How common is GER in infants?
2 out of 3 of 4-month olds suffer from symptoms of GER.
GER is common in infants, yet it’s preventable and treatable. In most cases, infants will outgrow the symptoms and stop spitting up between the ages of 12 and 14 months1.
What is GER & GERD
Gastroesophageal reflux (GER) happens when stomach contents come back up into the esophagus. Infants—babies younger than 2 years—with GER spit up liquid mostly made of saliva and stomach acid. Stomach acid that touches the lining of the infant’s esophagus can cause intense pain, leading to inconsolable crying or “colic”. Also called acid indigestion, acid reflux, acid regurgitation, reflux, or heartburn, GER is aggravated by air-swallowing, horizontal feeding, and constant flow or free feeding from traditional baby bottles. GERD is a more serious and long-lasting form of GER in which acid reflux irritates the esophagus1.
Symptoms of GER
The most common symptoms include vomiting, poor weight gain, difficulty swallowing, abdominal or chest pain, leading to inconsolable crying due to extreme pain and irritated esophagus. GER can also lead to respiratory symptoms, including a cough, wheezing, and hoarseness or grunting2.
What reduces GER?
Current treatments of GER include changing the formula, change the baby bottle, stop breastfeeding, OTC, and prescription drugs. Vented bottles have shown to exacerbate gas, colic, and reflux3. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines, evidence suggests that the commonly prescribed drugs (acid suppression, with H2 antagonists or proton pump inhibitors), may put your baby at risk for serious diseases4. Therefore, the most recent guidelines do not recommend drugs or thickened formula for babies under two months.
Clinical studies showed that using Bare® Air-free for two weeks had the following effects:
- 100% of babies exponentially reduced symptoms of gas, colic, and spit-ups.
- 75% of babies significantly reduced symptoms of Acid Reflux, GER, and GERD.
- 52% reduction in feeding discomfort was scientifically measured.