Gastric reflux that makes the baby cry uncontrollably is often due to an intolerance to cow’s milk or gastroesophageal reflux disease.

Reflux and heartburn are very common in infants, who usually suffer them due to the maturation process of the cardia (the sphincter that separates the esophagus from the stomach). When a baby of one to four months cries more than three hours a day and in an uncontrollable way, you also have to consider that he could suffer from intolerance to cow’s milk or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or both associated things.

Up to 2% of consultations for milk intolerance are being found, even in children who have never taken cow’s milk, but whose intestines react to a protein of this origin: beta-lacto globulin.

The baby reacts to formula derived from cow’s milk or breast milk if the mother consumes dairy

This protein enters their bodies by two possible routes: formula milk derived from cow’s milk and human breast milk itself, which is supplied with beta-lacto globulin molecules from the milk products ingested by the mother.

Thus, even a purely breast-fed baby who has never known cow’s milk can present an intestinal allergy against this type of milk, with pain, inflammation and stools full of mucus and blood. Up to 6% of apparently healthy babies have GERD without a diagnosis.

What makes the baby spit up is the opening of the cardia: up to 70% of healthy four-month-old babies spit up at least once a day, and as much as the content of a tablespoon.


But the baby with GERD does it in greater quantity and frequency, arches backwards (to slow the rise of gastric juices), has persistent hiccups (due to irritation of the esophagus), stops laughing and gambling, becomes irritable and goes losing his sleep and eating rhythms: he wakes up crying and coughing, he wants milk all the time – to calm his heartburn – but he cannot tolerate its passage through an irritated esophagus, so he ends up skipping meals and stops gaining weight.


The baby with GERD becomes insufferable with the esophagus worse and worse: yay babies who literally burn on the inside with the juices of their own stomach and only calm a little when they are held in their arms face down and on a gentle slope of thirty degrees. , head up. This is the only position in which the baby’s cardia is above the stomach’s hydrochloric acid lake.

Colic due to intolerance to cow’s milk begins to disappear as soon as the mother, without interrupting breastfeeding, abandons dairy. Complicated solution, because the list of manufactured foods that use dairy is long. The intestinal reactivity of children, once these symptoms subside, disappears on its own between the third and fifth year of life.


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