after they started sitting up and eating solid foods. And yes, it may be related to reflux.
What you describe – the gasping, pain, and fluid sound very much like symptoms of acid reflux in babies. (You can check out a long thread with babies gasping for air and some of them having reflux here.)
Did your son spit up a lot when he was younger? Most kids tend to grow out of acid reflux at around 12-18 months, so hopefully, you will be able to see an improvement soon. GERD is a more serious form of acid reflux, and if your son’s only issue is spitting up occasionally, I do not believe that he has GERD. If your son just recently started to spit up, and he hasn’t done that in the past, then you should discuss this with his DR since it could be related to e.g. some allergy rather than acid reflux.
The spitting up may sound really bad, but it isn’t dangerous.
If you haven’t discussed the matter with your son’s health care providers, I think it could be a good idea to do so. If not for anything else, then to take some of your worries off your chest.
I can’t say for sure, of course, if it is reflux that your baby is suffering from. If you want a diagnosis, talk to a pediatrician. Filming your son, if possible, can be quite effective then. Also take notes of any related symptoms, such as your son not gaining weight, or vomiting yellow, green or blood-stained fluid.
Symptoms of GERD are e.g.:
- Frequent vomiting
- Frequent or persistent coughing
- Difficulties to eat including gagging or choking, or even refusing to eat
- Crying while feeding
- Weight loss or failure to increase weight at the expected pace according to the baby’s individual weight curve
- Heartburn and gas
Many of these symptoms can also be signs of other issues, so do let a doctor help you sort out the situation if you think there is one.
And if you want to connect with other parents who worry about their children throwing up, check out the following related threads:
- Baby gasps when laid down
- 3 months old won’t stop throwing up
- Why is my baby vomiting
- How to help baby with reflux be more comfortable
I really wish you good luck,
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