Which Baby Formula Works Best For Acid Reflux?

Updated Nov,2020
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Acid reflux is incredibly common in babies and can leave them feeling very uncomfortable. Fortunately, there are certain types of baby formula - hydrolyzed formula, soy formula and other medically prescribed formulas - which have been found to relieve the effects of reflux in babies. 

Understanding acid reflux in babies

Acid reflux in babies is surprisingly common, usually developing within the first 8 weeks of a baby’s life and often becoming a less frequent occurrence after their first birthday. Some babies may experience reflux after the majority of their feeds.

Signs and symptoms

Signs your baby may be suffering with acid reflux include:

  • Coughing and hiccuping while being fed
  • Spitting up milk or vomiting shortly after being fed
  • Repeatedly swallowing or gulping after feeding
  • Restlessness and discomfort during feeding
  • Crying immediately after a feed

Best types of baby formula for infant reflux

Breast milk has been found to lessen the likelihood of acid reflux in babies over formula, as it’s easier to digest and leaves the stomach twice as quickly. However, for mothers who are unable to breastfeed their babies with reflux, the following formulas have been recommended.

Hydrolyzed protein formulas

The milk proteins in hydrolyzed protein formula have already been broken down, making it much easier for babies to digest and less likely to cause the digestive problems associated with a flare-up of acid reflux.

Soy baby formula

Soy formulas contain no cow’s milk, so are less likely to reduce the chances of an attack of acid reflux. However, consult your baby’s pediatrician before switching your baby to soy formula, as they’re not suitable for all infants.

Specialized baby formula

If your baby’s reflux is particularly persistent or causes them great discomfort, it’s recommended that you consult a doctor – they may be able to recommend a specialized formula that will effectively reduce your baby’s symptoms.

Baby reflux management tips 

Fortunately, there are a few things you can try in order to relieve your baby’s acid reflux symptoms yourself. These include:

  • Feed your baby in shorter bursts, giving them frequent breaks throughout each feed
  • Burping your baby throughout their feed
  • Keeping your baby upright for a little while immediately after feeding
  • Feeding your baby smaller amounts, but more frequently
  • Keeping your baby’s head raised higher than their bottom during a feed

Why Omeprazole (Generic Prilosec) is your best treatment option for acid reflux

With moderate to severe cases of acid reflux, making simple lifestyle and dietary changes may not be enough to curb your symptoms. The good news? Prescription drug Omeprazole has been proven to be incredibly effective treatment, alleviating all symptoms!

Take control of your treatment by speaking with one of our online doctors today. They can help you discuss your best course of action, including prescription medication Omeprazole.

The best part? Omeprazole works the same as brand name acid reflux medications—at a fraction of the cost! It works by reducing stomach acid, effectively preventing recurring episodes of acid reflux. Plus, most adults, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, can safely take Omeprazole.

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